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Double helpings

Rachel Horner

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Rachel Horner

Double helpings

WITH many cakes coming in at more than £500, opting for something that can – providing your caterer or venue agree – double up as the pudding for your meal will definitely help keep the budget in check, and is an easy way to shave hundreds of pounds off the cost of your wedding. The idea has been around for quite a few years now, with cupcake towers, croque en bouche and three-tiered pavolas being popular choices. However, some brides said that they missed having an actual cake to cut and a wow-factor centrepiece, so designers have been coming up with alternative ideas to fulfill both briefs, such as village fete dessert table (from £2.50 for individual treats), with four-tier cake (£395) by Jelly Cake. Antoinette Patisserie, based in Odiham, Hampshire, has recently introduced what could become the cake craze for summer weddings – the cake pop tower. Styled to mimic a traditional wedding cake but Three-tier_Cake_Pop_Toweroffering a modern twist, the owner of Antoinette, Tania Skinner, said: “The US has embraced cake pops for weddings and they can make great favours, but I wanted to bring a little innovation to the market. “Cupcake towers still offer an ideal single serving option for weddings, but the cake pop is growing in popularity. “I wanted to offer the cake pop in a more traditional format, so the tower was produced. I haven’t seen anything like this in the UK yet, so it is really exciting to bring this to market.” The tower can hold any colour cake pops and Antoinette can produce numerous flavour combinations. The stand holds up to 500 cake pops, and a cutting cake option on the top tier can also be incorporated. For more information, see her website www.antoinette-patisserie.co.uk. A similar idea, from CakeyPigg Originals, is stacked wedding cake cookies. The creative director of the Stratfield Saye-based bakery, Jen Wong, said: “Delight guests by serving each person their own miniature tiered wedding ‘cake’. Made from delicious all-butter shortbread they can be presented as the dessert course to the wedding breakfast.Dial a cake “Light and buttery, they are perfect with a cup of coffee at the end of a your meal. “Each stack can serve one to three people. They are also easily portable for guests wishing to take them home as wedding favours. Gorgeous displayed on a tiered cupcake stand, presented afternoon tea style, or individually boxed, they will add a touch of elegance.” Prices start at £6.50 each for a minimum order of 12. For more details, see www.cakeypigg.com. For a more traditional look, cakes decorated with piped buttercream or fudge icing make a good cake/pudding combination. Using softer icing rather than royal icing provides extra moisture, and served with extra cream and fruit, turns it into a delicious, light summer dessert. Thatcham-based cakemaker Dawn Saunders, of Delicious Dial A Cake, said that she was finding buttercream was becoming more popular for decorating, particularly for brides creating a vintage-style wedding. She produces a delicately-pipped buttercream three-tired vanilla sponge cake, which costs £225. For more information, log on to www.deliciousdialacake.com Other trends for 2014 include handpainted cakes  -

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