Congratulations! You or someone you know has a very big day coming up—or maybe you are covering your bases and making plans a bit in advance. That’s okay too. Weddings are a big deal, and whether you decide to make it a grand affair or a more intimate social gathering, one thing is for certain: you are going to need a cake.
To be fair, no one says you need to have a cake. You could have vegan vanilla cupcakes, for example, or maybe a wedding coconut cream pie. We’re just spitballing here. The point is that generally, you want a sweet treat at your wedding—something memorable and elegant that tastes as good as it looks.
When you’re on a vegan diet, the dessert game can be a challenging one to play. You have to put in a little prep work. That can be daunting, especially when you're already dealing with florists, DJs, and caterers (and your adorable little ring bearer, who goes missing 5 minutes into the rehearsal dinner). It’s a lot.
But when it comes to your cake, it shouldn’t have to be stressful. We will go over some ingredients and techniques that you can use to ensure that your wedding has the perfect vegan cake.
Vegan Wedding Cake Decisions
There is a reason that weddings require the coordinated involvement of so many different parties. It’s a special day, so to alleviate the burden from the bride and groom, you hire people to stress out for them and hope it isn’t contagious. Then afterward, you pay them a lot of money for it. What fun!
For those of us who like to have a hand in our own festivities, there are still many decisions to be made.
What kind of flowers should go on the tables, the groomsmen, and in the bouquets? What colors are the bridesmaid’s dresses? What type of wedding gown do you want? Who will make sure that uncle Larry doesn’t try to take to the dancefloor (again)? Perhaps most importantly, what about the wedding cake?
Luckily for the bride and groom, these questions come down to a matter of preference, so you can’t really have a wrong answer. That’s why, when it comes to making a stellar vegan wedding cake, we’ve got you covered.
Should You Have Two Cakes?
This may come across as an odd one, but it isn’t as unusual as you might think. Many people choose to have both vegan and non-vegan options available at their weddings.
If you want to go that route, decide how big each will be and whether you’ll incorporate different flavors. Do you want one peanut butter and chocolate cake and one lemon and vanilla cake? Will you decorate them the same way?
This will also depend on the size of your wedding, as you definitely want enough for everyone.
Order the Cake or DIY It?
This is a big one, as many vegans enjoy baking their own meals and desserts. For now, you just need to decide whether you want to hire a professional or dive in and figure it out yourself.
If you feel you are a capable baker and already have the perfect cake recipe, making your own wedding cake can be tremendous fun! You may need to do some research on how to make a vegan buttercream or how to make a chocolate ganache without dairy (hint: start with our dark chocolate baking chips), but it’s worth it. Grab the flour of your choice, as well as bowls, cake boards, and a cooling rack, and get to work.
On the other hand, if you feel you have too much on your plate already, there is no shame in hiring a professional rather than mixing up some batter and firing up the oven.
What Kind of Style Are You Looking For?
The term “aesthetic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but when it comes to wedding planning, it’s no joke. The same goes for your cake. As an integral piece of the wedding party, it’s important that you consider the look of your cake and whether or not it matches the tone you are going for.
Will your cake be rustic, with a more organic, rough frosted look, covered in fresh fruit? Or will it be a silky smooth, tiered, and columned affair, fit for royalty? Are you more partial toward roses or wildflowers on top?
Once again, there is no wrong answer, but it’s good to be consistent in your design choices, especially if you intend to make it yourself. Hit some wedding Pinterest boards and build a library of references either for yourself or whomever you order your cake from.
Cake Layers and Flavors
It’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that goes doubly for desert. If you plan to have multiple flavors and fillings in your cake, you will need to find recipes and ingredients that allow you to achieve your chosen flavors in a vegan-friendly way. A multi-tier cake will take a bit more work, but it truly will be a show-stopping centerpiece.
It’s not as hard as you might think. In fact, the next category is all about how and where you can find the ingredients to get the job done.
The Proof Is in the… Cake
It should come as no surprise to you that the most important part of the cake is the cake bit. There is a lot of fancy frosting, flowers, and fondant that can go on top, but at the end of the day, it’s what lies beneath that counts. To that end, you will need to find high-quality, vegan-friendly, and preferably gluten-free ingredients.
A chocolate tier and a strawberry tier? Sounds delicious! But where should you look for high-quality, gluten-free, vegan chocolate?
Luckily for you, here at MiiRO, we are dedicated to furthering your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle without making you give up your favorite sweets along the way. They only use natural, honest ingredients to minimize environmental impact and maximize deliciousness.
You want your wedding cake to have a rich chocolatey center? No problem. Our high-quality chocolate uses nut mylk rather than dairy, making it vegan and keto-friendly, with the added benefit of a smooth, creamy consistency, unlike any vegan chocolates you’ve tried before!
Preparation Is Everything!
Much like weddings themselves, getting a vegan wedding cake is not a one-person operation. We suggest you gather ideas and info from a variety of places before making your move.
Whether you are detailing order specifications or taking matters into your own capable hands (and cake pans), it pays to be informed and know your subject. Always do a few trial runs when it comes to baking. Once you have that formula perfected, you’ll be well on your way to having a vegan wedding cake that will blow your guests away!