Trends We Love: Wedding Cake Alternatives
Everyone knows the tradition, after welcoming their guests and maybe taking time to eat a quick bite, the bride and groom make their way to the dessert table to cut the cake. The ritual of cake cutting dates back to the Romans, where the couple broke bread with their guests to bring the couple good fortune and fertility. Today, the tradition of cake cutting represents the continuity of the couple’s relationship and their ability to provide for each other.
This ever-evolving tradition has included breaking bread, cutting pies, stacking cake layers, and cutting cake. As the tradition continues to evolve, more and more couples are opting to customize their dessert menu, offering individual dessert portions in a variety of flavors.
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“It’s so fun to provide a variety of mini desserts and let guests choose their favorite,” Amber Owens, owner of Celebrations Sweet Boutique, said. “And oddly enough, it can be cheaper to serve personal portions versus a giant tiered cake.”
Amber said there’s a variety of sweet treats to mix and match to form a custom dessert spread to enrich the character and style of your event.
Cupcakes and Cake Pops
Almost everybody loves cake, but not everybody loves every cake. Keep the cake tradition alive and still provide your guests options by offering multiple flavors of cake and frosting. Cupcakes and cake pops can add another visual layer to your event by choosing frosting colors to match your flowers and table settings.
Much like cupcakes, these French treats are a great way to add a playful and colorful element to your tablescape. With flavors like lemon, lavender, s’mores, orange creamsicle, chocolate fudge, and so much more, everyone is bound to be happy with these cute, compact sweets.
Pies can be a great dessert option, especially for a more rustic, eclectic setting. It’s easy to tailor pies to fit a season and to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Pies are particularly popular in the fall, with flavors like apple, pumpkin, pecan, and cherry mixing with the spices of fall harvest. Go with multiple full-size options, or work with your baker to create small tarts and single-serving options.
If you’re looking for a fun, creative dessert to serve for your big day, donuts might be a great dessert option. It’s easy to customize flavors and they pack easily for goodie bags to take home. If you plan to have an early wedding, celebrate at the reception with a brunch theme with quiche, donuts and a mimosa bar.
No summer party is complete without a campfire and s’mores. Leave a personalized s’mores kit at each table setting or set up a table buffet-style with various types of chocolates, marshmallows graham crackers and cookies so your guests can make the ultimate s’more
Class-up your dessert table with an assortment of chocolates, truffles, éclairs, and mousse. These rich dessert options pair well as an addition to your cake table, or as a stand-alone option for an elegant affair.