15 DIY-friendly cake alternatives

Hi DIY babes, I’m feeling very hungry as I put this delicious post together. Today I am sharing 15 DIY alternatives to traditional wedding cake.

This trend has been building for a while, for several years, we saw lots and lots of cupcakes, and the dessert de jour is donuts. But the fantastic thing is that ANYTHING goes in the dessert arena these days and this is great news for the DIY bride.

Below are several options that you could put together yourself, save a few pennies and in some cases, not even turn on the oven (hello Oreos and Krispy Kremes!). The world of weddings is giving permission to forego the overpriced cake in favor of something more creative, more personal and perhaps in theme with the venue, here are a few fabulous ideas!

Brownie tower

photography: Caught the Light // caterer: Sally Iddles Fabulous Foods // via: Snippet & Ink

Get some friends together and bake some cookies

photography: Ampersand Wedding Photography // catering: The Skinny Pancake // via:Something Turquoise

Even these donuts can make a beautiful statement!

photography: Emily Sacra Photography // donuts: Krispy Kreme // via: The Budget Savvy Bride

All the guests would scream for an ice-cream bar

photography:Ruth Eileen Photography // coordination: Black Bow Events // dessert: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott // via: Style Me Pretty

Stack Oreos for a bold statement

via: Martha Stewart

How about a tower of cannoli or brandy snaps

Donuts on skewers never looked so good


Colourful or neutral macaroons look so pretty

photography: Melvyn Vincent // macaron tower: Agnes de Sucre

A fun weekend activity – Rice Krispy cake

photography: Ashleigh Jayne Photography // styling & coordination: Angela Marie Events // via: Burnetts Boards

Pick up a rage of cakes from the organic markets

photography: Angie Wilson Photography // event planning: Talia Events // pies: My Mom’s Pies// via: Style Me Pretty

The perfect summer wedding cake – watermelon!

photography: Kristyn Hogan // planner: Catalyst Weddings and Events // via: Southern Weddings

Add a little European flare and serve cheese as dessert

photography: Redfield Photography // catering: Wedge & Fig // via: Wedding Chicks

How about a tiered cheesecake?

recipe: Taste.com.au // photography: Ben Dearnley

This classic alternative will never go out of style

photography: Jen Rodriguez // coordinator: Events Redefined // cupcakes: Clementine Cupcakes // via: Style Me Pretty

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