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25 Wedding Desserts That Are Far More Exciting Than Cake

These dessert options are so tasty, your guests will forget all about cake.
11/03/2015 11:39am ET | Updated November 3, 2016
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Not a fan of the traditional wedding cake? These dessert options are so tasty, your guests will forget all about cake.

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Cookie Shots
Photo Credit: Ten22 Studio
The ultimate comfort food goes upscale with milk and cookie shots. Related: 10 Ways to Make Your Wedding More Kid-Friendly
2
Ice Cream
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Perfect for a summer wedding, create a grab-and-go ice cream stand. Related: 100 Ideas for Summer Weddings
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Pie Tower
Photo Credit: Jose Villa
Dig into a slice of your favorite pie together. Related: 17 Ways to Serve Pie at Your Wedding
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S'mores
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Candy Girl
A create-your-own-s'mores bar is a crowd-pleasing option any time of year. Related: 75 Ideas for a Rustic Wedding
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Cinnamon Rolls
Photo Credit: One Fine Cookie
Cinnamon buns aren't your typical wedding fare — which is why your guests will love this unexpected choice. Related: 7 Unique Ways to Display Your Wedding Food
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Dessert Shots
Photo Credit: Manhattan Beach Creamery
Transform your favorite dessert into a sweet dessert shooter, featuring layers of pastry and cream in a shot glass. Related: Wedding Bar Guide: How Much Alcohol Do You Need?
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Waffles
Photo Credit: Becca Rillo
Instead of cutting the cake, drizzle syrup over your waffle stack together. Related: Non-Traditional Tiered Dessert Ideas
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Doughnut Hole Skewers
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For a fun treat, serve bite-size doughnut holes on skewers. Related: 15 Ways to Serve Doughnuts at Your Wedding
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Cookie Bar
Photo Credit: Abby Rose Photo
Feature your favorite family recipes in an elaborate cookie buffet. Related: 25 Ways to Wow Your Guests
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Croquembouche
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This traditional French dessert consists of cream puffs and caramel. Related: Fun Cultural Traditions to Include in Your Wedding
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Cookie Tower
Photo Credit: Brandy Angel Photography
Cut into tiers of soft-baked cookies. Related: 101 Amazing Wedding Cakes
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Stacked Cookies
Photo Credit: Rena Harvey
These adorable cookies are designed to look like mini wedding cakes. Related: 25+ Edible Wedding Favors Your Guests Won't Leave Behind
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Oreo Tower
Photo Credit: Andi Mans Photography
Pile up these cookie sandwiches to create a cookie cake. Related: 100 Sentimental Wedding Ideas You'll Love
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Macarons
Photo Credit: OneLove Photography
This French dessert has taken the world by storm; make them even more fitting for a wedding by displaying them on a tiered platter. Related: Wedding Ideas by Color
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Mini Pies
Photo Credit: Set Free Photography
A stack of mini pies lets each of your guests grab his or her favorite flavor. Related: 10 Wedding Favors You'd Never Guess Cost Under $1
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Pie Pops
Photo courtesy of Pillsbury
A pie-on-a-stick is deliciously portable. Related: 150+ Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable
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Pie Fries
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This grab-and-go dessert is perfect for a wedding — your guests can keep on dancing while satisfying their sweet cravings. Related: Stylish Ways to Display Your Food & Drinks
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Fruit Tarts
Photo Credit: Kurt Boomer
Light and refreshing, fruit tarts are a crowd-pleasing dessert option after a hearty meal. Related: 35 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Desserts
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Doughnuts
Photo Credit: Ashlyn Dawson Photography
Top your doughnut tower with a cake tier so that you can still have that cake-cutting moment. Related: 50 Creative Wedding Cake Toppers
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Cupcakes
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Cupcakes are the most popular wedding cake alternative; give your dessert display a whimsical touch with unique décor. Related: 25+ of the Most Unique Wedding Themes We've Ever Seen
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Mini Cakes
Photo Credit: Pasteleria Martinez
Fancier than cupcakes but more portable than a cake, these mini cakes are the perfect compromise. Related: 50 Ideas for a Modern Wedding
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Cake Pops
Photo Credit: Sweet Lauren Cakes
For an elegant take on this fun dessert, display your cake pops on a tiered platter. Related: 50 Clever Signs Your Wedding Guests Will Love
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Rice Krispie Treats
Photo Credit: Kina Wicks Photography
Feature your favorite childhood treat in a wedding-worthy way with a cake make of Rice Krispie treats. Related: 101 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding
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Cotton Candy
Photo Credit: Johnny Miller
Guests will love this nostalgic treat! Related: 50 Ideas for a Vintage-Inspired Wedding
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Candy Buffet
Photo Credit: The Rose Weddings
Gather a variety of candies that match your wedding color scheme, and invite each guest to fill a bag to take home. Related: How to Create a Sweet (and Stunning!) Candy Buffet

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