Wedding cake or just a cake. If you’ve ever been in Greece or if you live here, 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 wedding cakes are maybe starting to take a back seat as some of wedding desert trends report, brides still want the beautiful wedding cake to be a part of their theme. In this article, we’ll explore some options from Greece, for your best Greek wedding cake!
First, let’s look at Greek wedding traditions
It may come as 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 pre-made non-consumable cakes, filled with Styrofoam or other foam materials, covered with fondant and decorated in a traditional way. The cakes are ready decorated and come in a variety of styles to choose from. Faux wedding cake usually has an opening in the back where a piece of real cake is inserted, so that the couple can feed it to each other for the traditional photo op.
Another well practised option is to have only one fake tier – 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 cakes?
- Lower costs. They are perfect for big wedding parties. 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 many guests.
- Traditional design. For easy decision making, all the cakes are pre-designed, where you just pick the cake you like from the catalogue.
- Less worry. You can be sure your cake will survive the hot summer days or nights and will not loose it’s shape or tip over.
Photo from WBS
Wedding 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
Photography: Kollektiva Photograhers via Chic and Stylish Weddings
Donnas Cakes and Events Greek inspired, Ana Beatriz Barros and Karim El Chiaty’s celebrity designer cake
Photography: Vlad Lodoaba via Vouge
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 Greek celebrity patisserie chef
There are now many celebrity chefs in Greece that could create your designer wedding cake or even a full desert table. Stelios Parliaros, for sure is one of the famous local chef patisserie. Then the young George Avgeros, Pavlov’s Lab and also PetrnArt. Among other the famous chefs are also Ettore Botrini, Lefteris Lazarou, Alexandros Kardasis, Argyro Barbarigou and many others.
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.
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