You can’t beat a good wedding cake.
Especially one covered in delicious buttercream frosting that just ALWAYS tastes better on an actual wedding cake (or maybe that’s just me, I admit: I am a frosting lover and connoisseur).
Some people don’t like cake though. My sister is one of them and I will forever be confused by her preference for pie over cake. Thankfully for her and everyone else that shares this opinion, a few new dessert trends have become quite popular in the last few years. So for all of you who don’t adore buttercream, I put together a list of my favorite alternative dessert ideas and a few different ways to put a twist on them all.
1. The Candy Bar
This is a great way to make sure that all your guests get to enjoy a dessert that they like and you can do this on a fairly small budget (or go all out depending on where you buy the candy, for example: Hershey’s vs. Ghirardelli).
All you need is a variety of candy and a variety of containers to display it all in. Speaking of containers, you can use mason jars for this project!!!
-Head to the store and buy all sorts of candy. Red hots, lemon heads, M&M’s, Peanut butter cups, licorice, jelly beans- any and everything really.
-Mix and match cute jars or bowls for display.
-Make cute name cards to label each candy.
-At the reception have a designated table for the dessert and place the containers full of candy all over it. Go ahead and decorate the table however you choose (example: sprinkle glitter or flower petals over the table cloth) and set up the candy bowls!
-Don’t forget to label them, especially since some guests might have food allergies, and definitely don’t forget to put a serving utensil in each one!
2. Cookie Buffet
Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Lemon… this list could go on forever. There are two ways to go about this. First, have a bunch of cookies baked and lay them out for guests to pick and choose from. Second, have a bunch of cookies baked into shapes (brides, grooms, hearts) and let guests decorate them! Not only will this taste good, but it will be fun too!
At each table where guests will be sitting put out an assortment of decorating items: frosting, sprinkles, candy and more. Encourage people to get as creative as possible and take pictures of their cookies before they eat them.
Most importantly, make sure you leave plenty of napkins for their sticky hands!
So cupcakes and cake are pretty much the same thing (I assume, I’m not a pastry chef so I could be wrong) but they have taken the world by storm. They even have their own show on TLC, DC Cupcakes.
The upside to cupcakes instead of cake is that you can please more people in regards to variety. Instead of one flavor, you can choose literally as many flavors of cupcakes that you can think of and they can all be decorated in different themes!
* Cake Pops also fall into this category of “it’s-cake-but-it’s-not” *