• Allison Foley

A Little Something Sweet

Updated: May 6, 2020

The “cake cutting” is a traditional event to be present on your wedding day timeline but, like everything in the wedding industry, the options for your sweet treat have expanded to make this part of the evening more personal. While the traditional tiered white cake with topper is still a timeless option, custom cakes, creative adornments, cake bars, and other desserts have become more prevalent. Here on the Western Slope of Colorado, we have some amazing talent that can make any of your wedding dessert vision come to life. If you don’t know what that vision looks like yet, we will explore some options.

Traditional Tiered Cakes

If you want to keep a timeless look at your wedding or if you are wanting to keep with tradition for certain elements of your wedding, going for a traditional tiered white cake is a great option. A classic white cake is never out of place and for many people is an essential element of what they think of when they think “wedding.”

Custom Cake Creations

From cakes that look like a broken geode, or sleek creations foiled with gold, to cakes covered in edible art, if you can imagine it, there is a baker who can make it. I love being able to create multiple focal points in a reception space. Having a gorgeous cake gives the double effect of being an impressive decor element and gives your guests something to look forward to enjoying later in the evening. While gorgeous, custom cakes come with a high price tag due to the time that goes into designing, baking, and decorating the creation. To find out more about why custom cakes are so expensive, read this post by Amanda with Amanda Matilda Photography.


Etsy, talented florists, and boutique rental companies have expanded our conception of what a wedding topper can look like. Custom balsa wood cutouts with your insignia or other design can be purchased from many distributors on Etsy, Knock On Wood Design Co. is a Colorado local company specializing in custom, high-quality wedding signage and decor. Adding fresh florals to your cake is another great way to dress up your cake without paying for a completely custom cake. I love this naked cake from Be Sweet Bakeshop with fresh strawberries as a topper, fresh fruit is another way of adding edible elegance to your wedding cake. If you are looking to rent a vintage cake topper, check out the collection from Bee’s Vintage Party Rentals. Willow Tree also makes cake toppers that can double as home decor to always remind you of your wedding day.

Cake Bars and Dessert Bars

Can’t decide on just one type of cake? Give your guests an array of options, and be sure to get a sample of each and every one yourself on your wedding day! A growing trend is to have a smaller cake for the “cake cutting” but to provide guests with an array of dessert options such as cookies, brownies, macaroons, cheesecake bites, donuts, cupcakes or even a pie bar! Be Sweet Bakeshop is one of the many great options for providing not only your wedding cake but also a full array of dessert options. Colorado has a “cottage baker” law that allows home bakers to sell their creations. Hannah the Baker offers an array of sweets, specializing in custom cakes, cupcakes and macaroons for a price that falls within a budget bride’s range.

Other Dessert Options

If you are really looking to make dessert an enticing event to keep guests engaged all evening long, consider making this a more interactive station. LULU crepes is a great, late-night option and the smell wafting from this station will lure even the most die-hard dancers off the dance floor to investigate. Donut walls have become a papular option, while Pinterest has plenty of DIY options for building your own, if you don’t think you have a permanent use for a donut wall, I suggest renting yours from Frankie’s Dessert Carts. Frankie also has options for a cupcake wall and dessert carts that would make a great display for your candy bar. Call in an Ice Cream truck, order Gelato Pies from Gelato Junction, or have a whole sundae bar catered by our locally owned and operated Cold Stone Creamery to ward off the summer heat.

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