45 Alternatives to the Classic Wedding Cake

Flaunt your unique style with a wedding cake that is anything but traditional.

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Photo by Blair Schluter; Cake by Laurannae Baking Co.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: A traditional wedding cake will never go out of style. But why settle for a classic, white confection when your wedding day should be an event that is uniquely yours? After all, you've customized every aspect of your day, starting with a meaningful ceremony and ending with a handpicked playlist of your favorite tunes. And yet when it comes to the wedding cake, couples often forgo personality in favor of tradition.

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 guests. Select a confection that says something about you, or at the very least, is something you'll actually look forward to eating at the end of the night. Love doughnuts?

Consider a huge stack of assorted artisanal flavors, so guests can pick and choose from your favorites.

Did you dunk cookies in milk every day after school for your entire life? We found a clever stacked Oreo cookie cake you'll love. As a bonus, many of these alternative options are easier on your budget when compared to a classic cake. Plus, they can be displayed at your reception all night long since they don't have to be formally cut or served.

Ready to consider a creative twist on the traditional wedding dessert? Then check out 45 of our favorite alternatives to the classic wedding cake.

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Pumpkin Pie

A classic pumpkin pie topped with mini white pumpkin "Mrs. and Mr." toppers

Photo by Jenna Joseph Photography

A classic pumpkin pie topped with mini white pumpkin "Mrs. and Mr." toppers.

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Personalized Individual Cakes

Individual wedding cakes topped with fresh raspberries and decorated with calligraphy names, created by Cakes by Chloe

Photo by Nancy Ray Photography

Individual wedding cakes topped with fresh raspberries and decorated with calligraphy names, created by Cakes by Chloe.

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New Orleans King Cake

A traditional four-tiered New Orleans king cake, created by Haydel's Bakery

Photo by Dark Roux Photography

A traditional four-tiered New Orleans king cake, created by Haydel's Bakery .

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Doughnut Tower

A three-tiered donut tower decorated with zinc letters

Photo by Unearthed Photography

A three-tiered doughnut tower decorated with zinc letters.

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Multi-Level Display

A multi-level wedding cake display, created by My Mom's Pies

Photo by Angie Wilson Photography

A multi-level wedding cake display, created by My Mom's Pies.

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White Meringue Cake

A white meringue cake decorated with sugar flowers, created by Hands on Sweets

Photo by Markit Photography

A white meringue cake decorated with sugar flowers, created by Hands on Sweets.

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Coconut Cupcakes

A coconut cupcake tower topped with a one-tiered miniature cake

Photo by Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

A coconut cupcake tower topped with a one-tiered miniature cake.

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Assorted Pies

A tiered display of assorted wedding pies

Photo by Heidi of Our Labor of Love

A tiered display of assorted wedding pies.

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Chocolate Croquembouche Cake

A chocolate croquembouche cake decorated with elephant cake toppers

Photo by Ricky Stern Photography

A chocolate croquembouche cake decorated with elephant cake toppers.

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Assorted Doughnuts

A three-tiered tower of assorted donuts created by A Spoonful of Sugar

Photo by From SF With Love

A three-tiered tower of assorted doughnuts created by A Spoonful of Sugar.

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Traditional Italian Wedding Cake

A traditional Italian wedding cake of millefoglie with mixed berries and currants, created by Cocoa Dolce

Photo by Rochelle Cheever

A traditional Italian wedding cake of millefoglie with mixed berries and currants, created by Cocoa Dolce.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcake Tower

A tower of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes created by Bloom Bake Shop

Photo by Paper Antler

A tower of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes created by Bloom Bake Shop.

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Frosted Doughnuts

A frosted donut tower decorated with gold pearls and "Love" signs, created by Harold's Doughnuts

Photo by Scott Patrick Myers Photography

A frosted doughnut tower decorated with gold pearls and "Love" signs, created by Harold's Doughnuts.

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Rice Krispy Wedding Cake

A two-tiered rice krispy wedding cake topped with bird cake toppers

Photo by Heart + Sparrow

A two-tiered rice krispy wedding cake topped with bird cake toppers.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts

An apple cider donut tower decorated with orange roses, styled by Judy Kim

Photo by Cyrience Creative Studios

An apple cider doughnut tower decorated with orange roses, styled by Judy Kim.

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Pink and White Whoopie Pies

A tiered display of pink-and-white whoopee pies

Photo by André Elhay Photography

A tiered display of pink-and-white whoopie pies.

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Frosted Doughnuts Tower

A three-tiered tower of frosted donuts accented bunting banners, created by Dough

Photo by Khaki Bedford

A three-tiered tower of frosted doughnuts accented with bunting banners, created by Dough.

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Cheese "Cake"

A rustic, eight-tiered cheese "cake" comprised of assorted flavors, created by The Cheese Shed

Photo by Ed Peers Photography

A rustic, eight-tiered cheese "cake" comprised of assorted flavors, created by The Cheese Shed.

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Pie Pops

Three-tiered stand filled with heart-shaped pie pops, created by Sweet Lauren Cakes

Photo by Michele Beckwith Photography

Three-tiered stand filled with heart-shaped pie pops, created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.

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Homemade Pies

Assorted homemade pies, topped with a retro-inspired bride and groom cake topper

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher Wedding Photography

Assorted homemade pies, topped with a retro-inspired bride and groom cake topper.

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Tiered Macaron Stand

A tiered macaron stand, created by caterer Thanksgiving Point

Photo by Alixann Loosle Photography

A tiered macaron stand, created by caterer Thanksgiving Point.

