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After-Dinner Sweets

Good Things for Weddings 2004 , Special Issue 2004

Why limit chocolate to the groom's cake? It is sophisticated and versatile enough to take center stage. Whether as smooth frosting, creamy filling, or the cake itself, chocolate is worthy of true love.

Cake

A chocolate wedding cake is the focal point of a dessert table laden with truffles, sweetmeats, caramels, glaceed apricots, and ladyfingers. The cake glistens with ganache; sugared Seckel pears and bay leaves at the top and base offset its modern lines.

Coffee

At the reception, pair coffee with chocolate for an after-dinner drink that's anything but ordinary. Molded chocolates, in the bride's and groom's initials, add a personal touch. Spoons coated in semisweet chocolate are sure to cause a stir.

Lines and Dots

Tiny beads of whipped chocolate ganache punctuate variegated stripes of royal icing on this fondant-covered cake. The design accentuates the tall, slim form of the cake and is easy to achieve using basic piping techniques. The cake's top tier is capped with a fondant button, completing its tailored yet feminine look.

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