Wedding cakes have been a traditional part of weddings for decades. Between the cake cutting, and the newly weds smashing cake into each others faces, it is a classic thing that most pairs like to have to celebrate their day. Most couples will spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on a beautifully decorated cake, and sometimes it barely gets eaten! Hence why some don’t want to have a cake. For those couples who want to break tradition, there are still many sweet options that will taste great and wow their guests.
Cupcakes are a casual alternative to a cake and a way to avoid the troubles of cutting and serving out dessert. Cupcakes that are dedicated to the looks of your personal theme can be a real crowd pleaser. If arranged and displayed the right way, they can look just as beautiful as a cake.
The wedding dessert buffet is an arising option for couples who would like a variety of sweets that their guests can enjoy.They have a table with various candies and desserts that guests can pick and choose from throughout the night. You can even leave boxes so that guests can take treats home with them.
A smore station is a unique yet fun way for you to give out dessert. Set up a table with the basic ingredients; graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. Also make sure that you have tools such as wooden skewers, tongs, and other serving utensils. Get a few sterno containers and fire them up for a simple, yet fun way to roast some marshmallows! Guests will enjoy this aspect of the dessert because it is hands on and different from your typical wedding dessert options.
Tip: This option can be a little more on the messy side, so set aside some wipes or paper towels to avoid any mess!
Doughnuts are a classic dessert option, and can be a great alternative for a wedding cake. You can have several different types of flavors and choices, as well as come up with creative ways to decorate them. Maybe you want you and your partners initials on them, or maybe icing colors to match your color scheme. You can display the doughnuts in a unique way while having it being easily accessible to the guests.
A big tradition that comes from the Pennsylvania and Ohio area is the Pittsburgh Cookie Table. What is it? The name explains it all– a table full of cookies! The tradition started back during the Great Depression when it was too costly to afford a cake or other desserts, so families took it into their own hands. The tradition stuck, and many couples in those areas still do it to this day. Typically the mother and other loved ones of the bride make the cookies from scratch with homemade recipes, but some couples decide to order from professional kitchens to avoid the hard work. Pick a variety of your favorite cookies and have them layered and arranged on a table. Traditionally enough cookies are made for each guest to have up to a dozen, but you and your partner can decide how many cookies you would like to have.
Sometimes when weddings are early in the day, cake is too sweet of an option for some people. If you are having an early wedding then you should consider having some brunch treats. Couples have gone to the extent of stacking pancakes or waffles into a tower making it resemble a cake! Others have set out options like coffee cake, muffins, pastries, and cinnamon rolls.
Other easy yet delicious options to have as dessert options are
Chocolate covered fruit
Pie or Cheesecake