Mr. Wallaby and I have HUGE sweet teeth. We exercise frequently, and we generally eat pretty healthy, so we try to use those reasons to justify our daily sugar intake, but seriously, we both love all things sweet. I often bake homemade treats (Mr. W’s faves are chocolate chip cookies and molten chocolate cake), but we also love to go out for ice cream, frozen yogurt, or just to get a chocolate bar at the grocery store.
Now that I’ve told you about our sugar consumption habits, you may find this surprising: Mr. W and I don’t care much for wedding cake. Don’t get me wrong—I will always take a few bites of cake at weddings we attend. I would never pass up that opportunity. But I’ve found most wedding cakes to be fairly bland. Cakes decorated with fondant are especially low on my list—I prefer the yummy flavor of buttercream frosting to the sleek look of a cake covered in fondant. But even buttercream cakes have not generally piqued my palate. Mr. W has told me he feels the same way. He can’t remember enjoying any of the slices of wedding cake that he’s tried at past weddings.
Fondant wedding cake: so beautiful…but not Mr. W’s and my favorite dessert / Cake by Wildflowers by Lori / Photo via Wildflowers By Lori
I would MAYBE spring for a fondant cake if it were shaped like a bundle of asparagus. That is pretty dang creative! / Photo via Sweetapolita
I decided that, in lieu of cakes, we could have pies! We live in the South and are tying the knot in November, so fall Southern wedding = perfect for pies! Even better, I had the idea that we could ask our local guests to bring home-baked pies to the wedding, and Mr. W and I would have a taste test and award ribbons to the bakers of the best pies. Doesn’t that sound fun?!?
We encountered a small glitch, though. Most of our local guests are Mr. W’s male friends from college (read: bachelors who don’t know how to operate an oven, let alone pull off baking a pie from scratch) and Mr. W’s family friends, who are mostly Persian and don’t normally bake American desserts like pies. (We had a huge Thanksgiving celebration last fall with all of Mr. W’s family friends, and all of the pies were store bought. I’m all over that next year! ) I also worried that asking people to bake cakes might be too much of a burden, especially if they are not into baking or are busy the weekend of the wedding.
So we went back to the drawing board. My mom expressed her desire that we have a traditional wedding cake. One of the groomsmen’s moms offered to bake our wedding cake—their family is Mexican, and she bakes Mexican wedding cakes as a side business. And so Mr. W and I are going to meet with Groomsman J’s mama in a couple weeks to do a taste testing and decide on a plan for the cake(s).
Mr. W would like a tres leches cake for his groom’s cake—has anyone ever seen this pulled off at a wedding before? It could prove messy, but what the heck! We haven’t decided yet what to do about the bride’s cake, though, and we’re pretty overwhelmed with all of the options out there. So, here’s where I need your help: what are some wedding cake flavors that you’ve enjoyed? What cakes are great crowd-pleasers, and which ones should we try to avoid (for the sake of picky eaters)?