WEDDING CAKES vs. DESSERT TABLE (or both?)

I’m back – sorry for the delay in writing the second blog!  I think spring fever took hold of me!  But Dave (my kitten and trusty side-kick) and I are back to share our thoughts on the age-old question of wedding cakes vs. dessert tables.  Dave prefers cat treats to chocolate treats, so she’s not much help…

As almost everyone knows, searching for ideas and inspiration on Pinterest has become a way of life for a lot of people – especially brides and grooms.  As my first post explained, brides and grooms these days are taking a more personalized approach to their weddings and receptions, especially the food.   Over the past year, for example, studies show a significant increase in requests for dessert tables instead of wedding cakes, featuring couples’ favorite desserts – oftentimes from their first date or desserts that represent both families’ cultures.

Dessert tables are becoming more and more popular at receptions for many reasons.

For one thing, wedding cakes can be incredibly expensive — and incredibly limiting, as they offer just one flavor for what can sometimes be hundreds of guests with different tastes. If a great aunt is allergic to chocolate cake or the kid cousins are not a fan of strawberry jam filling, they’re out of luck when it comes to satisfying their sweet tooth.

Dessert bars are fun, and they cater to your guests by offering options: small pies chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, and other varieties of yummy tarts and treats.  Variety is the spice of life, right?   A dessert bar is a sweet and simple way to please your guests, and who doesn’t like having their pick of desserts?

However, tradition is important to many couples.  If a couple feels tradition rules when it comes to choosing between a wedding cake vs. a dessert bar, the choice is simple-have both!  In 2018, more people are mixing tradition with their own personal spin by adding a dessert bar to their wedding. Having a wedding cake and a dessert bar adds flare.

Don’t want a lot of different desserts, but want to add something for your guests to choose from other than cake?  Why not add a cookie table?  Order two or three varieties of cookies to be placed on platters surrounding the cake.  Or, serve the cookies at a separate table with little milk shooters (the kid cousins will be sure to love this).

Many couples still include a small wedding cake in their orders. Ask your wedding caterer to prepare a wedding cake for 50%-70% of guests and 60% for the dessert bar. Traditional wedding cakes serve as a centerpiece, surrounded by plates of your favorite treats.  Go ahead and add a dessert from your culture or a favorite childhood treat (for me it would be whoopie pies (or gobs as we called them) and shoefly pie for my husband).  It’s your day!

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