Cake Buffet…who’d stop at candy?


Thayer Allyson Gowdy via snippet & ink

I feel the need to say “I love you like a fat kid loves cake,” and since I don’t think I can have a placard with that on our dessert table…I’m getting it out of my system now. Garrett and I had talked a little bit about cakes and we’d both decided that we didn’t want anything super fancy. Garrett’s a minimalist (unless you see our bookshelves) and I prefer simple to really ornate. I like the look of fondant but not the taste. I love buttercream. I like clean, simple, but not perfect. And finding a vintage cake topper with a blonde bride and brunette groom that I liked was just not going to happen. I have little patience for ebay. So, we talked about doing a really simple cake. Something 3 tier or thereabouts, simple white frosting, bam.

But I’m sure some of you other brides can relate… Garrett’s not crazy about making decisions wedding things. I was trying to find a fabric in our color scheme at a fabric store that was going out of business and I drove Garrett crazy. I couldn’t make up my mind at all and wandered around like I do in grocery stores, aisle after aisle. I ended up going home with nothing. And the store wasn’t really close by. Oops! Even though Garrett loves cake, the idea of going to taste testings and talking price and picking something out…it’s exhausting. I’d considered making my own cake before, like some other bride bloggers I’ve seen, decided I had lost my mind, and moved on. But the more I see the whole “cake buffet” idea, the more I think it could work for us. My sister loves baking. One of Garrett’s cousins used to run a bakery and has lots of supplies (plus, her daughter Megan, who reads my blog and is now a good friend of mine, has offered to maybe come down early to help me with things like flowers or cakes). Linden, one of my bridesmaids, has offered up some delicious recipe of her grandma’s… We might be in business. I’ve made a few mean pound cakes in my day and if nothing else I think I could manage that.

Plus, we’re looking at our reception as a party at this point. We’re not going to be stressing out the day of and I don’t think we’ll be heading off for a honeymoon the next day or anything, so I just want to have fun!

this one is from a navy & yellow wedding (our colors!) that I love! It was featured in Southern Weddings’ blog and the photographer is Sarah Maren. I like that they had a candy buffet on the ends of the cake buffet.

So from you, what are your favorite kinds of cake, do you have any favorite recipes (for frosting too!), what would you be most excited to see at a cake buffet? Oh, and any tips on petit fours? Garrett loves them.

Some thoughts of mine: strawberry cake, a butter cake, some kind of chocolate (maybe mousse-ish?), lemon?, pound cake, linden’s sour cream cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting…

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13 comments on “Cake Buffet…who’d stop at candy?

  1. I love those photos! I think several different cakes set up on different pedestals (not even the same ones, but of the same “look”) would be very pretty. You could make cute little signs telling the inside of each cake too. I know a great recipe for frosting (email if you’d like it) at least for cupcakes. I guess it depends on what you want for the look. Plus, if you are having the wedding outside completely, they say you don’t want to use buttercream because the icing can start to slide. Whoa! Don’t want sliding icing!! As for what I would like to see, I think my favorite cake is lemon with a lemon filling–I could get you that recipe too ;)

  2. One more thing, FI and I have decided we aren’t even having cake, cupcakes or a candy bar. We are doing something a little different that I don’t see mentioned–well, ever—that I can remember. We are doing cheesecake and he is having a groom’s pie instead of a groom’s cake :)

  3. these cakes are to die for!!!!! Who needs traditional wedding cake after seeing these mouth watering beauties :)

  4. brandi writes...

    First of all…any bride that quotes 50 Cent to describe their dessert table gets my vote any day!!!!! :):):)

    It’s a wonderful idea. Very original. You get the tradition of the wedding cake without the $4/person price tag!

    I don’t have any recipes for Petit Fours, but my mom is making a bunch of these for our dessert table. Similar, but not so intense to make.

  5. I love this idea! A good friend of mine did this at her wedding and it was a HUGE hit! The only thing I’d recommend is having a small card beside each one with a description. It was a guessing game at my friends wedding so I went with what I knew I’d like but I would’ve loved to try others!

  6. Ohh my! These cakes are so yummy looking, and the designs are so lovely. If I do have those cakes I’ll just gonna look at them, til they melt. LOL.

  7. It’s gonna be superb to have a cake buffet on occasions especially on weddings. Those cakes really looks oh so yummy. It’s nice of you sharing that very original idea of yours. Thanks.

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