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just for the two of you. There are many online sites where you can have a topper custom designed to look like the two of you. Incorporate your hobbies or interests into the design idea, and they’ll sculpt a one-of- a-kind topper in your likenesses. After the wedding, you’ll have a great keepsake (and conversation piece) for your home.
Dare To Be Different
Instead of having one large cake as the
showpiece of your reception, consider using cake as the centerpiece on each guest table. Have your baker create confections that serve the precise number of guests at each table. Every cake can be unique, from the flavor to the fillings to the décor and you can encourage guests to mingle among the tables, sampling all the other cakes. It’s a great icebreaker to get your guests better acquainted, and everyone’s sure to find a flavor or filling they love.
Individual wedding cakes continue to be popular at weddings as well. A tiny wedding cake served for dessert creates quite an impact, and can be easily taken home and enjoyed later. If you or your fiancé don’t particularly care for cake, there are lots of other options for you to explore. A traditional French croquem- bouche, an almost tree-shaped confec- tion, is made from balls of pastry filled with cream and then covered in a sugary caramel. Caribbean black cake is a favorite in the islands, created with fruit that has been soaked in rum before baking.
A late morning reception is perfect for a warm coffee cake, laced with cinnamon and complete with a crumbly topping. Even cheesecake makes a great wedding cake, served with fresh fruit or a selection of decadent toppings.
You can also forgo the cake traditions all together and serve a luscious dessert or direct guests to a sweet table. Sweet tables are loaded with a variety of sweets, which might include specialty cookies, petit fours, candies, tartlets, and other sweet tooth delicacies. If you’re serving dinner at stations, a sweet table is the per- fect end to your menu.
Now that you know the lingo, it’s time to meet with a cake designer. Gather rec- ommendations, or take a close look at the culinary service section of this maga- zine. The right professional will help you choose the best combination, making your search for the perfect ending to your reception a cakewalk. §

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