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Creative Wedding Cake Alternatives


Searching for a modern alternative to the traditional wedding cake? Couples are thinking outside of the (cake) box for creative yet tasty options that reflect their personalities. Whether served by your caterer or set up at the buffet, these creative wedding cake alternatives will certainly stand out!  Not only are these unique and memorable, they are usually easier on your budget.  With the popularity of sites like The Knot and Pinterest, gone are the days when a huge expensive wedding cake was a must have.  Take advantage of these great ideas and have some fun with them!

Donut Cakes 

This deep fried tower of deliciousness is a popular pick for an unconventional wedding cake. Customize the icing, fillings, colors, and flavors of the donuts to match your wedding locale. There are so many ideas to run with, from elegant lavender frosted treats accented with roses to fun themes with bursts of color!  Donut cakes are easy to do on your own, but if you want a more sophisticated feel, many bakeries will come up with a unique and elegant presentation.  

(Photo found on Brides.com)

Cake Pop (or Donut hole) Towers

Cake pops are one of the most fun and frugal creative wedding cake alternatives for brides and grooms.  Personalize with various colors and flavors that complement the theme of your wedding.  From fancy white and silver glittered confections for a traditional reception, to dark fudge brownie bites drizzled in caramel for an outdoor autumn wedding in a barn.  Display options range from intricate cascading towers to the more easily executed displays of bundles in vases.  

Cupcake Towers

Cupcakes are a fun and fashionable alternative to the traditional tiered cake. These treats are an excellent choice for themed weddings because of easy and individual personalization. For example, sugar blossoms, shimmer dust, and edible flower topped cupcakes are the perfect combination for a garden themed wedding.   If you have a friend or family member who is a great baker, enlist their help in pulling off a cupcake tower to save money.  That can be their wedding gift to you!  If you want a more professional feel and hands off solution, contact your local bakery for a quote. At Sprinkles Bakery (multiple locations across the country), you can place an advance cupcake order online or by phone for pickup or delivery!    

Macaroon Towers

With literally hundreds of flavor and filling options, these French meringue-based confections are a tres chic choice. Maple Bacon, White Chocolate Basil and Nutella macaroons are just a sampling of the flavors offered at Gaby et Jules in Squirrel Hill, PA (they ship Nationwide). Treat your guests to a double helping by giving out macaroon favor boxes!  Let your imagination and taste buds soar with mouthwatering ganache, buttercream or jam fillings.  


This unique and decadent approach to your typical wedding cake allows you and your guests to try multiple flavors.  Originating in France in the 1920’s, these elegant and delectable treats would be well suited alternative for an extravagant wedding.  Truffles are well-loved favors and can be given in theme coordinating boxes that double as place cards.  


Whether you have serve full size cheesecakes or mini cheesecake bites, this option is a great alternative to flour based pastries.  The possibilities are endless.  Cheesecakes are easy to make gluten free!  Why not try a cheesecake bite bar?  Set out several options of cheesecake bites, accompanied by a variety of drizzles and sauces.  Let your guests come up with their own flavor combinations!  

Strawberry Shortcake in Jars  

Perfect for a rustic outdoor wedding, these are easy to distribute and the jars can double as favors! Use the lids as place cards and your guests have a cute and useful token of your special day. Wicked Good Cupcakes has perfected the art of the jarred dessert.  You can contact them for a custom quote on the gorgeous “favor and dessert” treats!   Photo from Wicked Good Cupcakes     Photo by Lisa Vorce via Style Me Pretty  

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