11 Wedding Cake Swaps Guests Will Love
A few of the industry's best vendors share their favorite alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.
Who doesn't like to end the night on a sweet note? Jess Levin asked a few of the industry's best vendors to share their favorite alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.
Opt for Easy-to-Serve Mini Baked Goods
"Instead of serving a plated piece of wedding cake, pass festive sweets to guests on the dance floor—we love our macaron stacks that resemble mini cakes." —Carla Reuben, Owner & Creative Director, Creative Edge Parties
Get an Ice Cream Truck
Make a Doughnut Tower!
"Add a playful touch with a tiered doughnut tower elevating a childhood classic with adult flavors such as earl grey, rosewater or pink peppercorn." —Erin Kanagy-Loux, Pastry Chef, Reynard at the Wythe Hotel
Go European With a Cheese Bar
"An alternative to the traditional wedding day desserts is a cheese bar. Not everyone loves sweets, and cheese is the perfect option for couples who don't have a sweet tooth—but we do still recommend offering something sweet even if you don't partake personally." —Amy Nichols, Lead Planner & Designer, Amy Nichols Special Events
Make a Candy "Cake"
"We still love the tradition of a wedding cake, however making it out of something non-traditional is a great way to be creative and serve treats that you love. We made a "cake" completely out of toffee (from our local favorite, B. Toffee) for our grooms this past year!" —Brooke Keegan, Owner & Creative Director, Brooke Keegan Special Events
Honor Tradition With a Family Recipe
"Create a customized and personal pie table incorporating family recipes from both sides." —Kristin Doggett, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Bellafare
Pair Drinks With Sweets
"Try adding some sugar to your nightcaps. Serve your favorite spirits alongside some individual desserts." —Gloria Waters, Social Media & Graphic Design Manager, Off The Beaten Path Weddings
Keep Sweets Small
"Afraid too much food will slow you down on the dance floor? A bite-sized take on the classic childhood treat, s'mores, will bring back memories of stories told over campfires and help create the story of an unforgettable wedding." —Jennifer Lyne, Executive Pastry Chef, Cloud Catering & Events
Serve Easy-to-Eat Hand Pies
"Fruit pies can be a fun and homey alternative to traditional cake. To keep the service from getting too messy, personal hand pies are tidy, perfectly proportioned, and don't require utensils. Feel free to walk that pie right out onto the dance floor and get down." —Robin Baab Olascoaga, Owner & Creative Director, GATHER Events
Match Your Dessert to Your Décor
"Transform a candy bar into something chic by styling it to match your décor." —Kristin Banta, Owner & Creative Director, Kristin Banta Events
Let Your Creativity Shine
"A fun arrival of a dessert bar is a perfect opportunity for an element of surprise and delight. We like to encourage our clients to think about what kind of desserts they love and something that they would love to share with their guests." —Emily Clarke, Owner & Creative Director, Emily Clarke Events