My fiance and I are getting married in October, and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re trying to stick within our budget and not ask our parents for help (my mom has already insisted on buying my dress and accessories, and even making me a jacket, which is more than generous). Both my fiance and I are major foodies who love gourmet desserts, and one thing we both love, but rarely eat, is cake. So one aspect of the wedding we were really excited about was the wedding cake. Unfortunately, as I got quotes from a variety of bakers, I began to realize that we could not afford a cake large enough for our number of guests, so I started to look for alternatives. We’ve found what we think could be a great alternative. A baker in our city can make a tower of macarons large enough to feed all our guests with a regular round cake as the base.
Now my question is this: how do we go about doing the ceremonial cake-cutting? I was thinking we would slice into the base, and then we would just eat the macarons at the actual wedding (it’ll be sitting on a big sweet table with other pastries and fruit as well), and then after the guests have left, my husband and I would slice up the cake quickly and distribute it to the wedding party and our parents, and take pieces for ourselves to eat on the way to the airport. But then I worry that it wouldn’t be very nice to draw attention to the cake if it won’t really be served, so maybe instead of cutting into it, we could just ceremoniously remove the first two macarons. Or is this whole thing just a bad idea?
Eagerly awaiting your sage advice. 0404-12
The important point to remember is to not create different tiers of guests and treat them differently with some getting one food (or a better one) while others are not so fortunate to be included in the “have” group. What you serve at your reception should be served for all. If the cake is something you’ve been looking forward to, I suggest serving it at the rehearsal dinner which I assume will have only immediate family and wedding party in attendance. At the wedding reception, remove and eat the top two macarons. You could save the cake base in the freezer for your one year anniversary but good cake doesn’t survive being frozen that long so why not forego the cake base entirely and have just the macarons tower as your “cake”. On your anniversary you can then order a small cake like was served at the rehearsal dinner to enjoy.