That’s Clever! Five Wedding Cake Alternatives

When it comes to wedding planning, especially in the Washington DC area, we have found that more and more of our adventurous couples are willing to take an old staple and glam it up a bit. Today we are highlighting 5 of our favorite wedding cake alternatives. Sorry friends, you won’t find any cupcakes on our list!

1. Doughnuts

But of course! These legendary clouds of lovingly fried dough are so versatile and can easily be customized to compliment your wedding aesthetic. Topped with a silky glaze or filled with exotic ingredients, these treats are guaranteed make your guests happy and they lend a certain nostalgia that just can’t be beat. Number 1 on our list, number 1 in our hearts!


Photo credit: MegRuth Photo.

2. Pie Bar

This is a fun option for the quintessential autumn wedding. Treat yourselves and your guests to a slice, or two of perfect pie! The possibilities are endless and can be visually delightful. Oh and pies don’t just have to reserved for the rustic wedding or the fall season, they will be welcomed everywhere, anytime. We especially, will always welcome a slice of bright lemon meringue!


Photo credit: Heidi from Our Labor of Love.

3. Croquembouche

[kroh-kuh m-boosh] Defined as a pyramid of bite-sized cream puffs coated and held in place with caramelized sugar… How amazing does that sound? There is a reason that this highly celebrated French indulgence dates back to the 1500s! Not only is this cake alternative delicious, it is stunningly gorgeous.


Photo credit: Ben Q Photography.

4. Crepe Cake

Yes, you read that right. A cake consisting of layers of light and fluffy crepes, each French pancake layer held together by endless possibilities; think buttery lemon curd, sun-ripened strawberry jam, vanilla-laced pastry cream or even highly coveted hazelnut cream… This option is perfect for the brunch reception of your dreams.


Photo credit: CJ Williams Photography.

5. Macaron Tower

The French have done it again, and I am starting to sense a theme here… These light-as-air meringue based pastries are an art form on their own. Made with aerated egg whites, sugar and superfine almond powder, they form a cookie sandwich of sorts, traditionally filled with fruit jams or smooth buttercreams, they melt in your mouth and lend a sincere smile to your face. We also love these individually wrapped as a favor for your guests.


Photo credit: Anne Marie King Photography.

So there they are, our top 5 wedding cake alternatives. Although well-done wedding cakes will always have an incredibly special place in our hearts, we are happy to see them share their spotlight with other worthy and delectable delights.

Getting married in DC, VA or MD? We’d love to bring our creativity to your special day! Contact us today.