9 Genius Fall Wedding Desserts (That Aren't Cake!)

'Tis the season for pies, caramel apples, and more

Updated 10/10/19

Photo by Stephanie Brazzle

As fall hits, things get a little different in the world of desserts: Summer flavors like strawberry, lemon, and pistachio are put to bed, and it's time for another crop of seasonal flavors to make their debut. And while we're always game for a pumpkin or carrot cake in the fall, there are other ways to spice up a fall wedding. In fact, we love the idea of celebrating the flavors or fall with something other than cake!

So, if you’re obsessed with PSLs and maple syrup and ready to make a statement with your dessert course, keep reading. We've found nine alternatives to the traditional wedding cake—and each dessert is unexpected, tasty, and seasonally perfect for fall. Find the dish that speaks to you, your taste buds, and your wedding vibe, and remember: It's OK to serve more than one! Dessert tables were invented for a reason, right?!

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Photo by My Baking Addiction

Nothing screams fall like pumpkin pie! If you don’t want your guests to have to deal with a fork and plate, opt for minis. They’ll be easier to eat, plus they make for one pretty photo opp.

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Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples are also staple this season. Set up a station for DIY apples or put together a display of finished desserts. This is a great way to incorporate a fall dessert without making guests feel too full.  

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Hello, comfort breakfast food! Cinnamon rolls are the ultimate warm and cozy food in the morning, especially when it starts to get cold outside. Recreate that feeling at your wedding by serving buns as a late-night surprise.

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Pumpkin Macarons

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Macarons are trending at weddings, and for good reason. Keep the trend going through fall by incorporating a macaron tower piled high with pumpkin or salted caramel treats.  

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Churros

churros

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Fall is all about sugar and spice and everything nice, right?! Incorporate churros to bring the sweet flavor of churro dough—with a little kick of cinnamon for spice.

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Doughnuts

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Infuse fall flavors like maple or cinnamon into this wedding favorite. Do a batch order of maple bars, cinnamon sugar, and pumpkin cake donuts from your local bakery, or have your baker make them along with a mini cake to match.  

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Pies

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Photo by Stephanie Brazzle

If you’re on team pie, go all out for fall by serving multiple options. Pie is a heartier dessert to pair with fall—plus, you can opt for apple, caramel apple or pumpkin to really incorporate the flavors of the season.  

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S'mores

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If your venue allows an open flame, go out and roast marshmallows for s’mores. If not, set up a mini station to replicate the flavors or incorporate s’mores into other desserts such as cookies or cupcakes.  

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Mini Cheesecakes

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Photo by Katherine Rose Photography

Cheesecake is often considered a summer dessert, especially when served cold with a fresh fruit topping. But it can also totally work for fall! We think a pumpkin cheesecake or caramel apple cheesecake would (pleasantly!) surprise your guests. 

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