Let them eat cheese! If you're more of a cheese tooth than a sweet tooth the cheese wedding cake is the perfect way to round out your wedding day menu.
We spoke with Sogna Ocello of Ocello Cheese Specialists about the 'all new' cheese wedding cake. "At any wedding the cheese wedding cake is a talking point," says Sogna, "they look amazing. Secondly, most venues have dessert included and this is another course to serve. The cheese will be eaten, unlike traditional wedding cake. At the end of a meal, guests can finish their wine or indulge in some Port or Whiskey."
There is a range of cheeses to choose from, "I always suggest hard cheese - cheddars, percorino, blue cheese, brie, triple cream or goat cheese." She recommends serving a cheese wedding cake with jams and mustard fruits on a platter per table so that everyone gets an opportunity to try the cheese. A cheese wedding cake is also well suited to gluten-free, nut-free or low sugar diets.
The good news is a cheese wedding cake is the same price as a traditional wedding cake and there is no wastage. "Couples can bring the cheese back to the store and we cut it in to 300g portions and heat seal it for long storage purposes," says Sogna.
It's best to adopt rustic or french chic styling elements for your cheese wedding cake. Sugar flowers are replaced by fresh flowers, fruit and twine while cake stands can be cast aside for natural wooden boards. Much like a dessert buffet, a wedding cheese cake can be accompanied by a host of delectable treats to complement the cheese and create an entire spread. Think figs drizzled with honey, grapes and pear, quince and cabernet paste with water crackers, bread sticks and freshly baked bread.
So say 'cheese' and treat yourselves and your guests to a wedding cheese cake and a decadent wedding snack!
Image credits from top - bottom: 1. Cake by Ocello - Cheese Specialist 2. Cake by Farmgate Cheese 3. + 4. Ocello - Cheese Specialist. All photographed by Jim Smith, styled by Gail MacDiarmid for Modern Wedding Cakes Magazine 15th Edition.