While I love seeing grandiose displays of tiered wedding cakes, there are times you need to change things up a bit. Let’s just get wild and crazy with wedding desserts. The traditional and classic wedding cake definitely has its place, but we’re loving the trend of alternative cakes. They’re fun, they’re delicious and they are a great way to showcase your couple personality and story. Let’s do this! Here are some sweet alternatives to the wedding cake.
I remember first seeing adorable tiered cookies stacked to resemble little wedding cakes. The great thing about mini wedding cake cookies is that they are easy to personalize. You can use your favorite cookie recipe and frost it with sugar icing in your wedding colors. They are very practical too as they can double as favors for your guests.
The macaroon trend has become a craze everywhere. They (not to be confused with the coconut macaroons) are meringue discs filled with ganache or buttercream in a myriad of colours and flavors. What better than to let them take form of a wedding cake and you’re sorted! Your baker can arrange them in a tower by using a conic cardboard form and a thick pasty frosting to attach them. Once it dries, your guests will simply pop off their favorite flavor.
Essentially meringues are macarons without the buttercream. This low-calorie sweet dessert arranged in a high-tower also complements the bridal theme with its white color.
This is a great alternative for the couple without a sweet tooth. I like how you can stack several different flavors of pie as a tiered focal point on your dessert table and be able to top it off with a cake topper.
This traditional French dessert comes from the words croque en bouche meaning “crunch in the mouth”. Its form of a pile-high cone that takes the shape of a wedding cake filled with cream and drizzled with caramel. Aesthetically pleasing as well, it’s perfect for a romantic French-themed wedding!
Chocolate truffles are another option because who doesn’t love chocolate? 🙂
If you and your fiancee are into doughnuts, why not have them replace a traditional white four tier wedding cake and give your guests a taste of something different. These classics look really great stacked up and have had some bold flavors such as maple bacon and caramel pretzel. And then there’s the cronut (croissant + doughnut hybrid) that’s getting a lot of buzz these days. Tuck in flowers and add a cake topper to enjoy the cake-like presence.
This isn’t a new trend and yet many brides and grooms are happily opting for cupcakes over a traditional wedding cake. In most cases they are less expensive, too.
What do you think? If cake really isn’t your thing, would you opt for any of these alternatives? 🙂