Nice Slice: Nine Beautiful Alternative Wedding Cakes
The wedding cake tradition isn’t a modern invention—it dates back to Roman and Medieval times when buns were stacked on top of each other. Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the couple … awwwww. However, today cakes often serve as a wedding centrepiece with the cake cutting being a wedding tradition and golden photo opportunity.
But what if cake isn’t your thing or if traditional wedding cakes don’t ice your slice? We’ve found nine elegant wedding cake alternatives to the traditional three-tiered fruitcake. These non-traditional wedding cakes will give you that wow factor, and suit those with dietary requirements meaning all your guests can have your cake and eat it too!
Cheese wheel cakes can add a rustic, yet refined charm to a wedding, and who can resist cheese? Stack your favourites (brie with a hint of black truffle, an oozy washrind or a pungent blue) for a stunning centrepiece like this one from The Cheese Wedding Cake. Cheese wheel cakes pair perfectly with thyme, figs, grapes, pomegranates, berries, honeycomb, lavender and your favourite bordeaux. The Cheese Wedding Cake even allows you to order a sample pack so you can try everything before the big day.
Ice Cream Cake
This layered ice cream cake is a cheeky twist on the traditional tiers of a wedding cake. Stack your favourite flavours and top these with some stunning blooms. Don’t forget the spoons before it melts!
Meringue Kisses Tower
This show-stopping tower of ombré meringue kisses is a quirky alternative to a traditional wedding cake. We can see this light-and-breezy dessert fitting right in beachside or poolside paired with some English strawberries and crisp bubbles.
For a healthy, gluten-free, vegan wedding cake, why not try this bright and beautiful watermelon cake adorned with glistening fruits of the forest? There is definitely no guilt where this cake is concerned. You could always add a little vodka, just for fun!
Pink Glazed Donut Tower
While we love doughnuts, they are generally not the most stylish option for a wedding dessert. However, this oh-so-sweet pink glazed doughnut tower literally takes the cake and tickles us pink. Its delicate and delightful look earns our seal of approval.
Macaron & Cake Tower
Macarons are a meringue-based French sweet that come in a variety of colours and flavours. Macaron towers have made an appearance at many a modern wedding as a cake alternative. We are crushing hard on the delicate poise and pastels of this whimsical custom cake from Winifred Kriste Cake, which combines a mini macaron tower with a traditional cake base.
Edible Flowers and Leaves
If you say “I do” to cake, but “I don’t” to the traditional tiered fondant wedding cake, this gorgeous unorthodox cake from London’s Bee’s Bakery might be for you. Coming in exotic flavours like their Persian Love Cake (pistachio, rose, carrot and coconut), this cake is decorated with edible flowers and will make a stunning floral-themed centrepiece at any wedding.
Who doesn’t love a pavlova? A perfect shareable dessert for a microwedding, make your pav extra festive like this beauty from The Curated Kitchen by adding figs, honeycomb and a sprinkling of crushed pistachios.
For a more traditional, yet unconventional cake, we can’t go past the iconic wonderwall cake from Sydney-based cakemaker, Sincerely Sam Cakes. If you can’t take cake, consider replacing the centre with something unconventional like Rice Krispies Treats™.
Main Photo Credit: Nectar & Stone