The Biggest Wedding Cake Trends for 2019...Aren’t Cakes at All

Fact: Weddings are getting less and less “traditional” by the day. So are you really that surprised that ye olde wedding cake tradition is getting a makeover, too? That’s right, folks: The overarching trend in wedding cakes…is that more and more folks are skipping them entirely in favor of playful, personal desserts. Below, a few non-cake cake trends that have the wedding industry buzzing this season.

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Cookies Are The New Doughnuts

Is there anything more beautiful than a sweeping display of fresh baked cookies? We think not. Where 2016 was the year of the doughnut, “2019 is the Year of the Cookie Jar,” insists Elaine Ardizzone of Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. Cookies are an especially timely dessert trend because a) they “can be made vegan or gluten-free more easily than many other desserts” and b) they “require no utensils, so guests don’t have to decide between dessert and dancing. They can grab a quick bite and get right back on the dance floor!”

Breakfast Sweets

Dear morning person brides: This fun and whimsical dessert trend is for you. “With brunch weddings on the rise, ‘cakes’ made out of breakfast favorites such as cinnamon rolls, waffles and pancakes are becoming more popular,” says Brittny Drye of Love Inc. Layers and layers of ooey, gooey cinnamon buns? Sign us up.

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Pies, Pies And More Pies

ICYMI, wedding pies are one of the biggest trends in matrimonial sweets. Family style, buffet stations, mini pies: They’re all delish, beautiful and oh-so affordable. Another bonus? “Pies come in so many varieties that you can easily satisfy both the sweet and savory cravings of your guests,” says Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography.

Fried Desserts

Show us a person who doesn’t love sweet, sugary fried dough, and we’ll show you a liar. Such is the reason churro and beignet station requests are inundating caterers. These kinds of performance stations “add the perfect WOW factor for guests,” says Meryl Snow of Feastivities Events. Bonus points: “They’re also really great as ice breakers!”


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