You’ve written your own vows, you’ve okayed your wedding party’s outfits, you’ve already personalized your color scheme and you’ve chosen your playlist. But the customization doesn't end there. For a truly personal touch to your big day, consider exploring desserts beyond the classic multi-tiered wedding cake. For soon-to-be-spouses, smaller cakes or a large grouping of smaller alternative desserts can be a budget-friendly alternative to behemoth cakes. Plus the smaller sizes lend themselves to a medley of flavors, various designs and a dynamic and sometimes interactive visual display for ultimate personalization.
Size Doesn’t Matter
Think you need a massive cake to feed a crowd? Multi-tiered cakes are showstopping, but they can be cost prohibitive for many couples, and often you’re limited to certain flavors, structures and designs because of the size, weight and intricacy of such a baking undertaking. If you’re looking to keep costs manageable—or if you can’t decide on a single flavor or design—look into smaller options that cater to large crowds. Bakeries and caterers like Hy-Vee (1720 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-881-1950) offer catering options for ordering multiple cakes or cupcakes, and if you give your baker your color scheme and design preferences, together you can come up with a cohesive look, no matter how many baked goods you’re displaying.
Pretty and Personal
Amanda Stout, head baker at Sugar Leaf Bakery (2800 W. 76 Country Blvd., Suite 211, Branson, 417-336-6618) says multiple treats allow couples to offer variety and more elaborate designs. Because each cake is self-contained, you don’t have to worry about competing flavors or overly expensive designs. Smaller sizes also allow you to incorporate delicacies like the mousse cakes at European Café (207 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-986-4646). These confections sport a dazzling mirror glaze and come in 6-inch, 8-inch or mini sizes, although they aren’t ideal for feeding a large group on their own. However, when paired with complementary cakes or treats, they can form the centerpiece of your dessert table.
The Pros of Sheet Cake
Another cost-efficient option is having a small decorative display cake to use during your cake cutting ceremony and ordering a sheet cake version to serve to your guests. “Sheet cake is wonderful for a lot of different reasons,” Stout says. “It feeds a lot of people for not a lot of cost.” She says sheet cakes also decrease the turnaround time between cutting the cake and serving it—your caterer can pre-cut and plate the sheet cake before or while you cut your display cake so guests can dig in right away.
No matter your budget, your colors or your aesthetic, know that options abound for a dazzling dessert display. Let your baker know what flavors and designs you have in mind, and he or she can help you concoct a cake medley of your dreams.