10 Alternative Wedding Cake Ideas that are a little bit different and a whole lot of yummy!


1. Say Cheese.

Personally I would eat cheese over cake any day so the thought of this layered cheese cake makes my mouth water like crazy (& the edam in the fridge just aint gonna cut it) Add layers of different types of cheese so that everyone finds a little something they like. My pic of the bunch would be Kiwi company Whitestone Cheese.

Cheeses by Godminster / Found at Want That Wedding


2. The coolest cake in town.

Double up on dessert and cake with a little artisan icecream. Making them is much easier than you think courtesy of my bestie Martha Stewart and it gives you one less thing to worry about on the day (if you haven’t already eaten them by then!) Yummo.

Found at Kwestia Smaku


3. Mini Deserts.

The perfect solution for fussy guests these little cakes in cups are the perfect petite dessert and look fantastic. Just beware of the drunken guest who thinks it’s a game of Jenga!

Found at Bees Knees Baking Co


 4. Dark and Gooey.

While I respect that a fruit cake with white icing really is the traditional cake of the wedding world, I could guarantee your guests wouldn’t complain if you rocked something dark and gooey. Chocolate and caramel are the perfect pair and propped up on a fancy pants stand, this cake certainly gets the thumbs up from me!

Image by Red White & Green Photography / Found at Ruffled


5. A Slice of Pie.

There is something romantic about a freshly baked pie and this alternative wedding cake idea with different sizes and flavours of fruit pie, is perfect for an intimate wedding (and oh so affordable) Team it up with the icecream cake for the perfect summer dessert!

Image by Jose Villa / Found at The Natural Wedding Company


6. Croquembouche (what?)

Until I witnessed some serious cake making disasters on Master Chef, I had no idea this dessert even existed. Made of profiteroles all stuck together with a crazy ass sugar glazing thingie (ok so I am no chef) this dessert looks so ridiculously tasty I am actually craving it for breakfast. My advice? Leave it to the experts!

Found on Pinterest / No image source but let me know if you find one!


7. Ruffle it up.

This ombre ruffled cake is pretty damn spectacular for a slightly different take on the traditional cake. So much icing (because really that is the best bit right!?)

Made by Sugar Ruffles / Found on The Cake Blog


8. A Sweet Sponge. 

I love this simple idea of a sponge cake for a wedding. Of course you would want to include a butt load of cream, but this idea is a great way to save a little (or a lot) of mulah!

Image by Emily Chidester Photography / Found on Ruffled


9. Square & Simple (less is more!)

In a world of some seriously pimped out cakes, simple and square could definitely be considered alternative. Affordable and easy to make yourself, this beautiful cake idea proves that less is more for a classy and beautifully simple wedding.

Image by Jenna Beth Photography / Found on Ruffled


10. Showcase outside the square

Now, this way for displaying a cake is insanely cool and possibly a little impractical, but my point was to get you thinking about alternative ways to display your cake. Think alternative stands and some added flora and fauna, and why not have a mini cake on each table as opposed to one biggie!

Image by Clayton Austin Photography / Found on Ruffled


EXTRA IDEA. A Floral Centrepiece

A fantastic idea for those who are forgoing a cake but need a little height on the dessert table. A simple cake stand filled with flowers, this would also make a great idea for table centrepieces. You likey?

Image by Devlin Photos / Found on Rock N Roll Bride


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  1. Amy - Chic Vintage Brides

    March 7, 2014

    It is making my mouth water just looking at this post Jax! Some great looking alternative wedding cakes, but I think (maybe because its feeling colder and I am craving comfort food, but) I love the pie tower best! I do hope they served it with yummy custard 🙂

  2. Amy - Chic Vintage Brides

    March 7, 2014

    Oh and have you seen the chocolate drizzled rice krispie cake http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/1384641/ at this adorable autumn wedding? I would have paid to be a guest – they had a dessert table too! 🙂 x

  3. Jax

    March 9, 2014

    Oh my goodness that whole shoot is AMAZING!!! Love all the clever styling ideas and the wedding cake is SO Chic Vintage Brides worthy!!! Thank you so much for sharing xox

  4. Jax

    March 9, 2014

    I know!!! I went straight to the cupboard for something sweet after this and have been thinking about those pies all weekend. Have some frozen boysenberries in the freezer so thinking I might try a boysenberry and apple pie (I have never actually made one so could be a big fail but hey worth a shot!) Thank you again for stopping by. Love love LOVE your blog! Rock on Chic Vintage Brides!!!

  5. KT

    March 29, 2015

    Just a note – it’s “dessert,” not “desert.” Since it shows up so many times, I thought it was worth correcting.

  6. Jax Sutton

    March 29, 2015

    haha thank you! damn spell checker (and of course I never noticed!) 🙂

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