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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Recently I did a wedding tasting and the clients loved the cake. About 2 days later they tell me it was too sweet and would be having diabetic guests at the reception. I probably should have asked for any dietary needs. So my question is how do I cut the sweetness without having to use a artificial sweetner.
post #2 of 24
It's supposed to be sweet. It's cake for crying out loud. My FIL is diabetic, and would never expect that a Wedding Cake accommodate his needs. He plans ahead, or forgoes the cake altogether. If the Bride, Groom, and all the guests were diabetic, then I would say a special cake would be in order.
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post #3 of 24
You can offer to use Whipped icing or Italian/Swiss meringue buttercream. IMBC or SMBC have a TON less sugar.

Other than that, although its thoughtful that they would be worried about their diabetic guests, I would never alter my recipes and would suggest smaller pieces or ordering a diabetic cake from a trained diabetic baker just for those people, and let the bride take care of that.

I too would never expect people to cater to a specific dietary need at a wedding. I do have people though that are concerned about nuts allergies of one guest and my goodness, I'm sorry, then that guest should avoid cake!!
It stinks to have dietary constraints, but we all have crosses to bear!
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post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by KatsSuiteCakes

It's supposed to be sweet. It's cake for crying out loud. My FIL is diabetic, and would never expect that a Wedding Cake accommodate his needs. He plans ahead, or forgoes the cake altogether. If the Bride, Groom, and all the guests were diabetic, then I would say a special cake would be in order.



I totally agree thumbs_up.gif , My FIL is also diabetic and would never expect someone to have a sugar-free wedding cake to accomodate him- he'd just skip the dessert. Also, due to his diabetis, I have tried just about every sugar-free dessert recipe under the sun and they are all quite horrible. Especially baked items that are sugar-free icon_sad.gif . Maybe suggest to the couple a platter of dark chocolate dipped strawberries or a fruit tray to go along with the cake to give the guests a lower sugar option.
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post #5 of 24
There is sugar-free chocolate rounds available now, which would go well with the strawberries.
post #6 of 24
I've heard of applesauce as a substitute for oil/fat and bananas or other naturally sweet ingredients as a substitute for refined sugar. That would, of course, totally change the taste (and I'm not sure the glycemic index would change all that much anyway). I can't wait to see what jasonkraft says.... talk about impressive allergy-friendly work!!
post #7 of 24
You can use Agave Nectar for a sweetner (it has no glycemic index) and there are a ton of recipes online for good diabetic cakes, but be sure to search diabetic cakes not sugar free or low sugar because a lot of those cakes use sugar or products that affect diabetics. Agave Nectar is 100% natural and is a wonderful sweetner.
post #8 of 24
are they making special meal choices too? No bread no potatoes..... no pasta nothing with sugar on the meat? Diabetics ( I am one) know what they should and shouldnt eat. If you make exception on what you eat for a meal then you can have cake! Its not all about sugar its about CARBS!
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post #9 of 24
or better yet tell them you can use sorbital in place of sugar and all of the guests can shit themselves silly!
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post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by psurrette

or better yet tell them you can use sorbital in place of sugar and all of the guests can themselves silly!



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post #11 of 24
First : Most Diabetics know what they can and can not have and do not expect the world to revolve around their dietary needs. (and it is not just the sugar. Carbs are also bad for diabetics) So unless you are willing to serve a sugar free - carb free - tasteless cake stick with what they had at the tasting.

Second : Artificial sweetener does not bake the same way sugar does, it is not always an even swap. If you have not baked with artificial sweeteners, doing so for the first time for a wedding cake... not such a good idea.

Third: If it is just that they think it is too sweet, they should have voiced their concern at the tasting. If you are going to make some changes, I would tell them you would be glad to but there is a $XX.XX fee for a second tasting and you will not change what they originally picked with out them tasting the new choice. If you don't, you could be setting your self up for complaints that they did not like what you picked and they want a refund. I know it may sound harsh, but you need to protect yourself. Some people are just looking for a loop hole to ask for their money back.

Good Luck!
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
thanks for the advice. I did suggest adding salt to the buttercream to cut down on the "sweet" taste. Which will not help the diabetic situation, but it would help with the too sweet issue. I am a southern baker and we believe in a lot of butter and sugar, etc.. I had a friend ask me if I made low fat cakes..I quickly responded no.
post #13 of 24
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or better yet tell them you can use sorbital in place of sugar and all of the guests can themselves silly!




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post #14 of 24
I saw a post on here a couple of days ago where someone used Splenda in place of the sugar in SMBC and said it worked great. Walmart also carries Pillsbury sugar free cake and frosting. I know that's not really the ideal thing for a wedding cake...but maybe they could have a small cake on the side that is the sugar free one? Good luck...HTH!
post #15 of 24
I tried the Splenda products and didn't like the results. The Sugar Blend is actually half sugar,
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