Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone else was intolerant to gluten, and if it’s the case, what did you do for the cake?
See, I think most gluten-free products are not so good, but I can’t have anything else… Also, I am getting married at a resort in the Dominican Republic, so they told me they could do gluten free only if I provide them with a recipe. On one side, I don’t know a good recipe and gluten free is very very easy to mess up (anyone ever got the bread right, I can’t even do the ones pre-packaged,..??). I wouldn’t want to impose a crappy cake on my guests. But I would also like to taste my own wedding cake!!
So, how did you manage? Should I just have a regular cake and not eat it?
Anyone knows a super good recipe?
Post # 3
I’m not g/f, but my daughter is.
Get a regular cake for your guests and don’t eat it. It is hard to do g/f baking if you haven’t done it before. There are some g/f premade mixes that you can buy which will make it easier on the cooks (assuming you’re allowed to bring them).
There are also really good g/f bakeries out there. You said that most g/f products aren’t that great, but I really disagree. We get cupcakes here that are so moist and you can’t even tell that they’re g/f, so it depends.
Where do you get your g/f products? Do you go specifically to a g/f bakery? –
Post # 4
me and my fi are. we’re having a regular cake for our guests (due to the cost, and like you said it’s just not as good as the real thing). for us, we’re going to have either my mom or the hotel bake the betty crocker glutten free cake from the mix. it’s my go to cake, it’s pretty good and it’s easy to make. i guess cake’s not really my priority, i’d rather make sure i feel good on the wedding night and not eat gluten!
Post # 5
mmmm, i am very tolerant of gluten… I feel so bad that you are not! But at least you probably eat much healthier.. that’s a good thing!
Post # 6
You should totally check out Domestifluff.com! Kristen is awesome at gluten free baking! That said… yeah, you may have to go with CurlyDreamer’s suggestion and not eat it…. not sure how that would work for the cutting though. I wish I had a better suggestion! Good luck and I hope you find something that works!
Post # 7
I am a gluten and dairy intolerant bride and decided long ago that since I was putting the energy into creating a menu for my guests, it should at least be one I could enjoy too! So, I decided to do the entire wedding gluten-free–I was able to find a caterer who was able to meet my needs in regards to the dinner. The cake was another story. A friend of ours is a pastry chef and agreed to make cupcakes for our guests and a little cake that will be gluten (and dairy) free for myself, and the other guests who are gluten-intolerant.
My advice to anyone who has decided to make their own cake is to experiment with different mixes–Betty Crocker is the easiest and the most conveniant, but not the only mix out there. Jules Gluten Free has a wonderful mix that can be used for anything–cakes, bread, you name it. It’s really quite good. Also, I know several bakeries who will decorate a cake if you bring it in. So, if you want something a bit fancier than the average bake-at-home cake, see if there’s a bakery near you that offers this kind of service. I’ve taken a few cakes to the bakery department at several Safeways and have always been pleased with the results. Now that gluten-intolerance and Celiac Disease are becoming more prevalent, more bakeries are providing gluten-free options. You may be able to find one near you!
My final advice is for those who are forgoing the eating of the cake completely- now, if you just aren’t into the whole wedding cake ordeal, that’s one thing. But, if you’re going to the trouble of having a cake made–make it for you too, not just your guests. It’s very rare for those of us who have to eat Girlfriend to be able to do so freely–make your wedding one of those rare moments where you can eat everything on the menu.
That is, if there’s time in between all those other bothersome obligations a bride must endure at her wedding.
Post # 8
One of my friends is gluten intolerant and had a gluten-free wedding cake and it was actually one of the best wedding cakes I’ve ever had (the only one I would say was better was mine…but I’m biased…particularly since I made mine :-p).
Sorry…that’s not really helpful, particularly since you’re in need of a recipe. But good gluten-free cakes do exist!
Post # 9
I’m not, but my Dad and his mother are. At my little sister’s wedding my Mum made her cake (one tier fruit cake and 3 tiers chocolate) and made the top chocolate tier with gluten free flour so the coeliac members of the family could have some. She’s making the cake for my wedding too, so I expect we’ll do something similar. She used this recipe: http://www.the-wedding-information-site.com/chocolate-wedding-cake-recipe.html, which seemed to work equally well with ordinary and gf flour. Of course, if you do that, you’ll need to get the caterers to understand that the gluten containing and gf cakes need to be completely separate and identifiable.
