Treat Yourself! 18 Wedding Dessert Ideas

Did you know? October 14th is National Dessert Day! In honor of all things dessert, we’ve gathered up our favorite wedding dessert options. Try whipping these up at home for a sweet treat on this national holiday or incorporate your favorites into your wedding dessert lineup!

Wedding dessert

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Alternatives to Wedding Cake

We know that cake isn’t for everyone. Especially with a larger guest count, you may want to offer desserts that please a variety of palettes. Whether you’re offering a small cake in addition to other desserts or want to ditch the traditional wedding cake altogether, check out these yummy and unique cake alternatives!

Serve guests a warm slice of pie for that homey feeling. Apple, mixed berry, pumpkin, cherry – the options are endless! Or, offer a variety of flavors or serve guests smaller personal pies.

Cupcake tower
Cupcakes are a great grab-and-go option for guests. Put the cupcakes together into a cake or use a display to create a cupcake tower.

Rice krispie cake
Prefer the sticky sweetness of rice krispies? They’re easy to shape, so you can mold them into a classic wedding cake design or try out something fun like a wedding ring or your initials!

Crepe or pancake cake
If you’re planning a brunch wedding, this one’s for you! Stack those crepes or pancakes high, add some finishing touches like whipped cream and chocolate chips or a drizzle of syrup, and you’re set.

Macaroon tower
For a daintier, lighter dessert, offer macaroons in a variety of flavors. Our friends over at Woops! Macaroons are just the people to create a stunning tower of these yummy desserts!

Donut cake
Get inspired by plenty of donut cake ideas here! If you want to offer donuts in addition to other desserts, check out these fun favor bags or these donut walls.

Wedding Dessert

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The Dessert Table

Dessert tables have become a staple of modern weddings. Not sure what to include on yours? Check out these options!

Bonus: if you have a family dessert recipe, that’s an awesome way to incorporate some family history into your wedding. Just make sure you know who is going to be responsible for making and delivering the desserts.

  • Assorted cookies — chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, M&M — the list goes on!
  • Brownies
  • Cake pops
  • Chocolate covered pretzels, fruit, etc. You could even offer a complete fondue station!
  • S’mores bar (check with your venue first to see if they have a fire pit or if you’re able to rent one!)
  • Mini pies — don’t forget the ice cream!
  • Cream puffs
  • Trifle
  • Fruit tarts
  • Donuts or donut holes
  • Candy
  • Cupcakes or small personal cakes

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