Cupcakes vs cake and other alternatives

Wedding cheesecake

Although there is always a place for a traditional cake at a wedding, there’s no reason why you can’t opt for an alternative if sponge isn’t your thing. Like Brides says: “Whether you just aren’t a fan of standard big-day cakes or are obsessed with a specific sweet treat, your wedding dessert is the perfect opportunity to share your tastes with your guest.” So, if you’re looking for something original, personal and that little bit different, here are some great ideas for unique wedding cake alternatives.


If you and your other half love cake and can’t decide on just one flavour of sponge for your big day, an array of cupcakes could be the perfect solution. Not only do cupcakes look great, they also allow you to select a number of different flavours and colours for your dessert table. If you still want to retain a central focal point, have one extra large cupcake at the centre of your display and use this for the classic cake cutting photo.


Doughnuts are an increasingly popular option for couples who want to do something a little bit different. If you want to use donuts as an alternative to wedding cake, you can either hire a company that makes them fresh or ask a local baker to knock you up a few dozen pre-made and pre-iced doughnuts for your dessert table. Whichever way you go, your guests are guaranteed to love the novelty, and the flavour, of your doughy feast.

Ice cream

If you’re looking for a dessert option that’s guaranteed to keep everyone at your wedding happy, you can’t go far wrong with ice cream. Instead of simply serving your guests a bowl each of your favourite flavour, why not make the event a little more interactive and ask your venue to set up your very own ice cream tricycle? Place bowls of different toppings like chocolates, marshmallows, bananas, cream and sprinkles on the dessert table and let your guests invent their own ice cream creations.


Go savoury

Though most people love deserts, there are some people out there who just don’t have a sweet tooth. If you’re one of them, why not avoid a sugary pudding altogether and opt for something savoury instead? You can easily make individual meat and veggie pies look great on your desert table or, alternatively, if you’re a dedicated lover of all things dairy, you could combine your cheese board and your wedding cake and offer a tower of cheddar, stilton and brie for your guests to enjoy.

When coming up with ideas for your wedding cake, it’s important to remember this is your opportunity to pick the pudding you love the most. So, whether it’s doughnuts, cupcakes or pork pies, make sure your wedding desert is just right.

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