Unique Alternatives to Wedding Cakes | Le Jardin Blog

A wedding cake used to be an essential part of every soon-to-be-married couple’s to-do list. Times are a changin’ with many couples choosing to serve their wedding guests something else. Unique alternatives to wedding cakes vary from donuts to a variety of cheeses.

Unique Alternatives to Wedding Cakes



Fried treats are quickly surpassing cupcakes as the hippest wedding dessert. Go with something casual and serve regular donuts or choose fancier treats like mini churros paired with passion fruit, chocolate or dulce de leche dipping sauce. Beignets and coffee are another way to go. Or, you can choose state fair fare and offer guests fried twinkies or fried snickers.

Fun and unique alternatives to wedding cakes includes donuts.

Have S’mores

What could be more fun at a wedding reception than roasting marshmallows over a mini hibachi set up at your table? S’mores are par of  tasty wedding cake alternatives, and the dessert choice comes with more options than you might think. For instance, artisan marshmallows come in flavors like caramel, coconut and chocolate. Make it fancier by offering dark chocolate and almond thins instead of traditional graham crackers. If you go this route, be sure to check with the venue about having the mini hibachis at the table.

Fun and unique alternatives to wedding cakes includes smokes

Get Your Pie On

Pie is the perfect alternative to wedding cake. Since there are so many pie flavors, you’re bound to have something that each guest will enjoy. Along with being tasty, pie is a budget-friendly option. You can ask family and friends to contribute their favorite pie or order a bunch of pies from your local bakery for a memorable pie buffet!

Fun and unique alternatives to wedding cakes includes pies.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

With ice cream, there are a number of ways that you could go. An ice cream sundae buffet is sure to be popular with your guests, but if you want to be a little more unique, serve ice cream sandwiches. Since the frozen treats will be for a major event, offer elaborate ones like the tasty kind made with homemade chocolate chip cookies. Setting up an ice cream sandwich station is another option. To do this, offer several types of cookies. You could go with oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and full-on chocolate. You can also get several flavors of ice cream. Get the classics like vanilla and chocolate in addition to raspberry, butter pecan and peanut butter cup.

Fun and unique alternatives to wedding cakes includes ice cream

Picture taken of Cold Stone Creamery catering at Le Jardin.

Say Cheese!

A recent wedding cake alternative is to offer an assortment of cheeses instead of a dessert. Put together a well-balanced tray of cheese made from the milk of goats, cows and sheep. You can also offer fruit, honey and nuts as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Fun and unique alternatives to wedding cakes includes cheese plates

No Need to Be Traditional

Unique alternatives to wedding cakes give you the chance to have your favorite treat as your wedding dessert. It’s sure to be memorable, and your guests will love it!