Alternative Wedding Cake Ideas Your Guests Will Love

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Alternative Wedding Cake Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Cake is delicious, but over the past several years couples have been coming up with unique alternatives to the traditional dessert and cutting ceremony. Whether you don’t like cake or would simply prefer to switch things up, we have compiled some of the most popular options that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!


A Donut Wall

Donuts are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of day. Whether you prefer Dunkin’ or Krispy Kreme, you can serve this popular glazed pastry a number of ways. Some couples have chosen to display them on a peg board, while others have stacked them to replicate a tiered cake. Just be sure to take the weather into consideration, as donuts don’t tend to fare well in the heat.


Assorted Pies

Cake or pie? Our vote is pie! Not only is pie a preference for many, but there are just as many types of pie as there are cake. You can have seasonal pies, such as pumpkin or sweet potato, or stick to the classics, from Derby to pecan. For presentation, use an assortment of stands to create a unique multi-level display.


Cake Pops

Do you love cake but want to serve something more interesting than the basic slice? Cake pops have been around for several years now and are a fun, easy to grab dessert. Plus, they tend to be more moist. One thing is for sure, your guests won’t be able to stop after just one.



Fancy yourself a dessert that is, well, fancy? Macaroons are an adorable and delicate treat that are often associated with wealth. They come in endless flavors, from almond, to chocolate, strawberry, mint, pistachio and more. A tiered stand is the best way to display these bite size desserts, although they could be stacked or simply piled in a bowl.



What’s better than cake? Cake in a convenient hand held form! Cupcakes are not only more manageable, but are an easy way to offer a wide variety of flavors and a bigger ratio of icing – we see you icing lovers. They are also a great option for couples who need to cater to a range of dietary needs. Just be sure to use labels!


Bundt Cake

If you’re going for a vintage vibe that stills looks good and tastes delicious, we recommend bundt cake. This classic favorite is absolutely adorable, yet only a subtle twist on a traditional cake. Some couples are even stacking them to recreate the traditional tiered look.



Stacked in the shape of a cake, this popular breakfast item has become a big hit at wedding receptions. Fluffy and sweet, it can be enjoyed year round for a bit of messy fun. For a unique touch, add berries or fruits of your preference, edible flowers or powdered sugar. And of course, don’t forget to give it a solid drizzle of maple syrup.


Cheese Wheels

Sweets aren’t your thing? Go for something savory, like cheese. Cheese wheel ‘cakes’ are low maintenance and surprisingly adorable. Thanks to the variety of colored waxes used, they even have a slightly rustic appearance. For couples who enjoy wine, as do their guests, this option is sure to please the palate.


Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Perfect for a wedding taking place in peak temperatures, ice cream cookie sandwiches are everyone’s favorite treat. To spruce this classic summer dessert up a bit, provide more variety by using cookies and ice cream of varying flavors. Such as a sugar cookie and strawberry ice cream, or a chocolate cookie with pistachio ice cream.


At Pine Lake Ranch we love seeing the creative and amusing desserts that our couples come up with. Even more, we enjoy seeing how each couple chooses to setup and display these treats at our venue. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see how your vision can be brought to life, or to inquire about date availability. We hope you’ll save a bit for us!