Why You Should Have a Cheese Tower Cake on Your Wedding Day in the Alps
|4th February 2019
photographer - Eight bells
Imagine picking up the knife on your wedding day, your partner’s hand in yours, and cutting deep into a delicious, soft…wedge of Abondance cheese?
It doesn’t get much more French than the Cheese Tower Wedding Cake.
As you may know, we’re wedding photographers based in the resort of Morzine in the French Alps. One trend we’ve noticed recently is of couples looking to make a statement – and indulge their love of cheese – by opting for a “Cheese Tower Wedding Cake”.
We caught up with Bon App, weddings caterers and cheese tower creators, to find out what goes into making a cheese tower cake and why they’re perfect for your wedding day.
The Ultimate Statement Piece
Michelle and Tamsin of Bon App are a catering duo based in Morzine who specialise in weddings. We wanted to know what inspired them to create the Cheese Tower Cakes:
We’re in the land of cheese, the French Alps. The cheese towers look beautiful, they taste beautiful, they’re very practical, cost-effective and they make a great statement”– Says Michelle
The Cheese Tower Cake is just that: a traditional wedding cake in shape, but made entirely of locally-sourced French cheese. Sometimes it replaces the classic sweet sponge cake, but often couples choose to have both.
We think the cakes make an amazing focal point for your big day and, from our experience, can look incredible in wedding photographs.
Original Creations Inspired by French Tradition
We wondered if the idea of the Cheese Tower Cake is based on a local or French tradition:
Traditionally in France they would have a pièce montée, sometimes that’s like a croquembouche [a tower of profiteroles] – it’s a big statement piece for your wedding. This is just our take on that– Says Tamsin
They’re very rustic and natural – which is what you want when you’re in the French Alps– Adds Michelle
A Delicious End to Your Wedding Day
The cakes are usually served at the end of the day as part of the evening buffet.
Once everyone has had their evening meal, Michelle & Tamsin will break down the cheese tower, slice the cheese and serve it up with fresh fruit, homemade chutney, charcuterie and different breads and crackers.
The hard cheese has the added benefit of being versatile: you can store it and eat it later on in your stay – perhaps as part of a BBQ – and you can even take it home with you.
“Hard cheese freezes very well, so it can go back in your freezer – a bit like the British tradition of saving the top tier of your wedding cake”, Michelle suggests.
A typical wedding cake-sized cheese tower will easily feed 100 guests, so it’s not only delicious but a cost-effective choice for bigger weddings.
Creating a Cheese Tower Wedding Cake
Bon App use almost exclusively locally-produced cheese from the Alps, including favourites such as Raclette, Abondance and Tom.
They start with a slice of chopped wood for the base, oiled to make it food-safe. Whole wheels – or wedges – of hard cheese are then placed between more slices of wood and Morzine slate for stability.
We try and make everything quite local, so everything has a reference point back to where we are. Whether it’s the wood, the slate, the cheese – or us!Says Tamsin
The pair then artfully arrange a variety of flowers and plants around the cheese. The foliage they use usually depends on the season, with food-safe ivy and fir branches the typical choice for Winter season weddings.
Bon App will also work with the couple to plan the colour scheme. Thanks to their relationships with several local wedding florists, they’re able to use offcuts from the wedding decorations which helps tie everything together with matching colours.
Although the ladies discuss ideas with the groom and bride-to-be first, essentially each cake is improvised. “You can’t be too prescriptive with itSays Tamsin
This also has the benefit of making each cake completely unique.
Don’t Try This at Home
If you’re considering making a cheese tower cake yourself, Tamsin offers some wise words of advice:
The number one reason you wouldn’t want to make this yourself on your wedding day is you will absolutely stink of cheese!Says Tamsin
Not ideal for your first dance!
By working with local suppliers, Bon App also get access to bigger wheels of cheese than you might find in supermarkets.
A Unique Cake for a Unique Destination
We wanted to know why the Cheese Tower Wedding Cake has become so popular at weddings in the French Alps.
There’s something about the atmosphere of the Alps which is a lot more low-key. They definitely attract people in a certain frame of mindMichelle suggests
Michelle and Tamsin have many tales to tell of daring deliveries to weddings during the Winter season:
Two winters ago we had to deliver a sponge wedding cake to Lindarets (a ski area high above Morzine), made and iced in advance and then loaded into a backpack. We went up the bubble lift and then carefully skiied to the venue!” Michelle laughs. “We can literally go anywhere!
If you’re looking for a delicious showstopper piece for your wedding in the Alps, it doesn’t come much more unique than the Cheese Tower Wedding Cake.
Watch a Cheese Tower Cake Being Made
We’ve made a video of our day with Bon App so you can see the process in action, and wet your taste buds!
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