Wedding cakes don’t always have to be actual cakes, you know. It’s your wedding day, so you get to make the rules. If you’re not a fan of sponge, why not treat your guests to something a little different with one of these alternative wedding cakes.

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10 Alternative Wedding Cakes 

We’ve compiled a list of non-traditional wedding cakes, from sweet and savoury to the downright crazy, we’ve found the best alternatives to suit your big day.

Cheese cake & cheese boards

Wedding cakes made from layers of different cheese wheels are becoming increasingly popular as alternative wedding cakes. Create your cheese cake by stacking layers of assorted cheese wheels to resemble a cake. You can decorate it with grapes and serve with delicious bread, chutneys and wine.

Serving the cake on a slice of wood also adds to the rustic feel and would be perfect for a countryside wedding. Using local cheese is also a lovely additional touch to the cake, and you can serve the cake up on a cheese board later on in the evening when guests start to get peckish.


Cupcake tower

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A cupcake tower is a fun alternative to wedding cake and can become the focal point of your venue. You can also mix it up with an assortment of different flavours, from simple vanilla to a daring red velvet cupcakes. It’s easy to tailor your cupcake tower to your wedding theme by using particular coloured icing, flavours or decorations.

Cake pops

Cake pops are the fun new wedding craze. These tasty bite-sized desserts are the perfect alternative to wedding cake and can fit in with any wedding theme as you can buy them in any colour or style. You can display them on a plate, in a jug or on a stand – depending what you and your hubby–to–be want.


Macaron wedding cake tower

Macarons are a delicious sweet meringue–like desert and look absolutely show–stopping displayed as a tower, and are perfect for a couple who want something a little bit different for their wedding cake.

Macarons can be any colour or flavour, and can be a couple of tiers or 10 tiers high. The towers can be placed on a normal cake stand and decorated to suit your wedding theme. Why not try a vintage cake stand to add to your vintage wedding, or choose an assortment of bright colours if you’re having a summer wedding?


Savoury and sweet pies

Using a sweet or savoury pie as a wedding cake alternative is not only unique, it can also be budget friendly – why not ask your family or friends to bake one each so you can create a three–tier tower. Choose a fruity pie if you’ve got a sweet tooth and a meat one if you fancy something savoury as your wedding masterpiece.


Doughnut tower

Doughnuts are the new wedding cake these days. They’re affordable, they’re fun and they’re delicious. You can easily make your own doughnut tower by buying a few boxes from a supermarket or buy one ready–made from Krispy Kreme, with 204 doughnuts for just £325.00.

A doughnut tower is easy to dress up too – adding flowers and coloured icing will help the tower to fit in with your wedding theme perfectly.


Afternoon tea wedding cake

If you’re having an afternoon–tea or country garden theme we love the idea of having a wedding cake made of scones! Creating a cake stand full of scones, cream and jam will not only look the part on your wedding day, it’ll be something that guests have never seen before.

These are the perfect alternative for a stunning summer wedding. Why not have a large scone at the top and decorate with a cake topper so you can still keep the wedding tradition of cutting the cake?

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Naked wedding cake

Most traditional wedding cakes are frosted with icing but the naked wedding cake has unfrosted edges exposing the delicious flavours, colours and textures inside. Decorating the cake in flowers and fruits can help your cake fit in with your wedding theme.

Naked wedding cakes particularly suit a rustic or country wedding theme. Keep in mind that as they are exposed they tend to dry out faster, so if you’re opting for a naked cake on your wedding day make sure you discuss this with your baker to ensure your cake isn’t stale when served.


Oreo wedding cake

Who doesn’t love Oreos? An Oreo wedding cake is super simple to make and extremely affordable! It also looks chic, fun and is completely original. How many boxes do you think it takes to create an amazing Oreo wedding cake?

Pavlova wedding cake

If you’re having a summer wedding a fruit pavlova is the perfect wedding cake alternative for your special day. Display on a simple cake stand and serve with strawberries, raspberries and cream for a truly British touch. Mini Eton Mess’ arranged in a tower are another idea for a summer wedding, and can double up as wedding favours!


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