By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Photos by Heather Jackson Photography
If you are bored of standard three-tier iced wedding cakes or naked cakes, I hear you. Looking for an alternative cake idea for your wedding is a great idea. Not only can thinking outside of the box save you money, but your day will be all the more unique.
However, if you are struggling to find real wedding cake ideas that break the norm, don’t worry. I have you covered. All of these gorgeous treats are from real weddings or editorial shoots I’ve featured. So you can see how gorgeous different ideas can look, despite them being a wedding cake alternative.
Are you ready to divulge in all the delicious treats? Yep me too.
🧁 But before we begin, allow me to share a quick round-up of all the cake inspo (which you can click to jump down) you are about to see:
Sound good? I know right, I’m hungry already. Let’s take a look at these special treats all decorated and beautiful at weddings.
A firm fave for the past few years has been the humble doughnut. But fret not, because you can totally elevate doughnuts into the ultimate wedding cake come dessert. Indulge in decadent flavours, stack them high and allow guests to help themselves.
Brownies are always a popular sweet treat, but they also make for a great, cheap wedding cake alternative. Tower them, add dripping sauce, fruits, icing sugar and a cake topper for an extra wow factor. They can also make for the perfect DIY cake and could be made in advance. Win win.
If you don’t have a sweet tooth, savoury cheese wedding cakes may be for you. They have been growing in popularity, so much so, that many couples go for one sweet, one savoury cake as an alternative. Add fruit, crackers and chutneys for a really special plateful.
Another savoury alternative you may not have considered is a pork pie cake. One for the meat-eaters, this cake is sure to make hungry eyes water. Condiments are a must-have.
Lots of couples have enjoyed M&Ss famous Colin and Connie caterpillar cakes. A cute, fun and inexpensive wedding cake option.
For the perfect mouthful, no need for perfectly cut portions, have you considered cupcakes? You can add them to a cake stand or sit them on trays for a gorgeous look.
If you and your guests are fans of dessert, profiteroles will be the perfect, sticky, sweet afters to your meal. A dessert and cake in one, they are the perfect budget wedding idea.
The French delicacy, croquembouches sure to make a statement. For that walk-in-the-room wow factor you may be looking for. No sponge in sight.
This is one easy to assemble, cheap to make and can be made in advance alternative cake idea. Watch your loved one’s eyes light up.
Another feast for the eyes, the macaron is delicate, light and oh so sweet. Available in so many colours and flavours, guests can pick and choose their favourites.
If you are planning a festive wedding, or just love ginger. Then how about a beautifully iced gingerbread house?
The great thing with cookies is not only the number of flavour combinations available but they can also come super-size. This is ideal for a cookie layer cake, easy to bake (or buy) and squidged between soft gooey buttercream, this is one finger-licking cake alternative.
Light and airy puff pastry layers, sandwiched with Chantilly cream and berries, Millefoglie is a traditional Italian wedding cake which means a thousand layers. Perfect for afters too, yum.
Is there anything easier than whipping up a tray bake? Especially a rocky road recipe that may not actually need baking. Less time, usually equals a cost-saving, plus let’s face it, who doesn’t love rocky road?
If you are a fan of the childhood classic rice crispy cake this one is for you. Create a mould, pour in your rice puffs and chocolate before decorating to perfection. Alternative wedding cake, done.
The bundt cake comes from the meaning of a gathering cake and if a wedding isn’t the perfect time for one, I don’t know when is. Keep decoration simple and let the sponge do all the talking.
For the afternoon tea lovers out there, how about a scone cake tower? Create sweet or savour scones and don’t forget the cream and jam. But no arguing about which order to put them in, please.
Pancakes en mass layered with cream, sauce and fruit will make for a really decadent wedding cake alternative.
If your wedding is in strawberry season, you are in luck. Hit your local pick-your-own fruit farm, stock up on strawberries and coat them in chocolate. Was there ever a more genius cake idea?
Delicious and traditional Welsh cakes can be baked in advance and decorated with icing sugar for a real treat on your wedding day.
Cake pops have really been popular over the past few years now and it’s easy to see why. They are easy to hold and nibble, they look fantastic and can be totally personalised too.
Kransekake is a traditional Norwegian and Danish wedding cake, which is actually flourless and made of almonds. If you are looking for a gluten-free option, this could be just perfect.
Photo: Bowtie and Belle Photography via Highcliffe Castle Wedding
Why would you have one cake, when you could have lots? If you can’t choose between sponge and cake pops or brownies and cupcakes, have them all! A great alternative to one tiered cake.
How pretty do meringue kisses look? All colourful and flavoursome, perfect for a different wedding cake style.
For pudding lovers, a sweet cheesecake is an opulent and unique wedding cake idea.
These layered pastry Baklava bites are sure to delight and look great stacked on a cake stand.
Can’t get enough of pie? How about individual sweet pies for your guests to savour?
For a super original wedding cake, look no further than jelly. Amazing, intricate designs are sure to be a showstopper.
Goey, sticky and sweet, a pavlova cake is ideal for summer weddings complete with seasonal berries.
Absolutely not, you don’t need a cake at a wedding. It’s completely up to the couple as to whether they would like a wedding cake.
If you don’t like cake, have a tight budget or just aren’t fussed by tradition you are certainly able to scrap having one. Never feel pressured to have anything you feel you should have at your wedding. It’s your day, so you do you.
So there you have it, all the wedding cake alternatives you need to make your wedding cake choice. Whatever you pick, make sure it's delicious, looks amazing and caters for all your guests dietry requirements. Hooray!
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