It’s no secret to my friends and family that I am a connoisseur of all things confection related. From chocolate, fruit tarts, pies, cupcakes, baked goods filled with sweet luscious goodness….and cakes….I love it all. I have fond memories of visiting the Italian bakeries with my Mom, picking out crème puffs and Italian cookies. Don’t get me started on the cakes! One thing I have noticed is how the wedding cake has truly evolved from simple and traditional to original and funky. My parents black and white wedding photos contain a standard white wedding cake, baked by my grandmother. Nothing fancy, but a lot of love and dreams went into that cake! For my own wedding, I stuck with a classic cake. White buttercream and vanilla cake. I had no desire to stand out or be different. I wanted classic style, taste and simplicity, which was reflective of my wedding day, and that’s what I got. But times have changed, and couples today may be searching for ways to be unique from their personal style to their jobs, right down to the type of cake they envision. Some may choose not to have cake at all! Say it isn’t so! No matter, I am here to offer alternatives to the “traditional wedding cake.” Enjoy.
Since I am Italian, my mind goes directly to all things from my heritage. How about profiteroles? These are delicious, bite -sized crème filled pastries, with rich chocolate ganache on the outside. Why not stack them up on each other, with a touch of fresh cream and sprinkles? It’s a tasty alternative.
Love donuts? Did you know you could have a donut cake? It’s true! They exist. You may choose one giant donut as your cake, or hundreds of small donuts in various colors, frostings and fillings. Or how about donut holes? Build donut holes on top of each other for a unique and delicious look. Not to mention this is a cost effective way to have your cake and eat it too! Yum!
How about individual cakes for each table? Rather than offering a slice from one giant cake, have cakes that serve each table (between 8-12 guests) and decorate them with the colors and flowers from your wedding.
So, you aren’t a cake lover but you adore a great pie? Replace the cake with small, individual pies. You can choose the flavor based on the season. For example, for a summer wedding choose coconut or blueberry. For fall, apple or pumpkin pie. The combinations are endless!
How about stacked Bundt cakes? Simple, moist and delicious. Almost everyone loves a great Bundt cake. Cover with a simple glazed icing for a more casual home-style feel.
How about bringing out the inner child among your guests? A cost effective and delicious “cake alternative” involves mixing a popular rice cereal and marshmallows! Serve your rice cereal “crispy treat” along with a “help yourself “ candy bar and your wedding dessert is complete and memorable!
How about cake pops? These cute mini cakes on a stick are very popular. Color coordinate with your wedding colors and provide three options for guests. For example, vanilla, chocolate and red velvet on the inside, with complementing icings on the outside. Set up a table so guests may help themselves after the meal. Easy, inexpensive and a great alternative to a cake slice.
These are just a few alternatives if you are looking to replace the “traditional” wedding cake. There are many options out there and the combinations of style, choice and design are as unique as you are. Imagine. Be different! You will surely stand out from the crowd.