There is cheese, there is cake, there is cheesecake and nowadays there are also cheese wedding cakes. These cheese wedding cake is the ultimate stylish cheeseboard, made to resemble a multi-tiered wedding cake – and they’re growing ever more fashionable by the year! This is another option with a distinctly continental feel to it, for brides and grooms who want something that little bit different on their big day.
For the ultimate wedding breakfast you don’t have to choose between two options – have a traditional iced and decorated wedding cake for your ‘cutting of the cake’ photographs – and a cake of cheese too! In France the cheeseboard is an essential ‘end of the meal’ course as cheese is good for digestion and French cheese, in particular, is so good!
If you only want one wedding cake with a difference, go for the cheese cake alone – this is a budget-friendly option and a savoury course for your guests. We have never heard of a wedding where the cheese cake has not been a great success and gone down a storm.
A third alternative is a great idea for a gift… for the groom! Real brides have reported that their cheese-loving grooms absolutely thrilled getting their very own mini cheese cake, either as a surprise at the reception, or just before the wedding!
There are cheese companies who will design and build tailor-made cheese wedding cakes, but you can also easily build your own. Here is a the step-by-step guide to making your very own cheese wedding cake:
- Decide on the suppliers you’ll be using to source your cheeses and the cheese selection. You’ll need to source a variety of different cheeses, using a selection similar to that found on a good cheese board – a hard cheese, a soft cheese and a blue cheese are often a good place to start. Your cheeses should vary in colour, texture and flavour, and come in wheels so they’re easy to stack.
- Purchase the cheeses. Allow around 100g of cheese per guest, or a minimum of 10kg per 100 guests. If you are providing this alongside a traditional wedding cake, you may need less than 100g per person. Ideally, you should look to have three to five layers of cheese to get the traditional tiered wedding cake look. Each tier will need to differ in size from large to small. You could also consider adding small goat’s cheeses or heart shaped cheeses in between the layers, to add height to the cake.
- When it’s time to present your cheeses, you can either use a wedding cake stand, stack the cheeses directly on top of one another, or put a circle of greaseproof paper between each cheese. Rustic bases are also becoming increasingly popular, so to obtain this look, we suggest finding a local sawmill and asking them to cut a slice from a tree for you and to sand it with their power sanders. Once you’ve got this home, you can wax the wood to seal the surfaces.
- To finish, decorate with fresh or dried fruit, herbs and edible flowers and serve with crusty bread and/or savoury crackers on the side!
It’s so easy to be cheesy…
- Use Stilton and other creamy blue cheeses to create a blue marble cake and adorn with blue or purple flowers to enhance a blue colour scheme.
- Decorate your cheese cake with grapes, flowers, fruits and leaves to stunning effect.
- Use locally made cheeses to bring a homely feel to your wedding breakfast. Weddings taking place in or around Cheddar Gorge should feature locally made cave-aged cheese varieties.
- Serve with speciality chutneys, pickles, crackers and crusty breads for a spectacular savoury finale to your meal.
Freeze your cheese
Remember – in the unlikely event that you have any cheese left over, it will keep for weeks in the fridge. Hard cheese like Cheddar can be grated and frozen for use in sauces, whilst 250 gram portions of Blue Stilton wrapped in foil can be frozen for up to 3 months. The trick then is to defrost the Stilton cheese slowly in the fridge overnight. The cheese wedding cake then becomes a zero waste option!
Why you should have a cheese wedding cake
Perfect for rustic, country style weddings and a gorgeous addition to a stylish urban city wedding. Not only is the cheese wedding cake a fashionable trend, it’s also a healthy and delicious alternative to the sweet cake. And if that’s not a sexy enough reason to choose cheese, they look really cool too!
Confetti recommends: HRH Big Cheese Cake Company, UK-wide cheese wedding cake specialists!
Did you know there are over 700 types of cheese produced in the UK? The British Cheese Board promotes the British cheese industry, with useful information on anything from varieties to recipes. It’s your first step to making the very best cheese cake you can have for your wedding!