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20 Delicious & Unique Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Cake

Almost 4 years ago, when a little stuck for content one day, I created a roundup of some fabulous alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. It was one of the posts that attracted most of CVBs 4 million Pinterest followers, that secured its place in the top 100 Wedding Blogs and made it the number one international wedding blog for Vintage brides. It remains one of Chic Vintage Brides most popular posts even today and with today’s couples always looking for or creating something new, and wedding trends always emerging, I thought it was well past time I create an update – with a few classics as well as some new favourites!

20 Delicious Alternatives to Wedding Cake

You see, whilst traditional wedding cakes are timeless, and will never go out of fashion, I know that not all of today’s couples want to settle for the classic white confection. They want to end their day how it started – distinctive, unique and about them. After all, you will have spent months making sure every other part of your day is uniquely you (from your dress to the wedding breakfast and everything in between), so why forgo personality in favour of tradition when it comes to the wedding cake?

Whether you just aren’t a fan of cake or are addicted to a certain sweet treat, your wedding dessert is the perfect opportunity to wow your guests one last time. So choose a confection that reflects you – your style, your tastes, your memories; and you will look forward to unveiling and eating it all day!

Whatever your style, theme, venue or budget, you are sure to find a ‘wedding cake’ that you and your guests will love amongst these delicious alternatives…..

1.Rice Krispy Cake

For the couple who are still kids at heart…

Rice Krispy Cake - Wedding Cake Alternative

Ashleigh Jayne Weddings via Burnetts Boards


2. A Fresh Scone Tower (including cream and strawberries)

Perfect for an English inspired, or Afternoon-Tea wedding!

Scone Wedding Cake

Smallpiece CateringPhotography ~ Angela Ward-Brown via Love My Dress


3. Smore Wedding Cake

For a backyard or glamping wedding – it should be eaten wrapped in a blanket beside a roaring fire….

Smores Wedding CakeLiv For Cake


4. Ombre Crepe Tower

Because breakfast food is yummy any time of the day!

Ombre Crepe Wedding Cake

Spanglish Studios via Wedding Chicks

Or you could always go with half and half?!…

Crepe & Cake Wedding Cake Alternative

The Hospitality Sweet, Photography ~ Katie Jane Photography via Burnetts Boards


5. Doughnut Tower

For the fun laid back couple…..

Doughnut Tower - Wedding Cake Alternative

Elyse Hall Photography via SMP


6. Fruit Pie Tower

A hearty Winter warmer perfect for those colder months – especially drizzled with vanilla bean custard!

Fruit Pie Wedding Cake

Indigo Jones Eats, Photography ~ Loblee Photography via Royal Lace Bridal


7. Oreo Wedding Cake

For dunking in those glasses of milk at the end of the night…

Oreo Wedding Cake

Hibben Photography from Fab You Bliss via Aisle Society


8. Pie Pops

Perfect pick up treats for a rustic Fall wedding….

Pie Pops Wedding Cake Alternative

Sweet Lauren Cakes, Photography Michele Beckwith Photography


9. Cheesecake Wedding Cake

For the traditional look without the sponge…

Cheesecake Wedding Cake

Natural Harry, Photography ~ Nikole Ramsay via Hello May


10. A Strawberry Tower

For the Summer wedding…

Strawberry Tower - Alternative Wedding Cake

Jessica Fairchild Photography via Artfully Wed

Or for something with a European flavour…..

11. Belgian Waffle Wedding Cake

Belgian Waffle Wedding Cake

Sprinkle Bakes


12. Black Forest Pavlova

Black Forest Pavlova - Alternative Wedding Cake

Tanya Zouev


13. Cannoli Cake

Cannoli Wedding Cake

Marilyn Duvall Photography via Wedding Chicks


14. Croque En Bouche

Croque En Bouche - Alternative Wedding Cake

Cendrillon Traiter, Photography ~ Pearl Pictures via Love My Dress


15. Norwegian Wedding Cake

Norwegian Wedding Cake

Emm And Clau via SMP


16. Bundt Wedding Cake

Bundt Wedding Cake

Ken Kienow Photography via Wedding Chicks


17. Macaron Wedding Cake

Macaron Wedding Cake

Baking Chick, Photography ~ Naomi Kenton via Rock My Wedding

Or how about an oversized Macaron Cake?

Oversized Macaron Cake

Go Reception


18. Ice Cream Cake

For the summer wedding….

Ice Cream Wedding Cake

Lindsey Orton via Wedding Chicks

Or an Ice Cream Cart for something a little easier to serve!

Ice Cream Cart - Alternative Wedding Cake

Shell De Mar via Boho Weddings

Or for the bride & groom who don’t like sweet treats…..

19. A Pork Pie Tower

Pok Pie Tower - Alternative Wedding Cake

Wilsons Butchers, Photography ~ John Hope Photography via Love My Dress


20. Cheese Tower

Cheese Tower Wedding Cake Alternative

Sandoval Studios Photography via Style Me Pretty

Now if those haven’t got your imagination racing and your mouth watering I don’t know what will! If you’re still not sure though, you will find lots more wedding cake inspiration over on CVB’s Wedding Cakes Pinterest board and Wedding Dessert Tables board. Or for more ideas suited to the seasons, take a look at wedding cakes perfect for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter right here.