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5 Sweet Options To Chose Instead of Cake

By Janecia Britt


A wedding cake is a cherry on top of an amazing night. But why settle for a classic, white confection when your wedding day should be an event that is uniquely yours?

Whether you aren’t a fan of standard big-day cakes or are obsessed with a specific sweet treat, your wedding dessert is the perfect opportunity to share your tastes with your guests. Ready for inspiration?

Consider dressing up a traditional cake with additional treats (macarons or cake pops, for example), opting for an entirely different sweet (hello, brownies and cheesecake!), or embracing a non-cake dessert that celebrates your wedding location or heritage. Below we’ve rounded up a few options that will make your big day extra sweet.

Photo courtesy of Katie’s Catering, Displaying Excellence

1. Doughnuts

Doughnut walls have gained popularity at weddings over the last couple of years. Rethink that trend by displaying these desserts in a pyramid shape. The result? A treat that resembles a wedding cake but still deviates from tradition.

2. Pies

Thanksgiving lovers, this one’s for you. Substitute wedding cake with a variety of pie flavors for a truly personalized wedding reception menu. Whether you crave pumpkin pie all year-round or
a crisp apple alternative is your go-to, having wedding pies instead of cake is
a no-brainer.

Kristen Courette Photogrpahy

3. Macarons

A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection loved by Francophiles everywhere. Displaying these sugary discs can be tricky but certainly not impossible. A custom stand will allow them to be turned on edge and stacked, creating a cohesive, elegant display.

4. Cannoli Tower

Cannoli are Italian pastries consisting of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. A cannoli tower is a popular idea for weddings; decorate it with fresh blooms and fresh berries for an elegant touch.

5. Croquembouche

Croquembouche, a classic French wedding cake, is a beautiful tower of fluffy, bite-size cream-filled choux pastries just like éclairs, assembled into a cone shape using caramel syrup. The traditional decoration for the dessert is spun sugar ribbons, but they can also be drizzled with chocolate, icing sugar or caramel.

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