With the wedding season coming to a close, Waitrose has revealed that tiered cheese cakes have become increasingly popular among newlyweds, with sales of cheese wedding cakes up an average of 49% compared with last year.
The most popular choices are five-tier cheese wedding cakes, with sales of the Florence Five Tier Cheese Wedding Cake up 142% and the Lottie Five Tier Cheese Wedding Cake up 109% year-on-year.
The supermarket chain said: ‘Recently the trend for ‘naked’ wedding cakes was the choice du jour, with just pretty flowers and foliage to decorate the tiered sponges. Now, newlyweds are looking to celebrate their nuptials with guests over truckles of cheese, tiered and decorated with flowers to create the effect of a wedding cake.’
Waitrose entertaining buyer Jo Carman added: “There’s no doubt that a slice of cheese to celebrate a marriage is gaining in popularity. With Waitrose, the bride and groom can opt for a completely British wedding cheese cake, including a Hafod Welsh Organic Cheddar, a Cropwell Bishop Stilton and a Cornish Yarg. The cakes are a beautiful balance of flavours and textures, and pair wonderfully with dry cider or a crisp floral Riesling.”
The retailer stocks a choice of five cheese wedding cakes with three, four or five tiers, priced from £115-£225 and serving between 100-178 guests.
Pictured is The Lottie Five Tier Cheese Wedding Cake, which measures 37cm high and weighs 6.6kg. Retailing at £150, it serves 102 guests and comprises (from base to top): Cornish Yarg (3.3kg), Vallage Triple Crème Brie (2kg), Cropwell Bishop Stilton (1.1kg), Chaource (250g), and Coeur du Berry (150g).