By: Jen Dahl
It's fun to see how wedding traditions change throughout the years. I remember going to weddings when I was younger and everyone had the traditional round, multi-tier cake with the pastic bride and groom toppers. Today when you go to a wedding you never know what you are going to get! There are so many exciting different ideas!
I was so torn when we were making the big decision. Do we do something traditional, creative, or modern? What are all the other outside-the-box options? Just like the rest of wedding planning, there are so many options these days you just need to decide what fits your style and theme of the wedding the best.
Some options I considered:
A traditional wedding cake (with a contemporary twist of new shapes, colors, decorating).
A funny wedding cake: A little twist to surprise your guests and make them laugh!
Multiple wedding cakes (one on each table in multiple flavors): These are nice because it doubles as the table centerpiece!
Cupcakes: A delicious and fun option for lots of variety.
Ice Cream Cakes: My friend/bridesmaid Kim had this for her wedding and it was a fun alternative! They called the local Dairy Queen and worked with them to make individual ice cream cakes in a cup and chose cookie dough, Oreo, and Heath toppings. They were quite a hit!
Candy Tables: I have seen these done in lieu of, or in addition to wedding desserts; however they are a fun way to give guests an option of sweet treats throughout the night and add great decor when done in your wedding colors! (Warning: Kids will LOVE this however you may want to consider having the table a little higher up to monitor whose little hands are digging in the candy—so you don't find any small children passed out from a sugar coma on the floor or wonder why your 3-year-old nephew is still break dancing on the dance floor at midnight)!
There are many other options in addition to what I have listed above, such as a chocolate fondue fountain, cookies, fine chocolates, and many more. When Mike and I made the final decision we visited "Queen of Cakes" in Edina. We met with Terri (the owner), and she was absolutely amazing, genuine, and so nice to work with! She started the business out of her home and actually made my sister's wedding cake 10 years ago and many of my nephew's birthday cakes. She now has a booming business with two locations where they do hundreds of weddings and other events a year, and she definitely gives each couple personal attention!
Mike and I met there after work one evening to discuss ideas and of course the best part—eat cake!
There are so many different cakes and filling flavors it is hard to choose. The problem was that we went there hungry and she gave us a lot of cake, and we left there a little overly full and on a sugar high! We came up with the cake/filling/frosting combinations we wanted and she put them together for us to pick up the next day to truly sample everything we were ordering. (We were able to try it at home and I made Mike pretend we were feeding each other cake at our reception—as I just wanted to make sure he wasn't planning to smash it in my face!)
As far as the type of cake we went with, it is a beautiful square, tiered cake (with offset tiers), and while Mike was out of town I ordered a groom's cake as a surprise to him! I am excited!
OK, now back to finalizing invitations . . .
Picture credits: Traditional Wedding Cake,, Modern Wedding Cake, Funny Wedding Cake, Cake Centerpiece, Wedding Cupcakes, Ice Cream Cakes, Candy Table.