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25 Memorable Wedding Cake Alternatives

Bride and groom cupcakes

Everyone loves cake. It’s common on all birthdays and, of course, weddings. However, you shouldn’t feel stuck with cake as your only option for your wedding reception. It’s your wedding. You should be able to pick whatever dessert you want for you and your guests.
Luckily, there are a variety of options instead of cake to help you do something fun and unique. Or, you can still have cake. You can just have another option, too.

Heart-shaped cookies with a cup of coffee on wooden table.

Everyone loves cookies and milk! Set up a station at dessert time with a selection of cookies. Go for one main option or try different types of cookies to keep everybody satisfied! Try chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, macaroons, and Oreos. You can even have them stacked in the shape of a cake if you want! Don’t forget the milk or, even better, make vanilla, chocolate, or cookies and cream milkshakes.

2. Cupcakes

Mr. and Mrs. cupcakes on a wedding table.

Cupcakes give you the delicious taste of cake while also making it easier to serve. Plus, you can have a variety of different flavors. Create a cute station. You can even give people options for toppings on the side.

3. Pie

Pies on a decorated table during a wedding reception.

The great thing about pie is that is can come in a variety of different flavors for your guests. You can have multiple pies available for people. Apple, cherry, pumpkin, Oreo, and Boston cream just to name a few. You can even make mini pies. Ask people to select their favorite when they RSVP so that you can make sure everybody gets what they want.

4. Waffles

Waffle topped with colorful heart-shaped candies.

Breakfast is a great option for dessert! Waffles are tasty and loved by just about everyone. You can even include different toppings for everyone to put on top. They’re also relatively easy to make, and it’s fun and different. A great option if you have a morning or afternoon wedding with a brunch theme.

5. Donuts

A plate of donuts on a wedding reception.

A new fad for weddings is to serve guests donuts instead of cake. They also relatively inexpensive, even if you get gourmet donuts. Once again, you don’t want to forget the milk or milkshakes! You can also consider serving coffee (or spiked coffee. It is a celebration after all!).

6. Crepes

Crepes cake topped with blueberries.

Another breakfast food that works perfectly as a wedding dessert. Pick your favorite fruits to add on top of the crepes and keep syrup and butter on hand.

7. Rice Krispy cake

Decorated rice Krispy bars.

For something very unique, try Rice Krispy treats in the shape of a cake. You can even put frosting in between the layers to make it even sweeter. Or you can serve the Rice Krispies individually. Try also offering coca Rice Krispies or Rice Krispies with peanut butter and chocolate.

8. Ice cream!

Newlywed couple holding an ice cream.

Set up an ice cream station with vanilla and chocolate soft serve and plenty of toppings! The kids and the adults will both enjoy creating their own delicious creations. Provide little plastic cups and possibly ice cream cones to eliminate waste.

9. Cheesecake

Red velvet cheesecake with heart-shaped cutouts on cake table.

For people who like the idea of cake but want to incorporate a unique twist, serve your guests cheesecake with your favorite toppings. This is an especially good option if a friend or family member is making the cake for you because it’s relatively simple.

10. Crème brulee

A bowl of crème bulee topped with strawberries and blueberries.

This elegant dessert is perfect for the bride who wants to show some sophistication. You can serve individual crème brulees for your guests to experience the decadent mixture of a custard topped with delicious burnt sugar. For added flair, have your chef burn the sugar in front of your guests immediately before serving.

11. Rootbeer float station

A mug of rootbeer float.

Most people haven’t had a rootbeer float since they were children. Let everybody regress back to their younger years by giving them rootbeer floats. Incorporate orange cream and cherry options as well. Try adding cinnamon sticks or other candy to really make them delicious.

12. Candy station

Candy station at a wedding ceremony featuring macaroons, chocolates, lollipops, and more.

Another way to encourage everyone to bring out their inner child and enjoy themselves is to set up a candy station that looks like an old fashioned candy store. Use red and white stripes and other appropriate decorations to really make it feel authentic. BE sure to give everyone a bag so that they can take some home, too.

13. Cinnamon rolls

Closeup of cinnamon rolls.

Give everybody cinnamon rolls dripping with frosting instead of a traditional cake. This is another option that can also be easily shaped like a cake.

