How to create your perfect cheese wedding cake tower

Not got much of a sweet tooth? Then a cheese wedding tower could be for you. Find out now how to create your own and what cheese you should choose.

How to create your perfect cheese wedding cake
You can eat your cheese wedding cake for your evening buffet!

Whether you are looking for a cheese wedding tower for the main meal, a replacement for a classic wedding cake, or simply something to help keep the after dinner drinkers more sober, a stunning cheese wedding cake is definitely in vogue at the moment.

Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy can help you ensure that your cheese wedding cake is perfect in every way.

1. Order extra supplies of the top (smallest) tiers.
Most people buy a cake without realising they’ll get less of the cheeses at the top! Tiers can often mean you’ll get a tiny cheese on the top to split between all your guests. If you want an even selection for everyone to taste, order a few extra of these smaller ‘top-tier cheeses’ to be served once the cake is cut.

2. Make sure you’ve pre-tasted all the cheeses in your cake
Taste is so important – you want people to be amazed by the cheeses in your cheese wedding cake. Good cheese shops will let you come in and taste the cheeses first.  But if you don’t have a great cheese shop close enough, the best ones will allow you to mail-order a sample box of your selection of cheeses.  


3. Size and colour matter too!
The very best cheese wedding cakes will look stunning, as well as taste amazing – and although it’s not all about the size, choose your cheeses so that the layers go up in nice increments, at least 2cm difference in diameter between each layer. Add a bit of colour to the cake with cheeses like Sparkenhoe Red Leicester or Shropshire Blue, or this can also be done with fruit decorations.

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4. Try to balance styles
A cheese wedding cake shouldn’t contain cheeses that all taste the same and have the same texture! This can be a problem if you simply concentrate on the diameters of cheese rather than the colour, texture and taste. So be careful when you’re choosing. Try to select a range of styles – at least a hard, a soft and a blue – but think about adding a goats’ cheese and a crumbly Lancashire, Cheshire, or Wensleydale too.  And it’s worth noting that the harder cheeses will probably be the most popular so you’ll want the biggest quantity of those.

5. Build your own
The Courtyard Dairy, and most good cheesemongers, will let you book an appointment so you can taste cheeses and create a cheese wedding cake to fit your requirements perfectly, but you may prefer to build your own. If you have a favourite cheese, you could ask your supplier to cut it in flat circles rather than the normal wedges so you can build up tier after tier.

6. Don’t be afraid of using a soft cheese in the lower layers
Although a soft cheese will deform under the weight of the cheeses on top, there are a few tips and tricks you can use: cut out a small circle in the centre of the soft cheese and insert an eggcup. The next layer will then rest on this, and you won’t be able to see it. If it’s a wide cheese, use three eggcups with a cake plate on top.


7. Add height to your cake
You can give your cake a bit of extra height in a relatively inexpensive way!  Simply use glass tea-light holders in-between each layer – this will add height to the cake and give you space to decorate!

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8. Small can be beautiful
For something quirky or different you could create an individual smaller cheese wedding cake for each separate table.  By using two or three small cheeses, for example Tunworth Camembert topped with an individual goats’ cheese such as Dorstone, you can create a cheese table cake your guests will love!

9. Serve your cheese at room temperature
Cheese tastes so much better at room temperature – so make sure it’s out of the fridge a couple of hours before its cut – not too long though – you don’t want the Brie running down the aisle!


10. How much cheese do you need?
70g-100g of cheese per person is ideal for a normal cheese plate serving.  If it’s to constitute a main part of the meal – double that quantity!

11. Be safe and minimise the worry
Always order your cheese wedding cake well in advance so you can be sure that the cheese will be perfectly ripe on the day. Make sure you get it delivered a couple of working days before the big day, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

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