With so many aspects to think about, planning a wedding is far from a simple affair. When it comes to the wedding cake, there are so many options to choose from, that you can easily get lost. I won’t venture in giving you a full account. I will instead concentrate on my speciality, French wedding cakes.
In France, the tradition is very different from the UK. The go to cake for this very special day is a croquembouche, that we actually call “pièce montée”. The croquembouche is a spectacular tower of small profiteroles called “choux”. These are traditionally filled with a vanilla pastry cream “crème patissière”. The croquembouche is then decorated with spun sugar, nougatine and sometimes sugared almonds or edible flowers.
Although the Royal iced cakes have slowly made their appearance in France in recent years, it is not a tradition. Instead, we will serve beautiful gateaux such as operas, fraisiers, entremets. These cakes are layered with genoise, ganache, pastry cream, fruit jellies. They are very elegant and sophisticatedly decorated.
“La table de desserts” The patisserie table is another French favourite. This is an opportunity to have a variety of desserts. Allowing guests to indulge in not just one but an array of French patisseries. It can be a selection of gateaux and traditional tartes or a multitude of small, mouth watering petits fours (sweet canapes).
Like in France wedding trends have changed an awful lot here in the UK. The traditional iced cake is not always a first choice. Couples are happy to break the traditions and search for a different kind of showstopper. Croquembouche, in my 8 years in business has definitely been a growing trend. Who can resist this showstopping tower of profiteroles?
I hope you find this little guide useful. If you are looking for a different king of wedding cake for your wedding. Do get in touch [email protected]