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Paleo wedding cake alternatives?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 29, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I'm not actually planning a wedding yet but I'm expecting a ring any day now... I mean he asked for my ring size! He calls my mother "mom!" I mean, come on!

Anyway. I'm grain free. I'm also highly allergic to coconut & almonds. So that's out.

Maybe tiers of crime br??l??e? I'm having a hard time being creative about this! please girly it up & help me think outside the box!

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:27 PM

While that is a good idea, who has time to bake a cake while they are planning a wedding?

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on July 30, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Marshmallow is an excellent idea! Sugar syrup just beaten with gelatine. If you want something marshmallowy, even a Pavlova turns out light and marshmallowy in the middle once you break through the meringue exterior. ALthough personally I find Pavlovas too cloyingly sweet, so only a sliver would suffice....

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I'd love to see a pic afterwards!!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:58 PM

PANNA COTTA. OH THAT MAY BE IT!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I wanted a cake analog cuz I think they are pretty and I really enjoyed my last one. We are thinking 50 or less guests. But food for thought.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I was thinking pot de crreme or creme brulee but that is highly fiddly. Thoughts on a marshmallow thing?

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:10 PM

<3 Nigella Lawson!! Amazing cake recipe!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Maybe make some practice cakes... and enjoy the question being popped!!

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on July 29, 2012
at 08:06 AM

That's what I was talking about! ha! =)

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on July 29, 2012
at 05:19 AM

I love this...so true. Enjoy your day...no one will even remember the food, any of it.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Now I know why I'm taking to my next cookout!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Damn girl, I can't argue with that logic.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Getting hungry!!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Writing these down

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Rich and decadent - I agree!!! Yum!

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:25 AM

Kelleil, wheat cakes are served at subsequent weddings -- cheese is an ingredient, no different than wheat. If you can eat cheesecake, that might be an option for you, regardless of whether you did it for your last wedding. For you, cheese is "flour". *grins*

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:24 AM

I just googled "paleo flourless cake recipe" and got quite a few hits... you could always go for dark chocolate covered apples or stawberries (decorated as brides & grooms of course).... have a dipping station with a selection for paleo and non-paleo guests... I saw a "cake" that was actually thick slices of watermelon stacked with other fruits and cream... kinda cool. Those were off the top of my head....

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:21 AM

But cheesecake, I did that for my last wedding. Bad form?

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I'm nut allergic across the board.

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Are you having a wedding cake because you want a cake, and the associated rituals, or are you having a wedding cake because that is How It Is?

Before you stress about cakes, I'd give some thought to the type of wedding you want, how you want the wedding to reflect you as a couple, and what's really important to you at the end of the day. Planning a wedding is hard. It's not all pinterest-inspired romance. Trust me. A lot of women get caught up in it, but the truth is, if you have a big wedding (100+ guests) there will be so much going on that few people will notice you cutting the cake, and even fewer will care if you even eat any.

Make sure you are having a cake because you want one, not because it's what seems normal. We did not have a wedding cake and everyone gave exactly zero fucks. The Wedding Industrial Complex will try to sell you "tradition" like the government pitches whole grains. Your wedding will be fab, paleo or not, because you're committing to the love of your life. Don't sweat the details if you know in your heart they're just that-- details.

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on July 29, 2012
at 05:19 AM

I love this...so true. Enjoy your day...no one will even remember the food, any of it.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 29, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I wanted a cake analog cuz I think they are pretty and I really enjoyed my last one. We are thinking 50 or less guests. But food for thought.

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on July 29, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Here are some options:

  • Panna cotta (cream,gelatin,sugar) I've used David Lebovitz's (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/04/perfect-panna-cotta/) recipe with a LOT less sugar. And then a fruit topping.

  • flourless chocolate cake - I know a few people mentioned this and you can always dress it up. I've done the one from America's test kitchen - which you have to google to find a free copy.

  • creme brulee - I think someone mentioned this. Or pot de creme. While this would be a pain in the butt. You could tier them and then put whatever your flowers are on the various tiers. But, no cake cutting.

