Why considering a cake alternative makes most sense
"The national average cost of wedding cakes and desserts will be $451 in 2013, jumping to $466 in 2014, up from 2012's $437. In areas like New York City and Napa, Calif., cakes can run as high as $1,200-plus."
― Sharon Naylor (Bridal Guide)
You know what's overrated at weddings sometimes? The wedding cake. No, don't get me wrong. I totally get that a wedding cake is something that is judged (come on, admit it) with a microscope the size of Jupiter in every guest's head. Does the color match that of the bridesmaids' dresses? Does it have fondant or frosting? Why couldn't it be another flavor?
And as if that isn't enough, the bridal couple has its own set of worries. I hope it doesn't topple over. Why is everyone taking the fondant off the cake? I paid good money for it! I hope someone saves me a slice; I don't think there's enough for everyone. There goes half my paycheck!
While I understand that it could be your one and only dream to have a super-fantastic cake at your wedding (in which case you shouldn't even be reading this. *shocked*), let's put the dream aside for a bit and ask you: is a big fancy cake really a practical option for you? Do you really want to have one big enough to serve the entire
guest list? Apart from the ever-increasing costs of cakes, there's so much more to it than just the flavor and appearance. Are you willing to do all that it takes?
What do we suggest? Cutting a small cake for tradition sake, and having alternatives―really awesome alternatives to serve your guests as dessert. Trust me, the sooner you accept that sometimes a wedding cake is just not worth all the hoopla surrounding it, the earlier you will enjoy the delicious alternate ideas presented here. So, are you ready to take a ride into a world where sugar and indulgence reign supreme? Hop on!
The answer to any sweet lover's prayers, an assorted dessert bar. Instead of picking out a dessert for your guests, give them an array to choose from. Your wedding will be a super hit!
You know what's the best part about brownies? And yes, I do mean apart from the utter sinful pleasure they give your taste buds. Oh wait, that's it.
Cake in Mugs
The latest darling of the baking world, cakes in mugs are the perfect way to indulge your guests in a treat that they'll remember forever. Excuse me while I drool.
That's right. Instead of investing in a huge cake, shell out for adorable cake pops decorated in the true wedding spirit. They're delicious to look at and to eat, so you can't go wrong with them, ever!
These delicious cream-filled delights are to die for. Take it a step further, and instead of cream, have cold frozen yogurt ice cream filled into warm cornets and served to your guests.
What's not to love in the wonderful combination of a hard, crisp outer layer and the soft, mushy inside filled with custard(y) goodness. Sigh!
Fluffy choux pastry. Cream. Toffee. 3 ingredients to make anyone go weak in the knees. Do we have a winner? I think we do!
Ah! The most reliable alternative to a wedding cake, a table full of cupcakes! Mind you, getting exact replicas of a wedding cake as cupcakes can cost you a fortune, so choose your design wisely.
For a perfect end to the scrumptious meal at your wedding, serve your guests dessert shots. Fill it with a dessert of your choice (these have granola, ice cream, berries, and marshmallows) and watch as they're gobbled down.
Donuts are another major hit when it comes to serving unconventional dessert. Chocolate, frosting, sprinkles, sugar, custard―the options you can use to top your donuts with are endless.
Who can say no to flavored popcorn. Just look at those pretty, feather-weight bites beckoning you to consume them as soon as you can. Caramel, strawberry, honey, jaggery―so many delicious flavors to choose from. Don't leave them waiting.
For those who need a healthy nibble every step of the way, here's a nifty option: grain/cereal bars drenched in rich dark chocolate.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! No matter how old that gets, no one with a sweet tooth will be able to decline the frosty goodness of ice cream. Cups or cones, your choice!
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dark, solid biscuits sandwiching cool, thick, rich ice cream. Does it get better than this? I think not. What about you?
Mini Custard Pie
Miniature pies are the way to go when you want to serve your guests something delicious and crispy. And I recommend custard pies. What better glee than biting into this bite-sized wonder!
Mini Custard Cake
Custard again. Yes, it is most definitely one of the most adored fillings for dessert. Serve your guests mini custard-flavored cakes to win their hearts!
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
Who doesn't love cheesecake, right? Add to that a marvelous raspberry flavor, make it miniature-sized, and you have a winner of a dessert.
There's something about these decadent, jam-packed rolls that one simply can't get enough of. Don't believe it? Serve it as dessert, and watch the magic!
Wanna tempt your guest beyond imagination? Have yummy, melt-in-your-mouth truffles at the dessert table. Fancy it up by placing handfuls in martini glasses. This way, each guest gets his own little glass of joy!
Having a day wedding? Surprise your guests with a timeless breakfast favorite: waffles! Ditch the staple honey or syrup, and serve it dusted with rich cocoa.
Again, it's not that using a wedding cake is a complete no-no. It's just that serving something else as dessert seems more fun and unconventional, and may be just the thing you're looking for to set your wedding apart from the others.