Don’t Like Wedding Cake? Here Are 8 Non-Traditional Alternatives

I know it’s shocking, but not everyone likes cake.  It’s a concept that this fat kid cannot understand because I think that cake is one of the best things in the world.  The tradition of having a wedding cake is not so important or popular anymore, as couples think outside of the (cake) box on their big day.


If cake isn’t your thing, here are 8 ideas for wedding desserts to consider…

Alternatives to wedding cake


Cake table - Tiffany's wedding

Real Bride Tiffany’s Wedding – JenLyn Photography

Cupcake Tower Paige

Real Bride Paige’s Wedding – Photo: Charlie Skora and Jon DeBoer

I know, it’s not ground-breaking because many couples have already steered away from the traditional cake, and gone with cupcakes, but I think the best part about substituting cupcakes for a wedding cake, is that you can have multiple flavors and your guests can choose what they want.  Cupcake display towers are easy to find used, or you could make your own.  Plus, there are more and more gourmet cupcake shops popping up, and they can whip up some pretty spectacular (even custom) flavors for you.



donut cake Tartan

Photo: Tartan Rose Weddings

Hayley Williams instagram

Singer Hayley Williams’ Giant Donut Cake (via Instagram)

Yasss! Donuts might be the most glorious dessert created.  Or maybe that’s just in my world where donuts rank right up there along with cats and weddings as life’s greatest pleasures.  Donuts just make me happy.  They probably will make wedding guests happy too.  Plus they can be decorated and displayed in cool ways.  Don’t rule out the potential classiness of a blinged-out donut tower!



Macaroon tower

Photo: Tartan Rose Weddings

Macaroons and cake

Real Bride Healy’s Wedding – Photo: Lindsey Jane Photography


Oh the macaron… it’s becoming a wedding staple these days.  The colorful cakey-cookie is gaining popularity as a replacement for wedding cake now, in the form of a macaron tower.  Because why not?  They are pretty, they taste good, and you can even get champagne-flavored macarons.  That’s some fancy stuff!  The bonus here is that you can order the macarons yourself and create your own display- eliminating a bakery altogether, making macarons a potential money-saving wedding dessert.



Pie instead of cake

Real Bride Hillary’s Wedding featured pie – Photo:  Laurie Wilson Photography


Wedding pies cake

Photo: Weddingomania

I’ve found in life that the people who don’t like cake, usually like pie.  Including my own husband (we had a wedding cake anyway though!).  If pie is what you prefer, then just go for it!  You can feature many different kinds to please everyone. Perhaps you are having a fall wedding?  Pumpkin pie would be a great festive addition instead of regular traditional wedding cake.  Pies can be displayed in tier-form, just like a wedding cake, or on various cake stands on your dessert table.



The "cookie table" at my 2015 wedding

This bride had cookies in addition to a cake.


Oreo cookie wedding cake

Oreo Cookies for a wedding cake – photo: Modwedding

Cookies are a great way to break the tradition of a wedding cake, and most people like cookies so you’ll please your crowd.  You could have a cookie buffet, or a cookie cake like above.  I had cookies at my wedding in addition to cake, and they were so darn good that later in the year, my brother had the same at his wedding!  Another option is cookies and milk as a late-night snack at the reception.

Cake Pops

Cake Wedding Pops

A lot of cake pops – Photo: Sweet Lauren Cakes

Cake pops

Real Bride Devon had Cake Pops and a small wedding cake at her reception

Cake pops are not a wedding idea breakthrough, but they are darn good and make a great presentation.  Guests can serve themselves, and they offer built-in portion control (unless someone goes nuts and eats half of them – which is a possibility).  Cake pops can get pricey, unless you can make them yourself, which is an option.  I’ve seen cake pop kits at craft stores.  It may be a great bonding time with your bridesmaids or MIL to make them together.





Chocolate-covered strawberry cheesecake- photo: Weddingbee

White cheesecake

White chocolate wedding cheesecake- photo: Pinterest

A cheesecake wedding cake a such a great idea.  It’s decadent, filling, and can be presented beautifully.  Like cake pops, cheesecake can get expensive, but also like the cake pops, they are possible to make yourself or enlist the help of family and friends in the endeavor.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwich wedding

Ice Cream Sandwiches and recipes- The Blondielocks

sandwich wedding sleeve

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich in a wedding sleeve – photo:  Pinterest

Nom nom nom… Ice cream sandwiches are the best!  Real Bride Valerie had an ice cream sandwich stand at her wedding, and I was there for it.  They were from Eskimo Jack’s and they were phenomenal. With any ice cream, it will have to be served to guests, and you won’t be able to display it.  But, going the route of ice cream sandwiches is a nice non-traditional touch that guests will appreciate.

Get creative and go non-traditional when it comes to dessert.  What’s the weirdest wedding dessert you’ve seen?


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