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Bundt Cake

A two-tiered, frosted bundt wedding cake with vintage-style bunting topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes

Photo by Amy Zumwalt Photography

A two-tiered, frosted bundt wedding cake with vintage-style bunting topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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Stacked Oreo Cookie Wedding Cake

A three-tiered stacked Oreo cookie wedding cake, created by Viewpoint Catering

Photo by Cariad Photography

A three-tiered stacked Oreo cookie wedding cake.

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Four-Tiered Doughnut Tower

A four-tiered donut tower with assorted flavors, created by Caitlan's Catering

Photo by Woodnote Photography

A four-tiered doughnut tower with assorted flavors, created by Caitlan's Catering.

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Cupcake Tower

A chocolate and vanilla cupcake tower, created by Sweet n' Flour

Photo by Studio222 Photography

A chocolate and vanilla cupcake tower, created by Sweet 'n' Flour.

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Pancake Wedding Cake

A three-tiered pancake wedding cake, "frosted" with syrup and topped with a bunting banner, created by Sarah Tucker Events

Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography

A three-tiered pancake wedding cake, "frosted" with syrup and topped with a bunting banner, created by Sarah Tucker Events.

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Sugar-Coated Croquembouche Cake

A sugar-coated croquembouche cake created by Layered Bake Shop

Photo by N. Barrett Photography

A sugar-coated croquembouche cake created by Layered Bake Shop.

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Mille Crepe Cake

A three-tiered "Mille" crepe cake, created by Lady M Confections

Photo by Shawn Connel and Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

A three-tiered mille crepe cake, created by Lady M Confections.

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Miniature Cupcakes

A dessert tower filled with an assortment of eight different flavors of miniature cupcake, created by Wrightberry's Cakes and Cupcakes

Photo by Deyla Huss Photography

A dessert tower filled with an assortment of eight different flavors of miniature cupcake, created by Wrightberry's Cakes and Cupcakes.

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Miniature Pies

A tiered assortment of miniature pies in flavors like ginger, peach, almond blueberry, and cranberry walnut, created by Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal

Photo by Liz Banfield

A tiered assortment of miniature pies in flavors like ginger, peach, almond blueberry, and cranberry walnut, created by Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal.

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Doughnuts With Heart Sprinkles

Tiered frosted donuts topped with heart sprinkles

Photo by Erin Jean Photography

Tiered frosted doughnuts topped with heart sprinkles.

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Bundt Cake

A two-tiered frosted bundt cake topped with a mini bride and groom topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes

Photo by Jess Barfield Photography

A two-tiered frosted bundt cake topped with a mini bride and groom topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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Cake Pops

A three-tiered cake pop stand, made up of flavors like spice cake, lemon, and red velvet, created by Sweet Lauren Cakes

Courtesy of Sweet Lauren Cakes

A three-tiered cake pop stand, made up of flavors like spice cake, lemon, and red velvet, created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.

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Macaron Stand

A colorful tiered macaroon stand, created by Cocoa Dolce

Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography

A colorful tiered macaron stand, created by Cocoa Dolce.

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Savory Cheesecake

A five-tiered savory cake made of assorted cheeses, created by Cabbage Patch Restaurant and Catering

Photo by Rick + Anna Photography

A five-tiered savory cake made of assorted cheeses, created by Cabbage Patch Restaurant and Catering.

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Stacked Crepe Cake

A two-tiered stacked crepe cake, created by Layered Bake Shop

Photo by N. Barrett Photography

A two-tiered stacked crepe cake, created by Layered Bake Shop.

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Assorted Frosted Doughnuts

A three-tiered tower of assorted frosted donuts, created by Voodoo Doughnut

Photo by Jessica Watson Photography

A three-tiered tower of assorted frosted doughnuts, created by Voodoo Doughnut.

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Miniature Bundt Cakes

A four-tiered tower filled with assorted miniature bundt cakes, in flavors like lemon, chocolate chip, and chocolate raspberry, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes

Photo by Rachel Havel

A four-tiered tower filled with assorted miniature bundt cakes, in flavors like lemon, chocolate chip, and chocolate raspberry, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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Assorted Cake Cups

A tiered stack of cake cups in custom engraved rock glasses, including flavors like Boston cream pie, vanilla blueberry, red velvet, and chocolate peanut butter, from The Bee's Knees Baking Company

Photo by Levi Stolove Photography

A tiered stack of cake cups in custom engraved rock glasses, including flavors like Boston cream pie, vanilla blueberry, red velvet, and chocolate peanut butter, from The Bee's Knees Baking Company.

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Doughnut Hole Dessert Tower

Woodnote Photography

A dessert tower filled with classic doughnut holes, created by Caitlan's Catering.

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Macaron Tower

A colorful macaron tower, created by Anges de Sucre

Photo by Anneli Marinovich Photography

A colorful macaron tower, created by Anges de Sucre.

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Wedding Pie

A simple wedding pie topped with a banner-style cake topper, created by Tiny Pies

Photo by Steve Lee Photography

A simple wedding pie topped with a banner-style cake topper, created by Tiny Pies.

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Cookie Cake

Three-tiered stacked cookie cake filled with frosting

Photo by Carmen and Ingo Photography

Three-tiered stacked cookie cake filled with frosting.

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Krispy Kreme Doughnut Tower

A tiered donut tower, compromised of assorted Krispy Kreme donuts, created by the bride's sister

Photo by Kari Bellamy Photography

A tiered doughnut tower, comprised of assorted Krispy Kreme doughnuts, created by the bride's sister.

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Assorted Cake Pops

A colorful display of assorted cake pops created by Sweet Lauren Cakes

Photo by Michelle Walker Photography

A colorful display of assorted cake pops created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.

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