The Cheese Celebration Cake

Not a sweet tooth? Buck tradition with a distinct cheese layer cake that'll satisfy all your savoury cravings.

  • Story by Anya Truong-George
  • Photography by Amanda Thomas

Wedding cakes have gone through many variations over the centuries, beginning in Ancient Rome as cakes of wheat or barley, evolving into pie-like pastries and more recently, fruit cakes.

The latest version we’re loving is a move back to savoury: cheese layer cakes. These stacked wheels of mouthwatering goodness create the ultimate point of difference. Layer up wheels of your favourite cheese and serve it in place of a sweet cake or make it the centerpiece of a larger grazing platter. For some pretty and pops of colour, decorate with flowers and edible toppings.


The easiest way to create you cheese layer cake is to go to the experts; Kapiti Cheese and Whitestone Cheese offer celebration cheese cakes, and specialty stores like The Cheese Room are always more than happy to help you decide.

In most cheese layer cakes, you’ll often find a tier of hard cheese like cheddar, a wheel of soft cheese such as a camembert or brie and a creamy tier of blue. Of course, this is only a guide – with so many delicious cheeses to choose from, pick your faves and stack them up!

SIZE IT UP – Use this handy guide from Whitstone Cheese to figure out how much cheese you'll need:

If you're serving your cheese layer cake alongside dessert, allocate:

If you're only serving cheese as your dessert, allocate:


A layer cheese cake is not complete without an array of additional edible elements to accompany your cheese. Give some of these a try:

  • Honeycomb
  • Crackers
  • Relishes
  • Cured Meat
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Olives

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