Post # 1
My fiance hates cake. Not just one specific flavor of cake. All cake. Hates cupcakes, hates muffins too. So obviously this makes selecting a wedding cake very difficult.
He has promised that he’ll do the cake cutting ceremony and the feeding-eachother-a-bite routine with a smile (and I have no reason to doubt this, and I didn’t have to drag the promise out of him— he’s a trooper), but I have a really hard time spending a huge pile of money on a cake, knowing he’s just going to hate it.
So I am looking for some suggestions that could be an alternative to cake, with a similarly festive (and tall, hopefully) presentation/display, but aren’t cake per se.
Not really interested in those wheels of cheese stacked to form the shape of a wedding cake— while the idea of a tower of cheese makes me giggle with joy, it’s just not what I’m looking for as the “ceremonial wedding dessert.” If there were a way to do a massive tiered cheesecake that would probably work fine but I hate to think of how heavy that would be, and how expensive it would be to do it for 100-110 people. I can’t visualize how to get the height from a tiramisu or a creme brulee.
FWIW it’s the icing he can’t stand. Fondant is out, buttercream is out, cream cheese icing he’ll grin and bear it, and the jury is out on ganache. We already bought a cake topper (I have known about his aversion to cake for ages but figured till now there weren’t any creative solutions) so bonus points if we can actually use it!
Suggestions, pictures, recipes????
Post # 3
Have you considered petit fours? They are so delicious and don’t taste like cake (or anything else for that matter). We had considered them but found a cake flavor we loved.
There is also croquembouches as well, delicious!
Post # 4
I saw an episode of 4 Weddings where they cut the pizza instead of cutting the cake. I’ve seriously considered doing that myself. I LOVE pizza!
Post # 5
Yes, don’t marry anyone who doesn’t like cake 🙂
I’d go with whatever you and your Fiance like best. Who cares if it’s not cake? I’m an ice-cream girl, so we had ice-cream.
Any dessert can be made small and special jsut for the bride and groom and the cutting ceremony and then pieces can be brought out individually to guests, or smaller “table cakes” can be given to everyone else. Or, you can do your special cheesecake or whatever and have a dessert buffet (with extra cheesecakes on it).
If you like cheesecake, you can make cheesecake cupcakes and tier them. I’ve also been to a wedding that had pies, and those were fantastic.
Post # 6
@fishbone: There is a cheese called Tete a Moine that is traditionally served with a cutter that makes it look like…curly ribbons. It would look pretty amazing…but it’s just one cheese. This is what it looks like:
Petit fours is a great idea. Does he like cookies? You could get some snazzy cookies made up. How about…pie…? A tart? There are many fancy deserts that are not cake!
Post # 7
We did cheesecakes. Neither one of us are big cake people either 🙂
Post # 8
@fishbone: I just found this at Martha Stewart Weddings: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/230883/cake-alternatives#/161170
THe first is cupcakes but I haven’t looked through the rest…maybe something will inspire you. =)
Post # 9
@fishbone: what are FI’s favorite desserts? or – say it’s his b’day – what would he order or get for a dessert?
Post # 10
Why don’t you have one tier of your cake be a cheesecake?
Post # 11
wedding pie something like this
but maybe a bit more modern
Post # 12
I personally hate cake too… Hard to believe right??? But we are doing a traditional cake… Fiance loves cake!! Ours is fondant on the outside (yuck) but it can be peeled off to eat…. Inside is a cream cheese caramel cheesecake filling cake… It tasted good when we sampled…. Maybe you can have the cake designer or baker try to accommodate a flavor your fiance likes… Ours also offered a key lime pie cake…. Just something to consider since you mentioned cheescackle and cream cheese!
Post # 13
Our groom’s “cake” had a mixture of deserts…you can ignore the bottom rows as they have cupcakes, but the top rows we had cookies and cake balls…
My sister had cheese cake for their grooms cake
Post # 14
I went to a wedding last summer where the couple scooped ice-cream for their guests. It was awesome.
We are planning to have a home-made selection of desserts.l I’m asking about a dozen friends/family to make a dessert. If I have a favorite that they make I’m requesting that, otherwise I’m just letting them pick something yummy.
Post # 15
The croquembouches/profiteroles might be worth looking into; I really am looking forward to the ceremony of cake-cutting, and I know I can do that with pretty much any cake, but I’m hoping for something that gives that big visual profile like a wedding cake does. When we go for our tasting I’m going to have the caterer do a Gateau Ste Honore which might be a good balance of not really being cake and being kinda wedding cake shaped.
Post # 16
@ieatunicorns: We’re doing this! I can’t wait, I love cheesecake (and really don’t care too much for cake!).
ETA: You could always have a cheesecake made that mimics a “traditional” wedding cake. I’ve seen companies that do this, and they’re lovely.