Post # 1
Recently, my doctor told me that I have a severe gluten intolerance (which goes hand in hand with my PCOS). From that point on, I was eating gluten free.
Then I remembered that our wedding is coming up next year. I’ve contacted my bakers to see if they’ll do gluten free cakes, but they’ve all come back saying gluten free cake tastes terrible and they wont do it/would rather make a small one because no one will eat it.
Can you please share your gluten free wedding experiences with me? I need some hope. I’m barley hanging in there.
Post # 3
Our catering hall provides a special GF option for dinner. I’m not sure about dessert though.
Post # 4
I’m gluten free and having some gluten free dessert on my dessert table and a gluten free dinner, also offered for those interested.
My fiance went to a gluten free dinner before and said it was AWFUL (apparently it was not only gluten free but super healthy) which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
I’d say take care of yourself and unless your guests are mostly gluten free, don’t worry about it!
You can find a gluten free wedding cake baker, or you can have a separate little cake made for you/the cake cutting 🙂
Post # 5
Hey! PM if you’d like, I have a best friend who got married last year who is GF.
So, what they did was a small cake for them to cut and eat, it was a cheesecake, with no crust. The rest of the wedding cake for the guests was “normal”. Reasons- she priced it out and GF the whole way was more than double the price!!
But just about every baker does cheesecake, and a lot without crust easily. They should of course be warned about the GF need, but most cheesecakes don’t have gluten in them if done traditionally without the crust anyway.
Don’t fret! She had a great day, at a typical venue with no problems.
Post # 6
She’ll be a guest at my wedding next year, and I have already planned and asked my venue about a GF dessert for her so she won’t be left out either. We have made GF cakes together and they can be very tasty if done right, but again- all the ingredients are pricier. When you talk about a wedding cake done to feed all- her quotes to feed about 70-80 people were upwards of $750-800. For this area, that should be around $350-400 at the most.
Post # 7
@stephee: I had thought about cheesecake! Glad they were able to do that!
Post # 8
@JackiBean: @aprilbride26: most of my wedding was gluten free. both my mother and my brother are celiac. i have prepard so many dinners and large parties (xmas, bday parties, bbq’s, etc) with this in mind that it was not an issue whatsoever.
we had a great meal, all gluten free. tomato and fresh mozzarella salad to start. we had a beef dish, a chicken dish and veg option. the beef and mini roasted potatoes were served was a sauce but i had the chef make sure that any flour was substituted with corn starch. the chicken was stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, again the sauce was made with corn starch. the veg option was pad thai made with rice noodles. our dessert was creme brulee. deligh and no gluten.
our cocktail hours contained 60-70% gluten free items as well.
my aunt made my cake and she made a few gluten free cupcakes for my mom and brother and kept them separate.
i even made sure that my favours were gluten free. they were mint chocolate truffles from a special chocolate boutique. they prepare everything onsite and do not add nuts or flour to anything.
honestly, nobody knew that the meal was gluten free. it was delicious. in fact, my guests were raving about the dinner for a long time.
it’s totally doable to have a gluten free dinner. just be selective what you pick from the menu and tell the chef to prepare the food and sauces accordingly. it was so much easier for the kitchen to prepare the meals like this than just 2 separate gluten free dishes.
i wouldn’t suggest having the entire cake gluten free b/c it does taste a bit different than most cakes. also, it’s much more expensive to make.
good luck with your menu.
Post # 9
The food options we are giving are both naturally gluten free, so thats not a concern. We are going through a bakery that makes incredible gluten free cakes (and regular too). We are having a small 2 tier gluten free cake, and regular cupcakes (thus avoiding the whole same knife issue). If anyone is in Minnesota (area somewhat surrounding metro) or Palmdale, CA area and needs GF cake I highly reccomend Nadia Cakes. Its not a dedicated bakery so you should probably inform someone who has severe problems with gluten. Our cake is something I am most excited for 🙂
Post # 10
The whole “gluten free food is gross” mentality is so stupid. If you have a good caterer you can do anything gluten free to taste amazing. I’ve been gluten free for a long time, and I don’t even miss it, because we can make anything as good, if not better than, most restaurants. You just need to keep looking for more competent vendors.
Post # 11
@JackiBean: I know it’s not too much, but a friend of mine has been really into gluten free baking for a few years. I can tell you honestly that she has made the most delicious, moist cupcakes I’ve ever had. She regulary prepares them for parties in large batches and they turn out great. Don’t lose hope!
Post # 12
@BlondeMissMolly: I know! I’ve been enjoying the heck out of being gluten free so far! I even made one of the best chocolate cakes EVER and it was just a cake mix from a box (King Arthur brand).
This is why I’m so shocked that the bakers have that reaction. The cake was so good and moist in comparison to some cakes I’ve had at weddings.
We get a free cake with our reception package and the bakers I contacted that I get the free cake from wont do it. They’re reputable bakers too! So shocked and disappointed.
Post # 13
@JackiBean: that is so lame. There are tons of gf flour blends that are premade, plus we have experimented with tons of different mixes ourselves. If your cake is already paid for, you could always have a “normal” cake and just get a small tier made somewhere else for you and the cutting.
Post # 14
I’ve had incredible GF cupcakes from a local baker and from good ol Trader Joes. So, it can be done! -spoken by a girl who loves foods with gluten
Post # 15
We served steak dinner at our wedding, so the caterer just made a few sides that were gluten free (whole baked potato, salad with GF dressing, etc). For dessert, we served pie and ice cream, and I bought Chapman’s GF ice cream so there was something.
But I was at a wedding tonight and they had a GF option – salad, chicken, potatoes, carrots, asparagus and cheesecake. The girl at my table eating it said it was delicious. So sit down with your caterer and see what they can do. It may be more expensive because some of the ingredients are more expensive, but maybe not.
Post # 16
Three words: flourless chocolate cake. It can be made Gluten Free and is still DELICIOUS. If you’re concerned, have a small cake made GF and have cupcakes for the rest of the guests who are not GF.
We’re actually doing the opposite…a small wedding cake (that serves 20-40) and cupcakes to serve 60-80. 20 of those cupcakes will be GF…because we have a number of GF guests.