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7 Alternative Desserts to the Traditional Wedding Cake

Weddings are all about expressing love for one another as a couple and sharing a piece – pun intended – of who you are with your family and friends. So why not incorporate your unique love as a couple into every part of your wedding?

Couples are saying goodbye to the traditional wedding cake, and hello to a celebratory sweet that shows more of an individual expression of who they are as a couple.

Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Cake Pops. These fun and tasty treats seemed to reach new fame when Starbucks celebrated it’s 40th birthday by introducing these portable cake delicacies in 2011. These are perfect for a more casual outdoor wedding.

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2. Macarons. Sweet and airy, these dainty delicacies are sure to add sophistication and class to any wedding table. While recently trending in the states, macarons have been the equivalent of a cupcake in Parisian society for centuries. They have an almond, sugar and egg whites-based shell, giving a light and crunchy texture on the outside and are slightly chewy on the inside, often held together by a filling, typically made from a ganache butter-cream, meringue or jam.

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3. Donuts. Whether you’re getting married in the fall and want a rustic spin on the day, or simply have a thing for these classic guilty pleasures, donuts are sure to be a hit on your dessert table. Dress them up, keep them simple or create a tower, but one thing’s for sure – there will be no leftovers.

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4. Cupcakes. If orange is the new black, cupcakes are the new wedding cake. These small versions of a traditional dessert give you and your guests a ton of variety. Chocolate, vanilla, ganache, red velvet, lemon. This option is all about a bride and guests who love choices.

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5. Candy / Sweets Table. Perhaps you both have a huge sweet tooth, and maybe just want to emphasize the color theme. Consider the cute and casual option of a sweets table. Disclaimer: Kids might be the biggest fan of this idea.

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6. Cookies & Milk / Cookies & Champagne. Like cupcakes, cookies are another classic that provides a variety of choices. We like the idea of pairing a favorite cookie with milk, or to add to the sophistication, perhaps cookies and champagne? We hear this could be the next big hit.

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7. Pie. Last, but certainly not least, have a slice of pie. These homey comfort desserts are just the thing for an outdoor summer wedding, or a fall fest barn wedding.

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Don’t see your favorite dessert here? Come up with your own alternative to a traditional wedding cake! Whatever you serve, make sure it expresses your own coupleness. And who knows? Your wedding could start the next new trend.

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