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WEDDING CAKES… with a twist!

Wedding cakes, they say, are a symbol of good luck for the couple and all the guests at the wedding. They are also a really great way to bring some fun and creativity to your special day. We love these slightly less traditional wedding cake options …

Creative, chic and delicious … everyone loves a macaron! Madame Macaron, based in Durban North, offer a wide range of macaron cake options for bridal couples. Owner Viveshni says macaron towers are an elegant, decadent, ‘out-of-the-box’ option for your special day. The macarons can be arranged in tiers on an acrylic stand with a cake as a topper so you can still do the traditional ‘cutting of the cake’. “Macarons afford the bride the opportunity to have a beautiful display in her colour palette, as well as a wide range of flavour options. You can have a ‘show-stopper’ display without breaking the bank.” A popular choice, she says, is having an ombre tower, with darker shades at the bottom leading up to lighter shades as you move up the tiers. “One of our favourite cakes to date incorporated blush pink roses on the alternating tiers. We also had a couple with a rainbow palette and each tier was a different colour of the rainbow.” The average price of a macaron wedding cake is between R1350 (for 70 macarons) and R3800 (for 230 macarons). Details: www.madamemacaron.co.za, [email protected], 0664886265, FB and IG: @MadameMacaronSA

Not only does our year-round warm climate lend itself perfectly to serving your guests ice cream cake on your wedding day, but ice cream also just makes everything more fun and festive, right? No one does ice cream (and ice cream cakes) quite like Amanda and her team at Scoop. She says couples are looking for alternatives to traditional wedding cakes and bespoke ice cream creations are eye catching and full of flavour. “We love creating unique cakes for all occasions. One of my favourite cakes was for the Lifestyle Centre’s first birthday celebration. It was three tiers, the bottom being chocolate, the middle mint choc chip and the top Madagascan vanilla, piled high with scoops of different ice creams and sorbet and drizzled with melted chocolate. It was big enough to serve 150 people!” A Scoop wedding cake ranges from around R1800 for a two-tier cake that serves 80 people.
Details: Scoop Ice Cream, The Lifestyle Centre Ballito, [email protected]

If you’re looking for something really fun and different, how about an edible work of art for your wedding cake? According to Milk and Honey Cakery owner Janine, Buttercream painted artsy cakes are a modern and trendy way to incorporate your theme into an artistic, edible masterpiece. “The cake becomes the canvas and the picture is painted with various techniques and tools that result in a textured oil painting effect. Artsy abstract cakes are versatile, tell a story and are intriguing to the eye.” These cakes, she says, are popular amongst creative couples who want to express themselves. They are also incredibly unique and can never be replicated. “This is my favourite form of cake decorating because it is really free-spirited and you never really know what it’s going to be until it is done. I love using palette knifing techniques to create textured abstract pieces and floral paintings and I always finish off with metallic accents and florals or sugared art to add that extra sophisticated and elegant touch.” You can expect to pay between R900 and R1300 for a single tier, depending on the size and flavour of the cake. Details: Janine: 081 700 2965, [email protected], IG and FB: @milkandhoneycakeryza

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Let them eat cake …. that is made of cheese! Some couples are opting for a more savoury approach to the traditional wedding cake with a cheese tower instead. Delicious, striking and perfect for cheese-lovers, a cheese tower is also easy to decorate and the options are endless when it comes to flavours and combinations. Owner of The Big Cheese in Westville Sid Oertel says cheese towers are popular for weddings where lighter meals, such as a harvest table, are being served. They are also cost-effective and there is no wastage as the cheese can be safely stored for later. “We always take the couple’s preferences into consideration and guide them with their selection of cheeses, which can include mild, strong, flavoured, blue mould, white mould, smoked etc. Cheese comes in different shapes and sizes, so we also take that into consideration when designing the tower. We can also use wooden blocks and wedges to create more layers if necessary,” says Sid. Cheese towers look beautiful adorned with fruit, flowers and even succulents! The price of a cheese tower depends on the number of people and cheese selection, but they range from approximately R2500 to R3500. Details: The Big Cheese: 082 862 0577, [email protected], FB: @thebigcheesesa

More and more people are choosing healthier, alternative lifestyles and the vegan diet in particular has become hugely popular. This means there are bound to be at least a few vegans amongst your wedding guests! Having a vegan cake sounds a bit scary, but the Propa Food Bar team are masters at creating stunning (and very yummy) creations using super healthy ingredients. A vegan cake eliminates all animal products, like dairy and eggs (which are usually the main components of cakes!) and they also don’t use any gluten, flour, refined sugar or artificial ingredients in their cakes. Owner Steph tells us that they have seen a definite increase in people looking for healthier dessert options. “The need to prioritise health has never been more important. Veganism (done right) includes a lot more plants, vegetables and fruit (and thus nutrients) when compared to a standard diet that is often laden with processed food and artificial ingredients.” Some of their most recent cakes include their Propa Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake, Vegan Salted Peanut Butter Caramel Cake and Vegan Raspberry & Lemon Cheesecake – all of which are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free! The cakes are frozen and can be taken out half an hour before serving. They are creamy and decadent, while still being healthy. A typical single layer cake will cost between R800 and R1000. Details: Steph: 072 463 9512 (whatsapp), [email protected], IG and FB: @propafoodbar

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