Post # 1
So my cake is unfortunately not going to be vegan, but I will have a few (3-4) vegan guests. I don’t want them to feel left out and have the short end of the stick, so I am looking at some options for them.
A vegan colleague suggested cupcakes, but I was wondering if you had any other creative ways to make the vegans feel included during dessert-time. Or if you are vegan yourself, what did you do for your wedding?
Any ideas and inspiration welcome!
Post # 4
@bebero: Lol, I was looking at a fruit-only Edible Arrangement, but may just order a vegan amaretto cheesecake as vegan bakeries are plentiful in Manhattan.
Post # 5
I totally forgot about that :/
We’ll only have one vegan and a few vegetarians, and I made sure we had an entree and appatizers that would work. Now I’m thinking maybe we should serve some fruit with dessert. That works for vegans and people who just want to eat healthy.
Post # 6
Since you mentioned you live in Manhattan, Peacefood Cafe on the UWS has AMAZING vegan desserts. Every omnivore I’ve brough there loves them. You could also see about getting some desserts from anywhere that has Vegan Treats desserts. I know Atlas Cafe orders from there and I think a few more places around the city. I’ll be ordering my wedding cake from Vegan Treats even though it’s located in PA. Blossom Bakery is a great option, too. You could also offer ice cream from this place that was called Lula’s Sweet Apothecary but now has no name.
Post # 7
@TGold: Wow! Thank you! I’m actually looking at Blossom Cafe. I have been to Peacefood quite a few times – their strawberry shortcake and key lime pie are DELISH.
I also e-mailed VeganTreats in hopes that they can drop ship one of their cakes – I just want a vegan cheesecake from them, but if they can’t do that – then I will order from Blossom. I actually live in northern NJ, and my reception is in Union City, NJ right across the Hudson, but I have time to pick up and bring the cake to the reception site.
Thank you again!
Post # 8
Pip’s Place on the Upper East Side can also do nice stuff with dietary restrictions too, and their products are really cute! We will be using them to make gluten free desserts for our wedding, and vegan desserts if we need them.
Post # 9
Vegan cupcakes! We don’t have any vegan guests coming, but at another wedding I went to, the bride and groom had a regular cake and anyone with a specific dietary requirement got their own special cupcake – gluten free peeps got a flour less chocolate cupcake, vegans got some kind of carrot cake I think and people with a nut allergy got a different sort again.
Post # 10
I’m not vegan, but I’m lactose intolerant, so sometimes I end up eating vegan by coincidence. 🙂
I was at a wedding a few months ago where the bride actually ordered a small container or lemon sorbet for me, so that I could eat that while everyone else was eating ice cream. It was so tasty, and it was so sweet of her to think of me! Double check the ingredient list, for sure, but lots of sorbet is vegan, and can be very tasty. 🙂
Post # 11
@MrsNewDay: If you’re already having a non-vegan cake, I like the idea of a vegan cheesecake, but have it served directly to them or labled if it’s on a dessert table. My vegan family members are always annoyed because omnivores will take the vegitarian/vegan things as “sides” or “extra” and they often end up getting nothing because it’s gone.
Post # 12
I have a vegan friend and have eaten a lot of vegan dessert with her. Definitely don’t do vegan cheesecake- it is gross. When the main ingredient is cream cheese which is not vegan, it is just not a good vegan choice. I would do something everyone would like. Cupcakes probably would feel like overkill with a cake for non-vegan guests. I would do chocolate covered fruit or some cookies
Post # 13
I might get flamed for this, but you do not have to cater to 2 or 3 people with restricted diets. If you’re offering an entree that will work for them, that is enough. With so many dietary restrictions these days (by choice or not), it is impossible to meet EVERYONE’S needs. Do what you can, but don’t stress about it. The idea of fruit was something simple and easy that could be done.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
@MrsNewDay: I’m planning on getting some special side orders of vegan cupcakes from a local bakery for my vegan friends!
Post # 15
While you don’t HAVE to cater to a small group of people, it is always a nice and memorable thing for those guests to have the host ensure they are well looked after.
I do have a couple of vegetarian friends, and one who has a nut allergy. They often can only eat the fruit during dessert time. They never seem quiet excited or happy with just fruit. I think a vegan cheesecake or vegan petit fours would be good enough.
Maybe have a cookie trays that are vegan friendly and that all guests can eat.
Like another poster mentioned, have the vegan items set aside or served directly to those with the dietary concern, OR have the vegan guests go up to the dessert table first (so that there is no cross contamination and they have time to find the vegan items). Many regular guests often take these items for themselves and those who do need it don’t get any.
Post # 16
I’m vegan and my fiance eats vegan at home. There will only be one other vegan at our wedding. We’ve decided to serve vegan whoopie pies instead of cake. They are delicious and no one will notice they are vegan. They are so delicious, and I feel good about being able to share something that I know others will enjoy. As a vegan I don’t expect to be able to eat the dessert at weddings, but I would absolutely appreciate it if there was one I could have. Cupcakes or sorbet would be good options. Or definitely any kind of vegan dessert you buy at a bakery. I’ve had sweets from Vegan Treats in PA and they were really delicious, especially the cannolis.