The wedding cake is a long-standing icon of wedding celebrations, it has long been a part of the newlyweds’ tradition of sharing their first meal together as husband and wife. However, not all couples are the same and some might not just feel satisfied having a white, towering cake like everyone else.
With a little creativity and a whole lot of sweets, here are a couple of our favorite wedding cake alternatives that are sure to bring the modern bride and groom to a heavenly sugar rush.
We scream for ice cream.
Most especially during the blazing summer heat, who could ever resist a scoop of ice cream? Instead of a cake, offer your guests some mini ice cream cones with gourmet flavors. If you are having a backyard wedding, form an ice cream bar complete with a variety of toppings, like sprinkles, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, and fruits so your guests can enjoy making their own sundaes.
Pies for the sweetie pies.
As heart-warming as the ceremony might have been, pies are absolutely comforting and an all-around favorite when it comes to family gatherings. Showcase the best of local produce or better yet, feature generation-old family pie recipes and a make your own pie bar.
More time for s’mores.
Make a spread consisting of the basic s’mores ingredients and hype up the display with a couple of additional toppings and flavors and voila! Your very own s’mores bar by the fire, perfect for those chilly autumn nights.
Nuts for donuts.
A huge tower of glazed donuts would be a beautiful sight in place of a wedding cake for donut lovers everywhere. Not feeling the whole towering donuts vibe? Serve the donuts right at the table, place one glazed donut at each person’s seat topped with a mini flag, which serves as a place card holder. So whimsically adorable!
Meet cakes halfway.
Like the idea of cakes but not really interested in all the fancy fondant or icing? Go with bundt cakes instead, as it still has the cake consistency yet it isn’t as expensive. Take a fresher approach by picking fruit-flavored and nutty bundt cakes, or better yet make a whole table of bundt cakes so there’s surely a slice of cake for everyone.
Family comes first.
If you or your husband-to-be has a loving aunt who makes treats or a certified baker mom, then there is simply no need for a wedding cake. Have all the guests sample your beloved family’s homemade treats during the reception. From brownies, blondies, squares, and tarts serve them all up in a beautiful spread and don’t forget to set up a sign paying homage to the loving hands that made all the sweets possible.
Go all in on a dessert bar.
Give into your sweet tooth fantasies and have your very own dessert table filled with cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and everything else. Guests will surely have a blast tasting all those tiny little masterpieces and there will still be some more left for the bridal party to snack on after all the dancing and merry-making.