Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Not Just Wedding Cakes...

When it comes to wedding desserts, the first thing that typically comes to mind is the traditional wedding cake, with its many tiers and smooth finish. And with all the tools and ingredients available to pastry chefs these days, it's possible to create all sorts of delicious and inventive wedding cakes that really showcase a couple's uniqueness. 

But...what if you don't like cake, or you're just not that excited about having this as the finish to your wedding? When my husband and I got married a few years ago, that was a big dilemma for us. As someone who designs and creates wedding cakes professionally, it seemed only fitting that we'd have a lovely tiered confection to round out the big day, but we're both not really cake-lovers. Sure, we enjoy the occasional slice of cake, but it's not the first thing we'd order on a dessert menu. 

What did make us (and our sweet tooths) really happy was ice cream. The best endings to our dates was oftentimes stopping by the local ice cream parlor for a cone of something cold and delicious, so we chose to share our love of this all-season treat by having an ice cream sundae bar, complete with all the fixings. So much more us, and so much fun for each of our guests to personalize things according to their own tastes. And as we head into the summertime, ice cream bars are an awesome way to highlight the season's best produce in tantalizing and unique flavors that extend beyond the traditional chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. What about lavender honey vanilla, or strawberry with a balsamic caramel swirl?

Other ideas to consider for an alterna-wedding dessert could include: mini cream puffs filled with a variety of different flavored custards, fruit tartlets that showcase luscious seasonal fruits, a giant candy bar filled with homemade caramels, truffles, marshmallows, nut brittles, and more! Think of what you and your partner really love the most and chances are, this can be a delicious and visually stunning wedding dessert. The possibilities are endless, and your guests will thank you for giving them something just a little bit different at the end of the night!

Wedding Desserts by Pei-Yee Woo
Photography by Aurora Meneghello

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