Since reaching what can be called adulthood – although I don’t think any of us ever woke up after the age of 18 and thought “Yes, that’s it. I’ve reached adulthood, I can tell, I feel all grown up” – my tastes have definitely been inclined towards more savoury than sweet flavours. The craving for sugary sweets and cakes has declined and now when wanting to stuff my face on a Saturday night in, it’s more the breadsticks and dip that I reached for than a box of chocolates.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to pounce when someone brings cakes or chocolates into the office. But if I’m eating out, I rarely have a dessert, choosing starter and main over pudding every time.
So when it came to choosing a wedding cake, I had something of a dilemma. Icing has never been a favourite of mine and don’t even go there about that evil yellow stuff that is known as marzipan. So what to do? We still wanted a nod to the tradition of having a cake, but we also didn’t want to have something for the sake of it, or be left with mounds of uneaten slices at the end of the night.
Blindingly obvious really – a savoury cake. You guessed it, a CHEESE CAKE! Now this was something I could get excited about. So I did my research and contacted a few local cheese shops and delicatessens – happily we have quite a few to choose from here in Exeter. After a few conversations about what would look good, taste good and possibly most importantly, what would keep the best without melting into a gibbering wreck if it’s a warm day (that’ll be me instead!), this is what my cheese stack will be made up of:
- Lubborn Somerset Brie
- Lynher Diaries Cornish Yarg
- Topped with a Godminster Organic Cheddar Waxed Heart
If having an alternative savoury cake wasn’t enough, I was struck with an idea from my natural enemy county, Yorkshire. Us Lancastrians may indulge in a bit of northern rivalry with the white rose but we’re big enough to admit that they have the odd good idea. And one is to enjoy a slice of cheese – often Wensleydale or crumbly Lancashire – on top of a slice of fruit cake. Trust me, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. So why not have a tier of fruit cake in amongst the cheese?
Well, I think it’s the perfect compromise and I’m sure it will go down well with our guests. So this is it, only 1 more day to go…let the celebrations begin!