Why Have a Wedding Cake When You Can Have Doughnuts?

These delicious dessert alternatives are perfect for your big day.

By: Samantha Sutton

Whether it’s going with a different-colored gown or simply skipping the whole bridesmaids thing, weddings these days definitely tend to defy tradition. But even if you’d still like to hold on to some of the classics, there’s one element worth shaking up: the cake. From cookies to cheese to a variety of doughnuts, there are plenty of equally tasty and trendy options that will satisfy your guests...and probably save you a few bucks in return. See which ones we’ve spotted taking over Pinterest, then check out the biggest wedding trends of the year.

 

Cake Jars

Just as yummy as cake, but more fun to eat—and no cutting required!

 

Cake Pops

Bite-sized deliciousness (and easy to save for later).

 

Doughnuts 

 The perfect grab-and-go alternative, plus you can add a variety of flavors so people have options.

 

Macarons

Tasty, on-trend, easy to eat, and very Instagram-able. What’s not to love here?

 

Pie

Tiers of the same flavor, a good mix, or minithere are plenty of ways to serve pie!

 

Cookies (and Milk)

Your favorite childhood snack will be a big hit among guests.

 

Crepes

Looks like a cake from afar, but—surprise!—it’s crepes.

 

Rice Krispie Treats

A whole lot cheaper than traditional cakes, and it looks better without a bunch of decorative details.

 

Cannolis

The perfect pick to go with end-of-the-night coffee.

 

Waffles (or Pancakes)

Breakfast for dinner is good, but breakfast for dessert? Even better.

 

Ice Cream Bar

Rather than risking a melted mess by passing out ice cream cones, have people serve themselves in a build-your-own bar area. *Or* put cake in the cones for a fun twist on this classic treat.

 

Ferrero Rocher

This same idea would easily work with a variety of different chocolate and candy options.

 

Fruit (and Chocolate-Covered Fruit)

Who says your pick has to be an indulgent dessert? Fruit can be an equally tasty, refreshing alternative.

 

Cheese

Not into sweet things? Opt for a cheese cake!

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