7 Wedding Cake Alternatives for the Couple Marching to Their Own Drum

When it comes to weddings, there’s no staple quiet like the traditional wedding cake. Tiered and tall, wedding cakes stand as a focal point of the entire dessert table, and a pivotal celebration of the first anniversary a year later. With all of the hype around picking just the right flavor, with just the right number of layers and that one specific font to spell ‘Mr. and Mrs’ out with, the wedding cake alternatives are endless, making decisions difficult.

In efforts to save time, capitalize on diversity and set a precedence for the newest additions to wedding season, brides and grooms alike have begun opting out of the tiered cake for something different. When you’re starting a trend, there are no rules to abide by. If you don’t want a cake, you don’t have to have a cake. If you’re more interested in serving your guests’ pizza bites than a cake that costs as much as a mortgage, more power to you!

There is no wrong move with the newest ‘cake’ in wedding land. It’s truly all about what you want, no matter what that may be. Get creative and crafty with your new age wedding ‘cake’, and get some inspiration from those who have trekked upon the very ground you’re breaking.

1. Cannoli

Nothing says forever like an overloaded cannoli, filled with mini cannoli as delectable and individual wedding desserts.

Mix the flavors of the mini cannoli inside, allowing options for even the pickiest of eaters. Flavors from s’mores to cherry cream are popular choices for nuptials.

2. Macarons

Macaron me! Who says you need a cake to have tiers on your wedding day? Get colorful, and get your macaron on. Additionally, you could even substitute mini pies or whoopie pies with this idea.

This finger foods option is also the easiest DIY to display when it comes to dessert ideas. Simply stack cake stands to form a tiered display.

3. Doughnuts

Just because you don’t have a delicate cake doesn’t mean you can’t have a wall to show off the dessert of your choice!

Doughnut walls hit their stride last summer and are still a fun way to show off some personality, while giving any sweet tooth pure delight when seeing it at the cocktail hour.

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Try your hand at getting crafty with a whole wall of donuts with this easy DIY that just requires a pegboard to get started.

You can go as large or as small as you want, and don’t forget to take some photos in front of it!

4. Pies

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Pies are an excellent option in comparison to a wedding cake. What makes them better? The countless flavor combinations they allow for!

If you want to enlist the help of your beloved friends and family in the wedding, a pie table is the best way to do so.

Let guests bring their famous pie and you’ll end with a delicious smorgasbord, each made with love.

5. Pizzas

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‘Pizza Lovers’ gets a whole new meaning when you set the focal point of your wedding table to a tower of pizzas.

This is a great way to end the evening celebration, when everyone is properly inebriated and sweating from hitting the dance floor hard. Honestly, does anyone want cake at 2AM on a Saturday night? Probably not.

6. Cheese

Cheese cake gets a whole new meaning when we’re talking about layers of actual cheese, sans the sugary goodness.

If you and your partner are more of a savory couple with a penchant for creamy cheese, then this is the perfect tiered display for you.

It really is the best of both worlds when you stack a delightful triple cream brie atop a sharp Vermont cheddar.

There’s something for everyone and especially the kiddos in attendance won’t be able to stop nibbling all night.

7. Cake Pops

Maybe you want to get away from the traditional tiered cake, but not cake entirely. If so, wedding cake pops are just up your alley!

There’s just something about food on a stick that makes it seem even funner than the original idea.

Easily decorative and eye-pleasing, your guests will have no choice other than to be simply impressed.

Cake pops keep well throughout the night and are a great portable option so you can have freely hand them out as guests leave.