Being cheesy isn’t a bad thing – especially on your wedding day. If you’re a person who prefers cheese to chocolate, these cheese-wheel cakes may be just what your reception is missing.
Taleggio-style Rippleton from New York State dairy Meadowood Farms and Bayley Hazen Blue from Vermont’s famed Jasper Hill Farm are just two of the cheeses featured in this “cake” topped with a heart-shaped Couer a la Creme.
Hudson-based Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions has been handcrafting cheese-wheel cakes since they opening in 2014. “Each cake is custom designed to the taste of the couple and the number of guests,” says owner Kate Arding. “We like to set up a tasting with the clients, so they can try the cheeses and we can discuss their needs,” says Arding, who also pairs your favorite cheeses with offerings like homemade crackers, preserves or membrillo paste
In Larchmont, cheese shop Auray Gourmet handcrafts a variety of options. “People requesting this type of cake are extreme foodies that love artisanal cheese, says owner Carolynn Dilworth. One thing you won’t have to say ‘I Do’ to: limited choices. The store offers more nearly 100 types of cheese, including wheels of aged goat, French triple crème, and the ever-popular Stilton (perfect with an after-dinner glass of Port).
Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese in Bronxville collaborates with a local florist, to make their cheesy cakes look wedding-worthy. “They are a great alternative to the traditional dessert cake,” says store manager Brenda Cabrera, who notes that soft cheeses are particular popular to serve after dinner. “A tower can be large enough for a plate of cheese to be served to each guest or [just to serve] a small plate for the entire table.”
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