Cutting the cake is probably one of the most exciting parts of a wedding (especially if you have a major sweet tooth). With that being said, only serving cake at your reception will make the whole event seem too much like your average wedding and end up being predictable. It’s nice to spice things up from time to time and surprise your guests by having a variety of desserts for them to indulge in. Your guests are sure to appreciate trying something new and exciting!
Now, we are not saying that a traditional wedding cake can’t be a part of your wedding, but having more options available will make the event more enjoyable for everyone!
Just think of it as another one of your entertainment ideas for your guests. Too many desserts to think of? Not to worry – in this guide, we’ll break down the top 9 wedding desserts that will suit any wedding celebration!
1. Unique Ice Cream Flavors
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Perfect for magical summer soirees, your guests can cool down with this sweet and delicious treat. Plus, with so many different flavors and types, you’ll be able to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters or guests with certain food allergies – for example, dairy-free options for your lactose intolerant friends.
Consider having various toppings available so that your guests may garnish it however they’d like.
2. Colorful Candies
To add some life and vibrancy to your reception, include an assortment of candies – hard candies, soft candies, cotton candies, you name it! They make great to-go treats! Your guests can either take them home after the festivities or munch on them during the wedding. Also, having a cotton candy machine would be a great addition if you’re throwing a whimsical wedding or your color scheme is full of bright pastels.
3. Mini Cake Pops
The concept of a cake pop is very simple – just a bite-sized cake on a stick. It’s a good alternative for those that don’t want to serve a traditional wedding cake to their guests. Cake pops let you avoid worrying about whether or not you’ve sliced your cake into equal pieces, and they are pretty much mess-free. Have them made in different flavors and they might just become everyone’s favorite dessert.
4. Chewy Donuts
Donuts are a timeless treat enjoyed by (almost) everyone. You can stack them on top of each other to create a tower that resembles a tiered cake. They come in every flavor you could possibly imagine and are perfect to share with your significant other. Most importantly, they’re easily the most photogenic pastry out there and are super Instagram-worthy!
5. Tower of Macarons
Originally a French delicacy, macarons can now be found in many North American bakeries. Aside from being super trendy, macarons make for a fancy dessert offering for your guests. These treats, along with a cup of tea, create the perfect combination for the classy and elegant wedding that you’ve always imagined. Not only are they colorful and eye-catching, they are also very tasty!
6. Baked Cookies
Cookies make great wedding desserts as they are very simple, yet versatile, and can be served in many different ways. Get creative! For example, you could combine them with ice cream (to make ice cream sandwiches), or baked to look like shot glasses filled with milk to resemble “milk and cookies”. You can also serve them individually in a nice bag and hand them out as wedding favors for your guests.
7. Freshly Made Cupcakes
Similar to donuts, cupcakes also make for a good tiered cake alternative. You can get fun and creative by choosing what flavors you’d like and have ones that match the theme of your wedding. For brides that are nifty and hands-on, you can find many recipes online and bake your own cupcakes for a more personalized touch. They, too, are mess-free and can be brought home as wedding favors.
8. Homemade S’mores
A traditional camping treat; s’mores make for a fantastic dessert option if you are having an outdoor wedding. It’s an exciting activity, relatively inexpensive, and ideal for those that love the DIY scene. It’s also very communal and allows for an intimate atmosphere that wedding receptions sometimes lack. Perfect for those who love to mingle and relive their childhood camping trip years, s’mores make a terrific wedding dessert alternative.
9. Chocolate Fondue
Having chocolate fondue would definitely be the talk of the wedding! A chocolate fountain would bring a special, classy touch to your nuptials and capture everyone’s attention. Try having a variety of fruits, or other foods, laid out on the table so that guests can choose what they’d like to fondue!