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?
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. Ready for inspiration? Consider dressing up a traditional cake with additional treats (macarons or doughnuts, for example), opting for an entirely different sweet (hello, brownies and waffles!), or embracing a non-cake dessert that celebrates your wedding location or heritage.
In short: Don't be afraid to break tradition and 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. Below, 33 of our favorite alternative ideas to the classic wedding cake.
Choose Savory Cheeses
No sweet tooth? No problem! Opt for stacked wheels of cheese to create a literal cake of cheese. We love the way this tiered beauty is dressed up with florals and greenery.
Make a Doughnut Tower
Doughnuts are a total classic, but they don’t have to be dull! For a unique take on a traditional tiered wedding cake, stack the round sweets in a mini-tower and then decorate with blooms and petite flags (that can be used to note different flavors or showcase details of your love story, like your initials or wedding date).
Opt For Cake Pops
Cake pops are a great choice if you want something portable. Plus, they can be crafted to match any color scheme, making them the perfect addition to a stunning dessert table.
Go All-Out With Macarons
A macaron tower can certainly stand on its own, but adding a few special touches can make it all the more beautiful. Incorporate a few fresh blooms into your tower for a lovely look.
Croquembouche is definitely a dessert that makes a statement as it towers high. Made from choux puff pastry and filled with crème pâtissière, this traditional French dessert is absolutely dreamy.
Mix It Up With Millefoglie
Hosting an Italian destination wedding or celebrating your heritage stateside? Millefoglie is made by stacking light puff pastry cakes with delicious pastry cream. Topped with plenty of fresh fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar, this is perfect for the couple hoping for a dessert that’s stunning but not overly sweet.
Make a Statement With Macarons
Macarons are the most delicately beautiful sandwich cookie, made with a meringue base and often filled with buttercream frosting, fruit curd, or ganache. Make a statement by putting together a tower of macarons in a single color, or opt to incorporate multiple colors for a fun display.
Embrace a Childhood Favorite
What a way to truly embrace a childhood favorite! This three-tiered sweet combines stacked layers of rice crispy treats with a bit of buttercream, greenery, and figs to elevate the look.
Embrace a Seasonal Favorite
An apple cider doughnut tower decorated with orange roses, styled by Judy Kim. Guests are guaranteed to love the treat—especially in the fall!
Go Mini With Cheesecake Bites
Bring your love for cheesecake to the table with bite-sized desserts. Put together displays of simple mini cheesecakes or incorporate other options such as chocolate or cherry flavors to please any guest. Dress them up with sugar decorations or opt for a fresh bloom on each for a sweet look.
Consider a Bundt Cake
This two-tiered frosted bundt cake topped with a mini bride and groom topper, created by Nothing Bundt Cakes, proves that simple and sweet can be a total treat.
Check out more fun takes on the traditional wedding cake, below.