AN Ashbourne delicatessen has been displaying an unusual wedding cake – made entirely from cheese.
The Cheddar Gorge, in Dig Street, has been offering happy couples the savoury alternative for almost four years now.
Owner Sarah Mortimer said: "The first year we only sold one but then suddenly this year it's really taken off.
"It's crazy really but we are full most now most weekends over the summer."
Any type of cheese can be used and Sarah will arrange an hour-long consultation and tasting session with potential clients to make sure the cake is exactly what they want.
She said: "The bride and groom can pick the cheeses that they like, and we will work out the best way to put them together, depending on the weight and size, to create the perfect cake for them.
"We can even use soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert but usually we will add these on the side so they don't go too soft."
Cakes can also be decorated in wedding colour themes too.
Most popular decorations include traditional grapes and figs but Sarah said many couples were adding fresh flowers, more often seen on the traditional sweet cakes.
The demonstration and display, held in the Cheddar Gorge over the weekend, generated a lot of interest from visitors. Sarah said: "The shop was buzzing – everyone wanted to see the cake and find out more.
"It was a great reaction and we took quite a few inquiries for weddings later in the year."
Each cake takes about four hours to create and costs between £2 and £4 per person.
Cheese wedding cakes can cater for any number of guests from 25 up to more than 150.
Sarah added: "We design each cake to give a nice balance of flavours and cheese types, with a visually satisfying shape.
"At any one time we stock at least 80 different varieties of cheese and rotate our lines constantly to give our customers the best selection possible."
Further details are available online at www.the cheddargorge.co.uk