Now this is different. Our Eighty-Eight brings a bit of glamour to the cheeseboard with a striking black-and-white theme Available in several versions to suit different sized gatherings - the one pictured is the 'standard' version. For more information on the Eighty-Eight, see the 'about' tab below.
Feeds: 70 (small 88), 100 ('regular' version) or 140 (Large Blue 88) Size: Diameter 24cm, height 39.5cm (standard version)
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Using black and white cheeses creates a striking, dramatic and much more designed look. Finding cheeses to make this was quite a challenge, and to do it we've had to venture a little outside our usual Westcountry selection. But the seven-layer result is one that we're delighted with, and if you want to amaze your guests this might be one way to do it!
The black cheeses are waxed, and two of them (the biggest and smallest) are the Snowdonia Cheese Company's 'Black Bomber'. Now take note: this is a properly strong cheddar. The middle-sized black cheese, however, is a great contrast - Devon's own Curworthy, a lovely mild, easy-going thing.
As for the whites, down at the base is a Cambazola - the very popular German blue brie. Next one up is a Duckett's Caerphilly - a classic which, again, will contrast nicely with the cheddar. A Cranborne brie and a very small Gevrik complete the picture.
9.5kg in all: we'd see this as suiting 90-100.
The cake shown was decorated by Annie, photographed by Bim. Don't forget that we're only supplying the
cheese, so you'll need someone to take on the decorating job! If it helps, add the Decoration Pack which will help you get the look, though we can't send the spangly crowny thing (which Annie rather unhelpfully got in Oslo). Also - we don't include the white rose used on top, or the black olives - but everything else you can see there.
The Blue 88 is still black-and-white! But it features a Beenleigh Blue in place of the Duckett's Caerphilly. Beenleigh is white with tiny blue flecks, so it preserves the look
Large Blue 88
Feeds about 140. From the top down, Gevrik, small Black Bomber, Cranborne (brie), Curworthy, Beenleigh Blue, large Black Bomber, large 4kg Ducketts Caerphilly, Cornish Brie. Eight layers - two white ones at the bottom.
As per the standard cake but with the large Black Bomber and the Duckett's Caerphilly (i.e the 2nd and 3rd layers up) cut down to half their height. Just under 7kg, so might work for 70-ish.