Savoury-toothed couple pick three-tier pork pie instead of wedding cake

When it comes to wedding cakes, most couples opt for extravagant tiers of sponge, cream and perfectly placed flowers made from icing.

But for this one bride and groom, they decided that their statement dessert would be anything but normal.

Ditching the idea of a traditional cake, Jade and Andrew Patterson opted for a three tier savoury pork pie to cut into on their special day.

Now, the beige meat filled pastries are usually found within the buffet – but the pair from Northumberland wanted to make the pork, chorizo and black pudding the centrepiece of their spread.

After having been to weddings and not satisfying their lack of a sweet tooth, Jade and Andrew contacted their local butchers about their unusual request, and of course, they pulled through.

Made by Turnbull’s of Alnwick, the cake was made up of a base layer of classic pork pie, a chorizo filled middle and some black pudding and chorizo to finish it off on the top.

"We actually love pork pies and we chose Turnbull's because it's our local butchers and we just love them,” Jade told Chronicle Live.

"We’ve been to quite a few weddings before and we never really remember getting the cake passed around. We’re not really into sweet stuff so we thought it best to try and get a pork pie cake.

"We got so many reports on it from our guests. They loved it!"

Podiatrist Jade and Plasterer Andrew got married on Newton Hall in Newton-by-the-Sea last Thursday in front of friends and family with Jade's daughter Cali as a flower girl, with the cake proving very popular amongst the guests.

The pork pie came after a three course meal of soup, a beef dinner and a cheesecake for dessert – so there was at least some sweet relief during the day.

And on Saturday, just two days after the wedding, the happy couple flew to Mexico, where they are now enjoying their honeymoon.

Turnbull's butchers, who supplied the cake, said: "When Jade first contacted Turnbull’s back in 2020, we immediately consulted our Master Baker, Phil, who has been head-baker here for over 20 years. Phil’s initial reaction was: No problem, we can do it – he’s not one to shy away from a challenge!"

As far as we can tell this is the second time ever a custom Pork Pie Wedding Cake has been requested from Turnbull’s in our 140 year history.

A pie of this size is only for the die-hard Pork Pie Fans!

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