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Cheese Wedding Cakes

Catherine May finds out about Hickson & Black’s distinctive take on the traditional wedding cake

Published on December 1st 2010.

Cheese Wedding Cakes

With all this talk of the Royal Wedding boring us senseless, we’ve discovered an alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Fruit cake is being replaced at the ceremonies of many locals by a tiered cheese wedding cake.

Guests no longer need to turn their noses up at the thought of marzipan as these cakes are decorated with grapes and berries or celery and tomatoes.

Hickson & Black’s offers engaged couples the chance to come in and taste a variety of cheeses before opting for a selection to create their cake with. This bespoke service has been available since the days of Gastronomica in the Arndale food market, but when Jay Hickson and Steve Black opened their first deli in Chorlton last year, the popularity of the savoury tiers has really grown.

The cheese is charged at retail value with decorative items such as the board and accompaniments thrown in as part of the service. Steve said they’ll even come and set up the display at the wedding venue if it’s local.

Their shop sells farmhouse cheeses from throughout the UK and Europe and offer customers a range of choices for their wedding day. Guests no longer need to turn their noses up at the thought of marzipan as these cakes are decorated with grapes and berries or celery and tomatoes.

If you’re looking to provide each guest with 100 grams of cheese, then it’s likely to cost between £2 and £3.50 per person, depending on the types of cheese you choose. Recently they catered for 120 guests with a display costing £240 which is about average pricewise. Of course, if you and your guests are real dairy fiends then Steve says they’ll happily include more cheese for your guests to take a chunk away with them.

Whilst the cakes aren’t always opted for to outright replace the traditional variety, plenty of customers have decided to include a cheese cake as an addition to their catering. A cheese course is a staple at weddings across the country so Steve sees no reason why you can’t have both.

Whether the thought of a cake constructed from cheese delights you or leaves you fearing nightmares, it certainly seems like an original concept that even the Royals may enjoy.

Hickson & Blacks
559A Barlow Moor Road
M21 8AN
0161 881 2001

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Doubting ThomasDecember 1st 2010.

Er...is it April 1st not December 1st?

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 1st 2010.

DT, it is real indeed. There's no wool being pulled over readers' eyes here.

Qube EventsDecember 2nd 2010.

We just did this for a client and it was a great hit. Check out the picture on our facebook group www.facebook.com/…/photo.php…

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2010.

The Cheese Hamlet in Didsbury have been doing this for a while too

LJDecember 2nd 2010.

Cheese Hamlet did a 'cake' for my friends' wedding almost 4 years ago. It went down a storm.

David EBDecember 2nd 2010.

We had a cheese wedding cake 18 months ago. All the cheeses came from Booths Fulwood, courtesy of some helpful dealings with their Produce Manager. Assembled by the chefs at Stanley House. It lasted 10 minutes even though there were nine layers. And I thought we were late arriving to the fashion.

jtDecember 2nd 2010.

Went to a wedding earlier this year with a chese cake it was superb.

KEBDecember 2nd 2010.

Both my parents remarried last year and both opted for cheese cakes. Quite bizarre being as they never speak anymore. Loved the idea - if you don't like fruit cake (which I don't) its perfect!

angriochaddyDecember 2nd 2010.

If you don't like fruit cake, then substitute it for some other confection of your choice, but cheese ? Duh, hello , totally different variety of food ! So much for keeping one layer of the wedding cake as the Christening cake for the first child like they did in the 20th century, ha ha. I know people can have whatever they like for their own wedding, but some people abuse the privilege

JWDecember 2nd 2010.

We had a cheese wedding cake this year from The Cheese Shop in Chester, they'd been doing them for years too!

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2010.

we had a cheese wedding cake and it was really good. everyone loved it and i cant belive people still think its unusual. they have been around for years

Arran SummerhillDecember 2nd 2010.

Id go for tiered platters of charcuterie. cured boar & venison.... thats a wedding cake.

MeatcakeDecember 5th 2010.

I agree. Definitely go for a meatcake

KaesecakeDecember 5th 2010.

This is nothing new. I spent a number of years working in banqueting and have done many weddings. These have been around for a long while.

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