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9 Decadent Alternatives To Wedding Cakes


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Multi-layered, beautifully tiered cakes are focal points of wedding receptions across America. 

For decades, brides and grooms-to-be have laboriously tested and tasted endless varieties of dark chocolate ganache and vanilla bean buttercream to find the perfect moist and cakey combination with which to ring in their “I-dos.”

But while wedding cakes remain non-negotiable staples for some couples, others are taking less traditional (but equally sweet) routes.  

Here are 9 alternatives that don't necessarily involve mounds of froofy white frosting, but will surely satisfy the sweet tooth of each and every wedding guest.

An Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Ice cream lovers rejoice because now this cold, creamy treat is cropping up more and more frequently at wedding celebrations across the country.  

A lighter alternative to dense, butter-packed cakes and pastries, ice cream is a refreshing treat at sweltering summer weddings or after an intense spell on the dance floor.

Consider a sundae bar where guests can re-live their childhood years by loading up on their favorite flavors and toppings, or go simple and decadent with dishes of Italian gelato, frozen yogurt, or sorbets.


Who says pie is just for holidays? With so many seasonal options and tasty varieties, weddings are the perfect occasion to whip out those pie pans and get baking.  

For cold-month receptions, experiment with nutty, chocolately, and spiced varieties like rich dark chocolate, sweet pecan, or pumpkin, while fruits like lemon and strawberry can make their appearances at spring and summer parties.

Top each dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of cream to give guests an extra special treat they will surely remember.

Make Your Own Crepes

You don't have to claim French heritage to appreciate this light, elegant dessert.  

Made from three simple ingredients (milk, flour, and eggs) and paired with your favorite fruits, syrups, and whipped cream, this elegant and inexpensive-to-make sweet treat is guaranteed to please even the pickiest of pallets.      

Crepes can be artfully stacked on platters or made fresh and served table-side to guests.  Provide a toppings bar and watch party-goers get creative with yummy and irresistibly sweet combinations like honey and lemon or chocolate and banana. 

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