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Thoughts on Sweets

M and I both suffer from a serious love for sweets and adamantly agree that no meal is complete without dessert. In fact, were we not so committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, I dare say we’d both happily forgo dinner and jump straight to dessert far more often than we should. We just love sweets. With that said, it might come as a bit of a surprise that the wedding cake has been fairly low on the totem pole throughout the planning process. Once I started researching the price of cakes, I have spent a considerable amount of time convinced I’d just go without a cake entirely. I’ve never been big on the cutting of the cake so it just doesn’t seem that important to me.

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A very beautiful but likely very expensive cake from Vanilla Bakeshop

If we were to have a wedding cake, something simple and all white, perhaps with a few flowers would be ideal. Like a lot of others, I’m not a huge fan of fondant so simple buttercream would be just heavenly. However, at this point I’m pretty convinced a tiered wedding cake is not in our future, because I just don’t care enough about it to spend the kind of money it would require. Like a lot of people these days I love the idea of serving cupcakes instead, but again this alternative can get very pricey. I’ve had a number of bridesmaids and friends offer to help bake cupcakes, but in all honesty I just can’t see how we could pull it off without a lot of additional stress. Add in the fact that when I bake I do so only from scratch, no box mixes and no canned frosting, and I can see it becoming far more effort than it’d be worth.

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Cupcake tower from the wedding of Kim of Inspired Goodness

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about cake buffets and in particular, pulling together a lovely spread of cakes purchased from a regional grocery store chain known for their amazing bakery.

These are not your average run of the mill grocery store cakes. They are delicious, they look really pretty and they are made fresh daily with very high quality ingredients. Amassing a collection of cakes for the wedding day would be easy and affordable and stress free. What’s not to love? And I just love the way a pretty array of cakes looks.

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Cake buffet from Oh Happy Day

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Lovely buttercream cakes from Martha Stewart Weddings

Or maybe we should skip the cake altogether and indulge M’s insatiable appetite for cookies and my love affair with ice cream?

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Homemade cookie buffet from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Blackberry ice cream cobbler from Southern Living

Honestly, I’m still completely baffled by which direction to go. Were we not such sweet tooth junkies, we’d probably forgo cake entirely at this point. With that said, we recognize that’s just not an option for us so I’m hoping for that light bulb moment to strike me when the perfect solution presents itself…and hopefully soon! As long as it’s affordable and delicious, we’ll be thrilled. Is anyone else suffering from the great cake debate?

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13 comments on “Thoughts on Sweets

  1. hi!
    I couldn’t agree with you more… we also wanted the look of a simple classic cake, but without the punishment of fondant icing(YUCK). Anyway, here are a few options… I found this fantastic vendor on ETSY who will make the flowers out of clay. Her flowers are cost effective and can be added to a buttercream version so you acheive the same look, but without having to deal with fondant. http://practicallyhitched.blogspot.com/2009/03/let-them-eat-cake.html

  2. Briana writes...

    We’re doing a cake buffet too…I love this idea! It akes the reception feel like a cozy family dinner! Lovely!

  3. We didn’t really care about cake either. The fondant. Ick. But we love cake and have sweet tooths like nobodies business. So we opted to have a bunch of deserts. My mom was adamant on a cake so she opted to commission one. But otherwise, our families are making the treats they make so well and we love. For example, Jonathon’s mom is making a pumpkin roll, Jonathon is making his from scratch apple pie, my aunt is making red velvet cake, and my gran is making strawberry shortcake and banana pudding.

    It’s a mishmatched yum fest!!

  4. Levi-Rose writes...

    How much does the average wedding cake (in the city) cost nowadays? I have to admit, I’m 6 months from my date and I have no idea how much cakes go for. I guess I haven’t gotten that far into my planning, oops! That being said, the cake is one of the top things I care about (besides the actual getting married part!) so I will definitely have a cake.

    My friends are having a July wedding in Santa Barbara and they opted out of the cake by having an ice cream bar with all the fixin’s instead. It should be delicous, fun, and practical, especially in the summer heat! Just an idea for you to consider. Let us know what you decide!

  5. katie writes...

    we were not big on the cake thing either(nice to see i was not alone in that boat!). since our wedding food was all sort of a gourmet version of our favorite comfort foods, our caterer made miniature versions of root beer floats, tiny mocha mousse (with mini choc. donut on rim), and shot glasses w/a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a teeny warm choc.chip cookie…gracious, i was one happy bride. did i mention they also set up a s’mores bar for us?!! run with whatever strikes you fancy & have fun! :)

  6. All these are really beautiful and elegant – we served pie at our wedding (apple, marionberry and pumpkin) – it was October and everyone loved it.

  7. emily writes...

    this is such perfect timing! i was just freaking out about cake prices, and how i want a cake not because i need the cake cutting part, i could totally skip that, but i love cake. all sorts. so thanks, you have totally lifted my spirits today!

  8. Not sure where you’re located, but we’re having cupcakes done by Publix, and they priced them at less than $1 a piece, even with fancy fillings and such. Pretty hard to beat. I do love the cake buffet idea also though, lovely and tasty!

  9. I love that cake buffet picture from Oh Happy Day. The cake stands make me happy. That’s where I got my inspiration for our dessert table, actually. We’re doing cake and pie.

    I love the idea of the cake buffet from local bakeries, but the cookie buffet with ice cream also sounds delicious.

  10. There’s a local (to me) cake baker that does clay flowers, too.

    She bakes cakes, all from scratch using natural ingredients. Her business is called “Dolci Fiori” or “Dolce Fiori” (not sure of the spelling), but she’s near me in Elginburg. In fact, I’ll drive by her place on the way to the wedding ceremony location.

    I could make a cross-border cake crossing on your wedding day if you like!

  11. I want really simple and inexpensive, maybe with a cake topper. I saw a cute cake in a local bakery for $37, just buttercream with white chocolate shavings and I might go with something like that. My only problem is whether or not I have them stacked. I have a former baker coming and I think she could set up maybe? We’ll see. But yeah, cake is low on my list as well.

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