If you’re less than enthused about serving a traditional wedding cake, reinvent it—seriously. Having a wedding cake is one tradition you’re absolutely allowed to break. Whether you add your own personal spin to the design, include a surprising filling or serve up something else entirely (cheese wheel tiers, anyone?), there’s really no wrong way to do dessert. Get inspired by these unconventional favorites—like whoopie pies and mini chocolate truffles—that make the perfect after-dinner treat and feel just as festive as a traditional, tiered wedding cake.
1. Polka Dot MacaronsKate Mathis
Get the best of both worlds—cookies and cake. Macarons in pretty pastels adorn the top layer, making it easy for you and your guests to grab a sweet bite at their leisure (and use their hands).
2. Whoopie Pie DisplayKelly Lapp Photography
Same goes for these gooey sandwhich treats that are a bit more casual—and a little messier than macarons, so keep napkins handy. If you want to include a traditional cake-cutting moment, top your tower of whoopie pies with a larger one and slice into it as newlyweds.
3. Ice Cream SurpriseOneLove Photography
Trimmed with olive branches and accented with peonies, this looks just like a regular wedding cake, but has a cool surprise inside: ice cream.
4. Cream Puff DessertJUSTIN & MARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Croquembouche—a classic French dessert—is made of cream-filled pastry balls piled high and held together with threads of caramel. Tie it all together with a few blooms, real or sugar, and place it on a gorgeous display.
5. Cookies and Cream CakeSeneca Epley Photography
Chocolate sandwich cookies at a wedding? Why not. Stacked into tiers and drizzled with glaze, these classic cream-filled cookies indulge your inner child, but in a new and elegant way.
6. Truffle-Studded LayersAnastassios Mentis
When chocolate cake and frosting aren’t enough, just add truffles. The rich, chocolaty bites also create a cool, graphic pattern that fits right in with modern wedding décor.
7. Decadent Doughnut TowerNikki Closser Photography
Doughnuts never fail to please a crowd. Pile pastries of all kinds (or just stick to your favorite) onto cake stands as an epic dessert display.
8. Naked Bundt CakeLAUREN FAIR PHOTOGRAPHY
8. We love the idea of a simple, stacked Bundt cake for a breakfast or brunch reception dessert, but this fun and just-different-enough cake idea is perfectly rustic chic and delicious any time of day.
9. Savory SwapLACIE HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY
If you’ve never had a sweet tooth, feel free to forgo dessert altogether. Stack your favorite wheels of cheese on top of one another and serve with freshly baked breads, fruit, crackers, honey and other accompaniments for an upgraded full cheese board effect.
10. Crispy Rice TiersRACHEL RED PHOTOGRAPHY
Your favorite childhood cereal bar can always be reinvented as your wedding dessert—all you need is a little creativity!