How can we make our gluten-free cake alternative look fancier? #Reception Advice#cake#candy buffet#catering#food#gluten-free#self-catered May 8 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Apple crisp? Sour Patch Kids? Gluten-free yummies can look fancy!Photo from Jenny and Davis' Utah wedding by M. Felt Photography My fiancé and I are both gluten-free. We decided early on not to have a wedding cake we wouldn't be able to eat, but the more I looked into gluten-free cakes the more discouraged I got. They are so expensive and people still mentioned wanting a regular cake, too. Then I remembered that we love apple crisp. The wedding is in October, apple crisp is amazing, and our venue already makes a great gluten-free one. My question: how do we dress it up for the wedding? I searched the internet far and wide and all I see are towers of cupcakes, donuts, and pies. I can't figure out how to make a big tray of apple crisp look like a special dessert and also avoid being wasteful. We don't need one hundred tiny glass jars and a throwaway option isn't our style. Any ideas on making our gluten-free cake alternative look fancier? Thanks! – Ani Related Post Funky cake stands and dessert displays that'll make your noms look like art! Inspired by my weird cupcake display, I thought I'd bring some wacky, weird, and wonderful cake stands and displays, perfect for showcasing your yummy wedding... Read more Great dessert idea! We're all about cake alternatives around here. If you're not down for individual servings (in jars or otherwise), then we'll need to narrow down choices for a big ol' dish of crisp. The first bet would be to ask your venue if they have any options for making it look more exciting. And if not, then here are some options for crisps or any less-than-exciting-looking food that you might want to serve (including savory stuff that you're self-catering!)… 3-Tier Rectangular Serving Platter An elevated serving dish Separating out one large crisp platter into a few allows you to harness the look of a tiered serving dish like this one. Just make sure to check with your venue to see if they can work with whatever style you choose. This kind also allows for smaller, round dishes like pie pans, which could be really easy to adapt without altering the recipe. Pumpkin Maple Cream Trifle from Pampered Chef A big glass dish If you're really going for a different style of dessert, you could harness the power of glass to show off some layers in a big trifle dish. You can find tons of these on Amazon or at your local home stores. The trick is having the venue adapt the apple crisp to the layered look, but that's probably totally doable. Silver Plate Buffet Stand from PearlsParlor A shmancy serving dish These are old skool wedding buffet standards, but they DO fancy things up. Add some greenery around it, a plate of gluten-free cookies, and it can look pretty swank. String Art Apple Sign from BlossomingBurlap Add a little decor to the table When in doubt, add some flair to the table! A little signage lets everyone know what's in it (hello, apples!), and makes for a little keepsake after the wedding. You could pair it with a few glass jars full of whole apples to bring the fall theme home. Candy buffet ideas: How to save money and up your sweets table game Planning a big ol' sweets table as your dessert, cake alternative, or as guest favors? This can either be a spend-fest or an exercise in skillful saving, depending on your… Read More Food allergy labels for your wedding catering: a free wedding printable in TWO styles Chances are if you're offering food at your wedding, you're already thinking about potential allergy and dietary issues. We all either have our own dietary needs and/or know someone who… Read More Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride’s Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Let's bow down to this garden wedding with the crop top wedding dress of our dreams NEXT Balloons and gold glitter at this vintage chic Portland wedding Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] Could you add some apple rosettes to the top for a little (edible) visual flair? Admittedly, most of the versions I've seen usually use pie crust to hold it together, but I think it can be done just apples. 2 agree Reply Adding decorative piped whipped cream or icing roses, edible or candy flowers, or go all out: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/rx1rvysSQpQ/maxresdefault.jpg http://www.fabdiy.com/wp-content/thumbnails/Rose-Apple-Pie-Bites-thumbnail.jpg Reply or with edible butterflies made of fondant or printed on edible rice paper – there are a number of sellers on etsy. there are also fondant ornaments, gumpaste or fondant flowers, bake it in a fancy tureen, add a cake topper… 2 agree Reply If it's in the fall, could you also include little bushel baskets of different types of apples set out for the guests? Especially if you're from a place like Washington State (ex. Washington Apple) or live near some farms and orchards? Put out the pans of crisp, have a few baskets of various colors and flavors of apples with little signs labeling them and put some fall leaves on the table and it will look really pretty. 