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Help I Need Gf Wedding Cake

Posted by , 06 September 2005 · 184 views

I'm getting married and need a GF Wedding Cake
Hey Everyone! I'm a 26 year old female with Celiac Disease. I was diagnosed @ 15 months old. I don't know anything other than living wheat and gluten free. I thought I knew everything there was possibly to know about CS until it was time to plan my wedding. I've always been different according to everyone else because of the foods I do eat and because of the foods I can't. Snack time in daycare or elementary school was always hard. I was not invited to social activities such as birthday parties etc. because of the Celiac Disease. My CS has always been a source of pain, loneliness, and sometimes even embarrassment. I have had other related illnesses due to my CS and have recently been in and out of the hospital. I have an incredible fiance who refuses to leave my side when I am hospitalized. Thank God for him! When I was released from the hospital in March my fiance proposed. I decided immediately to get married in October and that I wanted a huge formal wedding. I will be having a sit down reception and EVERYTHING will be gluten-free but my guests will be none the wiser. We will serve individual cornish game hens, wild rice stuffing, twice baked cheddar potato, asparagus etc. My guests will be well fed and no one will think, "Gee, this is different". Right away I was dreaming of wedding cake. Just because I have CS doesn't mean I can't have cake. There are many gluten-free cake mixes and recipes that are so yummy. I've never had "regular" cake so I don't know what it tastes like. However, many people have eaten my gluten-free cake unknowingly and didn't know the difference until I told them. Back in March I found a woman with a fabulous reputation who makes wedding cakes. She had never made a gluten-free cake before but said she would be willing to make one for me in a kitchen where there would be no cross contamination. She asked me to ship her a few boxes of mix to try out. I was so excited that I rushed right out that day to do just that. She finally got around to my practice cake this past weekend. She called me labor day to tell me what she thought. You can imagine my disappointment and the heartache at what she said. She told me that the gluten-free mix was awful and that she did not want to be associated with a gluten-free wedding cake. She said she refused to make the cake if we would serve any gluten-free cake to our guests. She said she would make a gluten-free top tier for my fiance and I to freeze and one tier with gluten-free mix for us to cut but NOT to serve any of "that awful mix" to our guests. I agreed and thanked her for her phone call and hung up. Then I began to cry for 2 hours. I couldn't believe this womans tackiness. How unprofessional and hurtful can someone be? All I've wanted throughout any of this was for things to be as "normal" as possible. Her words sent me back to snack time in Kindergarten when I was so aware of how "different" I was. My wedding is only 32 days from now and I don't know what to do. I really don't want to employ this woman to make my wedding cake but there's no guarantee I will find someone else willing to do it. I reside in Florida but am originally from Minnesota. Minnesota is where I will be getting married. If anyone knows where I can get a gluten-free wedding cake in MN or has been through this senario before, any information would be helpful. Thank you so much, A Desperate Bride

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Well, with that attitude, I definitely wouldn't hire that woman to make my cake. What a creep. And what a crummy cook she must be if she can't even figure out how to make a gluten-free cake. It's not that hard.

I have a chocolate cake recipe that I've used for years. My husband has always raved about it. I thought it was a thing of the past when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Not so. I now make the cake with Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flour and it tastes just as good as it does with regular flour. In fact, I took it to a party last night and everyone thought it was wonderful. I use the exact same recipe except for the flour and I add 1 tsp. of xanthan gum.

I assume you are wanting a white cake, though? I'll bet that there are some bakers out there that would be willing to experiment a little more and figure it out. I'd get on the phone and call every baker in the book until I found one that was professional enough to know their stuff. Or, I'd try making a few cakes myself to see how they turn out, test them on my friends, then give the recipe to a baker.

I have a 21 yr. old daughter and 16 yr. old son that both have celiac disease. Someday we'll be facing the same issue when they get married, but I'm really not worried about it because I'm sure there is a solution. My daughter says she wants to have a cheesecake anyway. :P She's unconventional. :D
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Thank you so much for your feed back. I appreciate the encouragement from someone who knows where I'm coming from. I've been on the phone all day and I'm waiting for a few people to call me back. I think your daughter's cheesecake idea is great! Who doesn't LOVE cheesecake. I'm sure when she gets married everyone will be thrilled with her choice. Very neat!
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I can't help you make a cake but I can tell you that some of the best cakes I've ever had have been gluten free. My mother made me a chocolate cake that had lentils in it-- I know that sounds weird but it was rich and fudgy and moist. Also, around the holidays I make a cake from Nigella Lawson that is made from clemantines and ground almonds. That one is also totally incredible. I wish you well and congratulations!
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I'm new to this board, but I just read your blog about your wedding cake situation. I know it has been a while ago that you wrote that, but I just had to comment. I am getting married in July and was very nervous about getting into a situation like you were in. I luckily am getting a 2 tier cake that my fiance and I are going to eat from. I found a bakery that was able to do it and I am soooo happy. I hope all turned out ok for you!
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Try Bette Hagmen's "Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy" cook book page 127 Simply Super Carrot Cake. This cake us sturdy enough to be a wedding cake. Also years ago people who didn't like fruitcake used to use carrot cake for weddings. I am not a pro cook and only made box cakes until I became celiac but I can make this recipe. Try it, it's impossible to recognize that it is gluten-free. Good luck
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Hello! You wrote me about "the wedding cake situation." I was married Oct. 8. 2005. Thankfully, everything turned out great. I found someone who came highly recommended and I ended up with the cake I was dreaming of. It was all basket weaved and stepped up beautifully with candles along both sides. The top cake and the bottom cake were gluten free for my husband and I. Since they never touched the rest of the cake I could eat and be happy. None of the guests had a clue that parts of my beautiful cake were "different" from what they were eating.
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When we got married we didn't bother having different wedding cakes for different food intolerances. Luckily we found a vegan gluten free wedding cake that was delicious enough for everyone.

In fact we ended up having all the food vegan and most of it wheat free - we found vegan caviar, vegan champagne, vegan smoked salmon pate and a dairy free chocolate fountain using belgium dark chocolate.

Everybody loved the wedding cake and didn't realise it was wheat free or vegan. We got the wedding cake from a company called zedz Foods www.zedzfoods.co.uk who are based in Wales but do mail order and are available in some shops.
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