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Love the look of flowers but don’t need fresh blossoms on your cake? Consider gum paste (a sugar dough that dries hard and keeps indefinitely when stored properly) crafted into gorgeous flowers by an expert. According to Chef Marney, “from a green perspective, there are far less resources used in making the gum paste than in growing fresh flowers over a period of months,” which is an added bonus. What’s even better is the ability to have these gorgeous gum paste flowers after your wedding as a permanent keepsake. If you do choose gum paste flowers, though, be sure to adjust your budget accordingly. One flower created by an accomplished cake artist can take hours to create, so these works of art do come at a premium.


Cutting the Cake...and the Waste


While a towering wedding cake is beautiful, it can also be notoriously wasteful. Some brides don’t want to compromise the statement a multi-layered cake makes, but they probably just don’t need that much cake. Leftovers get dumped,


unnecessary WED The Magazine


creating waste.


Sometimes, bakers will create January 2011


faux layers to frost out of cardboard, but these also end up in the dumpster.


To solve this wasteful dilemma, you could rent re- usable faux cake layers from a company like Fake The Cake and have your baker create just enough cake to serve your guests.


Cupcakes are another very popular option. Even if you have more cupcakes than guests, they are easily transportable and guests can bring them home to enjoy later. Many couples will have their baker create one small layer of a cake to cut, and then bake cupcakes to display on tiers underneath for a lovely presentation.


Don’t forget to provide the boxes or bags made from recycled materials so they can do so guests can take some cake home—that is, if there are even any leftovers!


Tips for an


Eco-friendly Cake


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including organic fresh flowers for décor.


Recycle cake toppers


from family or friends to add a special touch


Provide boxes or bags


made of recycled materials for guests to take home leftovers.


The Green Bride Guide has everything you need to plan a green wedding! Here you can find pictures fromreal green weddings, articles and advice on eco-chic decor, and a wide range of green wedding gifts includ- ing: organic bedding, Recycled Glass Dish- es, and eco-friendly appliances. They also have the largest green wedding directory in the country, to help you connect with local vendors. www.GreenBrideGuide.com


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