Out-of-the-Cake-Box: 10 Unique Wedding Cake Alternatives

Not a big cake fan? You're not the only one. Check out these fun alternative dessert ideas your guests will love.

1. Donuts

The first time I saw wedding donuts was at a policeman's wedding. You can bet all his cop buddies were in heaven.

Budget tip: Corner donut shop donuts are not inferior donuts. Just put them in glass jars and boom - gourmet.

Chicago, IL - Stan's Donuts - Christopher Paul Photography

2. Cookies

"I don't like homemade chocolate chip cookies," said no one ever.


3. Ice Cream

Even if they're eating out of paper bowls with plastic spoons, no one will care because ice cream is king of desserts. (And if you've got a bigger budget, Ben & Jerry's carts are a hit!)


Morgan Trinker Photography

4. Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

The best of both worlds. Every wedding this ice cream sandwich company has catered, the line goes out the door.

Budget tip: You could easily DIY this as well, all you need's a Costco membership!


SoCal - Chunk-N-Chip - Jessie Schultz Photography

5. Pies

Marie Callender's or Aunt Nancy's homemade? Either way, it's a delectable classic.

Boise, ID - Flour Child - E + E Photography

6. Cheesecake

So, these particular cheesecakes were actually vegan so even the lactose-intolerant could partake. And how bout them chocolate-covered strawberries?


7. Macaron

These can be a bit pricey, but if you're a high roller/francophile/love colors, this is a delicious and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to cake.

One Love Photography

8. Baked Goods Mix

Cupcakes, fruit pies, and whoopie pies. Who says you can't please everyone?

9. Gourmet Waffles

Crispy, hot, and gooey with chocolate topping. If you're in New England, this will be the best waffle you've ever had.

Budget tip: Also another easy DIY. Buy pancake/waffle mix in bulk, and borrow every waffle maker in the neighborhood.


New England - Waffle Cabin

10. Cupcakes

So, if you do like cake, but don't want to spend $300 on a 3-tier, cupcakes or even sheet cake is a good bet. You can have it cut before it's brought out, so no one will know it was bought at a grocery store.

Budget tip: Albertson's sheet cake is surprisingly scrumptious. OR if you're in SoCal, check out Sweet Tooth Cravings, the maker of these adorable, affordable cupcakes!

SoCal - Sweet Tooth Cravings - E + E Photography

For tradition's sake, you can always add in a fancy little cake for you and the spouse do to the ceremonial 'cake-cutting'. Everyone loves a good cake smash.

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