If you’ve ever been in Greece or if you live here, you may already know that you can get a cake almost in every bakery or in “zaxaroplastio” (read: zaharaoplastio), as the locals call it. Ready made or custom order. Your local baker can most probably provide you with your special cake.
Although cakes are maybe starting to take a back seat in the sweet wedding trends, some brides still want the beautiful cake to be a part of their wedding theme. In this article, we’ll explore them all from Greece and beyond.
First, let’s look at Greek weddings
It may come a shock to you, but it is quite popular for many Greek weddings to actually have a fake cake for their photo op and the “show”
What is a fake cake?
Fake cakes are ready made from a factory, filled with Styrofoam or other foam materials, covered with fondant or other sugar based covers and decorated in a traditional way. The cakes are ready decorated and come in a variety of styles to choose from. The cake usually has an opening in the back where a piece of real cake is inserted, so the couple can feed it to each other.
Another well practiced option is to have only one tier fake – the bottom one. This offers more support to your cake and of course makes your cake look bigger. Perfect for smaller weddings that want to display a bigger cake.
Why fake cake?
- Lower costs. Perfect for your big wedding. Greek weddings are especially famous for their number of guests, thus the movie My BIG Fat Greek Wedding, it’s much more affordable to have one cake for show, but serve another, less flashy cake to your guests.
- Traditional design. For easy decision making, all the cakes are predesigned, where you just pick the cake you like from the crowd.
- Less worry. You can be sure your cake will stand.
Last, biggest tier of this cake is fake
Photo from WBS
Edible cakes from all around Greece
Now, get ready for some seriously yummy cakes. We suggest you have some sweets handy, just in case you get inspired while looking at these delicious cakes.
Patisserie with intention
Pavlov’s Lab color and metallic accents cake
Photography: Anna Roussos
Criollo naked fruit cake
Photography: Les Anagnou Photographers
Fresh Patisserie flower mini cake
Photo from Fresh Patisserie
Santorini Patisserie Glikaki so pink cake
Photography: Nek Vardikos
Designer cakes form Greece
Cake Boutique green and gold aspects cake
Photography: Les Anagnou via Cake Boutique
Maria Xerikou white on white multi-layer cake
Donnas Cakes and Events Greek inspired, Ana Beatriz Barros and Karim El Chiaty’s celebrity designer cake
Alexandra Mimikou beautiful blush pink, white and silver cake
Photo from Alexandra Mimikou
Alexandra Vossou fresh greenery cake
Petran Art so Greek, simple white with olive greenery cake
Photography: Jen Huang
Cake a Wish colorful naked cakes
Photography: Elias Kordelakos Photography
Vegan Cake from Greece
Crystal Fairytale Events vegan think cake
Photo from Crystal Fairytale Events
Ask the catering to provide
Photo from G-Touch Specialists
Photography: George Pahountis
Photography: Manes Photo
Think of celebrity pastry chef
Think of tradition
Think outside the box and be open for new ideas. Have multiple sweets, cakes, mini cakes and try some traditional local Greek sweets.
If you happen to be in Athens, don’t miss the 100-year old traditional zaxaroplastio Asimakopouloi Brothers.
Order variety of traditional delights for your special day
Photo from Afoi Asimakopouloi
We hope you can find the cake you were looking for! You can find more ideas and sweet trends for 2017 in our next post.
For seminars on cake making in Greece, check our ellwed educational page. Do you know about a seminar for wedding professionals in Greece? Let us know about it!
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