Cake is considered a wedding staple, but it doesn’t have to be the centerpiece of your wedding dessert selection. Many people choose to do individual desserts, both for the ease of not having to cut the cake and for the customizable options of having multiple kinds of cupcakes. If cake isn’t your thing, consider these awesome individual desserts that will have your guests excited to see something different while still maintaining that beautiful classy atmosphere you are looking for in a wedding reception.
Pecan Pie Tarts
For the Southerner in all of us, a little tart full of sweet sugary filling and roasted pecans is the perfect after-dinner delight. These are a great option because of their crunch, both with the pecans and a good mini pie-crust with its crumbly edges. For a twist, some people add a browned-butter glaze for the crust edges, just to deepen the flavor.
Cannoli Bites with Various Fillings
Cannoli are a wonderful Italian dessert consisting of a crisp shell with a creamy filling made of ricotta cheese inside. Often, small bits of fruit, pistachios, or chocolate chips are added to the filling, making them quite customizable. Tiny cannoli not only add an Italian twist to your dessert, they are also simply delicious.
Lemon Bars with Powdered Sugar
Want a refreshing option for your summer wedding? The tang and sweetness of a sticky lemon bar is as nice as lemonade! For an added fun, you can put paper cut-outs on the top of each bar and sift the signature powdered sugar on to create a design that stays when you take the paper away. This way, your dessert can be perfectly themed to your wedding.
Blueberry Cheesecake Bite
Classy and rich, a small piece of cheesecake heaped with summer fruit like blueberries is a great twist that adds both the deep flavors of berries and the light and creamy smoothness of the cheesecake. Graham cracker crust rounds out this perfect dessert option.
Banana Pudding Dessert Cups
Banana pudding is a hard dish to serve in a classy way, until you realize you can make individual “mini shots” of banana pudding, complete with adorable additions like a pretty cookie or a dusting of chia seeds on top. Banana pudding is making a comeback with its melt-in-your-mouth smooth flavor and the fact that it can be served cool, not cold like ice cream.
While regular donuts are delicious, baked cake donuts are both pretty and something new for many guests. Especially if you choose to serve these cuties with a cup of coffee, they make a sweet and casual way to end the reception, or just to usher everyone onto the dance floor. You can add icing in the colors of your wedding to make them even more themed.
The combination of mint and chocolate is delightful, and fudgy, soft brownies pair so well with mint chips or mint icing! For a nice twist on the more common fruit-flavored desserts, this will ensure that everyone gets a refreshing pick-me-up at the end of the meal. Brownies are also a great option if there are plenty of kids at your wedding, since they are recognizable treats even when served in a beautiful presentation.
Beautiful and seasonal, strawberry shortcakes provide a nice counterpoint to other, more sugar-forward desserts. Shortcakes are lightly sweetened and perfect with tart berries and a dollop of whipped cream. For a fun option, make a “shortcake bar,” allowing your guests to assemble a berry shortcake with a few different options.
Chocolate Mousse Cups
Chocolate mousse is rich and fancy, but easy to eat when served in small tarts or cups. You can add many different garnishes, from a hazelnut on top to flakes of coconut or shavings of ultra-dark chocolate. The cocoa lovers in the room will definitely thank you if you choose this one.
Rather than feeling like you have to commit to just one of these mini-desserts, you can definitely pair a few options together to give your guests variety and excitement at the dessert table, while also providing a few options that are gluten-free, dairy-free, or avoid major allergens like nuts. The variety of desserts ensures that everyone gets their sweet fix no matter what they are able to eat, and you can include your absolute favorite there in the mix so that you can have a moment to enjoy a sweet interlude during your happy, busy day.
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If you know you want a very specific, very custom cake, it really can’t get better than a hand-painted design. Often done over fondant, a hand-painted cake allows the cake artist to create a truly one-of-a-kind look for your wedding cake! Popular hand-drawn designs include floral pieces, marble aesthetic, or even a tie-dye look!
This new cake trend is adding a pop of sophistication and flair to any wedding cake - adding metallic elements to your cake! Where it be bright gold frosting, silver flecks, or a beautiful rose gold topper, adding metals to your wedding cake is sure to make it a showstopper! You can go so far as to make the entire cake metallic, or so simple as adding one singular accent like a gold flower or other motif to tie everything together.
Drip Cakes are Naked Cakes’ new, hip cousin. They are essentially naked cakes with a twist - a drip of icing, jam, or some other delicious topping artistically placed along the top and “dripping” along the sides of the cake. This creates a yummy, organic, beautifully natural look. A drip cake is a great option if you love the general aesthetic of a naked cake but want a little additional flavor or aesthetic to jazz it up a bit. This type of topping is also great because it gives you so many options for how to top your wedding cake - different colors and flavors will create different looks to complement your colors or theme for the day!
Multiple, Smaller Cakes
A major wedding cake trend that we’re going to see a lot of in 2018 is going to be the use of multiple, smaller cakes. One reason is just that the aesthetic and design options you’re able to put together with more than one cake can’t be beat. Another major reason, though, is the couple really wanting to make accommodations for their guests' needs - including food allergies and other dietary restrictions, as well as just taste preferences. Don’t be surprised if you attend several 2018 weddings that boast 3 - 5 small wedding cakes!
Cakes with Words
Similar to the hand-painted cakes, a more specific trend is on the rise for 2018: using words as art on your wedding cake. This can be anything from the couple’s names, to a favorite quote or song lyric about love. Using words as your cake decoration is a simple, beautiful way to make a big impact on your guests - and to make the cake as meaningful as the program or music!
Here is another example for the use of multiple, smaller cakes. You can have multiple flavors, icing types and ingredients with multiple smaller cakes. It's an easy way to please all the cake lovers with different taste preferences in your wedding party!
3D Ultra-Real Frosting
With the advancements in 3D printing and generally making everything more ultra-real, look for cakes with frosting with details never possible before. We are going to see more cakes that look life fine art, and you won't want to cut the cake until the last minute!
Fun and Humorous Cakes
More couples are choosing to show their sense of humor with their wedding cake design. A humorous cake will leave people talking about your wedding for a long time to come!
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