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Tasty Wedding Cake Alternatives

One of the most fun things about modern weddings is how couples have taken the traditional and turned it into something fun and new. While non-traditional wedding cakes have been popular for quite some time now, it has only been recently that people have actually begun to go with options other than cake. We agree! Why not try something other than just cake? Here are some fun and nontraditional ideas for your post-dinner sweet!

For the cake lover who is still committed to having some kind of cake at their reception, we ask that you consider some of this alternative. Cupcake towers are versatile and allow for easy serving to the guests. They also offer the opportunity to get creative, choosing a number of flavors to please all of your guests. This still keeps the integrity of cake while adding a fun and modern touch.

Donuts are the dessert of the decade! We’ve seen the cronut (croissant and donut hybrid), the cupcake donut, mochi donuts, ice cream filled donuts and more. For weddings, chefs are creating donut towers, donut walls or even donut hole pyramids. We’re sure you’ve noticed the donut craze that’s been going on lately and we are not mad about it.

Donuts, again, are an individualized treat for everyone that eliminates the prep of serving the cake. You can get matching donuts or a variety to please everyone at the wedding.

If you want to class up your donut tower, consider the Croquembouche, this is a delectable tower of profiteroles (mini cream puffs) that are held together with spun sugar. This is the traditional wedding cake of French nobility, so live it up like the royals with this classic creation!

Another dessert trend that has made its way west is the macaron (no, not the coconut macaroon- the french macaron!). Macaron pyramids are not only a delicious addition to a wedding, but they are also colorful, festive, and gluten free!

From the croquembouche to the macaron…you can tell that the French know what they’re doing! Make sure to take note of another French classic- the gateau de crêpes. This cake is a rich creation of buttery crepes stacked and lined with sweet, creamy ganache. How can you go possibly wrong?

Another creative option is mini pies or mini cakes for each guest. You can tier your pies or plate the cakes to be served to each guest individually. With multiple pies or cakes, however, this usually means multiple flavors, so each guest leaves happy, but plan ahead for them wanting to try more than one flavor…with so many options, how could they say no?

If you want a little bit of everything, consider the delectable dessert bar. Dessert tables are perfect for the crowd that likes variety. Mix and match your favorite desserts on a buffet table. Serve freshly baked cookies, hand rolled truffles, a spread of seasonal pies, or even create a candy bar so your guests can fill up bags of candy to snack on during your reception. You can even include items like cupcakes, macarons, a miniature cake, or even an interactive table, like a self-serve sundae or s’mores bar. The options are endless!

Cake pops are another step off cupcakes that allow for that individualized style of serving. Cake pops are fun because you can decorate them to match your wedding theme. These are especially great for a lively crowd- people that can grab a cake pop and head back to the dance floor. They’re also perfect in combination with other desserts.

A new version of the cake pop is the push up cake pop. This gourmet twist on the childhood favorite is making waves in the dessert world. This treat will definitely impress your guests!

Rice krispie treat cakes are certainly not close to your traditional wedding cake, but they are sure to spark some childhood memories. This kind of treat is perfect for those who want to stray from the cake theme but still have a gorgeous sculpted display.

It’s like cake, but far more decadent. Spruce up your tiered brownie cake with florals, fruit, or traditional powdered sugar. Drizzle chocolate to convey a waterfall feel. Have fun with it!

Glue Oreo cookies together with icing in a tiered cake fashion or bring in chocolate covered fruit for the guests without a big sweet tooth. Practically every dessert has been made into a “wedding cake,” so think of something you and your guests could really get excited about.

There’s something classic and timeless about a white cake, but dessert displays like this add a modernized touch to your wedding. Who’s to say you can’t do both, though?

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