Whether you're serving or skipping wedding cake, sweeten the deal for your guests with adorable and decadent dessert options — or tasty take-home favors — from one of these 11 sugar aficionados.
Petite Sweets (Above)
Open seven days a week, this charming little Upper Kirby bakery has a little bit of everything heavenly and handcrafted — cake balls, cake pops, macarons, whoopie pies, mini cupcakes, cookies, artisan marshmallows, ice cream, and more. We back flip for flavors like funfetti, banana cream, and cotton candy, and the shop is open to suggestions and special orders. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Dolce Delights
Pastry chef and owner of the midtown pâtisserie and café, Candace Chang elevates mousse cake to an art form "where taste, texture, and decoration exist in perfect harmony." She was classically trained in Hong Kong, and her modern-looking desserts, made with farm-fresh ingredients, are almost too beautiful too eat. Eschewing artificial sugar overload for the perfect balance of natural, semi-sweet flavors, she offers classic French pastries like macarons (yuzu marshmallow, Pop Rocks, Andes Mint) and croissants. Look for the mousse cakes named Sheer Romance, Prince Charming, Trophy Wife, and Naughty Kiss.
Photo: Courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes
They bake cakes with the purest ingredients (fresh eggs, real butter, and real cream cheese), but not traditional wedding cakes. Taking a page from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nothing Bundt Cakes is home to the tastiest little morsels called Bundtinis. They're adorably bite-sized, iced, and sold by the dozen. The new lemon raspberry flavor is TDF. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Marie's Sugar Shop
Owner Jennifer Marie, who began baking alongside her mother as a kid and honed her experience working in her family's café, studied at the Peggy Porschen Academy and Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. She believes ingredients are key to a delectable dessert, so she uses "the very best" and bakes in small, made-to-order batches to ensure freshness. "Taste the difference and treat yourself to a sweet luxury." She creates lovely shortbread cookies and gluten-free brownies, but we're oohing and ahhing over her Kiss Collection, which includes giant meringue, meringue kisses, mini kisses, and meringue cookies. These dainty confections come in several flavors and colors.
Photo: Courtesy of Tiff's Treats
Launched in 1999 by a pair of entrepreneurial Longhorn sophomores with an idea to deliver fresh-baked, warm cookies to Austin college students craving sugar and sustenance, Tiff's Treats has expanded to 18 locations throughout Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. Order up trays of cookies for the dessert table or send guests home with a mini-box — two to four fresh, baked-to-order cookies, packaged in display-ready boxes with colorful ribbon options to match your theme. Choose from chocolate chip pecan, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate chip, white chocolate chip and almond, butterscotch chip, M&M, sugar, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal chocolate chip. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Blessings Bake Shop
Cheerful owner Diana Bills is a one-woman operation and she's also a one-stop shop for every sugar craving. The baker extraordinaire makes beautiful sweets and treats fresh from scratch, including cake pops, bite-size pies, macarons, Rice Krispies squares on a stick, and then some. "I love to bake, and my number-one priority is taste," she says. And she's not kidding, with unusual cupcake flavors like "Cup of Sunshine" — lemon cake made with fresh lemons, filled with blueberries, and topped with vanilla butter cream. The "Tejas Twister" is a corn cupcake with jalapeño jelly cream cheese icing, and the "White Sandy Beach" is a coconut cupcake with coconut rum butter cream topped with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts.
Photo: Courtesy of Mister French's Gourmet Bakery
Mister French's Gourmet Bakery creates one-of-a-kind, custom-designed gourmet cookies — made from the finest ingredients — in any shape, size, color, and with any design you can imagine. (Think along the lines of intricate Fabergé eggs.) There is actually a Mr. French behind every sugar cookie, cookie display, and edible centerpiece, and not surprisingly, Scott French is a former architect and self-taught baking artist who has always loved cookies. His sugary art also happens to be melt-in-your-mouth good, and French's clients run the gamut from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.
Photo: Courtesy of Chocolate Fountain Express
Change up a traditional dessert table with a chocolate fountain. Choose from several fondues — including milk, dark, semi-sweet, white chocolate, and the "special house blend." Accompaniments include fresh strawberries, pineapple, marshmallows, graham crackers, sugar wafer cookies, and pretzels. Premium dippers include Oreo cookies, Biscotti, Rice Crispy Treats, Cream Puffs, Potato Chips, Nutter Butters, and more. Taking it a step further for ice cream enthusiasts, Chocolate Fountain Express serves mini ice cream pops made for dipping into the fountain and coated with edible toppers like toasted almonds, sprinkles, cereals, candy, and coconut. Plus, they can serve up ice cream sundaes with all the fixings. (P.S. The company also does a three-tiered nacho cheese fountain with cascading queso and warm tortilla chips, chili con carne, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and jalapeños for cocktails hours and late-night appetizers.) Read real brides' reviews here!
Family-owned since 1930, the beloved Bellaire bakery is the place for pretty little petits fours that taste as good as they look — and service with a smile. Moeller's also makes delightful decorated cookies and moist cakes like their specialty white, lemon chiffon, strawberry, Italian cream, made-from-scratch carrot, buttery yellow, and chocolate-y red velvet. Also on the menu: orange rolls, cheese straws, an assortment of pies, pastries, and other specialty cakes. Everything is made fresh daily.
Photo: Courtesy of Crave Cupcakes
Known for fresh, melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes and icing in a rainbow of rotating flavors, Crave bakes small homemade batches — without preservatives or hydrogenated oils — all day, every day. If you want to serve a few dozen full-size or mini cupcakes at your wedding, Crave has engineered a special wooden display tower — or send guests home with an individually boxed cupcake favor. Each treat will be topped with a candy disk personalized with your embossed or photo-printed monogram and wedding date or logo. If you're debating flavors, strawberry is a sure thing. Gluten-free options are also available. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of SWEET
The name really says it all, and this darling bakery specializes in catering services for weddings, including favors, cakes, or an entire SWEET table of cake truffles, cupcakes, cakes, and gluten-free brownies. We are quite smitten with the macaron towers in flavors like coconut, earl grey, honey lavender, rose, and almond. The bakers, who use all-natural ingredients, are open to making custom macaron flavors and colors, but there's a minimum order of four dozen per color or flavor.