We adore Cheese Cakes, that is, cheese wheel cakes, so we've compiled five quick and easy steps to follow if you're thinking of serving one at your big day. From how to decorate it to what to drink with it, there are some pretty key things to bear in mind before sticking your cheese wheel wedding cake on that dessert table. Read on to find out what they are!
1. Try before you buy.
If you're serving cheese at your wedding, ensure they're all tried and tested by you and your partner (and perhaps a few other cheese lovers) at home beforehand. That way, you'll be certain of the balance of flavours, as well as the product quality. Hint: you want to serve a mixture of tastes - a light brie, a creamy stilton and a dessert cheese all offer very different things. Oh, and make sure you know the best temperature for them to be served at - sloppily warm or flavourlessly refrigerated are big cheese No-Nos!
2. Consider the wine pairing carefully.
For those who treat cheese-eating like it's a religion, what you drink with it is exceptionally important. This is an art in itself! Ask for advice from your cheesemonger, or else do the research before the day - a couple of perfectly paired wines will enhance the flavours of your Cheese Cake enormously. Go the extra mile: Why not make it a cheese & wine tasting by including and/or explaining the pairings on your menu?
3. Make sure it looks lovely.
Just because it's savoury doesn't mean it can sit there making zero effort! Scroll through our examples to see how some people made their cheese wheel wedding cakes look as good as they tasted. We particularly love the way that fruit (grapes, figs, cranberries etc.) can make your cheese wheel cake look both colourful and abundant.
4. Don't neglect to choose the correct serving vessel!
By this, we mean the bread and/or crackers. Because, let's face it, the carbohydrate element of your cheese wheel cake is purely the vehicle with which you get that delicious cheddar into your mouth. Do you want artisanal loaves on a rustic wooden chopping board? Or what about organic oat cakes for a bolder, more filling option? You decide. But don't forget the chutneys and jams, either!
5. Don't just serve cheese.
Puritans may not be best pleased to find only a savoury dessert at your wedding. It's a good idea to have something sweet to offer guests, as well. Check out our gallery of incredible wedding cakes from real weddings for some inspiration! Or perhaps you'd prefer something simpler as the back-up option - you could even bake a beautiful 'naked cake' yourself as the second option. Our favourite idea? Serve something traditionally sweet for dessert. Then, line up some toastie makers and allow guests to custom-design their own melting cheese sandwiches towards the end of the night. The perfect midnight snack after all that boozing and dancing!