Cake Escape: 6 Wedding Desserts That Shake Things Up

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You know the scene: Another wedding’s winding to a close. You’ve probably spent the night dancing (or hugging a safe corner of the room), indulging and gushing over the fabulous couple. There’s just one thing left to do: gobble down dessert. And — if you’re anything like us — you're kinda bored of cake.

Of course traditional cake will always hold a special place in our hearts, but alternative desserts are moving in fast, and we couldn’t be more excited for a little variety on the table.

Waffle Cake

Photo by @madisonlarsenphotography ; featured on @waffleluv

This one’s for anybody who wants a break from tradition, but still craves full-on, multi-tiered levels of awesome. The waffle cake is basically a wedding cake, except it’s better because it’s made of sweet Belgian waffles and heaps of icing.

Buttercream, meringue, fresh fruit… there are no wrong answers here. And if you’re reading this thinking “waffles are for breakfast,” you’ve definitely got a revelation coming.

Mini Pies

Photo by @beckybebakes

Fact: everything’s cuter in miniature, including pie. Shrink down your faves and give your guests a variety of flavors to pick from so everybody gets a proper sampling. Quite possibly the world's finest finger food.

Donut Wall

Photo by @jillhouserphotography

Donuts are living it up in the limelight this year, and we say good for them! We’ve seen them stacked, skewered and holed, but our favorite presentation is decked out on a wall to double as décor.

Make sure to provide plenty of personalized to-go boxes so your guests leave happy and you don’t have to deal with too much of a good thing the next day.

Dessert Cocktails

Photo by @sydneyweddingjournal

Is anyone going to miss cake when you’re ending the night with a signature cocktail? Absolutely not. Keep it classy with champagne + cotton candy shooters, get weird with jello shots or give the party people a few different options to choose from. It’s minimal fuss with almost no cleanup, and you can pour some milk and cookie shots for the kiddos too.

Cheese and Fruit Cake

Photo by @7pm.events

Wedding desserts don’t have to be sugary sweet to totally nail “celebratory.” Just stack a few wheels of your favorite cheeses, top with fresh fruit and call it a night. Or, if you’re as fancy as we think you are, serve with all the accouterments you’d have on your favorite cheese board like olives, cured meats and jams.

Fortune Cookies

Photo by @rymondtn

Takeout fortune cookies = meh. Custom, handmade fortune cookies covered with decorative icing = amazing. You can even stuff them with your own sage wisdom for guests to discover as they crack 'em open. Or try fun facts about the couple to keep the conversation flowing until the after-party.

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