Wedding cakes are a big part of many wedding celebrations. In fact, The New York Times notes, that out of the two million weddings occurring annually, 90% of all couples have cake in some form or another.
With that many wedding cakes on the table, you want your wedding cake to be eco-friendly and special (and hopefully affordable). Here’s how to green up your cake.
1. Choose organic
supporting organic food is an important green choice. There’s no better time to say you support organics than at your wedding. You can usually ask custom wedding cake bakeries to use organic ingredients, even if they don’t advertise as specifically organic.
2. Go local
Locally made, seasonally made cakes and locally acquired ingredients are much greener than shipping in a cake or ingredients. If you’re making your own wedding cake, you can even make filling with berries found at local pick-your-own farms which will also cut down on packaging. A reusable bucket works!
3. Design green
One of the most unique aspects of each wedding cake is the design of course. You can use natural design aspects such as organic candied flowers or fresh organic flowers. You can use safe edible herbs and leaves, pretty branches, or even decorate a wedding cake with reclaimed thrift store jewelry. You can also consider growing some of your own flowers for the cake. Check out this amazing naturally decorated wedding cake!
4. Buy Fair Trade
With a chocolate or nut-based cake, Fair Trade is a green step you can take. Sugar, bananas, berries and many other cake-minded ingredients can also be certified Fair Trade. To learn what’s available in Fair Trade visit Equal Exchange or TransFair.
5. Top it off right
An eco-friendly wedding cake topper is a must and it’s super easy to find one you love. There are tons of choices for sustainable wedding cake toppers out there, such as sugar topper, organic flowers, sustainable wood and more. One green solution is to reuse a topper that a close friend used.
6. Set it up
Make a DIY cake stand or cupcake stand with recycled materials or buy a sustainable cake stand. One eco-friendly route is used, another is to make sure you buy a cake stand you’ll use again.
7. Go vegan
Animal-free is very eco-friendly. And yes, even tasty. Some cake bakeries will substitute vegan ingredients if asked or you can make your own vegan wedding cake.
8. Go paper free
If making wedding cupcakes, consider zero wrappers; non-stick cupcake pans can be used to bake perfectly paper-free cupcakes. If you really must have cupcake wraps, aim for wraps made with recycled paper.
9. Small & sweet
Do you really need a humongous wedding cake? Maybe, if you have a ton of guests, but really consider how big a cake you need before using more resources than necessary. See a wedding cake size planner.
10. Skip the cake
Sometimes no cake is the most eco-friendly. Especially if you skip it with reason. For example, my brother had pie at his wedding (he loves pie). It’s silly to have cake just to meet tradition. You could plan a very cool and eco-friendly dessert table vs. a cake. Desserts rock because many, such as little chocolates or other small baked goods can double as take-home favors.
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