2 agree Reply Do you think a topper would work? I know you can do them with pies; not sure if a crisp is stable enough. But it would definitely say "wedding"! 1 agrees Reply It's a pretty popular thing here in Australia to have a cheese tower as a cake – you could just serve the apple crisp as a dessert course and use a few wheels of cheese as your "cake" i.e for cutting etc. Then you have a dessert and a cheese course to serve? My sister did this, and after they'd cut into the cheese, the caterers took it away and made up cheese boards to serve as well. (This is all assuming you're not lactose intolerant as well…) 1 agrees Reply There are some really fun themed shaped pie pans out there, which could jazz up an apple crisp. I've seen baking pans shaped like USA states, the millennium falcon, mickey mouse, hearts, letters of the alphabet, etc. …or you can blow everyone's mind by cutting the apple slices (for in the crisp) using small cookie cutters in shapes of your choice. The results could be really pretty and memorable. 1 agrees Reply I had to look up "Apple Crisp" but I think it's what we call Apple Crumble here in the UK. Using that term might help expand your search options. My immediate ideas were: Fancy dish for display and cutting (heart shaped? apple shaped? your wedding colours). https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fancy+crumble+dish&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvvZ_E2-LTAhWHvRoKHQ5ECjUQ_AUICigB&biw=1903&bih=923#tbm=isch&q=crumble+in+heart+shaped+dish We had a pork pie cake and used decorated cocktail sticks to DIY our theme onto the pie. http://i2.wp.com/lovemydress.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/6a0120a65f64b9970c015438149e0c970c-580wi.jpg Or you could get a professional cake topper https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/misscake/product/eat-drink-and-be-married-cake-topper. The apple rosettes that Katie G suggests above https://eatitnoworeatitlater.com/2014/10/04/decorating-with-apple-roses/ or you could try https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fancy+crumble+dish&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvvZ_E2-LTAhWHvRoKHQ5ECjUQ_AUICigB&biw=1903&bih=923#tbm=isch&q=dusting+with+icing+sugar+pattern+ on a cold crumble/crisp. 2 agree Reply (I tried embedding the links but HTML didn't work) I had to look up "Apple Crisp" but I think it's what we call Apple Crumble here in the UK. Using that term might help expand your search options. My immediate ideas were: Fancy dish for display and cutting (heart shaped? apple shaped? your wedding colours). https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fancy+crumble+dish&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvvZ_E2-LTAhWHvRoKHQ5ECjUQ_AUICigB&biw=1903&bih=923#tbm=isch&q=crumble+in+heart+shaped+dish We had a pork pie cake and used decorated cocktail sticks to DIY our theme onto the pie. http://i2.wp.com/lovemydress.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/6a0120a65f64b9970c015438149e0c970c-580wi.jpg Or you could get a professional cake topper https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/misscake/product/eat-drink-and-be-married-cake-topper. The apple rosettes that Katie G suggests above look ace. https://eatitnoworeatitlater.com/2014/10/04/decorating-with-apple-roses/ Or you could try dusting with icing sugar on a cold crumble/crisp. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fancy+crumble+dish&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvvZ_E2-LTAhWHvRoKHQ5ECjUQ_AUICigB&biw=1903&bih=923#tbm=isch&q=dusting+with+icing+sugar+pattern+ Reply Test Reply Maybe you could put some edible flowers on top. That plus a nice pan or dish would look awful purdy. Reply I would suggest having a smaller round dish of apple crisp for you on display and to cut. Just have the large baking tray not leave the kitchen, but have the staff put it on plates and serve it individually for all the guests. Reply I don't know that you could do this with apple crisp, but people go nuts over pies in mason jars. Even though it's just a mason jar, people feel like it's really special when they have their own cute container of the thing. Alternately, don't fancy up the crisp but fancy up the decor around it- like cored apples with tea light candles inside. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.