Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cakes

One wedding trend that shows no sign of abating is the increasingly popular choice of forgoing the traditional tiered wedding cake with toppers, in favor of something temptingly different. Maybe a couple just isn’t that into cake or maybe alternative choices better express the uniqueness of their wedding. Couples may hesitate to blow such a large chunk of their wedding budget on a traditional cake, especially if it comes with additional charges such as a cake cutting fee applied by the venue. While wedding cakes will always be the first choice for traditional couples there is a wealth of exciting alternatives to consider.

Cupcake Wedding Cakes

The wedding cake breakaway trend started with tiers of exquisitely decorated individual cupcakes. Wedding cupcakes are a great way of catering to a range of guests as you can opt for different flavors and unique toppings. A cupcake display can be artfully arranged to take center place and couples who want to stick with the tradition of keeping the top layer of cake for their anniversary can opt for a cupcake display with a small cake on top. Cupcakes represent a huge saving over a wedding cake. They can even be home baked and decorated, while the challenges of a home-made wedding cake may require too much expertise.

Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cakes
Cupcake wedding cakes

Wheels of Cheese

Stacked wheels of different cheeses decorated with foliage and candied grapes, or fresh fruit such as figs and pears, are a marvellous alternative to cake and will appeal to cheese lovers. Cheese wheels as a wedding cake are particularly on trend in British weddings where celebrating with cheese wheels has reached an art form. Cheese wedding cakes can be rustic or elegant in appearance, but are always tasty. They are particularly suited to farm or vineyard weddings.

Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cakes
Cheese wedding cakes

Wedding Cake Pops

Pop the cake on a stick with wedding cake pops. These decorated mini cakes on sticks are a fun alternative to traditional wedding cake and can be customized to a wedding theme. Cake pops are mess free and guest friendly. Bride and groom cake pops are one lollypop style option.  Children will particularly love wedding cake pops as their cuteness is so adorable.

Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cakes
Wedding Pops

Ice Cream Food Trucks

Couples who like to think outside the box can opt for an ice cream food truck or an ice cream cart to cater the traditional part of the wedding that is preserved for the cake cutting.  Ice cream is a delicious choice that works particularly well at summery outdoor weddings. An ice cream cart may not be as traditional as wedding cake but it is certainly a nostalgic option. Some vendors can tailor their product to your wedding theme, offering custom designed labels to top the ice cream or by offering a custom designed flavor just for your wedding. For couples looking for a chilled out wedding ice cream food trucks are cool.

Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cakes
Ice Cream Food Trucks catering weddings

Other Alternatives to Wedding Cakes

Other great choices to take center stage instead of a traditional wedding cake include drizzled donut towers, tiered macaroon stands and tiers of assorted miniature pies with favorite fillings. Chocolate covered strawberries are a sophisticated alternative while chocolate fountains are a big hit with chocolate lovers. Whatever sweet delights take a couples fancy can be transformed into a masterpiece of confection when it is presented stylishly.

Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cakes
From drizzled donuts and chocolate-covered strawberries to colorful Macaroons set in a traditional tiered wedding cake silhouette.

Themed Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes play a traditional part in weddings, with the cutting of the cake a symbolic ritual many couples still enjoy. As the wedding cake is such a center piece of the celebrations, couples put a great deal of effort into choosing the perfect design that will look magnificent and be a talking point.  As you look through bridal magazines for inspiration you will discover the most elaborate cakes that are temptingly exquisite on the outside and tasty within. If you want a cake with a difference you could consider a themed cake with special meaning to you.

Themed Wedding Cakes
Beach wedding cake

Beach Wedding Cakes

If you are planning a destination wedding you may be drawn to a beach themed wedding cake that evokes images of the beach you exchange your vows on.  Beach wedding cakes is an easy theme to bring to life as the layers can be encased in blue fondant or frosting to represent the blue of the ocean. Decorations can be added in the form of white sugar shells and starfish to complete the beach theme.

Themed Wedding Cakes
Tropical wedding cake

Tropical Flower Wedding Cakes

You may be holding your destination wedding in a setting with an abundance of tropical flowers, like the caribbean, Florida or Hawaii. These can be used to decorate the simplest of wedding cakes to add an exotic feel. Tropical flowers stand out particularly well on white wedding cakes and the flowers can be preserved as a keep save.

Themed Wedding Cakes
Gold wedding cake

Gold Wedding Cakes

If you love the allure of sparkling gold why not celebrate your special day with a gold wedding cake. Gold cakes are glamorous, glitzy and sophisticated. You can choose a tiered cake with alternating white and gold layers, opt for a gold-foil wedding cake or dress up a cake with gold bows and hearts.

Red Themed wedding cake.

Colored Wedding Cakes

A popular way to tie your wedding cake into the theme of your wedding is to mirror your chosen color scheme. If your bridesmaids are dressed in red and you carry a red bouquet and have red floral pieces on the tables, why not continue with the theme with a red wedding cake?  Brightly colored wedding cakes have a contemporary look that appeals to modern couples. If you prefer a more delicate hue, then a whisper-light blush pink wedding cake has a more traditional feel.

Themed Wedding Cakes
Seasonal wedding cake

Seasonal Wedding Cakes

Springtime weddings call out for a spring themed wedding cake adorned with gorgeous sugar spring flowers while outdoor summer weddings often suit a rustic themed cake. Autumnal tones can bring warmth to an autumn wedding cake while winter weddings can be graced with a contemporary cake, perhaps experimenting with layers of black and white cake.

Themed Wedding Cakes
Champagne Bottle wedding cake

Champagne Bottle Wedding Cake

As your guests raise a champagne toast to the happy couple you could cut into a champagne bottle wedding cake. This is a great idea for a homemade cake for an intimate wedding, especially when the bride chooses a champagne colored wedding dress.

A big attraction of a themed wedding cake is how good it will look in the wedding photographs and how well it will be remembered by everyone celebrating your wedding, as something so personal to your day.