I haven't made up my mind if it's because I'm a control freak, or if I don't like cake all that much and don't want to have to pay someone else to make sweets when I can just bake them myself. What's the harm in that? I think I'll enjoy it more if I have a hand (or spatula), in the creative process.
Something I think is funny about wedding traditions is that even though the cake is usually a crucial part on the big day - everyone always manages to complain about it. "The cake was too dry!" "Vanilla is so boring!" "The frosting was too sweet!"
Everyone's a critic.
People seem to forget that you are not only trying to make sure your guests enjoy food or snacks, but an entire event that you have thrown together.
Well we made the decision that since we're having an evening wedding, there will not be a "formal" dinner. This cake I'm making is for Dan and I, our families, (and for guests that are cool with funfetti). Because who doesn't like rainbow sprinkles? You can check out the "rough draft" for our cake on Instagram!
Now I'm beginning to understand the beauty behind a mini cake to cut and share. That frees up so many options for quick and fun desserts for all of your guests. That cupcake trend? The donut walls? Everyone loves a bite size snack to tote around while they sip on their beer or glass of wine. One of my goals for the past few weekends that's just been sitting on my to-do list is to start making a running list of these sort of snacks and sweets to bake for our guests.
This list does just that. It's partially inspiration for me, and if you're a non-traditional bride with a sweet tooth like mine, hopefully this helps you too!
One of my favorite things to make for the holidays is chocolate bark (like in this recipe from 2 Christmas's ago!), so you better believe that this wedding version is going on my dessert table. Look at those colors and textures! The edible flowers! I like this idea because there's really a lot of creative liberty you can take with this. Minimal work and you get a beautiful result and happy guests!
Since I'll be making all of the desserts we have at our wedding, I'm looking for simple snacks that are still fun and really delicious. These chocolate dipped marshmallows definitely fit that description. Think of the sprinkle possibilities! This would could be a fun project to do with friends a few days before the big day to get the gang together and snack on some sweets while people get to meet each other!
I stumbled across this recipe from The Road to Honey just this past week - a little more intricate than marshmallows or bark but they're truly beautiful and if you plan on having little ones at your wedding, I'm sure they'll be all about these.
Since our party is going to be a little past dinner and go well into the evening, I thought that a fun party favor would be a take-home bag of cookies for sugary cravings. These bags made by Details on Demand are a great idea for your bash, but if you'd rather opt out and create your own, you can order cookie bags from Amazon and decorate them yourselves!
Kraft paper is going to be a big part of decorating our venue. We're lining tables with it. We're using it for snack bags, and when I saw the way these pies were displayed with labels scribbled underneath them, I thought this was not only a great idea for a display, but also for dessert! Instead of cake for all of your guests this year, why not go with pie instead? It's something different from the expected and you can still have a plethora of flavors. Slices for everybody!
Last but not least we have caramel popcorn bags! While skimming Pinterest, I saw "alternative wedding programs" that were bags of popcorn. I'm loving the idea of everyone just relaxing and snacking on bags of popcorn while we get married. It sounds like the perfect way to shake up an otherwise traditional ceremony! And we're always ones for switching things up a bit!
If you make any of these desserts or have plans for something else, share pictures with me on social media on the Pook's Baked Goods Facebook page or tag me, @pooksbakedgoods, on Instagram! I'd love to see what snacks you had/are planning for your big day!