Cheesecake Wedding Cakes

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Cheesecake wedding cakes are an unconventional choice, but there's no better option for decadence, rich flavor, and luscious texture. Even though a cheesecake can seem limiting, it's actually possible to incorporate a wide variety of flavors and decorations into the finished product, which puts it on par with any other traditional wedding cake.

Serve Cheesecake at Your Wedding Reception

Before you talk with a decorator, try checking out a gallery of wedding cheesecakes to get ideas about decoration styles and designs that you like most. Keep your budget in mind, compare the look of cakes from different bakeries, and taste samples prior to making a decision. Make sure to voice your preferences for possible flavor combinations. Cheesecakes don't have to be plain; there are chocolate varieties, fruit flavors, cakes infused with liqueur and citrus zest, and dozens of other tasty options.

Cheesecake Decorating Ideas

Since wedding cake cheesecakes aren't traditionally frosted in the way that other cakes are, their decorations may require a bit more creative thought.

  • Try placing fresh flowers on top of the finished cake, gathered in a bunch at the bottom, or on the sides of each layer as a border. Brightly colored flowers can provide a lot of visual interest and may not cost as much as more detailed decorations.
  • Ask the decorator to place roasted or raw nuts on the top or sides of the cake. The nuts will contrast with the dense, smooth texture of the cake and improve its complexity. Decorators can also arrange sliced nuts in a decorative design on any layer of the cake.
  • Fresh fruit makes a beautiful accent for any cheesecake. Accent your wedding color scheme by choosing fruits that are all variations on your wedding colors. A summer wedding that features bright reds could include strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red plums or cranberries on the cheesecake. For an eye-catching decoration scheme, use a variety of fruits that all have bold colors, such as kiwis, pineapples, blueberries, and apricots.
  • Using shaved chocolate, ganache, or piped-on chocolate is one way to add unique and interesting designs to a cheesecake without using buttercream or fondant frostings, which aren't typically compatible with the cheesecake's flavor and texture.
  • A glaze, compote, reduction, or coulis can add color and flavor to a cheesecake. They taste best with traditional, plain flavors.
  • Bunch fresh leaves, flowers, or fruits at the base of the cake to accent the decorations on top.
  • For easy serving, consider having cheesecake cupcakes or a mini cheesecake for each table. You'll save on plating costs and eliminate long waiting times for dessert.

Points to Consider

Strawberry cheesecake image courtesy of Joëlle Gavlick.

A cheesecake invites some special considerations that aren't usually issues with more traditional cakes.

  • An outdoor wedding can create a potential problem for displaying the cheesecake that needs to be chilled for food safety reasons. Cheesecakes taste best and have the best texture when they're chilled, so it may not be a good idea to display a cheesecake in hot weather before the reception starts. Instead, keep the cake refrigerated until just before serving time.
  • Be aware that even though cheesecake has some hardcore fans, there are also many people who don't like its flavor or can't eat it due to lactose intolerance. If you're having a very large wedding or know that some of your guests may not be able to eat the cheesecake, consider having an alternate dessert choice available or a small additional cake of another variety.
  • Because of their crusts, cheesecakes aren't easily stacked in the way that traditional cakes can be. If you want a multi-tiered model, consider using plastic pillars, decorative platters, or other separations between each layer.

Cheesecake is also an excellent addition to any wedding dessert bar. Have mini cheesecakes or single slices ready for guests to eat to keep serving easy.

A Trendy Alternative to Traditional Wedding Cake

Cheesecake wedding cakes are a delicious and trendy alternative to a typical wedding cake design. Serve this decadent dessert at your wedding.

Cheesecake Wedding Cakes