Written by: Jane Asher
Photo by: Veronique Photography
Attention all dessert lovers: bring these treats into your wedding for a fun alternative dessert that isn’t the traditional wedding cake. Whether you’re a nonconformist or just want to supplement your dessert with other yummy treats, these delicious options will stand out from the wedding cake crowd. From finger foods to mini versions of the classics, here are 10 dessert alternatives sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
- Waffle Sundaes
Breakfast food is an all-around crowd-pleaser that can be served at any time—especially when it’s a la mode. Offering different ice cream flavours and toppings like berries, sprinkles and hot fudge will appeal to every guest’s taste buds.
- Mini Pies on a Stick
Anything you can eat on a stick is an idea we can totally get behind. Pies of all different flavours, like apple, blueberry, chocolate or banana cream, will guarantee there’s something for everyone at your wedding, and their fun-size portions allow your guests to try more than one flavour.
- Berry Parfaits
Fruit and yogurt parfaits are a great go-to dessert for a healthy (and gluten-free!) option. Guests can create their own parfait and add ingredients from a fruit and yogurt bar, or if you’d like to encourage more mixing and mingling during the reception, have attendants pass them around to keep the energy and movement levels up.
- Cake Push Pops
Cake push pops are easy to eat (aka guests can eat with one hand while they’re getting down on the dance floor), they look super-cute on display and they take the idea of a cake pop to the next level. Colour coordinate the frosting in the push pop as a nod to your wedding colour palette.
Glazed, frosted or plain old cake, everyone loves a good doughnut. Reach out to a local bakery to try and get the freshest, yummiest treats for your reception. Display them on tiers to mimic a multitiered cake, or go for something a little different, like a doughnut wall or mounds of little doughnut holes.
- Pudding Parfaits
Meet the grown-up version of everyone’s favourite childhood treat: chocolate pudding, Oreo crumbles, and gummy worms, aka the dirt cup. The modern, sleek parfait glass makes for a fancy display, while the green garnish acts as a sophisticated upgrade from gummy worms. Just set out utensils and you’re good to go!
- Milk and Cookies
Who doesn’t love a good batch of homemade cookies with a glass of milk? Give your guests a true night-time snack experience by saving these treats until later in the evening, when friends and family need a little pick-me-up. Offer up tried-and-true favourites, like chocolate chip, butterscotch, snickerdoodle, and peanut butter.
The classic graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate sandwich is bound to be a hit. Take this campfire favourite to the next level by serving it up with unexpected add-ins, like candied bacon, cookie butter, and salted caramels. (Pro tip: Put out a basket of wet wipes so guests can easily clean up sticky fingers without having to wait in line for the bathroom.)
- Rice Krispies Treat Cake
Opting for lighter fare but still want something that resembles a cake? A Rice Krispies treat cake is airy and delicious and can be moulded to any shape, including (but not limited to!) the traditional tier.
- Cake Pops
If you’re looking to serve up something a little more modern but still want to bring in a kind of cake to your reception, go for a tiered cake pop cake. You can colour coordinate the pops with your colour scheme or create a mild ombre effect—and don’t forget the topper!