Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eye Candy: Cake Alternatives

The cake is a fairly iconic piece of the traditional wedding. In fact, in this era of ballooning wedding costs and complexity, the cake is one of the only pieces that is actually traditional. (White dress? Church? Sit-down dinner? Bridesmaids? Bouquet? Nope.)

But does that mean you need a cake? Absolutely not. If you're staring, horror-struck, at a piece of paper telling you that tier cake is $3.75/guest, or you're feeling overwhelmed after trying 53 varieties of chocolate cake, or if you just don't like cake - whatever your reason, you absolutely do not need to have a cake.

And so, without further ado, I present you with an eye candy buffet of alternatives! There are actual candy buffets...

Cookie buffets ... (for an adult twist, have Bailey's and Kahlua out for those glasses of milk)

There are also all-purpose dessert bars, for when you just can't choose ...

There are pie buffets...

And for a retro (and wonderful!) twist, there are Sundae bars!

Questions? Thoughts? Pictures of your own alternative dessert? Leave a comment!


  1. I love cake! So I'm making our own :)
    It'll be similar to this one I baked for my grandma's birthday last year: http://www.alittlebiteofeverything.com/2011/03/a-white-cake/ but with three tiers.
    I'm actually trying out other frosting recipes right now, instead of the mascarpone frosting.
    But since we both love sweets we'll also have other desserts, like a cookie bar or something.

    1. Oooh, good call - on both counts! One thing we had wanted to do (which probably will not happen if we go to a restaurant) was a hot chocolate bar. I miss that idea. Maybe we can do that for one of the smaller parties...