My Big Fat Green Wedding: The “Cake”

I have always been less than impressed by wedding cakes. My general feeling is that they can look cool but typically taste bad and … they can be wasteful. What do you do with all that excess cake? So how do you green a cake? Well here's the things you consider:

1) Do you want a cake or cake alternative?
2) What do you have it made out of?
3) What do you stand it on?
4) What do you decorate around it with?
5) What do you use for a cake topper (or not)?

Picture by Tom O' Neal  

So this is what we came up with:

Instead of a traditional cake, we opted for paperless petit fours. Cakes can be wasteful because not everyone eats the cake. Although cupcakes are all the rage, I also wanted something different -a little more elegant. It was Jessica, at the Ventana Inn, that actually suggested the petit fours. They had made a petit four wedding cake before. I liked what I saw but, much like cupcakes, petit fours typically come in papers. To minimize waste, I requested paperless petit fours.

Why do ingredients matter? Well … if the cake doesn't taste good, there will be a lot of cake left over that you will not know what to do with. If it doesn't taste good, you can't pawn it off on people. The people that didn't want to eat it will definitely not want to be taking it home. You and your partner, can only eat so much cake so … make it taste good! Now honestly -who knows what everyone will like so … try your best. Our cake was white chocolate with lemon curd and buttercream frosting. The top piece was created for Ken and I and was actually more of a small cake than a giant petit four. We chose carrot cake for that part since we knew we would personally eat all of that.

Cake stands … we went for the cardboard cake stand. Many cake stands are made of plastic or acrylic, some are porcelain but … these options are expensive (even if buying used), I just think any type of plastic should be minimized, and I just didn't know where these items were being manufactured in the first place. You can buy cardboard cakes stands though from Cupcake Tree. They are only meant for cupcakes or petit fours. Although they are biodegradable and possibly recyclable, if not too badly soiled, I found that they are definitely on the one time use side. A side note about the cardboard cake stand: This was one of the most stressful pieces of our wedding. My mom hated it, and then I had several friends that seemed worried about it as well. I'm not going to lie, when you set it up all by itself, it's not attractive. However, you have to see beyond that and know that when you have cake on it, no one is really looking at the cake stand. Ken and I wanted to be punk and just go cardboard though. We felt like it best represented us. We did not want pieces of ribbon dressing it up. We wanted it as simply as possible, always keeping in mind about our waste -I personally don't know what to do about ribbon after the fact -I didn't want to deal with it, so I didn't use any. I was pleased when I actually saw our "cake" at our reception. New ideas with eco-friendly materials are tough for some people so if you have an vision, stick to your guns!


Picture by Tom O' Neal  

What do you decorate around it? A lot of times, people use flowers as the extra decoration. As much as possible I wanted items that were used in my wedding to have a reuse purpose. If were were to cut flowers just for the cake, there was not going to be much use for them after so … I opted for soba "flowers" which are reusable. They are made out of natural tapioca wood and then shaped into flowers. I had bought mine from Save on Crafts, and I bought a few different styles. I bought and used ones that looked like roses, ones that looked like gardenias, and some that looked kind of like pine cones. Flowers are not necessary, depending on your wedding you can go with none, or you can do dried herbs, etc. The possibilities are endless -just look online to see what people are doing or hire a good wedding planner like Green With Envy.

Cake toppers … I guess the greenest option would be not to have one :) I considered this but then found that I actually had "traditional" leanings and wanted one. Again, waste was of prime concern. I did not want something that would have no purpose after the wedding, so I would definitely want it as a keepsake but not something bulky. I knew I didn't really want something mass produced so I called upon my friend, and local designer Amy Tan, to customize cake topper for us. She came up with an adorable illustration piece that she hand painted onto handmade, flower seeded paper. The illustration looked like Ken and I as I had sent her pictures of my dress and his tux in advance. We will be re-using our cake topper by including it in a shadow box that will house our wedding picture.


You can follow me on Twitter @GreenGeisha, or check out Green Wave


Related posts:

(Videos) 5 Kids Eco Craft Ideas For Dad!
Wellness with @IvyJoeva: When in Doubt, Dance! (Video)
How To Eat A Mango (Video)


  • My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was entirely
    right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine just how much
    time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  • Thanks on your marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it,
    you can be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and may come back very soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great work, have a nice afternoon!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • It’s amazing to pay a visit this web site and reading the views of all colleagues regarding this article, while I am also keen of getting experience.

  • If some one desires to be updated with latest technologies afterward he must be go to see this site
    and be up to date everyday.

  • It’s perfect time for you to make several plans for the longer term and it can be time for you to be at liberty.
    I’ve learn this publish and in case I may I wish to counsel you some interesting things or suggestions.
    Maybe you could write next articles relating to this informative article.
    I want to learn more things about it!

  • Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and
    so i find It really helpful & it helped me out a whole lot.
    I am just hoping to show something back and help others just like
    you helped me.

  • Hi there i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this piece of writing i thought i could also create comment due to this sensible paragraph.

  • Hi, just wished to mention, I liked this article. It was actually inspiring.
    Carry on posting!