I think if I were coeliac, I might think about going down the route LesleyW suggests and trying to make it so everything at the wedding was gluten free so I didn’t have to worry about it. I can see that that would be pretty hard work though, unless you found a caterer who could work with that. If you want to be able to eat your wedding cake (and I certainly do!), it’s worth trying to see if you can do that.
Post # 10
I’m running into the same issue with wedding cake. My Fiance has celiacs and we have a very limited budget. So, we’re going to end up making a small cake we can cut into (using a gluten free mix), and having a regular cake that everyone else can eat.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the advice! I’m very happy to see that I’m not the only one with this issue. We are getting married in a resort and the reception will be at one of the restaurants, so everyone can order what they want. For the cake though, It could be difficult to stress the importance of gluten free to the cooks who only speak spanish.. I might have a cake made when I come back home, just for fun and I think someone’s hosting a party for us – it will be a great occasion for the cake and a Girlfriend cake cutting! 🙂
Post # 12
I’m celiac! Wohoo! I’m currently trying to figure out my recipies for Thanksgiving pumkin pie. I’m planning on having a regular cake with flour and all and then the week before baking a cheesecake for me, my celiac sister, and the cake cutting. That way my Fiance & I get to have something we both really like for the obligtory cake feeding & I don’t get sick from his crumbs.
A few reccomendations:
- I just made sweet potato cupcakes from a better homes and gardens recipie with gf flour substituted and a little bit of xantham gum added. They turned out awesome–out of the 15 or so I took to work, 3 are left.
- You can always go with a flourless chocolate cake for you. Tastes delicious and looks fancy.
- My fav so far and the easiest- Whole Foods gf white cake mix with a little bit of almond flavoring added.–I stock up when drive I to a major city.
Also, since you are getting married at a resort, hopefully they will be willing to do whatever to make you happy. Find whoever can translate best and have them help you out. You might even want to pack along a set of pans if you want a small enough cake.
Post # 13
This is my first post! I’m not engaged yet (hopefully soon!), but I am gluten intolerant and haven’t figured out how we will tackle that at the wedding. I think the easiest and most economical option seems to be to have a big non-GF cake for guests and then a Girlfriend one to cut. My family has made quite a few successful cakes, including an almond flavored white cake, which is what I’ve always wanted for my wedding anyway. So I know making a cake for me won’t be a problem, but I’m worried that it will look sad next to the big one. Thoughts?
Is anyone besides LeslyeW having all gluten free catering? How difficult was it to find a caterer to meet your needs? Did you find it was more expensive?
charmedlife- I also stock up on Whole Foods when I travel to a larger city. Last week I bought 10 boxes of Gorilla Munch cereal and the cashier asked if I had a picky child. I was like, uh no, that’s for me!
Post # 14
I am Celiac and had a gluten free wedding last February if you need help. Can you just bring some cake mixes with you? (I haven’t tried the new better crocker ones, but I hear they are cheaper than the other Girlfriend mixes.) I know it’s not exciting, but it might be easier to do that than to get multiple types of flours to mix together. Another option is an iced cheesecake or a flourless cake (naturally GF). Please feel free to PM me w/ other questions.
Also, I have a post on this topic, though slightly different, if you search for it.
Post # 15
oh, and I also had a Girlfriend caterer…not 100% sure, but it didn’t seem more expensive
Post # 16
I was diagnosed with Celiac this summer.
We opted to have a regular cake. No matter how good a g-f recipe is, it still tastes different, and for people who aren’t used to it, they might not enjoy it. Also, g-f is usually about twice as pricey, so the last thing we wanted was an uneaten, expensive g-f cake!
Plus the only little bakery I know of in our area that does g-f baked goods only sells them pre-made, not fresh. We are still getting our cake from there, though, as they have fantastic non g-f food.
We just got a basic chocolate/white three teired cake with chocolate buttercream icing. We saved money because we are not doing the top layer to freeze (it came down about $100! They must really get ya with that!)
My fiance is a cook and his good friend from work is a fantastic baker and is making a gluten-free cheesecake as a gift. FH doesn’t want to eat something different than me, so we are going to cut our cake, then have a slice of the g-f precut and feed each other that.
Our friend is catering our wedding, and most of it is naturally g-f, but anything that’s not he will substitute for me.
I’m glad I don’t have to worry about cross-contamination or anything … the last thing I want is to be sick on that day!