Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and the cake is unquestionably one of the most central features that help to make the day memorable. With the wedding scene constantly evolving it can be difficult to know where to start, so we’ve put together some of the most striking and most beautiful wedding cakes ever made with the best places to find gluten-free options. For free-from cakes that exude romance, style and timeless appeal, look no further…
There’s nothing wrong with going traditional and having a white wedding with all the works, just as Kate Middleton and Prince William did at their 2011 nuptials.
Their eight-tiered fruitcake was covered with lashings of cream, white icing and three-dimensional scrollwork.
Under Kate’s instruction, the cake was decorated with 900 sugar paste flowers in 17 different blooms, each with its own special symbolism.
If you fancy emulating the royals, check out this fabulous, gluten-free fruit cake from Marks & Spencer. Covered with marzipan and soft icing, this traditional, rich, all-butter option is as tasty as it is classic.
Surrey-based wedding cake specialists Le Papillon Patisserie are a great option for gluten-free celebrations.
We have been entirely obsessed with their Croquembouche since we spied it at a friend’s wedding last year.
This traditional French celebration cake is a veritable mountain of delights and is sure to wow wedding guests. It consists of a hollow pyramid tower of choux buns (that’s profiteroles to you and me), filled with crème patisserie and dipped in hard caramel.
Choose from either traditional vanilla crème filling or more exotic flavours like chocolate, praline, or liquors. Towers can be as high as you like, depending on how many guests you have!
When it comes to cutting the cake, the traditional way is to slice the top with a sword to crack the threads of caramel that lace between the buns.
We’ve already mentioned Chelsea Clinton in previous blogs thanks to her gluten-free lifestyle but we just had to go into detail about her truly fabulous wedding cake. For her marriage to Marc
Mezvinsky she commissioned her dream cake, which also had to be gluten-free and vegan. For those like Chelsea who have more than one free-from requirement, Darcy’s Delicious Treats in Essex is a great choice. They offer cakes free from gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs with vegan options, too.
Chelsea’s nine-tiered, vanilla sponge cake was four feet tall, weighed 500 pounds and was decorated with 1000 sugar flowers and lashings of delectable dark chocolate mousse and vanilla fondant. This is a truly dazzling example of why going free-from doesn’t need to hold you back.
Thankfully you won’t need to travel all the way to America to find top quality, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan cakes, as the Nottingham-based Organic Wedding Cake Company offers a delicious range of free-from options.
Their cakes include vanilla sponge filled with wild blackberry jam, rich chocolate cake with raspberry frosting and even a range of cupcakes, which make ideal wedding favours.
All Shapes and Sizes
The Royals certainly know how to do a good wedding and that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana back in 1981 definitely deserves a mention.
A real trendsetter, the official wedding cake was designed by patisserie chefs from the Royal Naval Cookery School but it was not just its elegant, neat design and classic white decoration that makes it an iconic cake – it’s the fact that it was not the only one.
There were also 27 smaller cakes for guests to feast on, which introduced the idea of offering more than one option to guests.
If you fancy breaking new ground just like Charles and Di with a dazzling and extremely memorable cake, head to the Sweet As Cake Emporium in Leamington Spa, where the lovely Jenny whips up gluten-free wedding cakes to suit all tastes.
Time for tea
We’ve had to add another one from Surrey-based folk Le Papillon Patisserie, as their Tea Party – which is available entirely gluten-free – is another cake that caught our eye last year at the National Wedding Show.
Combining all of your favourite flavours in one, the tea party tower is a collection of traditional tea cakes in miniature.
There’s the more classic Victoria Sponge, Carrot Cake and Lemon Drizzle, as well as the adventurous Pistachio and Marmalade, and Chocolate Ganache for chocolate lovers.
The cake tower is then finished off with a decorative top cake, and draped in colourful flowers for a lovely, seasonal edge.
This is a great option for those seeking a free-from cake, as the range of flavours means it can be custom-made to fit any requirements.
Cheesy does it
The wonderful thing about today’s wedding landscape is that pretty much anything goes, and that’s why wedding cakes made entirely of cheese are becoming increasingly popular.
The Fine Cheese Company in Bath offer cakes made from cheese for all budgets.
This won’t be for everyone, and we know that many of our fans are dairy-free, but it will appeal to cheese lovers.
Cheese cakes are perfect for the end of the meal where cheese (and cake) are traditionally eaten.
It’s a real statement to offer up a cheese medley as your cake, and this is also an ideal option for gluten-free brides and grooms.
This final cake also needs a mention.
The top layer was gluten and dairy free so our Head Pudologist Lucy could have cake on her wedding day!
We’re sure you’ll agree that both the cake and Lucy look fantastic.