Bridal Cake Alternatives

As you now know, my attempt at decorating a lovely wedding cake was a complete flop. So now what do we do? Well, to recount what we already have, there’s:

A Groom’s Cake

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S’mores

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So we’ve got a lotta chocolate going on. And I’m so in love with s’mores that I’ll probably eat fifty and wind up with marshmallow all over my face. Anyway, now that we don’t have a wedding cake on the menu, I have to come up with some sort of acceptable alternative to cut and feed each other. We’ll get the iconic photos as well as placate the FMIL. Or maybe I should just call her FML? Anywhoodle. I was totally on board with something like this:

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A super cute assortment of pies, all the ones I love. Pecan and apple and peach and buttermilk and you-name-it! We have $125 to go crazy with pie. Three dessert choices seems like more than enough. Plus, we can still put a very fancy-looking pie on a cake-plate and toss on our topper. That is, until I laid eyes on this baby:

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A Rice Krispies cake?!? For the realz? That’s kind of the best thing ever. And it seems pretty darn simple to make; I’d just have to wrangle up containers of the right size to make the proportions look right. I’d want a circular one, of course, and most likely 2 tiers. Plus, making it is fifty trillion times easier than baking and decorating a cake. Let’s make a comparison list, shall we?

Pie:

  • long time favorite
  • lots of flavor options
  • simple and cheap to buy, pretty fool-proof execution
  • big, fun impact
  • still pretty unique

Krispies Cake:

  • still looks like a cake
  • easy and cheap to make, but can still have something go wrong
  • incredibly unique; I’ve never seen this in person before

I don’t know, I’m so torn!

What should I do, hive? Help me pick!


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Wedding Date:
September 2010

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    Leche4evr 253 posts, Helper bee @ 1:02 pm

    I like the pie better. The rice krispy is kind of limited. You can buy tons of pie and no one will be sad. And I thinkt he pie display looks nicer than the rice krispy cake.

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    Rgeddy 2188 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:03 pm

    I’ve seen that photo of the rice crispies cake before and while I do think it’s a really cool unique idea.. I’m not sure too many people would enjoy actually eating it. Maybe I’m wrong but I bet a lot of guests including the older folk would like eating the pie better.

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    kokuu 90 posts, Worker bee @ 1:04 pm

    Pie > Cake, so I vote for the pie bar! With pie, there’s always something for everyone. I’d just make sure I’d get more servings of pie then I would account for with cake, because with pie, people are likely to want to try multiple flavors.

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:07 pm

    I love Rice Krispie Treats!!!! As in… L.O.V.E. But I think people will feel more satisfied with pie. I mean, you can eat a pan of Rice Krispie Treats (or, I should say *I* can eat a pan of them), but one slice of pie is pretty filling.

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    Coffeecake 347 posts, Helper bee @ 1:14 pm

    Not to play devil’s advocate here… but could you have both? Rice krispy treats are so cheap to make, and that idea is so fun, but pie is more varied and filling.

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    High Heels 12 posts, Newbee @ 1:18 pm

    You are a genius! Rice Krispies are great!

    You could even layer chocolate, colored and plain and make it a bit more fun to nullify the decorating hazards.

    My sister does cakes and she uses Rice Krispies when she makes a sculpture. Great and adorable idea!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:23 pm

    I vote pie bar just because I would be worried that the krispies bar would need to be pretty hard to keep that cake shape.

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    Laura, Guest @ 1:23 pm

    I talked to a woman whose daughter went the Rice Krispie cake route. They made it the day before the wedding and covered it well, but apparently it got really hard! When they went to cut the “cake” they literally had to saw their way through to cut out a piece.

    If you’re looking for another inexpensive alternative–
    For our wedding we got cheesecake at Costco and had the caterer put on a topping on each slice for guests (guests could choose what they wanted). For about 40 people it cost $60-ish and we had some leftover. We decorated one of the cheesecakes with some little leftover flowers so it looked nice in pictures. It tasted delicious, too!

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    spellbound 81 posts, Worker bee @ 1:25 pm

    bahahaha how has no one commented on the genius “FML” statement??! Kudos, Ms. SD :)
    Back on track though, I love the rice krispies idea, but I do feel like pie would be more substantial, and, because I love to eat, I vote the substantial route.

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    Miss Austin 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:26 pm

    I think the Rice Krispie Cake is the cutest thing I have ever seen….. Maybe instead of one big cake you could do the pies and mini rice krispie cakes? Good luck!!

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 1:30 pm

    OMG. OH. EM. GEE. Rice Krispies cake? For serious?! That’s awesome!! HOWEVER, as much as I would love it and think it is a super-groovy idea, I’m not sure it’s the best idea for a wedding. I mean, those suckers are hard to eat. Can you imagine trying to cut that? And the older folks may not appreciate the chewiness of it. So while I love it, I think the pie display is probably a better idea for this. Rice Krispies cake for your birthday, though? Hells yeah.

