There’s nothing more traditional than celebrating your nuptials with a fruitcake covered in fondant. For some brides, the wedding cake is not negotiable.
And we’re not here to kill your Marie Antoinette vibe – by all means, let them eat cake if that’s your dream. But when everyone’s already eaten their weight in food and you’ve reached that point in the evening where Uncle John is cutting sick on the dance floor, a multi-tiered marzipan monstrosity can be overkill.
For those who haven’t had a Pinterest board dedicated to wedding cakes since we were six, there are some enticing non-cake options to consider. Whether you’re a non-conformist or you’re just not the biggest fan of the cake-cutting process, offering an alternative dessert at your wedding is guaranteed to have your guests licking their fingers and wishing they’d thought of switching it up too.
We’ve rounded up the best places in Brisbane to add a unique touch of sweetness to your special day.
Fiori Bakehouse combines two of our favourite things in life: buttery cupcakes and booze. Their alcohol-spiked cupcakes are an Australian first and have taken Eat Street Markets by storm. Every cupcake is baked fresh to order in small batches. Spice up your reception with these adults-only bite-sized treats to really get the party started.
FROMAGE THE COW
A cheese-wheel cake from Fromage The Cow is the decadent option for the couple without a vicious sweet tooth to satisfy. Maintain the tier-like aesthetic of a traditional wedding cake while still switching things up with cheesy indulgence. Based at Milton, Fromage the Cow has more than 80 types of cheese to choose from and their custom cakes make a gorgeous centrepiece.
That’s right, folks. Donut wedding cakes are a thing. The crew from Nodo Donuts will happily conjure up whatever multi-tiered doughy creation you can think of. Serving donuts will help keep catering simple. Forget calculating how many grams of cake are required per person and simply order one donut for each guest (under the premise that some people will claim they’re on a diet and skip dessert, and others will undoubtedly claim two.) Select multiple flavours and keep the picky eaters in the family happy.
These guys have mastered the art of grazing so you can have your soppressata and eat it too. Graze Co. provide everything you need for a truly drool-worthy grazing table. Simply provide a blank surface and soak up the compliments from your guests as they ravage the savoury spread. If you can’t go past a chocolaty dessert, Graze Co. also offers sweet grazing tables for an explosion of sugary goodness.
WHEEL & SPOON
Whether you wed on a picturesque mountainside or barefoot on a beachfront, you can’t go wrong with gelato. Not to mention the unbelievably cute photo op that would arise when the newlyweds share an ice cream. Wheel & Spoon take gelato service up a notch with their adorable gelato tricycles. Most reception packages are 75 minutes, so there’s plenty of time for your family and friends to drown themselves in all the gelato they can eat. What better way to keep everyone refreshed between boogies?
For that special little something that’ll really wow your guests, you can’t go past custom-crafted chocolates and Velvetier has you covered. Made to suit your taste and the vibe of your celebration, a Velvetier chocolate or two per person is guaranteed to make the night one to remember. There’s nothing more luxe than a set of handmade chocolates to finish off your reception feast.
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