  • Pavlova - it looks cake like. I haven't made it but there was an interesting recipe on saveur (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Pavlova). It needs tweaking.

  • Ice cream cake.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 29, 2012
at 04:58 PM

PANNA COTTA. OH THAT MAY BE IT!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 29, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Now I know why I'm taking to my next cookout!

0c6e61502c3a33a66404e0496a2397f3

on July 29, 2012
at 08:06 AM

That's what I was talking about! ha! =)

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:11 AM

Nigella Lawson's flour less chocolate cake is worthy of any special event! Did it for my grandmas big 80th bash, with a beautiful chocolate ganache, decorated with borage flowers. It was lovely and everyone enjoyed it, young and old.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:10 PM

<3 Nigella Lawson!! Amazing cake recipe!

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Flourless chocolate cake (basically eggs, butter and chocolate) or a cheesecake! I am sure there is a baker who can make the cheesecake without a crust.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 29, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Getting hungry!!

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 29, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Rich and decadent - I agree!!! Yum!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on July 29, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Maybe make some practice cakes... and enjoy the question being popped!!

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3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

on July 29, 2012
at 12:26 PM

I went with a gluten free bakery that does wedding cakes. It is one day, enjoy your wedding cake! Going gluten free allows you to do this without feeling like crap after. Also, if you talk to the baker you can usually get them to sub out ingredients and use honey instead of sugar. Also, go for the buttercream frosting, fondant tastes like sugary play-doh.

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183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

on July 29, 2012
at 04:05 AM

~ Dense flourless chocolate cake like this: - http://eatlivepaleo.com/2011/12/26/flourless-choc-cinnamon-banana-cake/ (There are many Flourless chocolate cake recipes out there, using butter, melted chocolate, eggs, etc) - Try Nigella Lawson cookbooks and alter

~ You can just have a wedding cheese - A CW friend of mine had a HUGE wheel of nice cheese for her wedding instead of a cake. Can stack 3~4 varieties of cheese wheels and serve with fruit, preserves, and crackers for the other folks.

~ Individual pottles of mousse/brullee thingeys for each person? More fiddly but I've been to a few weddings that served cupcakes for instance...

~ NOT FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE ALLERGIC - but this might help out others - Cheesecake with coconut flour crust. Crust recipe (tried this one and it turned out fab - http://www.smarteatsusa.com/articles/recipes/coconut-flour-pie-crust

~ You can use the crust recipe above, then cover the bottom of a springform tin with it. Then fill with lightly cooked fruit - like a whole bag of apples cooked for a few minutes in a saucepan with cinnamon and spice and then bake it all for about 45 mins. Not wedding cake level of poshness, but still yummy nonetheless :)

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I was thinking pot de crreme or creme brulee but that is highly fiddly. Thoughts on a marshmallow thing?

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on July 30, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Marshmallow is an excellent idea! Sugar syrup just beaten with gelatine. If you want something marshmallowy, even a Pavlova turns out light and marshmallowy in the middle once you break through the meringue exterior. ALthough personally I find Pavlovas too cloyingly sweet, so only a sliver would suffice....

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Maybe you could make a sponge cake, like the following recipe, but you'd have to pick a paleo compatible sweetener for it.

http://www.grainfreeliving.com/recipes/cakes-cookies-a-sweet-treats/73-potato-flour-sponge-cake

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:27 PM

While that is a good idea, who has time to bake a cake while they are planning a wedding?

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:16 AM

For my birthday I am going to make a cake with layered strawberries alternating with heavy whipped cream dissolved in some plain gelatin to give it a heavier structure. No sugar.

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I'd love to see a pic afterwards!!

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on July 29, 2012
at 02:50 AM

I've seen a frosted double layer wedding cheesecake. If you could use a different nut for the crust.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:21 AM

But cheesecake, I did that for my last wedding. Bad form?

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:25 AM

Kelleil, wheat cakes are served at subsequent weddings -- cheese is an ingredient, no different than wheat. If you can eat cheesecake, that might be an option for you, regardless of whether you did it for your last wedding. For you, cheese is "flour". *grins*

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I'm nut allergic across the board.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Damn girl, I can't argue with that logic.

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