What’s Your Wedding Dessert Vibe?

Whether you’re tired of the same old tiers or just not a fan of cake, I have big news! There’s a whole world of creative wedding desserts, and these days cake is optional! Like every other part of the big day, your reception dessert should be something you love!  We’ve seen couples feed each other cake pops, donut bites, and even ice cream for the big “cake cutting” photo op.  

 This blog is all about discovering your dessert vibe. We will talk about popular options, see inspirational photos, and recommend the best local bakers. If you’re looking for ideas beyond the traditional wedding cake, stay tuned; we’re about to discuss some seriously scrumptious options!

Too Cute to Touch, Too tempting to Resist

Imagine adorable towers of single-serve sweets like beguiling french macaroons, mini parfaits, tarts, cake pops, and cupcakes. A dessert display offers variety, so there’s something for everyone, and the playful whimsy of these petite treats invariably charms a crowd. You may choose to include a wedding cake as the centerpiece of your dessert display, but it’s optional. 

Lux Sucre Desserts

Looking for a dreamy dessert display that’s almost too pretty to eat?

We recommend Lux Sucre Desserts (pictured above), Laurie Clarke Cakes, and Too Sweet Cakes.

Heartwarming Favorites

Picture overflowing platters of cookies, brownies, dessert bars, pies, and other classic treats. Guests go wild for a dessert table of artisan baked goods that evoke warmth and nostalgia. So why not serve an elevated version of your favorite homemade goodies for the wedding dessert?

Lux Sucre Desserts

Check out The Hungry Hero for a seemingly endless array of mouthwatering options!  

Made before your eyes

Treat your guests to an unforgettable dessert experience with goodies made right before their eyes. It’s interactive, fun, and guarantees an adorable photo op. We love Pip’s Mobile and 1927 S’mores Company.

Pip’s Mobile Doughnuts & Chai

Imagine the aroma of freshly made donuts and piping hot chai guiding guests to the Pip’s Doughnuts parked outside your reception. Andrew and his crew serve-up an assortment of warm mini doughnuts & delicious chai in their adorable, retro-hip rig.

The S’mores Experience from 1927 S’mores Co. offers three flavors of s’mores made with gourmet grahams, marshmallows, and artisan toppings, roasted to perfection before your eyes.

Beyond The Traditional Tiered Cake

Looking for a dessert table that embraces tradition with a little extra fun? Opt for a small cake with towers of assorted cupcakes decorated to fit your wedding theme. Cupcakes offer variety; they are easy to eat and super cute.   

Lux Sucre Desserts

Charmed by the idea of a cake and cupcake display? We recommend Fat Cupcake (pictured above), SW Cakes, Serious Cakes, and Too Sweet Cakes. For something a little more unique consider the trendy confections from Nothing Bundt Cake, offering various sizes and flavors of beautifully glazed bundt cakes.

Pro tip: You don’t have to pick just one! Feel free to mix and match options. Maybe you want an adorable dessert display AND Pip’s doughnuts for a late-night snack. Or The Hungry Hero cookies beside your classic, layered wedding cake. Go for it!  

We love seeing couples personalize their wedding dessert choices, and hope this guide frees you from any nagging thoughts that cake is the only option.  Do you have a favorite Portland baker or dessert experience we should know about? Sound off on social @abernethycenter and be sure tap follow for all the love and beauty from our inspirational Oregon weddings.


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