Duff Goldman of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes has turned out countless confectionary wonders for clients, so it’s no surprise that for his own wedding he would create something...unique. For his January 19 nuptials to Johnna Colbry at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, the couple took an abstract approach to the definition of a wedding cake, choosing to serve—wait for it—a meat cake.
Yes, you read that right. The cake stood tall at four tiers, each with a different type of savory entrée. “The bottom tier is meatballs,” Goldman told People. “The second tier is meatloaf, third tier is lamb shawarma, the top tier is scrapple. Then it’s iced in mashed potatoes, with bacon roses, and then we have a chocolate fountain that we put gravy in.”
The cake obviously wouldn’t have been complete without a topper: Staying on theme, hot dogs and deli meat were transformed into a mini bride and groom.
According to People, the cake was Goldman’s dream, but his bride was also “pretty stoked about it.”
But for those who are less satisfied by the concept, don't fret: There was no shortage of desserts at this wedding. The couple also served a more traditional white six-tier red velvet and brown-butter buttercream cake, a pumpkin chocolate chip and carrot sheet cake, and a floating underwater-themed set of cakes suspended from the ceiling. All the cakes were made by Goldman's team at Charm City Cakes.
In addition to cake, the wedding also featured an ice cream sundae bar complete with cookies, brownie bites, almond butter sauce, and whipped cream toppings. And custom dessert company Dear Liza’s also provided buffalo cookies made to resemble Goldman’s famed stuffed animal, Carl the Buffalo.
And the icing on the cake (pun intended)? The 250 guests were also asked to bring two dozen cookies to the nuptials for a swap. The baked goods—for guests to choose from and take home—were all displayed on a table with to-go boxes .
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If dessert, or meat dessert, isn’t your thing, guests still had plenty of savory selections to choose from for the rest of the evening's menu. According to Martha Stewart Weddings, guests were able to enjoy a cheese bar and warm pretzel table during the cocktail hour, and the main course included a series of food bars serving street tacos, Southern barbecue, loaded baked potatoes, and a selection of Italian foods.