In the tradition of weddings, the cake is a very essential part. Brides and grooms scour websites and magazines in search of the perfect design for the cake that will complete their big day. But what if you never find just the right design and decided a cake is not for you? What if you are just looking for something to accompany the cake that you do decide on?
Big trends at today’s weddings are dessert bars. Whether you decide to add a plethora of petit fours or chose something sentimental like a candy bar, the dessert bar can make your wedding memorable. No one wants to do something that has been done a thousand times over, so here are some ideas for different and creative dessert bars that you can do yourself to make a huge impact on your guests. There are many paths you can take in the world of alternative desserts. Here are some ideas broken down so that you can execute them yourself, and not pay that caterer extra.
Cakes are the standard and you might not want to give that up. For a traditional twist that you don’t have to cut, petit fours are where it’s at. They are bite size cakes essentially. So much easier to handle than a cupcake, they tend to have a fondant or glaze covering them. You can make a 1-2 inch bite for each guest. Just remember the smaller you make the bites the more you will have to make. People will surely be asking for seconds. These cakes are beautiful if stacked on a three or more tiered serving tray. If you would still like to cut something with your new hubby, consider topping the stack with a small 6-inch cake for the two of you.
If you are looking to add a dash of southern hospitality into your wedding desserts consider pies. Pie has been a tradition at southern gatherings for years; why not include them in your wedding? One pie per table would be a perfect serving. You can make custard or fruit filled pies. Switch up the flavors and make it fun. An additional bonus idea that would make this a fun is mini pies on a stick, lollipop pies! You take your pie crust and cut it into 2½-inch circles. Place a dollop of your filling and the lollipop stick into the center of the circle.
Then cut a second 2½-inch circle and place on top of the first. Use egg wash to stick together. Crimp the edges and bake, turn once during baking so it bakes evenly. One standard sized crust should make 24 pie pops. Perfection.
Classic Cookies and Milk
When I asked one bride if she could have any dessert in the world what would it be she said a warm chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk, hands down every time. If this sounds like you then maybe a cookie bar is in your future. This is a great, cheap, easy and fun alternative to cake. I have never met a person that doesn’t like cookies. They can be made in batches so there will be plenty for everyone and are relatively quick time wise to bake. Do it right with tons of different textures and flavors. Anything from oatmeal raisin to lemon glazed would be fabulous. If you want to make the presentation cute consider purchasing mini milk bottles and paper straws providing cookies and milk to your guests. This one is sure to please and impress.
Summer weddings are always looking for ways to be cool. A great way for this would be an ice cream bar or that childhood favorite, popsicles! A bonus to this would be buying in bulk. Get ice cream in big containers and place it in drink tubs filled with ice. Gorgeous tubs can be found at specialty retailers. On a table next to the tubs have a toppings station for your guests to customize their frozen delights. Anything from rainbow sprinkles to gummy bears and don’t forget the hot fudge. This will not only cool your guests off but also be one treat they will never forget. Popsicles would be an amazing idea as well for the summer crowd. You can make your own with fresh fruits. Remember to place a cupcake liner around the stick for each guest and of course yourself. This way you won’t drip on that beautiful dress.
Each of these ideas would be able to work at your wedding and the best part is that they can be done on your own. Create the perfect ending to your perfect day with a new and fresh idea that your guests won’t soon forget.
About Kristin: I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a dual Bachelors degree in 2008. I then started working in the nonprofit sector doing event planning. After planning my own wedding in 2010 I discovered a passion for weddings and have been a freelance planner ever since. I am also the owner and operator of Kristi’s Confections, a specialty cake and confections company. I live in South Florida with my husband and 1-year-old daughter. Follow me on Google.