14. Canolli

Layers of canolli

Perfect for any Italian wedding (or any wedding, really), provide canollis for all of your guests. The delicious mascarpone cheese is made to compliment any Italian-styled dinner. These are also easy for people to carry with just a napkin and aren’t too messy. The venue will thank you.

15. Fondue

Chocolate fondue on a wedding reception.

When given the option to fondue or fon-don’t, the obvious answer is always to fondue! Set up a beautiful chocolate fountain and then allow guests to dip strawberries, marshmallows, and a variety of other treats into it. It’s fun for everyone and absolutely delicious! It also gives people the opportunity to enjoy it throughout the night when they want to.

16. Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcakes on a wedding reception.

Perfect for summer weddings, strawberry shortcakes can be made for each individual guest. They look gorgeous, and they taste even better. If you aren’t particularly fond of strawberries, fill the shortcake with blueberries or your other favorite fruit. You can even use chocolate. Don’t forget the whipped cream!

17. Fruit

Strawberries, blueberries, and slices of lemons on a cake tray featured on a wedding reception.

The best option if you’re looking for a healthier option is fruit. Popular items to include in your fruit station include strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, apples, oranges, melon, and mango. Not only is this healthy, but it’s also extremely tasty.

People on diets will feel safe to indulge. Plus, refreshing fruit is a wonderful treat on a hot day. It’s a great option even if you already have another dessert. You can even serve it before dinner as something for people to munch on while they mingle.

18. Cake pops

Cake pops decorated in bride and groom wear.

Cake pops give you the opportunity to serve cake without having to buy a huge cake. Set the pops up in a stylish fashion and let people grab as they please. Offer an assortment of flavors to keep even the pickiest guest happy. Plus, this is another option that won’t make a big mess.

19. Croquembouche

Tall croquembouche featured on a wedding ceremony.

This French dessert is very popular at weddings abroad for a reason! They are absolutely delicious. They are pastry balls held together with chocolate or caramel. If you’re not sure, give it a try and you will be convinced! You can even match the wrapping on these delicious, round treats to match the décor of your wedding. Plus, they are an elegant option.

20. Jello cake

Jello cake topped with strawberries and blueberries.

Create a Jello cake for your guests to marvel at. It will give you the opportunity to use a variety of different colors to keep things bright and vibrant. You can also put little candies or fruit inside of the Jello. Combine it with whipped cream and maybe some fruit on top. It’s also much healthier than most other options.

21. Mousse


Small glasses of mousse topped with strawberries.

The mouse is a delicate and delicious dessert that you can offer your guests. You can serve chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, and caramel mousse. This option adds a level of sophistication to your event, so you can mix it with fancy drinks after an elegant dinner.

22. Popcorn bar

Small boxes of popcorn on a wedding ceremony.

Popcorn might not seem like the traditional choice, but it will give your weddings fun and whimsical atmosphere that your guests will love. Include little candies and other unique toppings so that people can make the popcorn treat they’ve always dreamed of.

23. S’mores

S'mores on a piece of paper against a wooden background.

S’more is a traditional treat while camping, but there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate it into your wedding dessert. Be sure to take precautions for people (especially children) roasting their marshmallows. Try giving people unique options instead of traditional toppings, such as peanut butter, caramel, and strawberries. People can try multiple types of s’more that they have never considered before!

24. Churros and funnel cake

A serving of funnel cake.

Nothing is more fun than a carnival. You can bring the carnival to your guests by giving people churros and funnel cake. You can also include cotton candy! This is a great option for a theme wedding, and everyone will love it.

25. Sweets table

An assortment of pink-colored sweet treats on a skirted table.

Why should your guests only have one option? One of the best wedding cake alternatives is to offer your guests a table with a variety of options. Incorporate brownies, cookies, cupcakes, mousse, and chocolate-covered strawberries. This offers your guests the most variety, and it gives them something to marvel at while talking to each other.


Your wedding is a celebration, and every celebration should come with great desserts! Many people stick with the traditional wedding cake option, but there are so many alternative options available! Take the time to examine your other options so that you and your future spouse can have the dessert that best suits you and your guests. Even traditional weddings and marriages can enjoy something a little untraditional after dinner.