Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Do I Have To Let Them Eat Cake?

Although shows like Cake Boss have glamorized the wedding cake business, the times are changing and so are receptions! Wedding cakes, though beautiful and essential for a traditional bride, can be expensive and don’t always taste as good as they look. Brides are coming up with visually stunning replacements for the wedding cake, often saving money and the obligatory cake-covered face in the process. So if the three tiered, fondant, miniature bride and groom topped doesn’t “take the cake”, then explore some of these creative alternatives.

Cake Variations

Feeling adventurous but not ready to step too far outside of the box? Many brides have made beautiful arrangements out of cupcakes and individual mini cakes, which can be dressed up or down with a variety of stunning Cupcake Wrappers based on the formality of the reception. Wedding cupcakes and mini cakes allow for fun, multi-colored arrangements, or, with white frosting, can capture a more traditional side of receptions. If you’re worried about not having the cake-cutting experience, cupcake stands stacked in tiers can include a small cake at the top for the bride and groom to slice into.

Stacked in tiers, donuts are also an increasingly common wedding feature. Frosted together and often garnished with sugar flowers, the donut wedding cake has perfectly proportioned servings that clean and simple. This can also be a real budget saver, as many brides have the engineering confidence to stack the donut cake themselves.

Cake balls are a new craze to hit the wedding industry. These delicious, bite-sized treats can come in virtually any flavor that you want and allow for variety for picky guests. If you plan on serving cake balls, however, plan on giving your guests some other sorts of desserts, or incorporate them into a dessert bar.

Dessert Bars

Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, and no, it is not too good to be true. Dessert bars have been the latest craze for receptions, giving you and guests the chance to sample many different types of dessert, and not necessarily including wedding cake. Chocolate truffles, petits fours, various candies, and even cookies are the perfect sample-sized treats that can still satisfy expectant, sweet toothed guests. Chocolate fountains along with fresh fruit can also be a wedding hit. Extra name cards identifying the items can be helpful and allow guests to avoid potential food allergies.

Not everyone is a cake person. Done are the days when brides would have to grin and bear their unwanted wedding cake. After all, the day is all about you!

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