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Just desserts: When wedding cake doesn’t make the cut

Are you sick to death of the overt sweetness that is wedding cake? Or maybe you love wedding cake so much that you can’t settle on just one type or flavor. Whatever the reason, young couples today are looking beyond the traditional 3-tier wedding cake when it comes to choosing the dessert that will highlight their reception. DIG sat down and came up with five delicious alternatives.




Cupcakes are the most popular alternative to wedding cakes. And they have a real advantage when you’re inviting everyone – including Aunt Maude, who is allergic to chocolate. You can mix and match cupcake flavors so that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Another plus is that cupcake towers become instant décor and focal points for your reception room.


Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Guests young and old will love having the chance to make their own ice cream sundae. Splurge on gourmet ice cream for a wedding treat that will be truly memorable. Want to add a hint of worldly class? Opt for gelato. We at DIG love City Gelato, which is local and now available in stores. Their recipe is a creamier, more flavorful treat than its ice cream competition, and comes in six different flavors.


Dessert Shots

These delicious treats are as beautiful as they are delectable. And there are so many to choose from, including varieties like chocolate mousse, strawberry shortcake, New York cheesecake, key lime pie; any dessert you enjoy can become a dessert shot. Create an impressive arrangement of dessert shots using three or four varieties. And since they’re so small, there’s less guilt over getting a second helping.




These little bite-sized treats scream delicacy and refinement, which are perfect for any wedding. As the last course during your wedding reception, serve a platter of mini desserts to each table. Make sure there’s enough to go around! We recommend picking four to five flavors and serving large enough quantities so that all guests can have a taste of each one if they desire. Better yet, macarons come in an assorted amount of colors, which can easily compliment your wedding’s special colors.


Dessert Bar

Have a major sweet tooth? Consider offering a dessert bar, which gives you (and your guests) a chance to have a little bit of everything. If you want, go all out by offering up everything on our list and going beyond with items like mini cupcakes, creampuffs, cannolis, brownie bites and chocolate-covered strawberries.


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