Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing With Sabel Food

Jul 28, 2020

Yes, that’s right. Do get excited! Wedding cake and cocktail pairing is here!

One of the many ways I encourage my wedding couples to make sure their wedding cake gets served and enjoyed is by having a cake and cocktail moment as a feature at their wedding. 

And what better way to enjoy the serving of your wedding cake as a dessert or later in the evening, perfectly paired with one of Sabel Food’s signature cocktails.

Sabel food, a husband and wife team, Toby and Lianna, bring together 25 years of event production and catering experience to your gathering, wedding, festival or special event. They were booked to cater for Yotam Ottolenghi’s 50th birthday weekend, people!

So, let’s see what cocktail pairings they suggest to perfectly complement three signature Malarkey wedding cake flavours…


Jamaican style ginger cake with a Caribbean rum kick and vanilla buttercream

Paired with an Old fashioned Rum punch

1 part Sugar syrup, 1 part lime juice, 2 parts dark Rum, 6-8 dashes Angostura Bitters, sprinkled with grated nutmeg, over ice.

You can’t really serve anything else, the rum in the drink will accent the rum in the cake, working seamlessly with the cake filling.

Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing

Rich red velvet chocolate sponge with creamy vanilla buttercream

Paired with a Negroni Spagliato.

1 part vermouth, 1 part Campari, topped up to the top of a flute with cold fizz

The simplicity of sponge and sweet vanilla buttercream will balance the bitterness in the Campari and on a basic level a bright red drink will match the red within the icing. A negroni spagliato replaces the usual gin with prosecco or cava adding sparkle to a wedding.

Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing
Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing

Doce de leite (caramel) sponge with caramel buttercream and doce de leite drizzle

Paired with a Douglas Fir Fizz.

2 parts Gin, 1 part lemon juice 3 parts sugar syrup infused with Douglas fir and strained, 1 egg white, 1 part club soda

The caramel cake has a mild and smooth sweetness, while the fir fizz is herby and slightly earthy, counterbalancing each other.

Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing

It may be the morning as I am writing this, but I feel the urge for cake and cocktails right now… These three amazing pairings will help to create a whole new moment at your wedding and make the most of serving your wedding cake and making sure every last slice goes. What could be better?

Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing

Toby and Lianna’s family-run food business is dedicated to producing the right food, styling and expertise for client’s specific requirements. I first met them at the Unwedding Show at Core Clapton where they put on an amazing spread and a fun bar serving wedding suppliers and guests. 

Click on the food images below to learn more about Sabel Food.

Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing

Their knowledge, techniques and experience lead to balanced and unforgettable menus, delivered with a professionalism that comes from a background in restaurants and attention to detail that comes from a dedicated family business.

 And Yotam had this to say about them…

“What a great weekend! everyone had a fantastic time and absolutely loved the food.  I also wanted to thank you for things running so smoothly and seamlessly. Absolutely brilliant.”- Yotam Ottolenghi 

Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing
Wedding Cake and Cocktail Pairing

You can find out more about getting Sabel Food on board with your wedding and cocktail needs here.

And you can also find out what other wedding cake flavours I have on offer.


K x

About the writer and cake enthusiast…

Hi! I’m Katie and I have been fully cake obsessed since, forever…

Malarkey Cakes is built on a mixture of all my passions. My work is inspired by my background in art and design and I’m honoured to make wedding cakes for couples in love in London and the South East.

I’m passionate about blogging to share my knowledge and give guidance on the ins and out of ordering a wedding cake, making the most of it and making sure it gets the attention it deserves. I also share my tips on wedding planning and team up with fellow suppliers I am lucky enough to work with and who I highly recommend.

When I’m not designing, making or eating cake, you’ll find me trying out new food in London’s amazing restaurants, drinking great coffee, taking in stunning architecture, on long walks, smashing a decent weights workout or exploring the world.

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