The traditional wedding cake has largely been replaced by dessert alternatives.  Many Aspen couples see the dessert table as an opportunity to show a little bit of creativity and share with their guests a favorite sweet treat.

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This all started with the rise of the candy buffet.  Although these were not used as cake replacements, but rather as a make your own party favor station, complete with monogrammed to-go containers, traditional metal scoops, fun jars, and color-coordinated candies.

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In the early 2000’s companies like Crumbs and Sprinkles were starting to get major national attention for their gourmet cupcakes.  It didn’t take long for brides to realize that cupcakes made excellent wedding desserts, allowing couples to choose multiple flavors that are easier to serve.  Many times Aspen couples ordered a small cutting cake so that they could still participate in the long-standing tradition of cutting the cake and smashing it in your newly betrothed’s face.

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Cupcakes have remained a staple and are still seen as part of the mix offered on today’s dessert tables.  Aspen brides are always looking for ways to make their weddings unique, memorable, and trendsetting.  Brides, Grooms, and their Aspen wedding planners started to look at how else to re-invent the wedding dessert wheel.  Displays first expounded to include cake pops, cookie sandwiches, and whoopie pies, in addition to the cupcake.  Modern Aspen brides have taken this and added anything and everything that appeals to them: meringue kisses, coconut macaroons, French macarons, doughnuts, pies, eclairs, mousse-filled cones, and more recently, cronuts. Many times single serve items such as Rice Krispy treats and brownies are stacked in tiers resembling the traditional wedding cake.

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Who knows where modern couples will choose to take the idea of wedding desserts and their alternatives.  Bubbles & Bowties sure can’t wait to see what’s next: a return to the large, traditional, tiered cake, or the invention of something new.  Check out Bubbles & Bowties‘s Pinterest page for more wedding dessert alternative inspiration!