Wedding cake alternatives bring both whimsy and wow to wedding celebrations.
Amongst the flowers, the dress, the rings and the vows, one’s big day would not be complete without another joyful element — dessert. The final course to cap this momentous occasion has long been the realm of the multi-tiered wedding cake. Yet more and more couples are shifting away from the traditional tower of cascading blossoms and icing, and embracing delightful dessert spreads and innovative installations, creating vibrant focal points that are sure to dazzle one’s guests.
Nuria Villacís is a pastry chef at the Marriott Beach House on Grand Cayman, whose culinary journey prior to moving to the Islands included several years creating wedding cakes and desserts in Ecuador. When it comes to dessert, Marriott Beach House knows how to throw quite a soirée indeed. In addition to their exquisite on-site weddings, the Beach House also throws a weekly Mad Tea Party. Inspired by the eccentric feast from Alice in Wonderland, the colourful array of desserts and teas is a favourite amongst guests.
Villacís reminisces on one of her personal favourite wedding endeavours for a couple who both shared a great love of music. “We created tiny cheesecake jars with a design of an old record on the lid that had the names of the bride and groom written where the name of the artist used to be. Also, their wedding cake had a song lyric written all around it.”
It’s that opportunity for creativity that is drawing more couples towards dynamic dessert tables. Bites like doughnuts and cupcakes are no longer simplistic in design but artisanal creations showcasing both sweet and savoury flavour combinations. Pretty in pastel macarons, ice cream stations and colourful cake pops — or, if you’re more a fan of pastry, pie pops — have all been making their way to dessert tables.
And just as important as the desserts themselves is the presentation. Villacís advises, “Keep it fun and playful; desserts are all about emotions. It’s important to have different height levels for the display and defined elements according to the style of the celebration. Colours and decorative accents also play an important role.” Think doughnut walls and cupcake towers, tiered installations of mini pies or cakes, or stackable sweets like crêpes, or even pancakes.
Desserts of Distinction
One of the greatest values in this shift of the dessert menu is the personalisation it allows and the engagement it creates for guests. Couples have the opportunity to let their creativity shine and express the energy of their love, whether it’s through bright colours, floral accents, charming display tags or simply choosing sweets they truly love. These elements also integrate the final course into the overall aesthetic of the day.
In addition to an innovative display, many couples are also honing in on offering healthy options for guests and celebrating locally sourced ingredients. Having a variety of desserts to choose from can help accommodate guests’ dietary needs and preferences, from vegan to gluten-free selections. Grand Cayman’s Scratch Gourmet Desserts not only creates delicious desserts with the most natural ingredients possible, they also provide brides and patrons with products that are free of preservatives, locally sourced and as “gluten-free or gluten-full” as desired. Their iconic rustic Naked Cakes, doughnuts and French macarons make lovely additions to any dessert table.
The dessert course is also a fun opportunity to celebrate the couple’s cultural origins. Across the whole menu, couples are increasingly seeking to incorporate multicultural meals for their big day, showcasing family favourites and signature dishes. For dessert, this could mean mini versions of traditional desserts, innovative twists on classic flavours or just tasty treats known to the region, be it mango or guava turnovers, churros with delicious dipping sauces or a towering croquembouche.
And the treats don’t end with dessert. Coming up with creative party gifts for guests can be a challenging part of the planning process for couples. Growing in popularity are edible gifts, like mini jams, chutneys or jars of honey. Charming vessels like vintage bottles or Mason jars add a touch of creativity with plenty of room for decorative details, and it’s a wonderful way to honour your loved ones and showcase local ingredients, too.
With enchanting colour and personalised accents, the dessert table is truly a creative palette for couples to express the beauty and joy of their love, and an instant eye-catcher that is sure to spark delight in the hearts of all.
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Author: Jessie Gilmartin