Alternative Cakes | Cheese Wedding Cake
Are you looking for a unique and interesting idea for your wedding cake? Would you like to have the tradition of a cake, but don’t really like cake? How about finding something that serves double duty – feeding your guests for canapés and have a cake to cut? If you answered yes to any of these questions – we have just the solution for you! Why not have a Cheese Wedding Cake to wow your guests? Here are two examples of how to incorporate a Cheese Wedding Cake at your own wedding:
Cheese Wedding Cake – For Starters
Have an out of the ordinary wedding cake that can double as your canapés saving you a little extra on your wedding budget! You can have your gorgeous Cheese Wedding Cake displayed with seasonal fruit, a variety of freshly baked homemade bread, crackers and even some charcuterie. This can serve as your canapé, and will get your guests socialising around the bounty of cheese! If you decide to go with this option, you will have to “cut the cake” before your guests can eat, so it will take place quite early in the festivities (which is also not a bad idea!).
Cheese Wedding Cake – The End
You could also serve your Cheese Wedding Cake with the coffee after your dessert course. This will lend quite the European feel to the end of your evening. This will also allow you to have a little bit of a smaller Cheese Wedding Cake, as your guests should be quite satisfied by this point. Serve your late night “Cheese Board” with digestive biscuits, seasonal fruit, dark chocolate and port or a rich red wine.
We recently had the pleasure of attending the exclusive tasting of the Culture Club Cheese’s Artisanal Cheese Wedding Cakes along with some of our industry colleagues. This little gem is situated in the heart of Cape Town, on the famous Bree Street, right next to Bacon on Bree (can we get an invitation there too, please?!), and is run by Luke and Jess Williams.
Along with their showcase of stunning Cheese Wedding Cake, Luke gave us a very entertaining lesson in the fine art of cheese making and shared with us his passion for properly made artisan cheese, made from the very finest of ingredients, that he sources locally and internationally for his clientele. Luke knows each of his suppliers personally, and he knows exactly what every cheese is made from, how long it has been matured, how it is stored – the list goes on! Needless to say – the cheeses at Culture Club Cheese is out of this world!
Which Cheese can be used?
The cheeses Luke recommends for a Cheese Wedding Cake are sturdy cheeses that will hold their shape well. He doesn’t recommend too many soft cheese varieties – as this will jeopardise the structure of the cake. He will sit with every couple and discuss what they like and what they don’t want, and make his recommendations, but for our special tasting, we had the delight in tasting these cheeses:
Waterkloof Healey’s Mature Cheddar – As a real handmade cheddar should do, it snaps rather than bends and has a deep yet balanced fruity acidity.
Goukambert – This bloomy rind cheese starts its life off as a camembert style with a white penicillium mould coating, but gets edible wild moulds occasionally growing on the outside. Delicious!
Coeur Neufchatel – The centre is creamy-chalky and the just inside the rind is less acidic sweet chestnut. When aged, can get rich, mushroomy flavours. This was one of our faves!
Bavarian Blue – This beautiful example of blue cheese is like slicing through butter and with its fatty, crumbly texture and piquancy it’ll satisfy the taste buds of any blue cheese-loving connoisseur looking for that metallic zing.
This is a great idea to bring a savoury flair into your wedding day if you aren’t much of a sweet tooth, and can be quite cost-effective as it serves more than one purpose. Contact Luke from Culture Club Cheese today to arrange a meeting – you’re sure to love it!