• If you made lego creations when you were younger, there's a firm chance you can make your own cheese tower.

It’s just so cheesy, it’s just so big, it’s SO high!

How to make one of those cheese towers like you’re a food styling pro.

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If you made Lego creations when you were younger, there’s a firm chance you can make a cheese tower. Maybe it’s for the wedding of a loved one, or perhaps you’re having a large number of cheese loving friends around for the pure fun of it.

Reasons aside, a cheese tower is a beautiful thing and one that while it looks pretty impressive is actually simple to do if you keep the basic points of building a cheese tower in mind.

THE BASE

Start with a super steady base, and position it where you’re going to serve your cheese from. Under no way should you plan on moving your cheese tower once you’ve made it. If you’re after something sturdy and rustic go for timber. Or if it’s to be chic and white search for a interesting cake stand.

VARIETY

A good cross section of cheese types is key. Think of your tower like you would a cheese plater – something that’s hard, blue, washed, runny and goat(y).

THE TIMING

You’re working with big amounts here, ergo the wheels you’re using are pretty solid and will need a good half hour to come to temperature. Ergo, an hour before you want to cut into the cheese tower you you want to stack your wheels. If you’re in an air conditioned venue you’ve got a bit of time to play.

SIZE & ORDER

Your hard cheese/cheddar  will be the firmest of them all e.g it’s going to go on the bottom. When you’re buying your cheeses keep in mind the sizing at all time. The smallest and softest (perhaps a rare and runny washed rind) will go on the top.

Pretty bits and pieces

What you’re using to adorn the tower will need to tie into the ‘theme’ of your event. Flowers, fruit and ribbon are a natural choice and can be adapted to any theme.

Getting your decorations onto the cheese tower

Starting between the bottom two wheels and using a blunt knife – a spatula you’d used to ice a cake would work well, you want to gently make a little gap between your wheel layers. Holding the knife still and with your space open, slide/wriggle the anchor of your decorative object into the space – e.g stem of a flower.  Keep on working adorning these corners until you’re happy with them before moving onto the next one. You’ll notice as you finish each layer, a cascading effect has begun to take place – this is what you want. It looks seamless and brings the whole tower together.

The edit

This is the tricky part because you need to critically go through and view what you’ve done. Look for gaps and if they’re there, fill them. If a section is too busy, and makes other spaces look empty it needs to go. Keep the idea of balance in mind as you view and draw your eye from corner to corner, it should feel seamless – you don’t want attention to ‘stick’ on a certain point.

The top

You’ve reached it. The summit. Go you good thing! Now in the chance the happy couple (or you) have a figurine to go up the top you can nestle some of your decorations around the bottom. However, in the instance of no figurine, the topping is up to you. Choose larger style items of your theme (e.g whole blooms) and place on top with the stems facing inwards – you’re going to layer and intersect other ones with a view to disguising or lessening. Nestle smaller pieces at the bottom.

When is cheese ripe for the buying? Read this. Looking for more cheese inspiration? Check out our cheesy pinterest board here

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