So…my article last week on whether or not people eat cake at weddings has produced an overwhelming response to the effect that cake (or at least dessert) is important to our readers. In fact, it ran about the way I expected: a couple of people who will pass if the quality isn’t up to snuff, one or two people mentioned allergies that make cake eating in public a bit dicey to say the least, someone didn’t have much of a sweet tooth, several who weren’t picky about whether cake was there so long as dessert was offered…and the rest all wanted their cake and to eat it out loud and proud.
You, in short, are a crowd after my own heart.
But now I’m kind of curious about something, and I’d like to ask you another question:
In an ideal world where you could have anything you liked (price and availability no object, no familial or cultural expectations to be upheld no matter what you prefer) what dessert would you serve at the end of your wedding meal? Would you stick with cake (and do tell us what kind so we can drool, too!) or go for something else? Would you go all out on one dessert or provide a variety? Links to bakeries, recipes, and photos welcome, but do remember that they may throw your comments into moderation until I or NtB get a chance to sort through the spamcatcher.
To get the ball rolling, here’s what I would have done had there been absolutely no holds barred: I loved our homemade fruit tarts, and would absolutely have kept them. I probably would have added a chocolate layer cake, too, because I do adore my chocolate. If I could have found a way to work hazelnuts and raspberries into the cake, I absolutely would have done it (and it’s not like that would have been a problem to achieve). Then I probably would have added in a batch or two of my father’s shortbread. So tasty and easier for people who have allergies (heck, the only things in there were flour, sugar, and butter!). If I were doing it today, I’d probably also add some sort of vegan fruit-only goodie, just in case. Yes, there would have been a lot of sweet things left over, but as several people pointed out in the replies to my original post, leftovers can be divvied up and enjoyed later. If you run out before guests are satisfied, that’s an unforgivable breech of hospitality. In the world of party food, too much is always better than too little.
So tell me, what would be your wedding dessert in an ideal world?