Ten Delicious Wedding Cake Alternatives for Your Wedding Day
Cupcakes are a great alternative because you can stack them in a beautiful design if desired, and are also just fun! They can also come in more than one flavor, unlike cake. Instead of just offering the same flavored cake to each guest at your wedding, you can choose to have an assortment of different flavors. Some couples opt to have cupcake-themed weddings, where the appetizers are served in little cupcake tins as well. These treats also work well if you want to offer both a small cake and cupcakes to your guests during the dessert hour.
2. Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Check with your reception hall to see if an ice cream sundae bar is offered with the Venetian display because many couples select this option. Your guests can choose from different flavors of ice cream and then add their favorite toppings. Guests can dress the scoops up with hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, candies, and other assorted toppings. Although keep in mind the weather of your wedding day, because a hot day, outdoor wedding, and ice cream, don’t exactly mix!
3. Ice Cream Truck
WHO DOESN’T LOVE ICE CREAM FROM AN ICE CREAM TRUCK? This is a fun alternative that many do not think about! Do a little research and search for ice cream trucks in your area! It is better to pay per person before the truck arrives or simply paying the bill after all of the guests have been offered the chance for ice cream to avoid confusion if you decide to go with this option!
4. Chocolate Fountains
In recent years, brides and grooms have often decided to add chocolate fountains to their weddings, and it is a great idea! You can select from an assortment of dippers, such as marshmallows, bananas, and strawberries for dipping in the chocolate. You may also want to select different types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate or white chocolate. Some couples even decide that the chocolate fo\untain can act as an element of decor before the dessert table opens up (but who wouldn’t want to eat it as well?).
5. Cookie Trays
Instead of having guests wait for the servers to pass cake around the entire reception hall, you can ask the staff to place trays of cookies on each of the tables. These trays can include favorite pastries, such as cannolis and cream puffs, going beyond just the average cookie! Opting for cookie trays is a perfect idea for a more casual wedding. You could also ask family members and friends to bake some of their favorite desserts if you are having a more casual wedding and want a more potluck feel!
6. Cordial Bar
Perhaps you do not really want to opt for dessert at all. Maybe you are having plenty of heavy foods at the event, or perhaps your group is just not really interested in sweets. Consider a cordial bar. Usually, these bars serve after dinner drinks, and the guests have the option to consume them in chocolate cups, infusing an element of dessert. A cordial bar pairs well with a coffee station, particularly when you decide to serve Irish coffees and other specialty drinks.
If you are a chocolate lover, then brownies are a great idea for your wedding. You could try different toppings on the brownies or set up a bar so that people can pick their own. Adding brownies to the ice cream sundae bar is another option that you can consider. People can build their own ice cream sundaes, or they can add pieces of cut-up brownie to the top of their ice cream. Simply drizzling some caramel sauce or whipped cream on top of the brownies can make for a more decadent dessert.
8. Candy Bar
People who have been to a number of weddings in the past few years have probably seen at least one candy bar. You can set up candy in a number of different appealing containers, and allow your guests to fill up bags with whatever you want. This idea works well if you have a large number of children at your wedding because it gives them something to do. Another perk of this idea is that you don’t have to purchase favors. Instead of spending the extra money, guests can take the candy bags with them as their parting gifts.
For many people, a favorite childhood dessert is S’mores. The combination of graham crackers, marshmallow, and melted chocolate can make just about anyone’s taste buds jump with delight, and you can allow guests to feel that joy at your wedding. If you are having an outdoor wedding, you might want to invite guests to make their own s’mores and make it more interactive.
10. Italian Ice
Who doesn’t love a good Italian Ice to quench extreme thirst? You would be surprised how dehydrating wedding dancing can be. Make sure that you opt for a variety of both cream and water ice to aide everyone’s preferences. Just like ice cream, this is another frozen treat that can be a wonderful replacement for cake!
Eating wedding cake has held a traditional role in wedding receptions, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in everyone’s! Not every couple wants a traditional wedding. In fact, you’ll probably find that many guests are pleased to have a break from the traditional wedding dessert option and will enjoy whatever creative option you choose!