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.
A classic pumpkin pie topped with mini white pumpkin "Mrs. and Mr." toppers.
Personalized Individual Cakes
Individual wedding cakes topped with fresh raspberries and decorated with calligraphy names, created by Cakes by Chloe.
New Orleans King Cake
A traditional four-tiered New Orleans king cake, created by Haydel's Bakery .
A three-tiered doughnut tower decorated with zinc letters.
A multi-level wedding cake display, created by My Mom's Pies.
A coconut cupcake tower topped with a one-tiered miniature cake.
A three-tiered tower of assorted doughnuts created by A Spoonful of Sugar.
Traditional Italian Wedding Cake
A traditional Italian wedding cake of millefoglie with mixed berries and currants, created by Cocoa Dolce.
Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcake Tower
A tower of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes created by Bloom Bake Shop.
A frosted doughnut tower decorated with gold pearls and "Love" signs, created by Harold's Doughnuts.
Apple Cider Doughnuts
An apple cider doughnut tower decorated with orange roses, styled by Judy Kim.
Frosted Doughnuts Tower
A three-tiered tower of frosted doughnuts accented with bunting banners, created by Dough.
Three-tiered stand filled with heart-shaped pie pops, created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.
Tiered Macaron Stand
A tiered macaron stand, created by caterer Thanksgiving Point.
A two-tiered, frosted bundt wedding cake with vintage-style bunting topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Four-Tiered Doughnut Tower
A four-tiered doughnut tower with assorted flavors, created by Caitlan's Catering.
A chocolate and vanilla cupcake tower, created by Sweet 'n' Flour.
Pancake Wedding Cake
A three-tiered pancake wedding cake, "frosted" with syrup and topped with a bunting banner, created by Sarah Tucker Events.
Sugar-Coated Croquembouche Cake
A sugar-coated croquembouche cake created by Layered Bake Shop.
Mille Crepe Cake
A three-tiered mille crepe cake, created by Lady M Confections.
A dessert tower filled with an assortment of eight different flavors of miniature cupcake, created by Wrightberry's Cakes and Cupcakes.
A tiered assortment of miniature pies in flavors like ginger, peach, almond blueberry, and cranberry walnut, created by Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal.
A two-tiered frosted bundt cake topped with a mini bride and groom topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
A three-tiered cake pop stand, made up of flavors like spice cake, lemon, and red velvet, created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.
A colorful tiered macaron stand, created by Cocoa Dolce.
A five-tiered savory cake made of assorted cheeses, created by Cabbage Patch Restaurant and Catering.
Stacked Crepe Cake
A two-tiered stacked crepe cake, created by Layered Bake Shop.
Assorted Frosted Doughnuts
A three-tiered tower of assorted frosted doughnuts, created by Voodoo Doughnut.
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.
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.
Doughnut Hole Dessert Tower
A dessert tower filled with classic doughnut holes, created by Caitlan's Catering.
A colorful macaron tower, created by Anges de Sucre.
A simple wedding pie topped with a banner-style cake topper, created by Tiny Pies.
Assorted Cake Pops
A colorful display of assorted cake pops created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.