Say “I Do” to These 8 Not-So-Traditional Alternatives to Wedding Cakes!

If you’re planning your wedding this year, you know that one of the biggest parts to figure out is the dessert, which is typically the traditional wedding cake. While countless brides are dreaming up their ideal wedding cake for their weddings, there are several others who are taking their tasty desserts in a totally different (and still delicious) direction.

If you’re not a big fan of wedding cake (or simply can’t choose the flavor to feature) or if you want to do something unique and memorable for your wedding, look no further! Here are 8 yummy alternatives that you can serve at your wedding reception:

Cupcakes – Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? These are a fun alternative that will give you a cake-like taste in a smaller package. Better yet, serving cupcakes can make you a real winner in the eyes of picky eaters at your reception since it’s so easy to mix and match countless varieties of flavors. You can also have your cupcakes decorated and designed in a multitude of ways, allowing you to incorporate your wedding’s colors and designs in a snap. Gain instant décor by choosing to display your yummy dessert with cupcake towers!

Dessert Shots – Want just a little bit of dessert on your special day? Dessert shots are the way to go! You can choose from a wide range of flavors or choose to spotlight a little bit of everything for you and your guests to enjoy. Besides being super easy to eat while mingling with your friends and family, dessert shots are simply stunning to look at!

Cheesecake – If you’re looking for a more savory dessert to indulge in, cheesecake is a good way to go! Opt for traditional cheesecake or go a little wild and try something like chocolate cheesecake or other flavors of the dessert. You can also choose between serving traditional slices or cheesecake cupcakes to your guests as well. Don’t forget to add your favorite fruits as toppings!

Dessert Bar – Just can’t choose between your favorite desserts? Why not try a dessert bar that serves ‘em all? From brownie bites and cookies to macaroons, meringues, chocolate covered strawberries, and everything in between, you and your guests will have a huge array of desserts to choose from and relish. Make sure that there’s plenty to go around! Your guests (well, and maybe you, too) may want to try a little bit of everything.

Pies – If you’re more of a pie person, there’s no reason why you can’t serve pie at your wedding reception! Serve up traditional slices of your favorite flavors of pie or give your guests their very own mini-pie to sample and savor. These would look particularly pretty featured on a tiered shelf, mimicking a traditional wedding cake look.

Cookie Bar – Cookies and milk? Yes, please! Give your guests a batch of delicious homemade cookies ranging from chocolate chip and white nut macadamia to peanut butter, snickerdoodle, raspberry cheesecake, or any other flavor you can dream up! Complete the dessert by offering pitchers of ice-cold milk to wash it all down.

Donuts – Everyone loves donuts! Treat your guests to a variety of pastries from good ol’ glazed to frosted, sprinkled, or even plain cake donuts. You can also choose to display them on tiers or try something a little different like a bouquet of donut holes. However you dress it up, your guests are sure to love it!

Cake Pops – For something with a bit of a modern flare, cake pops are always a good choice. You get to enjoy the taste of frosted cake on a stick, making this treat easy to eat and just enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Color-coordinate the pops with your wedding colors or be daring with a mild ombre effect. Don’t forget to top it all off with a wedding topper!

Have your dessert of choice narrowed down? Want to talk to the experts about the best dessert to serve? Come visit McArthur’s Bakery Café in St. Louis! Our four locations are proud to serve you delicious desserts and listen to your every desire when it comes to your wedding dessert. Call us today to schedule a consultation at (314) 894-0900!