Remember the days when couples got married with a traditional three tier fruit cake, covered in Royal icing and everyone was happy? Not anymore! These days, if you haven’t got something extraordinary and stunning to wow your wedding guests, you might as well elope and be done with it. No longer is it acceptable to roll out that old sponge with sugar flowers at the reception, nowadays the cake has equal status with the venue, the service, and even the dress.
So if you want your cake to be the one that everyone else is envying and talking about, long after the wedding is over, take a look at our ideas for alternative wedding cakes, they might just inspire you!
Cake Pop cake
Not many people have even heard of Cake Pops, which make them an even more brilliant choice, as a wedding cake made from these will be wonderfully eye-catching. Cake Pops are a trend from the U.S that is fast catching on over here. They are tiny little round cakes, covered in a hard icing shell on a stick! You can choose your own flavours and colours and one company – Sweet Lauren Cakes – specialise in arranging them into a wedding cake.
For those with a particular sweet tooth, head them over to the giant tower of freshly baked pâtisserie, individual Amedei Toscano white chocolate millefeuille (thousand leaves), layered with Arabica bean cappuccino mousse. This has to be the most opulent wedding cake I have ever seen, apart from perhaps my sisters one in Spain, which resembled a giant cream pie tree with twenty pie branches reaching up to the skies. But I prefer this one! From famed bakers Zucchero Patisserie.
A beautiful centre piece of a wedding cake here from Ange de Sucre. Custom coloured macaroons can be arranged into towers for any event, alongside sugarwork which ranges from 20 to more than 600 macaroons. You can also talk to their team about different flavours and colours you’d like to match, or shapes of towers you’d like to stand out.
Pork Pie Wedding Cake
Meat eaters who do not have much of a sweet tooth often get forgotten on wedding days, but you might be surprised to learn that pork pies are most requested on modern day wish lists. For a good quality pork pie wedding cake, stick with the professionals such as The Ginger Pig, who will make your bespoke cake with the best quality meat and you can choose from a choice of meats including venison or pork.
Tea Time Dessert Tower
If you really want to step away from the traditional idea of one cake to feed all your guests, take inspiration from Sarah and Tim’s wedding, provided by Cornish Fancies. They had a very modern Cornish Tea Dessert Tower which included everything you would expect, from home-baked scones with lashings of jam and clotted cream, white chocolate jelly cups, lemon cake bites, nautical cookies, ice cream cones, brownies and more!
A wedding cake made from jelly? Now that is a talking point and you can bet that no one is likely to top that amongst your friends so high-five yourself! Jelly is a great way to finish off an indulgent wedding breakfast or dinner, and jellymongers Bompas & Parr offer a bespoke service, which even includes the mounds, flavours and a fabulous internal lighting concept, from £700.
Cheesecake? A cake made of cheese? Why not! These handmade cheesecakes from The English Cheesecake Company, are made with quality ingredients sit beautifully on each tier. Each creation comes with an elegant cake stand with silver cake boards included, or if you prefer, you can choose a luxurious solid chocolate cake boards instead. Flavour combinations include Strawberry and Champagne Chocolate, Sweet Hearts Vanilla, Blueberry White Chocolate and Salted Caramel.