In honor of the 900th follower on The Pink Bride’s Pinterest account (the tally was at 899 while I wrote this post, so go and follow the boards today!), I figured I’d share a few of my favorite, most unique finds for alternatives to traditional wedding cakes.
Whether you and your man simply don’t like cake, don’t like the idea of having cake at your wedding like everyone else, or you want something super fun for the groom’s cake or centerpiece on your dessert table, this post will help you discover a few totally unique ideas I’ve discovered while perusing the web. So, if you’re searching for a fabulous alternative to a traditional wedding cake, and you’re not a cupcake type of bride, check each of my options out below. Feel free to click on each image for the source, and call up your Tennessee wedding cake bakery for other fabulous ideas!
1. Cheese wheel wedding cake
I can already see the endless possibilities with this unique wedding cake alternative. Granted, this isn’t even a sweet option, so you may still want to chat with a baker about a traditional cake for your cake cutting ceremony. Personally, I could easily see a selection of wine and wine-pairing notes for each type of cheese at a wedding featuring such a “cake!”
2. Rice crispy treat wedding cake
Oh, nostalgia. Part childhood, part guilty pleasure, you can imagine my surprise when I came across a few rice crispy treat wedding cakes while tromping across the web for amazing wedding finds. Who would have thought?
3. Donut wedding cake
Similar to a cupcake wedding cake in that you don’t have to actually cut the whole cake to serve guests, yet dissimilar in that it’s not a cupcake wedding cake, I adore this alternative. I could easily see this as a fab end-of-evening send-off for your guests before the big exit, alongside a gourmet coffee and hot chocolate station. What do you think? Besides a cake, donuts make fabulous conversation foods at your Tennessee wedding!
4. Croquembouche wedding cake
Don’t ask me how to pronounce this traditional French wedding cake. I have no clue, and I’m sure my guesses would butcher it! Pronunciation aside, I’m loving this interesting alternative to a traditional wedding cake. Although new to me (and likely you!), it’s not a new concept! It’s apparently been around for centuries and is referred to as the “piece montee,” or centerpiece of a French wedding. It’s actually a tall cone of pastry cream-filled choux that’s dipped first in chocolate and locked into place with yummy, gooey caramel. Then, it’s decorated. Interesting, huh? Read more about them here.
5. Ice sculpture wedding cakes
Okay, so if you want an extremely unique wedding cake alternative, and an adorable way to give guests a memorable guest favor, look into ordering a tiered ice sculpture. It appears the couple’s “cake” featured in this image lined up mini bottles on the ice sculpture, but that’s certainly not all you could place on it (although it would definitely combine your toasting and cake cutting ceremonies in a unique way!). I’m thinking mini dessert shooters or even tiny cheesecakes would look even more adorable on such a centerpiece!
6. Nontraditional designs for your wedding cake
It’s so important to say that I love traditional wedding cakes with a passion, so I added one more option for you to check out before ending this post: traditional wedding cakes, with totally nontraditional wedding cake looks! Two great examples include tonque-in-cheek takes on tradition and, of course, oddly-shaped wedding cakes. Simply chat with your Tennessee wedding cake baker for amazing design options you may not see here!
There you have it, folks. Five totally unique alternatives to a wedding cake, and one amazing way to let your personality shine through with a traditional wedding cake. The sky is the limit with these centerpieces at your celebration, so contact your local bakery or caterer and start planning today!
Have you seen any other unique wedding cake ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments below!