8 Artsy Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

July 18, 2023
8 Artsy Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

Featured Photo: Sue Moodie Photography | Cheese Towers: Brie & Banquet Wild Catering Co.

Whether you like it sweet or savory, you can have your cake and eat it too!  A traditional wedding cake might not be for everyone, so we put together a list of our favorite creative “cakes” we’ve seen as of late.  Scroll through for some inspo to help you think outside of the (cake) box when it comes to your wedding day desserts!

1. Mini Vintage Cake

Mini vintage cakes are all the rage right now – especially for couples who might not *love* eating cake and plan to serve other desserts but still want actual cake to cut into (or even smash!) during photos.  They’re still beautiful in detail photos without costing as much as a traditional gorgeous cake intended to feed everyone.  Your mini vintage cake can have some personality in the writing, too!

Photography: Sarah Kempers Photography | Cake: Cake Heads Bakery

2. Tiered Cheesecake

Cheese cake is not a traditional wedding cake flavor at weddings – most likely due to the fact that the dense texture of the cake would probably make it pretty hard to stack for a tall tiered showstopper.  However, one couple solved that problem with this cute tiered tray, creating the ultimate garden party wedding cheese cake.

Photography: Taylor & Brenton | Cheesecake: Momo’s Gourmet Cheesecakes

3. “Cheese” Cake

Love the idea of cake aesthetically but don’t like the taste?  You can still get the full eye catching effects of having a large tiered cake during your wedding day, but instead of sweet, you can make it savory! Local to the Rocky Mountains, Brie & Banquet Wild Catering Co. create these incredible cheese towers that look (in our humble opinion) just as pretty as a wedding cake would, but with a whole new flavor palette.

Photography: Sue Moodie Photography | Cheese Towers: Brie & Banquet Wild Catering Co.

4. Wedding Pie

This one’s for our fellow pie lovers.  Pies aren’t common at weddings, probably because the gooey goodness makes them not ideal for eating by hand on the dance floor, but you can break the rules and just have a pie as your “cake” to cut into with your partner!  We think pies would be amazing at a fall or winter wedding, helping all of your guests feel the nostalgia of holidays at home.

Photography: Christy D. Swanberg Photography | Pie: Pie Junkie

5. Individual Cakes

Why have one cake when everyone can have their own cake!?  These adorable individual cakes make for something for guests will remember for years to come, and you can cut into your own with your brand new spouse without messing up a whole big cake!

Photography: Sami Lou Photography | Cakes: The Baking Blonde Co.

6. Build-Your-Own “Cake”

We loved this creative take on a groom’s cake!  If you don’t want to have two whole cakes you can create a cake out of a dessert like this one made of brownie bites, or have a cake made out of cookies or donuts that your guests can easily grab!

Photography: Emily Francis Photography | Desserts: Sweet Addictions

7. Macaron “Cake”

Macarons elevate any event, and they look absolutely beautiful when elevated, too!  Stacks these colorful cuties into a tower to emulate a traditional tiered cake that’s finger-foodie friendly.

Photography: Molly + Co | Kaley from Kansas

8. “Fruit Cake”

We love this super unique “cake” idea for the fruit lovers during those warm summer weddings!  This would be perfect during a cocktail hour for some beautiful snacking.

Cake & Photo: The Lemon Apron

For some more tradition cake inspiration, check out our blog “11 Vintage Cakes Almost Too Pretty To Eat”.  Whatever creative cake you choose, we can’t wait to see your cute cake cutting photos!

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