Unique Wedding Cake Ideas for Your Reception

A pink wall with doughnuts hanging on it and stacks of doughnuts in front of it.

When it comes to planning your wedding, there’s a lot to consider. You need to reserve the venue, set the guest list, choose your invitations, hire a DJ…the list goes on and on! It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the planning process. Don’t get so swept away, however, that you forget about the sweeter side of wedding planning. That’s right—I’m talking about wedding cakes!

Many couples struggle to find ways to make their wedding and reception unique. One way to accomplish this is to plan something a little different when it comes to the cake. There are actually a number of less-traditional options that may suit you better. While traditional cakes are often beautiful, they are also expensive, difficult to transport, and hard to distribute to guests. If you haven’t already ordered the cake for your reception, here are several ideas you may want to consider first.

Doughnut Cake

Doughnut cakes are becoming more and more popular among brides and grooms. Not only are doughnuts delicious, but they are considerably less expensive than a traditional cake. There should be no issues with transportation and they can be stacked in various configurations without difficulty. Further, doughnut cakes are ideal for easy self-service setups—and are perfect if you’re hosting a brunch reception!

Box of Chocolates Cake

A collection of chocolates.

Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be made with cake! Instead, you can opt for chocolates or truffles. Again, these can come in a variety of flavors, which is something your guests will surely find exciting. A box of chocolates or truffles is also perfect for a self-service dessert station, eliminating the need for a big cake-cutting ceremony during the reception. Additionally, this option is ideal if either of you dislike cake.

Cupcake Cake

A cupcake tower at a party.

A cupcake cake is an incredible alternative to a traditional wedding cake. There are several reasons this may be the perfect option for your reception. First of all, cupcakes are significantly easier to transport. Whereas large, layered cakes can often be cumbersome and will often require assembly on site, cupcake cakes can be easily packed and moved in boxes. They can then either be set out neatly or added to a dessert display without difficulty. Another perk is that you can order a number of different flavors, adding more variety for you and those in attendance. This is especially good if you and your bride or groom have different cake preferences. Additionally, cupcakes are simple to serve or even put out for self-service. The final cupcake cake perk is that your guests are sure to receive a perfectly decorated treat. While cake pieces can sometimes be indistinguishable after cutting, cupcakes will remain pristine until they’re eaten!

Cupcake Combo Cake

Like the idea of cupcakes, but still partial to traditional cakes as well? There’s a solution for that! You can actually have both. Many cake companies can make a tiered cupcake and cake combination. This option is still easier to transport due to the smaller sections and can be served to guests without difficulty, but also provides you and your spouse with a cake to cut, share, and save for your one-year anniversary.

Chocolate Fountain Cake

Chocolate fountains on a dessert table for a wedding.

Wedding cakes can be extremely expensive and in today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to stay within budget. If you’re looking for a unique dessert idea that will also save you money, consider opting for a chocolate fountain cake. It’s easy and inexpensive to rent a chocolate fountain and many companies include a variety of bite-sized desserts (cake, Rice Krispies treats, strawberries, marshmallows, etc.) at no additional charge. Again, not everyone likes cake, so this ensures you and all of your guests have a sweet treat to enjoy.

Projection Cake

Not quite sure what a projection cake is? This is a relatively new addition to the wedding cake family. While the cake itself is traditional in shape and size, the decorative details are left off intentionally. Then, companies like Illuminating Magic use projection mapping technology to turn your wedding cake into an animated wonder with amazing optical illusions designed to suit your special occasion. This is a memorable way to create a unique experience for you and your guests, as the projection can be programmed to cycle through changes throughout the duration of your wedding reception. While you’ll still need a cake-cutting ceremony, adding 3D technology to your evening is a surefire way to impress everyone in attendance.

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