How French Macarons Became a Wedding Dessert Must-Have
More than a decade ago, the Parisian cookie began to catch the eyes of our brides. Today, the meringue sandwich, filled with ganache, buttercream, or jam, knows no borders. It matches the brightest palettes (Electrifying lime green? No problem!) and takes on the most complex of flavors (rose-raspberry is just the beginning). Here, we trace the trend, from our first notice of the treat at a baby shower to its ubiquitous presence at some of our most beloved celebrations.
This Year's Cupcakes!
As early as 2001, we featured macarons as a go-to for a French-themed baby shower. Nine years later, we predicted that serving the dessert in au courant varieties such as chocolate-lavender and cassis-blackberry would be a surefire way to wow wedding guests and dubbed them, "this year's cupcakes!" "You'll be very pleased to present the next big thing before it becomes mainstream," we advised.
In 2011, Martha featured step-by-step techniques for dying macaron batter: "To make more than one color, divide the egg white mixture into separate bowls, tint as desired, and then fold into the almond-flour mixture."
The same year, we offered a savory take on the traditionally sugary treat that combined sesame seed-spiked batter with a center of smoked salmon, shallots, and crème fraîche.
Here, a paper flower decorated a trio of pastel macarons to create a pretty and flavor-filled take-home treat for wedding guests.
Macarons With a Message
For this foodie-themed fête, pastel macarons by Mad Mac were tucked within favor boxes clad in white grosgrain ribbon and black glassine, and printed with "Thank you for coming" in French.
At this Parisian-inspired celebration, macarons in pastel shades were served alongside other French creations at their decadent dessert table.
Ladurée and More
Inspired by Marie Antoinette, this couple presented a tower of gold filigree-covered macarons from Ladurée at their destination celebration in France.
Macaron Cake Decorations
For this destination event in France, this couple craftily included caramel macarons in their day by having them ring the cream cheese-frosted carrot cake.
This bride hand-decorated macarons from Tee and Cakes for the dessert table at her DIY outdoor wedding.
Cake and Macaron Pairing
At this wedding uniting two New York City Ballet dancers, each cake slice was paired with a Bisous Ciao macaron, which was airbrushed with a quatrefoil design used throughout the event. The couple also gifted vanilla macarons in a box with the script, "A sweet pas de deux," foil-stamped on top.
Macaron Cake Topper
For this easygoing backyard bash, the grooms' relatives, who own Beach Plum Bakery Café in South Dartmouth, gave the couple three confections, including this fresh strawberry- and macaron-topped olive oil cake.
At this bright and colorful outdoor wedding, the couple served macarons from Creme Delicious, featuring henna-inspired designs applied by hand.