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Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cake for Non-Cake Lovers

winter berry trifle

How many weddings have we been to, People?  And how many times have we suffered through not great cake?  Many, many times, I can guess, between us.

Wouldn't it be brill if someone actually featured something other than cake at a wedding?  Hmmm….now that would be interesting.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I lurve cake.  All shapes and sizes, all flavors…buttercream-filled, mousse-laden, jam-laced, gluten-free chocolatey goodness…and the list goes on.  But I am not everyone.  And not everyone loves cake.

Imagine a world in which you could serve your very favorite dessert at your wedding.  Well – welcome to that world.  And consider your options.

Okay…so you like cake…a little.

You just want something different.  Did you know that you can make a cheesecake into a wedding cake?  Oh, yessireebobby.  In fact, there are cheesecake bakeries that feature such confections.  We totally think you should have a cheesecake wedding cake, and we totally think you should invite us to the wedding if you do.  Think different cheesecakes for different layers. And who needs frosting?  Fruit glazed, or even whole fruit, fruit-tart style, would be simply gorgeous.

When's a cake not a cake?  When it's a trifle.

Here's another idea.  If you like pudding and cake combinations, imagine a table that features different trifles.  A traditional English dessert made of cake, fruit, pastry cream (think pudding) and liberal amounts of liqueur or sherry, trifles are traditionally served in beautiful glass bowls that allow you to see a cross section of all the yummy goodness.  Envision a table with a rasberry chocolate trifle here….a coconut macaroon-Grand Marnier trifle there…and maybe a strawberry shortcake trifle smack dab in the middle.  Seriously.  Cake Who?

And then there's the pie crowd.

We can think of LOTS of ways that wedding pie could steal the show.  While I've met a person or two in my life that said, “Eh, cake…I can take it or leave it,” I do not recall ever, not one single time, having someone make that statement about pie.  It's never, “Do you like pie?” but rather, “Which pie is your favorite?”

For an outdoor or rustic barbecue, or picnic-style reception, we simply cannot think of a better wedding cake alternative.  Most fruit pies are super sturdy, and will stand up to your hottest July sun, whether you're in Wisconsin or Texas.  And if your tastes run to the creamy or chiffon – key lime or lemon meringue anyone?  How about banana or coconut cream?  Or serve pumpkin with a pecan crust for a November wedding.  People will talk.  And it will be all good.

Hold the sugar, please.

So, what if you aren't a dessert person?  Well, again…your wedding.  You don't want to serve dessert?  Then don't.  There are plenty of creative businesses out there who offer savory alternatives to sweet confections.  Consider a “wedding cake” made out of various wheels of cheese, surrounded by breads, crackers, and mounds of fresh fruit.  Or think about a cake made of meat pies.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.

Hopefully, we have given you Non-Cake Lovers out there a think or two to think about.  Never has there been a better time to get married, if you crave a little individuality.  So go for it.  And please.  Send us pictures.

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An Homage to the Neighborhood Bakery

Spring Hill Bakery Birthday Cake

Growing up, we always had birthday cakes from Spring Hill Bakery.

Not Duchess Bakery.

Not the grocery store.

And absolutely NOT Walmart or Sam's Club.  EVER.

No, in our family, the tradition was a birthday cake from Spring Hill Bakery.  No one ever asked your filling preference or cake flavor. Your cake was made of Read More

 
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Happy Thanksgiving from A Wedding Cake Blog!

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As I sit in a chilly house, looking out windows at the bright autumn Georgia sunshine, I wanted to take a moment and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

My help is not required in the kitchen — too many cooks spoil the soup, and all that — so I'll take the opportunity to play with my children and catch up with friends and family across the interwebs.

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Spotlight: Cutest Newlywed Pillowcases EVER

So, I'm not feeling cake today.  Is that okay with you?

What I AM feeling…is a little sassy.  I figure with eleven years of marriage behind me (just marked that anniversary), I thought I'd have some fun today.

And, of course, I mean this as fun.  I don't necessarily think that I am always right (even if it DOES happen with alarming regularity.)

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Save 25% Sitewide with TheKnot.com’s Four-Day Sale!

For four days only, take 25% off all purchases sitewide at The Knot’s Wedding Shop!

With no minimum order, use BMGSALE at checkout and watch the savings add up!  And remember, shipping is FREE through November 6 when you spend $125 or more

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Crazy Savings Extended Through Midnight Tonight at The Knot Shop Online!

If you are looking for the CUTEST possible gifts for your bridesmaids (or anyone, for reals!) stop what you're doing toute suite and head to The Knot Shop online.  No.  Seriously.  Put down the pumpkin spice latte and run!

Right now, you can save on The Knot Shop's tote clearance, where you can get up to 80% off the most adorable totes imaginable.  What a PERFECT container for making uber adorable goodie Read More

 
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Seven Tips for Making Your Wedding Reception Child-Friendly

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Since we love weddings around here, we’ve come to know a thing or two about throwing a GREAT one.  Years ago, I read a brilliant book by Miss Manners, a compilation of her best wedding advice, and it influenced my ideas of the perfect wedding a lot.  Take the hot topic of Read More

 
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Let Them Eat Cake: Sunday Round-Up for August 12, 2012

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We are back from a little jaunt to the Southernmost Point in the US y’all, for one last summer hurrah before school starts!  And while I dry out and give my liver a rest, I thought I’d entertain the both of us by seeing what went on in the world of wedding while I was playing in the (almost) Caribbean!  But let’s Read More

 
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Take $10 Off Orders of $35 Through Midnight at The Knot Shop Online!

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For the first time EVER, The Knot Shop online is offering $10 off when you spend $35 or more at their online store! Buy anything and it counts toward this great offer!

Now is a GREAT time to stock up on anything and everything that you Read More

 
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Save On Fantastic Favors with The Knot Shop Online

Hershey Kisses

Brides, listen up!  The Knot Shop Online is having a sale that can save you oodles on all the cutest wedding favors!

Now through Tuesday, February 14, save $10 when you spend $50 or more!  Just enter promo code SWEET10 at checkout to enjoy these savings.  AND, when your order totals $99 or more, shipping is free!

With their fantastic favors on sale for up to 50% off, now is a terrific Read More

 
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