By the time I had realized my body rejects gluten, my then-fiancé and I had already selected our menu and cake for the reception.
We got married in October and we embraced our autumn theme in every way: décor, colours, flowers, and, yes, the food. A couple fall-themed dishes included roasted butternut squash soup and pumpkin cheesecake. Thankfully our reception hall, The Manor, was able to accommodate my intolerance and use alternative ingredients for my dishes so I could still enjoy our unique menu.
The cake was another story. We had already paid for our extravagant wedding cake, and while we could alter the order, the bakery stayed away from any gluten free baking.
My now-husband took it upon himself to ensure I could still eat a piece of wedding cake on our special day. Unbeknownst to me, he had spent hours researching gluten free bakery reviews and when he had found one he liked, he arranged for us to go for a testing.
One Saturday morning, we wound up at Voila Gluten Free Bakeree in Oakville, Ont. for a cake sampling appointment. This was the first time I had tried gluten free cake, so I was skeptical. We tried a variety of cakes: chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, lemon — the list goes on. I was pleasantly surprised; each one was delicious. The globs of butter cream were perfect and the cakes themselves were moist. It was a great second breakfast.
There was one cake on the menu that caught me eye, but it was unfortunately unavailable for testing. The maple-flavoured cake was something that piqued my interest, and I thought it would be a perfect addition to our ‘fall’ menu. I took a leap of faith and placed an order for a small maple cake. Hey, if it tasted half as good as the other cakes I had sampled, I would be a happy camper.
As it turned out, my little maple gluten free wedding cake turned out amazing. It was the perfect way to round off our fall-themed menu. I had a piece for good luck, and shared some with those who cared to try it. The verdict was the same each time; those who had tried it, loved it and thought it tasted light, airy, and satisfying.
My husband and I made a point of saving a couple pieces of our respective wedding cakes for our one-year wedding anniversary. They are both sitting in our freezer and we can’t wait to bite into them again in October.