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Wedding Wednesday: Alternative Wedding Cakes

11 Jul

Summer time means an increase in temperature, mosquitoes, and ice cream consumption. It also means an increase in marriages. According to TheKnot, 34 percent of weddings occur between June and August. Even though I may not be invited to all these ceremonies, I want to celebrate them in my own special way. Wedding Wednesdays will be devoted to all the sweet things that come with that special day.

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As hard as they try, every bride and groom deals with some level of cheesiness at their wedding. Whether it’s an hour of Macarena like music, or kissing every time some smart a– hits their glass. One cheesy moment most couples don’t mind, however, is feeding each other cake. It may be messy, but it adds a little casualness to the wedding (and for some couples, it may be the only thing they get to eat).

Lately, however, it seems this tradition , like the bride’s garter, has been tossed aside. Not because it’s dorky, but because less couples are consuming cake at their wedding. Instead, couples are opting for “creative” versions of the classic wedding dessert. While this may break some people’s cake loving heart, these five alternative cakes could change their mind.

 

Rice Crispy Treats

Think this cereal-marshmallow-combo is just for kids? Think again. With the help of dessert chefs across the country, this treat has grown up and become wedding worthy. Best part – You don’t have to worry about someone sneaking some frosting.

 

Doughnuts

Don’t worry folks. This isn’t a Dunkin’ Donuts creation (unless that’s your thing). This chewy concoction has become center stage at receptions this year. While you can have hundreds of doughnuts places on a tiered-platter, I recommend a few larger doughnuts stacked to look like a real cake.  Places like Allie’s Donuts in Rhode Island makes some true masterpieces.

 

Cookies

Chewy chocolate-chip cookies don’t sound sophisticated . Instead, couples can choose a simple cookie, and jazz it up with frosting, fondant, and other yummy decorations. A big cookie, however, may be a lot of work. Opt for individual or medium-sized treats instead.

 

Cake Balls

Ok, this option doesn’t stray too far from the classic. This is a perfect choice for couples that love cake, but love too many types. With this options, you can choose as many flavors as you want. You can even set them up at the tables to avoid any cake ceremony all together.

 

Chocolate Fountain

Want to get rid of baked good all together? Try the trendy chocolate fountain. I’ve seen these at a lot of weddings as a supporting desserts, but if you’re a chocoholic you can make it the star. Just be careful not to spill it on your white dress.

 

 

What alternate wedding desserts have you seen recently? Let us know in the comment section!

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Oscar Worthy Dessert

26 Feb

After sweets, films hold the second biggest place in my heart. From side-stitch comedies to tear-worthy dramas, I’m more than content curling up in bed and raiding through my Netflix. So it only makes sense that my movie loving friends and I would throw a viewing party for tonight’s Academy Awards.

And what’s a party without food?! Obviously I opted to make desserts, and thought finger food was appropriate for our “classy” affair. I whipped up some chocolate covered strawberries, but wanted another option. With a little help from Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell, I created my Red Carpet (Velvet) Whoppie Pies.

Photo Credit: IowaGirlEats.com

Ingredients
Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsps. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 small bottle red food coloring

Filling

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsps. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, beat together butter, shortening, sugars on low speed. When combined, increase to medium speed and whip till fluffy.
  4. Add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla and food coloring.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture and 1/2 cup buttermilk to bowl, and mix on low until well combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and buttermilk, and mix on low.
  7. Using a tablespoon, scoop and drop mixture onto baking sheet, leaving two inches between each drop.
  8. Place in oven and let bake for ten minutes, or until cake springs back after gentle press.

Filling

  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter until well combined.
  2. Add sugar and mix on low speed until well combined.
  3. Add vanilla and mix on medium speed until creamy and smooth.

Once the cakes have cooled, spread filling on half of the cakes. Top the filled cakes with an unfilled cake to make a sandwich. Makes 48 cakes, or 24 whoopie pies. These simple, sweet treats are perfect for a party.

NOTE: The batter is very sticky, like biscuit batter. It will be impossible to roll them into perfect shapes. If you are super anal and need perfect pies, I recommend baking in a 9-inch pan and cutting circles using cookie cutters.

Hugs and Hershey Kisses,

Leah