top of page

Alternative Wedding Cake Ideas

As most weddings have a 3 course meal, a lot of the wedding cake usually goes to waste. Guests might take some home but it's a huge expense for something that might not even get eaten. So instead of the traditional 3 tier wedding cake I have some alternatives that might be better, or if you do want a big wedding cake then consider serving it as dessert.

One Tier Cake / Cupcakes

one tier wedding cake and cupcakes at Pelham house wedding

A simple alternative; a smaller cake! This one tier cake is great because the bride and groom can still do the traditional cake cut but it won't go to waste. If your guests have got a separate dessert then they won't be worried about having cake as well, they will be busy enjoying the dance floor, hopefully leaving you and your family some cake to enjoy the following day. Having some cupcakes is a great idea because it gives your guests a small treat for the evening if they want one.

Cheese Stack

cheese stack wedding cake with figs and grapes at gooseberry house wedding venue

This is a really cool option for couples who prefer savoury over sweet. Cheese stacks are great to serve cheese and crackers as your dessert or evening food. It should also save you money as you can buy the cheese and assemble it yourself. Cheese also has a much longer shelf life than cake so it shouldn't go to waste. Another savoury one I've seen is a pork pie tower.

Sweet Treat Towers

welsh cake wedding cake alternative at London wedding
Krispy Kreme wedding tower at stanhill court hotel in Surrey

bride and groom cutting the cake with a profiterole tower at south lodge

This one is becoming increasingly popular as they look amazing and everyone loves a sweet treat! It's a great alternative for couples who don't like cake or they just want something easier for people to grab throughout the night. Donut towers always go down a treat. The one in the photo above is a 216 piece tower from Krispy Kreme which includes the stand. You can of course buy or hire a stand or wall and create your own with other donuts. I suppose you could make a tower out of any of your favourite treats but I loved this welsh cake one I saw at a wedding, it looked so elegant with the flowers. It's definitely a unique idea for a wedding cake alternative. Other options could include macaron or profiterole towers.

Dessert Grazing Table

vegan grazing table for wedding at southlands barn
dessert table at Cottesmore golf club wedding in sussex

Grazing tables are becoming very popular and it's not hard to see why! It would be like a dessert buffet so it wouldn't be suitable if you were having a three course meal but it would be good for evening food or weddings having buffet food. The great thing about grazing tables is that you can have so many different types of desserts on there, if can be savoury or sweet, there will be something for everyone.

Colin / Connie The Caterpillar

connie the caterpillar wedding cake
bride and groom cutting into their Colin the caterpillar wedding cake

If you're looking for a fun wedding cake then it's got to be a giant Connie or Colin the Caterpillar! They each cost £45 from Marks and Spencer. It says they serve 40 people but I think I'd want bigger portions than that. You can customise the text on the side to say anything you want. They look very cute and would work well for smaller weddings.

All photos taken by Phoebe Rossi Photography.


bottom of page