11 alternative wedding cake ideas

With the Royal Wedding right around the corner, we've got some alternative wedding cake ideas for Harry and Meghan to consider on their big day. 

Three alternative wedding cake images

From doughnut walls (yes, really – Google it) to giant pork pies, wedding cakes are straying further and further from the traditional Victoria or fruit sponge. Whether you’re keen to keep costs down, or just fancy something out of the ordinary, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favourite alternative wedding cakes.
 

The trendy one…

Lemon and elderflower cake on wooden table
Rumoured to be the chosen flavour for the upcoming royal wedding cake, fresh lemon and seasonal elderflower are set to replace the traditional sponge flavours. Why not follow suit and enjoy a citrus showstopper worthy of royalty with our lemon and elderflower celebration cake?
 

The booze-filled one…

Gin tonic cake on grey background
Fan of gin & tonic? Why not pay homage at your wedding to your favourite drink by infusing some inside your wedding cake sponge? This fabulous showstopper works well on its own or could be just one of your flavours, if you’re opting for a few tiers. 


The twist on the classic…

Red velvet raspberry cake
Okay, so red velvet cake may not be considered all that alternative nowadays, but this American rosy-hued cake makes a lovely and bright addition to your wedding spread. Our raspberry red velvet cake is infused with the natural red food colouring from puréed fruit and tastes delicious with that traditional cream cheese frosting dolloped on top. 


The vegan one…

Chocolate cake with white sprinkles on grey background
If you, or some of your wedding guests are vegan, there’s no reason to be limited when it comes to wedding cake options. This indulgent, fudgy vegan bake is topped with a rich frosting – you'd never guess that it’s free from dairy, eggs, wheat and nuts.


The salted caramel one...

Salted caramel drip cake with floral decoration
Love is in the air…and it turns out that sea salt and caramel are actually a match made in heaven. If you don’t want to stray too far from a traditional design but fancy mixing up your flavours, choose this moist, fragrant sponge with silky Italian meringue, tahini buttercream and sharp pear-laced salted caramel. Try our salted caramel and pear cake.


The croquembouche…

Profiterole tower on grey background
This decorative French tower consists of dozens of delicious cream-filled choux pastry buns, all held together using spun sugar. Go as high as your heart desires, or keep things low-key with just some added sugar decorations on top. 


The cupcake bouquet…

Cupcake bouquet
Not keen on the idea of one large centrepiece cake? Why not place small cupcake bouquets on each of your tables – allowing your guests to take their own cupcake from the bunch. Follow our step-by-step guide on how to make your own cupcake bouquets


The doughnut creation…

Pink and yellow colourful doughnuts on blue gingham tablecloth
A truly unique alternative to the traditional Vicky sponge, couples are choosing to have tables – or even walls – filled with doughnuts. Use them as favours, replace your entire wedding cake or simply pile some on top – these modern treats will certainly bring a hole lot of fun to the party. 


The savoury one... 

Pork pie
Anyone who tells you they don't want a GIANT pork pie at their wedding has got to be telling porkies. With supermarkets such as M&S now selling pork pie wedding cakes, this savoury wedding trend is definitely on the rise – much to our delight.  


The homemade favours...

pink meringues
Whether you serve ‘em up piled high in a tower or as individual sweet treats, these cute meringue kisses are the perfect addition to any wedding table – and you can alter the colour of the meringue stripes to match your wedding colour theme. 


The crêpe cake...

Crepe pancakes with blood oranges
A tower of pancakes? This wedding-cake trend has just crêped up on us. Yes, another French contender in the latest wedding craze is to serve a tower of wafer-thin crêpes piled as high as a sponge cake. Scatter delicious fresh fruit or gorgeous fresh flowers on top for an eye-catching centrepiece. 
 

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