The traditional wedding cake isn’t everyone’s choice. If you’re not a big fan of cake, it makes perfect sense to choose an alternative option, and that might be savoury. Savoury treats can still be stacked in a tiered style to give the impression of a wedding cake, and work particularly well if you plan to serve them in the evening – the perfect cure for those evening munchies. We take a look at a few of our favourite savoury alternatives to the wedding cake.
The Cheese Wheels
Stacked layers of cheese wheels have become increasingly popular over the past decade. As a shape, they create a perfect tiered design, and the different selections of cheeses look appealing, especially when adorned with grapes and fresh flowers. The cheese cake is a good option for an evening feast when served with fresh breads and chutneys.
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TOP TIP: Add a personal touch by using local produce. Always avoid strong smelling cheeses, and keep the cheese out of direct sunlight on a hot day.
The Home-cooked Pies
Stacked pies are great fun and perfectly suited to a country wedding. If you’re a real pie lover, consider having a stack of fruit pies and another of meat or vegetable pies. Pork pie is the obvious choice and can be stacked in a traditional way with a larger pie on the bottom and the smallest on the top.
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Alternatively, choose individual pork pies, which are easier to serve.
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TOP TIP: If you like the sweet and the savoury, you could always include some fruit pies, or a more traditional wedding cake alongside your pie cake. Be sure to serve with a selection of condiments, and remember to cater for vegetarian guests.
The Alternating Tiers
Some of these savoury options go together rather well so it can be a good idea to ‘mix it up’ and create a little variety. We particularly love this River Cottage combo of pork pies and cheese wheels.
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… you might even include some fruit cake for a spectacular evening feast.
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TOP TIP: If you’re going to create mixed tiers, it’s a good idea to employ a caterer. Stacking and serving this is something of a skill, and no one wants a squashed pie from the bottom!
The Deli Cake
For a summer wedding, we’re all looking for tasty, light bites served with cool cocktails and chilled wine. The deli tower is a super choice for a sunny day – layers of cured meats alongside which you can serve other treats from olives and breads to fruits and salads.
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TOP TIP: This needs to be created by a professional caterer - arrangements of cured meats can look delicious, but can also look unappealing! Add interest and colour with berries and dried fruits.
The Contemporary Alternative
If you love sushi, why not present it on a tiered stand and treat your friends and family to a sushi feast. It’s wonderfully colourful and utterly delicious, and can either be served during your evening celebration or as part of a canapé reception.
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TOP TIP: Always serve vegetarian options for guests who choose not to eat the raw fish. Real sushi lovers might consider a tiered selection of sushi for each table as part of the wedding breakfast!
And for something completely different…
How about a tower of pizza? It’s certainly cool… and everyone loves a slice of pizza when they step off the dance floor!
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TOP TIP: It’s important to serve your guests a hot slice of tasty pizza instead of a cold slice with congealed cheese! Speak to your caterer about how to achieve this. It may be easier to have extra pizza already cut in to slices, and to use your ‘pizza cake’ as more of a visual treat!