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The cheese wedding cake: the cruelty-free choice

The Ecologist

25th April, 2011

Sink your teeth into a cheese wedding cake and leave concerns about pesticides and battery hens behind

With the wedding season just around the corner and the Royal Wedding almost upon us, British cheese specialists, Teddington Cheese, have launched a savoury version of the wedding cake made entirely from fromage. ‘As well as the classic favourites such as Montgomery’s award winning Cheddar from Somerset, we work closely with our favourite producers the length and breadth of the British Isles - from Ross and Cromerty in the North of Scotland to Stonegate in Sussex - to be the first to bring new cheeses to our customers,’ says owner Tony Chuck. ‘We are also finding that many of the new British cheeses are made with vegetarian rennet, which has enabled us to offer a range of over 40 British cheeses [that are] suitable for vegetarians.’

So how green is the cheese wedding cake? Since the cheeses are made entirely in the UK, a cheese wedding cake racks up considerably fewer food miles than the conventional kind, and is made from 100 percent natural ingredients. Milk for the specialist cheeses used comes from small, high-welfare dairies and is processed by hand. Unlike the standard wedding fruitcake, there’s no flour or eggs involved which means that chemical-contaminated wheat and eggs from battery hens have no chance of making it into your cake. The cheese wedding cake might not be for everyone but it’s a quirky, fun way of ensuring that a cruelty-free cake is part of your big day.

Wedding cheesecakes from Teddington Cheese starts at £2 per head. For more information, go to: www.teddingtoncheese.co.uk

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