I mentioned in my Cake post from last week that I had some great ideas for Wedding Cake Alternatives. I know many of you have been waiting on the edge of your seat to find out what these are, so wait no more! Here is that post. :)
For the record, since I have already discussed using cupcakes instead of regular cakes in my last post you will not be seeing that suggestion here. It's a great alternative to wedding cakes, but this post is about UNIQUE cake alternatives and, let's face it, cupcakes are getting more and more mainstream every year!
|Lovely Layers Cakery in Chico, CA|
They still did their traditional cake cutting and feeding of the cake and I believe they even saved a slice to freeze and eat at their first anniversary as per tradition. So this is a great alternative if you want something different but don't want to sacrifice traditions.
Price wise, you're going to spend about the same on this that you will on a traditional cake (between $2-4 per serving). This idea won't save you much green, but if you are not a fan of cake and would rather not serve it at your wedding this is a great alternative.
2) Ice Cream Bar
Give you guests some cute dishes (possible favor ideas?) and a spoon and let them go to town with fresh fruit toppings, sprinkles, nuts, and other goodies. With Yogurt Bars growing in popularity I'm sure this is a dessert that would be universally appreciated by most of yours guests. (Maybe throw in an option for an lactose intolerant guests.) And since many of these ingredients can be found at large bulk grocery stores, like Costco, it will likely leave a lot of green in your pocket at the end of the day!
On a related note, why not also pick up a root beer keg and throw some root beer floats into the mix!?
3) Dessert Shooters
|Sweet and Saucy Shop in Long Beach|
In my research I found many places now offering dessert shooters and the prices seemed to range from $2-3 per shooter, so this idea won't really save you a lot of green. But if creativity and uniqueness is your goal, this is definitely a way to accomplish it!
4) S'mores Bar
Want to spice it up a bit? Throw in some non-traditional s'more items, like caramel, vanilla drizzle, cinnamon sugar graham crackers, dried fruit, and nuts so your guests can create truly unique and memorable s'mores.
Since many s'mores ingredients can be found at large bulk grocery stores, like Costco, a s'mores bar may end up saving you hundreds on your dessert bill!
5) A Pastry Bar
|Tin Roof Bakey in Chico, CA|
At a wedding I worked at in 2010 the bride worked at a locally bakery that donated her favorite treats for the wedding. Items like individual little pies, brownies, eclairs, cheesecake bites, and mini tarts. It looked AMAZING! Sadly, the table was eaten up by the time we got over there, but I imagine it was delicious!
I did some research and found a few places and if you buy each item individually you will spend between $1-4 per item. However many places will make bulk orders for you, with enough advanced warning, for a small discount. This idea could save you some money, but also please the various pallets of your guests!
Of course there are many variations of each of these, such as the donut tower cake and mini pie bar. And many more alternatives to wedding cakes that will make your guests happy they were invited to your fabulous wedding!
Have a wedding cake alternative of your own? I'd love to hear about it! Please comment below to tell me what you did, plan to do, or would like to see as a wedding dessert!