Cake Pops: The Great Wedding Cake Alternative

Cake pops are the new wedding cake!

To be quite honest I wasn’t aware of what they were until I noticed them in a Starbucks down the street from my house about a year ago. I was always pretty apprehensive of what these balls of cake actually entailed. Sure they looked pretty, but as a girl who tries to stay away from cake in the first place, I wasn’t going to tempt myself by trying one of these adorably innocent looking carb-loaded, classy-detail-oriented desserts!

It wasn’t until I noticed I had friends that were taking up the endeavour of doing it themselves (and they still looked JUST as good) that I thought that I was potentially missing out on something really, really good. I Google’d some recipes, cake and icing you say… but I quickly swept it under the rug of things I wanted to try but probably wasn’t going to.

For my birthday, my friend made me this AMAZING multilayered rainbow cake, but on her way over it crumbled into pieces. It was actually delicious, but was left basically untouched for about a week. I threw it out. Forgetting entirely about the cake pop recipe I had looked at just weeks earlier. I thought to myself, if only there was a more appealing, and easier way to serve cake without all the fuss… oh wait, there was! I stormed out of the house and went directly to Starbucks, to find out for myself if these cake pops would have been a viable alternative.

birthday cake The damaged goods that could have been avoided!

Okay, you were all right! Cake pops, are, delicious. And they’re the perfect amount of sweet for their size!

This is why I say DO branch out when you’re thinking of wedding cake options. Cakes at any event seldom get finished. Believe me, as a seasoned veteran in the food service industry, I’ve seen many-a-cakes destroyed by hungry restaurant staffers once the hosts of the party has given the go ahead because “we don’t want to take it home, better your staff share it”.

Cake Pop Wedding Cake Photo provided by Bakerella

Cake is cumbersome. You need a plate, you need a fork, you need to sit down, you need a napkin, or to wash your hands in order to avoid getting sticky icing all over your dress! But cake pops, you have a STICK to hold onto, you can eat them anywhere, and there is virtually NO fuss over dirty hands.

My suggestion for your big day is craft a small cake for the traditional cake cutting, but have a desert table with an assortment of treats and obviously, have a GORGEOUS cake pop “cake” for guests to ogle!

Lindsay has a passion for anything that deviates from the norm. Which is why she loves Wedding Republic! A great supporter of LGBT and animal rights, she likes wedding details that include dogs, hay bails, and skeleton keys. But mostly dogs! Follow her on Twitter @ellejack!


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