Let Them Eat Cinnamon Buns: Offbeat Bride talks to the New York Times about wedding cake alternatives

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Schlopp with a Cherry on Top!

Ariel was quoted in a New York Times article that just published today, Let Them Eat Cinnamon Buns:

Ariel Meadow Stallings, the founder and publisher of Offbeat Bride, a wedding blog, said, “It's not an anti-cake movement, it's more like: If you're going to spend a fortune to feed your guests at your wedding, you might as well feed them something you're going to really enjoy, and that they're going to really enjoy.”

She has featured ceremonies in which candied apples, churros and even schlopp, a Dr. Seuss-inspired parfait, take the place of the cake. Ms. Stallings said the couples' challenge is making less formal substitutions look special.

Ms. Stallings added, “Candy buffets can be really colorful, and really playful, and have a real sense of fun.”


Read the full article, and tell us: how are you making YOUR non-wedding cake dessert look special?

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Comments on Let Them Eat Cinnamon Buns: Offbeat Bride talks to the New York Times about wedding cake alternatives

  1. Neither of us is a huge fan of cake, so our plan for the wedding is going to be strawberry shortcake. We’re going to have biscuits as the base for the shortcake, since that is what my fiance grew up with. People can then compile their own shortcakes, with whatever amount of fruit and whipped cream they want!

    • That is how I grew up as well! I didn’t even know there was any other option for years.

  2. A wedding I went to had a tower of tiny pies in different flavours instead of a cupcake tower. It was AWESOME.

    I like cake but I don’t like icing or frosting. Lots of women in my family bake so asking them to make a bunch of different cakes (I like cakes like carrot cake, banana and walnut, apple, lemon and poppy seed etc) sounds great.

  3. I LOVE my mom’s triple chocolate cake and always request it for celebrations. Luckily, my mom kicks ass and offered to bake enough triple chocolate cake and lemon cake for all of our guests. Not sure, however, what my fiance and I are going to cut into since he doesn’t love cake nearly as much as moi. We are doing something a bit offbeat for our toast though – homemade cookies and shots of milk. Delish!

    • We are doing cupcakes for the guests and a small two tier for us to cut into. We are doing two flavors: chocolate for the cupcakes and pumpkin pie spice for the cake.
      We chose chocolate because that is the first flavor of anything that disappears at family reunions, so everyone will be happy. We chose pumpkin pie spice for the smaller cake because we love pumpkin anything.

  4. Cake is not a wedding standard in my country, so we’re expected to have croquembouche (choux stuffed with crème pâtissière and glued together with caramel). It might sound delicious, but it’s usually absurdingly difficult to eat because of the hard caramel part. Instead, we’re having a blueberry pie, which is a favorite seasonal dessert in our area 🙂

  5. We had a small cake (chocolate) but since neither my husband nor I really LIKE cake, we also had balls of eggless raw cookie dough in mini muffin cups. It was a big hit, and all the extra went home to our freezer to make cookies 😀 We also had fruit and whipped pudding dip.

  6. Some ideas I’ve kicked around with the future husband (who thinks I’m kidding but I’m not!):

    * eclairs
    * brownies (I’m kind of famous in the family for my brownies)
    * tarts
    * doughnuts
    * pudding parfaits
    * cookies and milk
    * cream puffs
    * mini cheesecakes

    I only mention these because I haven’t seen some of them in the comments yet 🙂

    The future husband is a cake guy – specifically, a German chocolate cake guy – so we’ll have that for him for sure, but since I can’t eat it because of the nuts, I think it’s only fair to have a non-cake dessert buffet extravaganza! 😉

  7. My partner is allergic to butter. AND margarine. So when we eventually do get married (yeah… another OBB stalker… I’m not yet engaged…) I’m going to make our wedding cake – BUTTERLESS!!! I don’t trust anyone else not to make him sick :/
    Bottom layer rainbow, top layer chocolate!!
    I’d love to have MILLIONS of desserts (like rainbow layered jelly, chocolate mouse, pies….) but for me personally, RAINBOW CAKE IS WHERE IT’S AT

  8. We are having a fun outdoor super laidback wedding with food trucks (more specifically a fish & chip truck and taco truck…with plenty of space for cross contamination with fish tacos) and other exciting things like a bouncy castle. Going with the general atmosphere we’re having an ice cream truck pull up in the evening in lieu of cake. They’ll have scoop ice cream and sorbet as well as fudgesicles, creamsicles and my fav lime popsicles. Even with the truck pulling up and all its way way cheaper and there’ll be no tidy up at all 🙂

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