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    teaadntoast 2595 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:36 pm

    Rice Krispie cake! I like that it’s so originial, and think it meshes well with the s’mores – if that makes sense. It will also make an awesome base for your topper. Much more impressive than a pastry frisbee.

    Fun, unique and easy. After all the suffering you’ve endured at the hands of the Cricut, I think you deserve to let this one go a little bit if you want. You have two other desserts, one of which is actual cake, so I don’t think you need to worry about whether Rice Krispies are “substantial” enough.

    Plus, pie isn’t, to my mind, as easy as it seems. Store bought versions smush easily, you still have to buy cake stands, and unless there’s a microwave handy, they might be kinda cold by the end of the evening. Eating it while standing is also kind of a challenge.

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    la boome 200 posts, Helper bee @ 1:43 pm

    I really like the pie idea! My only concern would be serving it. I don’t know about other people, but I have a HECK of a time getting pie out intact (without all of the good stuff falling out).

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    chexmixDC 365 posts, Helper bee @ 1:45 pm

    @Laura:

    I agree, rice krispie treats get really hard fast when they’re not kept in an airtight container. I think pies would probably work better.

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    cjm, Guest @ 1:56 pm

    Ok, I love the Rice Krispies idea. And I also love pie. I’m torn. And if you’re still pondering cake (you know, to add another option), Sam’s makes ridiculously good cake. Had one for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it cake from an individual bakery.

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    missbiscuit 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:58 pm

    I love love loooove the rice krispies idea. You could even do a toppings bar, maybe? Or fondue fountains with white, milk, and/or dark chocolate to put the “slices” under? However, as pp’s have said, I would get concerned about it getting very hard very fast. It would take some research and possibly a few trial runs to test it out and see what would work. If that sounds like too much of a hassle, pie is definitely a GREAT alternative. I don’t think you can go wrong either way.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:27 pm

    Can’t you do both?!?! The rice krispie treat cake is soooo awesome but might be pleasing to all guests but it seems like it would be mega cheap to make, thus leaving leftover money for some pies as well!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:56 pm

    ohmygod, I L-O-V-E rice crispie treats. Of course, I hate cake, so I may be a little bit biased in my enthusiasm….

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    crayfish 10384 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 3:19 pm

    Why not just do both?

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 pm

    Both sounds amazing. But you sound more excited about the rice krispie cake. Mmmm

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    Alaynah Boyd, Guest @ 5:24 pm

    Both are such great ideas! And I love that both arent too expensive. I think the pie would be the more general crowd pleaser but the rice krispies looked so cool and are really unique, I think I would try them!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:42 pm

    MMMM Rice Krispy treats!!! The only thing I like more about the pie bar is that there is more variety in case people don’t like them. But I absolutely adore rice krispy treats, so I wouldn’t mind not having variety! :)

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    aunt pol 1519 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:21 pm

    I think both works. God knows the Rice Krispies cake is really not gonna be expensive.

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    plaid 769 posts, Busy bee @ 6:34 pm

    I totally vote for the Rice Krispies cake. Love it! I laid my eyes on that pic a couple months ago and have been in lust ever since!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:57 pm

    I’m not gonna lie, I voted for Rice Krispie because I love them! I think the pies would give more variety to your guest though.

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    marieta 339 posts, Helper bee @ 8:56 pm

    The rice krispies cake sounds awesome. Looks awesome, too. Very different. (And yum.) But I think overall people will probably like pie (and variety) better. I love rice krispie treats, but not everyone does.

    I agree if it’s possible to do both, that would be super cool.

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:47 pm

    I voted for pie. I think it’s more fun with all the flavors and you can dress the pie bar up more!

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    SusieQ, Guest @ 11:56 pm

    My cousin had a Rice Krispie cake at her wedding last year. The layers were so thick (well, not that thick, just as thick as a regular wedding cake) that it was RIDICULOUSLY hard to cut and serve. But it tasted SOOOO good.

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    SusieQ, Guest @ 11:59 pm

    So maybe a Rice Krispie cake that has several thin layers instead of two thick ones would be easier to cut?… I don’t know…

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    MissKimchi 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:34 am

    I say pie bar…or and i think another poster said it. Cheesecake!!!! NOM NOM NOM…love me some cheesecake!!! :)

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    MsJeep23 1376 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:24 pm

    OMG rice krispies cake. That sounds incredible. Yum!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:52 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad the Krispies cake is in the lead, because I totally want to do it so bad. Unless something just goes terribly wrong, this is my plan!

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    heather25 1958 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:25 pm

    But really…both

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