Are you the kind of person who wants to break out of the usual-and-customary at your wedding? If so, you might want to consider alternative dessert options to the traditional multi-tiered wedding cake. Or maybe you adore dessert so much that you want to have your cake and other sweet treats, too. Here are a few ideas to serve in lieu of or alongside a wedding cake.


Ice Cream


What goes better with or without cake than ice cream? From your youngest guests to your oldest ones, a sundae bar could delight everyone’s taste buds. Your caterer could arrange an assortment of your guests’ favorite top quality ice creams, a variety of toppings, whipped cream, and cherries.




Cupcakes are all the rage these days. When arranged in towers, they can become a stunning focal point. The beauty of cupcakes is that you can have them baked in multiple flavors, so everyone is happy. The icing that adorns each cupcake can make a major design statement, too. Imagine edible rosebuds, lace, or polka dots topping each one.


Sweet Shots


Desserts in shot glasses can be appealing to the eye, yummy, and fun! Imagine a platter of clear glasses containing shots of strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, chocolate mousse, or New York cheesecake. Dessert shots are easy to eat while walking around the room, which is a plus at such a festive social gathering.


Dessert Buffet


If you can’t decide on just one option, then a dessert bar or buffet could be the answer for your wedding. A fun way to put together an assortment of goodies is to build around the season:


  • If you’re getting married in the fall, include pies and pastries reminiscent of autumn, such as pumpkin, apple, and cranberry.
  • If you’re tying the knot during the winter, go for comforts such as chocolate and peppermint.
  • For summer weddings, include the bounty of the season with peach, strawberry, and passion fruit tarts.
  • Spring weddings are perfect for creampuffs, light colored sherbets, and desserts that feature melon, pineapple, and apricot.




Platters of mini-desserts are always a hit at any occasion. Bite-size cookies, cream puffs, dessert shots, and tiny cupcakes could be perfect meal-toppers for the evening. If you opt for this grand finale to your wedding meal, make sure you have enough for each guest to sample four or five tiny treats, because they’ll want to taste them all.


Wedding cakes may be traditional, but they’re not the only game in town. Either opt out of the iconic cake altogether and choose a delicious alternative, or serve both. Your guests will be delighted either way.

Written by ashley

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