Outdoor Wedding Cake Alternatives
Most cakes will remain standing through the harsh elements of an outdoor wedding, but brides and grooms will have to take extra steps to make sure the cake of their dreams stays out of direct sunlight--and is not made of ice cream. If you are concerned about sliding, gooey sugar and cake warmed by the sun, these nontraditional cakes exude elegance, whimsy and style. Tweak these creations to fit your special event.
Cakes with Fruit Topping
Your wedding cake does not have to be slathered in butter cream to be delish. Opt for a simple fruit topping for a plain vanilla, chocolate or angel food cake. The fruit topping can have a syrup that can be poured over the top. Fruit is a refreshing and appropriate choice for a summer outdoor wedding. Plain cake can be infused with summer flavors, which also complements an outdoor affair. "Instead of traditional butter cream filling, consider a fresh raspberry puree filling or a lemon cake with blackberry filling," writes The Knot on its website.
Serve a wedding pie instead of cake--all the sweet, sticky goodness is inside the pie and protected by a flaky topping. You will not have to worry about sugar decrystallizing. Also, most pies are served warm, so baking a little in the sun at your reception will only make them tastier.
Request your caterer make individual wedding parfaits. These perfect outdoor wedding cake alternatives combine wedding cake with pudding and fruit, and are completely compressed in a decorative glass. Parfaits make a great dessert for more casual weddings, but they can be made to look elegant when assembled in the right glass, such as a wine glass.
Wedding Pudding Cake
Trifle pudding cakes are a great way to combine wedding cake and pudding or mousse and present them in an elegant way. Outdoor receptions usually are held in warm weather, and guests likely will appreciate a refreshing dessert. Have your caterer whip up large bowls of layered trifle creations--think alternating layers of fruit, cake and pudding. Instead of whipped cream, a staple in many trifles, use vanilla mousse, a sturdier substitute for whipped cream, or fruit preserves.