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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.

Winter Berry Trifle Photo Source


Let Them Eat Cake: Sunday Round-Up for October 28, 2012

Hello Hello, my dear readers!  I hope you are having a fantastically fantastic day!  And I hope that threats of gargantuan storms aren’t freaking you out too badly this weekend.

We bid adieu to Sandy here without too many worries…just a little wind and rain.  I sincerely hope and pray that all the weather folk out there are dead wrong, and that Sandy dissipates into the chilly Atlantic without so much as a whimper.  Hey – it could happen.

So, beyond weather, we have a Read More


Cake Topper Friday: Wedding…Pie

wedding pie

This post is less about the topper and more about what it's on top of.  'Cause it's on top of pie.  Wedding pie, that is.

I love the topper.  I mean, what's not to love?  It's straight out of my parents' wedding.  But what I love more is that it's perched on top of Read More


Wedding Cake Alternatives: Non-Traditional Wedding Cake Options

hydrangea cupcakes

I haven’t bumped into many people who say they don’t like cake.  But apparently, they are out there.  And in the past, People Who Don’t Like Cake would grin and bear their secret loathing (or their apathy…but that doesn’t sound very dramatic) when it came to their wedding.  After all, you MUST have a ginormous wedding cake at your wedding, yes?  A towering confection, an architectural wonder, made with more butter and eggs and sugar than you’ve eaten EVER?

Well, if you are among the People Who Don’t Like Cake, have I got news for you.  Time to come out of the cake closet and rejoice in your new found freedom, because you don’t have to serve cake at your wedding. Well, not the big giant white white white kind, anyway.  You can – gasp! – serve what you’d like.

In the past ten years or so, couples have begun to question Read More


Rustic Sweets Table and Pie Pops!

Rustic Sweets Table

Don’t you love when a plan really comes together?

I thought this sweets table was adorable.  Now, I could be missing my mark here, but it doesn’t appear to be highly stylized…in other words, it might be DIY, y’all.  I’m not sure.  But it’s really done well, don’t you think?  From the square of burlap that adorns the table to the lace cafe curtains in the back, it’s just all lovely.  The macarons are a little Read More