I am currently working with a bride on a destination NYC wedding and the whole thing is going to be pretty stellar, if I do say so myself. The bride loves dessert but isn't a huge fan of wedding cakes, per se, so she was wanting to do a dessert table instead.
The feel of the wedding is Old New York and since this city may be the ultimate U.S. culinary destination, I had the idea of creating the dessert table with iconic NYC desserts. The best of the best that the city has to offer. I imagine it being classy, playful and the perfect nod to a great place.
Here's what I've got in mind:
Next is Lady M Confections Mille Crepe Cake. "Our signature cake and famous worldwide, the Lady M Mille Crêpes feature no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with ethereal light pastry cream. Delicate and irresistible, the top gently caramelized till golden. Sink right in, alternating crêpe and cream layers literally melt in your mouth leaving a subtle sweet finish." Dreamy.
A modern classic. Momofuku Milk Bar's cake: rainbow cake crumble, sprinkles, vanilla frosting. Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy. This is the best cake I have ever tasted.
The piece de resistance is Payard's Croquembouche. "A stunning tower of profiteroles, filled with your choice of vanilla, salted caramel, chocolate, coffee, kirsch, or vanilla rhum cream, built and decorated by the Executive Chef with hand pulled sugar ribbons." A total showstopper.
After these beauties we only need a few extra delicacies to fill out the table.
Perfect cannoli from Veniero's.
Two classics from Zabar's: black & white cookies and cinnamon & chocolate babka.
And last but certainly not least, Bouchon's tarte au citron and assorted macarons.
All of these beauties for less than the cost of an upscale NY wedding cake. You had forgotten all about wedding cakes by now, hadn't you?