Delicious alternatives to a traditional wedding cake

Whether you’re eschewing tradition in a few aspects of your wedding, or just looking to freshen things up a bit, a sweet update to the old-school wedding cake is a crowd-pleasing way to update your big day.

Here at Babalou, we regularly host couples looking to mix up classic wedding traditions for more contemporary takes, and cakes are no exception! Read on for our guide to some delicious and fun alternatives to a classic wedding cake.


A formidable pastry concoction that came to the fore for most Aussies in the early seasons of MasterChef, croquembouche are comprised of custard-filled choux pastries, stacked high in a signature cone shape.

The spun sugar that typically binds the choux together makes for a pretty statement dessert from which guests can pluck their sweets throughout your reception! Looking for a croquembouche supplier near Babalou? We recommend the experts at Salt Village French Patisserie, who even offer a “grande” croquembouche at almost two metres tall!

Doughnuts and macarons

The perfect few bites, doughnuts and macarons are a fun way to treat your guests to a sweet without the mess and hassle of cutting into cake!

Some fun ways to display doughnuts and macarons include piled high on cake stands (work with your florist to get some food-sage bunches done up in your wedding floral scheme to decorate), or doughnuts stacked up on poles or threaded onto boards. Rebel at Rebellyous Cake Co dishes up some stunning wedding sweets using doughnuts, while we love the colourful mini macarons made by Cubby Bakehouse.

Ice cream cart

Perfect for Babalou’s beachside location, a wedding ice cream cart is a fun, Aussie twist on the usual wedding cake! Choose a range of popular flavours and opt for a DIY station with sauces and toppings, or go vintage with an Italian-style gelato cart manned by an ice cream attendant.

This fun dessert option also makes for some great photo opportunities with the wedding party, especially if you opt for vibrant, colourful flavours like raspberry, pistachio, and lemon!

Cupcake tower

For those couples who still want the wedding cake statement without the hassle of choosing, ordering, and plating a whole cake for guests, cupcakes make the perfect compromise! You can even present them in a tier to resemble a traditional wedding cake.

We recommend ordering a range of flavours so guests can take their pick, and arranging some cute paper boxes so guests can take one home as a sweet reminder of your celebration. The bakers at The Vanilla Rabbit have perfected the art of intricate, colourful cupcakes, and service the Kingscliff area!