I love dessert. It is really one of the main reasons I clean my plate. I hear a lot of people say they do not really like cake that much, which can pose a problem when you are hosting a wedding or any event for that matter. How do you please yourself and all those other
crazy guests you might have that don’t like cake? Dessert table of course!! You can offer a variety of different desserts perfect for every sugar lover at your party.
I have done dessert tables for almost every party I have thrown in the last couple of years. I have seen them at weddings as well and I think they are a great idea. I talked to Jo at Jo’s Custom Cakes and Catering to get her professional thoughts on dessert tables. If you haven’t had her desserts you surely are missing out! In addition to making you salivate like Pavlov’s dog they will make you swoon (what wedding blog is complete without the word swoon) because of their sheer beauty. She mentioned that one of the benefits is giving your guests a choice of desserts, “Unfortunately a lot of bakery cakes are dry and not so flavorful, so people shy away from them. With a dessert table the options are endless, so there will always be something there they like,” Jo says.
Jo has many different options when it come to satisfying your guests sweet tooth such as individual banana pudding, individual pies in a jelly jar with multiple flavors or cheesecake lollipops. (That is cheesecake on a stick folks, she had me at on a stick.) If you do want cake, but not a traditional cake Jo suggests cupcakes or a cake bar. Their cake bar features cake in shot glasses. I have had cake in a shot glass before and it way better than any liquid that comes out of those glasses. With both cupcakes and cake bars you have the luxury of doing different flavors as well.
Let’s face it, when it comes to weddings presentation is everything. Ok, taste is more important but presentation is big. “With a dessert table you have the opportunity to get really creative and themed with the way you serve your desserts. I think decor is much more important when you are doing a dessert table- it ties everything together, ” says our local dessert expert. (I tried to come up with a play on words here but they all seemed too cheesy.) I personally love the wooden cake stands or desserts on a stump.
Jo had some really good thoughts on the actual logistics and what works well on a dessert table. For instance, an ice cream cake may not be the best choice for your outdoor August wedding. Sorry, DQ. She said,” We always try to figure a way to get in a dessert they really want. We may have to change they way it is served to make it work, but it can almost always be done. I do try to get people to stay away from anything that needs to stay really cold. That is a little harder on a buffet style dessert table. Also people need to think “How is this going to look after sitting out for 2 hours?” You want to choose desserts that hold up well. I think most people enjoy dessert tables- they love to see things they really like and can be served creatively.”