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Outside of the Box Wedding Desserts


Maybe it’s completely wrong to you to have anything but a wedding cake for dessert!? It’s a long-standing tradition along with the cutting of the cake, but as couples continue to customize their weddings, foregoing certain traditions is quite common. If you’re looking to do something different and memorable for your wedding dessert (and cake just isn’t your thing), we’ve compiled desserts options to try at your own wedding, birthday or event!

Why limit yourself to just one delicious dessert? These sweets could even be in addition to your cake if you’re wanting to provide another option for you guests! The only reasonable thing left to do next is continue on your research, and taste test some of these  yummy treats!


Cheesecake is so unique, and this creamy dessert has some die-hard fans! With cheesecake being the best chilled, it isn’t the easiest to execute seamlessly at a wedding on your own, since the cheesecake shouldn’t be leave out for more than two hours at room temperature. We definitely suggest heading to a caterer if you’re looking to have cheesecake at your wedding reception! Don’t forget to consider There are alternative options to the traditional cheesecake slice as well. Ask your caterer about serving dessert shooter style which might be easier to eat at an event.


Unlike cheesecake, brownies have a better hold time, so they make perfect great handheld desserts for the big day. If you’d like more of a formal dessert experience, brownies could also be served bite sized with mini forks or tooth picks.


There is a variety of other options for bars to serve at your event, from lemon bars to cookie bars! These baked desserts are firmer than your traditional cake and are a delicious finger food that can be customized in dozens of ways.


Cupcakes are a great way to have a variety of flavors of cake in cute portions. Cupcakes have been used at the table’s centerpieces decor or grand cupcake displays give a dessert table that wow factor! Ask your caterer about cupcakes or some of our favorite Houston cupcake bakers include Crave, The Cupcake Cowgirls, and Gigi’s Cupcakes.


Separate from the dessert table, and candy display, potentially in the hallway, is a familiar addition to a wedding reception. If candy is your thing, go big with providing your favorites as a sweet treat after dinner. Candy is also a great snack throughout the rest of the evening the guests will keep going back for! We always love the creations from Sam’s Sweet Treats and L’Atelier du Brigadeiro!


Donuts have increasingly become a popular option for wedding desserts for multiple reasons. Donuts are affordable, they come in endless amounts of flavors, and they can sit all night without going bad! The creative displays of donuts always blows us away, and when you can save tons of money going the donut dessert route, you might as well go all out in displaying them! Check out some of our favorite local Houston area donut vendors like Small Bites, Wink, and Donut Junkie!


Macarons are also becoming incredibly popular as a wedding dessert. They are small and come in an extremely large amount of flavors. They can be used to create a colorful spread on their own involving multiple flavors and are also small enough to be used as decorations on larger deserts! Macarons are generally a slightly more expensive option because of the high skill required to perfect them, but we think it is worth it!

Ice Cream

If you’re looking for something to pair with your wedding cake then why not go with this ultimate classic? We have seen sundae bar set ups at weddings popping up with several different flavors of ice cream and a massive spread of toppings of course! There are plenty of other options as well, maybe your caterer can offer a soft serve machine!

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