Herbal Wedding Cakes

Fresh herbs are wonderful for flavoring the wedding cake, and decorating it as well!

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mint cake

(LEFT) Here is a pretty Chocolate Mint Cake frosted with cream cheese frosting which has been flavored with fresh mint. Yummy!

With their wonderful scent, wide range of color, form, and flavor, herbs pair quite naturally with the wedding cake, as decoration or as flavoring. A basic yellow cake has a rich but mellow flavor which can be adapted to include herbs and spices, as you may prefer. Lemon-scented herbs, scented geranium, lavender, or mint can all be used, with or without other flavorings such as lemon peel or lemon extract.

Always experiment before the wedding to reveal your personal favorites and how much of an herb or extract to use.

Making the wedding cake can be a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your wedding, but it is a bit more complicated than making a smaller celebration cake. Allow at least one full day before the wedding to make, frost, and decorate the cake. In warmer weather you will also need to reserve room in a clean refrigerator to store the cakes and an air-conditioned vehicle to deliver them.

If you do not wish to make the cake from scratch, try adding herbs to a basic yellow cake mix, or adapting a chocolate cake with mint extract and making fresh mint frosting to go with it.

A cake draped in herbs and flowers does not need elaborate decorations to be successful. Frosting applied in a traditional swirled pattern (use the back of a spoon) may only require a shell border to hide the edges of the cardboard cake circles which support each tier. A profusion of fresh herbs and flowers on the cake or cake table only adds to the drama of this tasty wedding tradition.

From Herbal Weddings: Herbal Traditions for the Modern Bride, Complete with Recipes and Step-by-Step Instructions for Bouquets and Decorations, © 2010 Endeavor Enterprizes. All rights reserved.

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