  • Hi, just wanted to mention, I liked this article. It absolutely was funny.
    Carry on posting!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • Excellent blog post. I absolutely appreciate this
    amazing site. Make it up!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you could be an excellent author.
    I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and may return in the future.
    I wish to encourage that you simply continue your great job, have
    got a nice evening!

  • I for all time emailed this blog post page to all of my contacts,
    because if like to read it then my contacts will too.

  • If some one desires to be updated with newest technologies then he must be pay a visit this site
    and be up-to-date all the time.

  • Wow! Your information is amazing! I will suggest it to my wife and anyone that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • That is really attention-grabbing, You’re an excessively professional
    blogger. I have joined your feed and stay up for in search of more of your magnificent post.
    Additionally, I’ve shared your site in my social networks

  • Wow! This information is amazing. I will suggest it to my daugther and anybody that could be attracted to this object. Great work girls :D

  • Very energetic article, I liked that bit.
    Will there be a part 2?

  • Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your
    useful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly

  • I’m gone to inform my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this weblog on regular basis to take updated from most up-to-date news update.

  • What’s up mates, how is everything, and what you want
    to say concerning this post, in my view its in fact awesome in support of me.

  • Your mode of describing all within this article is actually
    pleasant, everybody be capable of simply know it, Thanks a whole lot.

  • This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am in fact pleassant
    to read everthing at one place.

  • Good day I am so grateful I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was browsing on Digg for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say
    thanks for a incredible post and a all round interesting blog (I also love
    the theme/design), I don

  • Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, let
    alone the content!

  • I’m extremely impressed together with your writing skills and also with the
    layout on your own weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a
    nice blog such as this one nowadays.

  • I used to be recommended this blog by my cousin. I am unsure whether this post is published by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

  • Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog website?

    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  • If some one needs to be updated with hottest technologies afterward he must be pay a quick visit this web page
    and be up to date all the time.

  • Fine way of telling, and nice post to get facts concerning
    my presentation subject matter, which i am going to convey
    in institution of higher education.

  • Ahaa, its pleasant conversation concerning this paragraph at this place at this webpage, I have read all
    that, so now me also commenting here.

  • Hello! I’ve been reading your site for some time
    now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give
    you a shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to tell
    you keep up the excellent work!

  • Your style is very unique in comparison to other folks
    I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the
    opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this blog.

  • I’m more than happy to uncover this great site.
    I need to to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!!
    I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and i
    also have you saved to fav to see new stuff in your web site.

  • whoah this blog is wonderful i love reading your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You recognize, lots of persons
    are searching round for this info, you could aid them greatly.

  • En IDC, empresa de Madrid especializada en venta de equipos informáticos y ordenadores de segunda mano, oportunidades y Km0, encontrarás los mejores equipos de ocasión totalmente revisados y garantizados por nuestro servicio técnico. En demasiadas ocasiones, y con el afán de atraer para sí a los votantes de la izquierda radical, algunos partidos, incluidos los partidos nacionalistas institucionales, lanzan mensajes más cercanos al discurso político de la izquierda radical, que al discurso político de su formación. Estos mensajes que en demasiadas ocasiones se contradicen con sus actuaciones pasadas, presentes y futuras, hace que algunos de sus votantes terminen desencantados de los mensajes y promesas no cumplidas y busquen cobijo en un partido muchísimo más cercano al discurso y a las actitudes de la izquierda radical como es Aralar. Pero, claro, si empiezas por dirigirte al público como si tu auditorio estuviera formado por peces desmemoriados la credibilidad se resiente.

  • Howdy! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty
    finding one? Thanks a lot!

  • Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the
    way, how can we communicate?

  • I always used to study paragraph in news papers but now as I
    am a user of web so from now I am using net for posts,
    thanks to web.

  • Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of the challenges.
    It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

  • We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with valuable info to work on.
    You’ve done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful
    to you.

  • As soon as I discovered this internet site I went on reddit
    to share some of the love with them.

  • I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering issues with your
    website. It appears as though some of the written text on your content are
    running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback
    and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a problem
    with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Thank you

  • I’m not sure why but this site is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  • Incredible points. Outstanding arguments. Keep up
    the great effort. Gamefly 3 month free trial

  • Its like you read my mind! You appear to know
    so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.

    I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit,
    but other than that, this is magnificent blog. An excellent read.
    I will certainly be back.

  • I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following.

    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

  • Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clearness on your publish is just nice and i can assume you are knowledgeable in this subject.
    Well with your permission let me to snatch your RSS feed
    to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thanks 1,000,000 and please carry on the rewarding work.

  • Hi there, I enjoy reading through your post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

  • What’s up, this weekend is nice in support
    of me, because this occasion i am reading this enormous informative paragraph
    here at my house.

  • I all the time used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I am
    a user of web thus from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

  • It’s truly a great and useful piece of information. I am satisfied
    that you simply shared this useful info with
    us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • I really like what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the great works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

  • Thanks , I’ve recently been searching for information about
    this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve found out so far.
    But, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the source?