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Sweet somethings for that special day

by Elyse Glickman

August 15, 2008 | 6:16 pm

Feed Your Soul Cookies offers an alternative to cake

Feed Your Soul Cookies offers an alternative to cake

While the image of a wedding cake at the center of a reception table is iconic, many couples and their guests will admit they are not exactly "layer cake" kinds of people. For this reason, having a sweet table is a must, not just alongside a cake but sometimes instead of one.

"I am seeing a huge movement away from traditional wedding cakes," wedding planner Melissa Barrad said. "In fact, I am seeing lots of cupcakes, especially among couples who are normally not huge fans of cake. I have seen everything from chocolate fondue fountains to chocolate-covered strawberries. I recently had clients who were fans of Krispy Kreme donuts who picked them up the morning of the wedding and arranged them in tiers."

While cupcakes, from mini to maxi, have gone from "Sex and the City" trendiness to the shelves of most bakeries across the city (including Hansen's Cakes, where Patrick Hansen notes couples will buy different flavors in large quantities and arrange them in tiers), Krispy Kreme is a surprisingly easy option. In fact, all ingredients are kosher and the mix is certified kosher. While not every Krispy Kreme kitchen is kosher certified, the company's Web site can aid fans in locating kosher shops.

Delice Bakery is noted for traditionally elegant sweet table fare such as bakery-style cookies and petit fours, and Hansen's Cakes is now offering brownies, cookies, fudge and other sweets boasting a "home-made" consistency.

Schmerty's Gourmet Cookies in Santa Monica features a Bukspan-certified collection of classic kosher flavors, while New Jersey-based Mya Jacobson offers cookie-loving couples throughout the United States their cookie fix through her Feed Your Soul Cookies, which offers cookie adornments for everything from the bridal showers to party favors to the sweet table, with ribbons and wrappings that color coordinate with the wedding. Sweeter still, a portion of the proceeds from the purchase will be donated to a charity of the couple's choice.

It is also important to remember that there may be people out there who love other types of cakes, such as homespun and decadently rich bundt cakes. From the Hollywood gifting suites to the sweet table, bundtlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes in Thousand Oaks have caused a great deal of excitement, thanks to their unusual presentation as well as their prolific array of flavors -- red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, lemon, cinnamon swirl and an ever-changing offering of seasonal and specialty flavors.

Of course, there is also the notion that if you want to do the job right, do it yourself. Many couples are doing just that to, literally, make the culmination of their wedding day their very own.

"The sweet table is a wonderful way to incorporate favorite family cookie recipes to further personalize the wedding," Barrad, who founded event planning company I Do ... Weddings, noted. "I have also seen mini-cup cakes and petit fours adorned with baby pictures of the couples."

If your sweet tooth extends to jelly beans, licorice and sour gummies, Munchies in the heart of Pico-Robertson features kosher candy and chocolates -- as well as dried fruits and nuts -- in bulk.

No matter how you serve up your wedding, you ultimately want your guests to leave with a good taste in their mouths. Though you're dealing with many individuals with individualized tastes, all the options guarantee you will be able to do just that.

Krispy Kreme
www.krispykreme.com
(800) 4KRISPY

Delice Bakery
http://www.delicebakery.com/

Hansen's Cakes
http://www.hansencakes.com/

Schmerty's
http://www.schmertys.com/

Feed Your Soul Cookies
www.feedyoursoulcookies.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes
www.nothingbundtcakes.com

Munchies
http://www.lamunchies.com/
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