11 Wedding Cake Alternatives that will WOW

Wedding cakes are classic, beautiful and never go out of style. But if a traditional wedding cake isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid to think outside of that cake box! If you’re looking for something new and unique for your special day, consider one (or more!) of these wedding cake alternatives that will wow guests and satisfy their sweet tooth.

Dessert Table:

A dessert table with an array of desserts will be pleasing to most everyone at your wedding. Get creative with variety, such as fruit tarts, lemon bars, mini cannolis, truffles, brownies, parfaits and other charming treats. Display the sweets at different heights so it's easy for guests to see what's being offered and snag the dessert of their choice.


Everyone loves cookies! Display an assortment of chocolate chip cookies and personalized sugar cookies with frosted detailing in your wedding colors. For a win-win, set up a milk and cookies bar where guests can choose from an array of cookies and different milk options (including chocolate, strawberry and some non-dairy options).


With the right arrangement and presentation, donuts can replace your traditional wedding cake in a way that pleases you and your guests. Stack them up on a cake stand, nest them in a tray or hang them on the wall for a gravity-defying display.


If you’re looking for a fun and unique dessert idea, look no further. Who doesn’t love a warm churro covered in that dreamy combo of sugar and cinnamon? Serve them up with one or more tasty dipping sauces.

Cupcake Display:

Cupcakes are essentially mini cakes, and they make adorable and delicious options to serve at any wedding. Try different colors and flavors so there’s something for everyone, even the pickiest guest. Display them on tiered stands for added elegance.

S'mores Bar:

A s’mores bar instantly turns dessert into an interactive experience. Love the idea, but don’t want the potential mess? Ask your caterer if they can provide pre-made s’mores.

Ice Cream Bar:

Recreate an old-fashioned ice cream parlor right in the middle of your reception! Include a fun assortment of sweet and savory toppings, from sprinkles to hot fudge and candy to whipped cream. Guests will love creating their own concoctions.

Pie Bar:

From apple pie, to lemon, cherry, strawberry or pecan, display a delicious array of choices from mini pies to full-size ones, for guests to enjoy. Consider serving up some of your family’s heirloom recipes to add just the right homey feel to your wedding day.


It’s hard to go wrong with cheesecake. Top your cheesecake with beautiful seasonal favorites such as berries, fresh fruit, florals, and greenery, or add a chocolate or caramel drip for a luscious look. For grab-and-go options, serve mini cheesecakes or cut the cheesecake into bite-sized cubes.

Cheese Cake Wheel:

Do you love savory over sweet? Love the look of tiered wedding cakes? Then combine your love of both with a wedding cake made from wheels of cheese.

Macaron Tower:

These deliciously sweet meringue-based confections will add flair to any reception and look dazzling displayed as a tower. Choose from many different flavors and fillings, and let them pop in colors that coordinate with your wedding palette.