Wednesday, October 12, 2016

7 Delicious Wedding Desserts To Enjoy Instead Of Cake

Traditionally, a giant, multi-tiered wedding cake is displayed prominently at the wedding reception for the bride and groom to ceremoniously cut. What if you don't particularly like cake? There is no set-in-stone rule saying that the dessert at your wedding reception must be cake, and traditions are made to be broken! You should eat what you enjoy at your own wedding, and Country Jewell has come up with a few alternative ideas for sweet treats you can serve instead.

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As we have stated before, it's your special day, so do things that make you happy. If you enjoy something, there's a good chance that your guests will like it too. The desserts mentioned below can be served alongside a small wedding cake, instead of it altogether, or choose more than one to make up an entire dessert bar. 

Cupcakes & Cake Pops
Yes, technically this is pretty much the same thing as cake, but these little versions are perfect for a small wedding. Another bonus to serving these instead of one big cake is that there is no fight over whether you will serve white or chocolate. Instead, you can order a variety of flavors.

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Another cake-like dessert, yet totally different. This is a fun twist that many guests will be tickled to see... and eat. If you are creative and very careful, these can even be stacked in a way that resembles a cake. They also are excellent for a late-night snack after hours of dancing. 

This dessert fits in perfectly at a rustic country wedding, and there are so many to choose from: fruit, cream, meringue, and even cheesecake!. You can use mini pie tins and offer a lot of different kinds, fill a table with many large pies, or place one at each individual table for those sitting around it to relish. 

Dessert Shooters
These are desserts that are served out of a shot glass or tiny drinking glass. Miniature versions of strawberry shortcake, banana pudding, chocolate mousse, or some type of similar food can be served in individual portions this way. Using small mason jars would be perfect for a rustic twist. 

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Homemade Treats
If you come from a family of cooks and bakers, then there are probably a few amazing recipes that have been passed down over time. Cookies, brownies, trifles, tarts, pies, cakes... anything that your family is "famous" for. You can have your family members make these for the wedding ahead of time, or you can give the recipes to a professional baker to recreate for you, but only if you're willing to share those secret recipes!  

A Candy Bar
We aren't only talking about "candy bars" like a Milky Way or Butterfinger (even though those could be used for this too) but a table full of a variety of candies in jars or other cute containers. Guests can fill bags full of their favorite sweets to take back to the table or home with them after the reception. Wrapped candies work well for easy grabbing, or you can use bulk unwrapped candy and provide a pretty scoop to dig in with.  

Country Jewell, wedding venue, Knoxville, Heiskell TN, dessert barDIY Dessert Station
Put your guests to work, but in a fun, delicious way. Set up a station for making s'mores or ice cream sundaes. Fall would be an excellent time to incorporate a caramel apple making station. Provide the base ingredients plus plenty of toppings, then let everyone start assembling their dessert. 

Whatever dessert you choose to serve, it's a great way to add a bit of personalization and flair to your small country wedding near Knoxville. If you are in need of a baker, Country Jewell knows many talented local wedding vendors. Tell us what you have in mind and we'll do our best to connect you with the right person for the job.  

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