Too Delicious to Choose: Cupcakes or Cake

Sometimes, weddings can have a certain element of pressure. Kind of like peer-pressure. Everyone you know has a wedding cake and does the “typical cake cutting” cheesy photo op. What if you and your partner aren’t the biggest fans of cake? What do you do then? Do you suck it up and have a cake because everyone else did, OR do you do something different that really speaks to you and your fiancé? 
Cakes come in all shapes and sizes. There are two types of “average wedding cakes” these days. The first is the typical 3 tier vanilla frosting with some type of butter cream filling. The second is a single tier, much smaller cake simply used for the ceremonial cake cutting. Deciding on the decorations of the cake can become a sugary nightmare! Maybe you don’t like frosting and want to mix things up a bit. Be true to yourself and the rest will follow. 

 Photo By: Crane's Photography
Photo By: Crane’s Photography

We all know that cake is good, but there’s sometimes a stereotype of wedding cake being dry and covered in too much frosting or fondant. Instead of serving pieces of cake to your guests, let them serve themselves! Give them a variety of cupcakes that were picked out by you and your partner! This way your guests can have options.

 Photo Credit:  Cupcakes 101
Photo Credit: Cupcakes 101

When it comes to cupcakes the sky is the limit! You can mix and match flavors, get creative with the cupcake liners, and even choose a simple design for the top! Just like having signature drinks you could have signature cupcakes for your guests. Your partner may like red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting while you like chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

 Photo Credit: Crane's Photography
Photo Credit: Crane’s Photography

Having a simple cake as well as cupcakes keeps the tradition of cutting the cake a part of the reception. This way you are allowing yourself and your partner the joy of still getting to cut the cake together. Always keep in mind, however, that cupcakes can be smashed in your face just like a piece of cake can!

 Venue: The Haight
Venue: The Haight

Finger Lickin’ Good Wedding Dessert Trends

Gone are the days of traditional weddings! One of the wedding traditions that I have seen begin to change in Chicago are wedding desserts. People are no longer looking to spend thousands of dollars on multi-tier vanilla wedding cakes to feed the masses.  People are getting much more intune with their personality, their tastes, budget and vision. Let’s cheers to these new and yummy dessert trends! I claim that these are “finger lickin’ good!”

TOP 7 WEDDING/EVENT DESSERT TRENDS: (in no particular order)  S’mores Bar, Bacon Bar, Build your own Cupcakes, Donut Wall, Pie Bar, Ice Cream Bar & Naked Cake. I am sensing a trend…just put “bar” after it and it becomes a wedding dessert trend! 

 This was my wedding cake back in 2014...while it is still personally my favorite (insert bias here) people are trending away from this look. Photo cred: Jazi Photo 
This was my wedding cake back in 2014…while it is still personally my favorite (insert bias here) people are trending away from this look. Photo cred: Jazi Photo 
 Private Residence: S'mores Bar 
Private Residence: S’mores Bar 
 Bacon Bar: who doesn't LOVE B.A.C.O.N and all of the warm, ooey, gooey toppings to put on it! Photo Cred: Jazi Photo
Bacon Bar: who doesn’t LOVE B.A.C.O.N and all of the warm, ooey, gooey toppings to put on it! Photo Cred: Jazi Photo
 I met Courtney from  A Dash of Joy  almost a year ago. She came up with a very unique custom dessert bar concept that has taken over Chicagoland! Check her out! 
I met Courtney from A Dash of Joy almost a year ago. She came up with a very unique custom dessert bar concept that has taken over Chicagoland! Check her out! 
 Walls like this can easily be created, but this is from  Johnny Doughnuts
Walls like this can easily be created, but this is from Johnny Doughnuts
 How cute is this mini pie display? Credit  here
How cute is this mini pie display? Credit here
 Cook's Ice Cream
Cook’s Ice Cream” Cart & Concessions is a mobile event company providing premium hard-scooped ice cream, floats, and other treats for private events. Click HERE for more info
 Naked cakes have been around for awhile now, but this is a huge departure! Get creative with your naked cake!  I LOVE turtle anything...but this cake!  Photo Cred:  Stephen Kent Johnson
Naked cakes have been around for awhile now, but this is a huge departure! Get creative with your naked cake!  I LOVE turtle anything…but this cake!  Photo Cred: Stephen Kent Johnson

Thanks for following along with my top wedding dessert trends. Don’t mind me while I run to the nearest bakery and order one of everything!