30 Simple (and Delicious!) Wedding Cakes and Desserts You Can Make Yourself

Forget the fancy five-tiered affair. What's hot for weddings right now? Homemade cakes and small cake alternatives like cake pops, donuts, cinnamon rolls and more!

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Tiffany-Blue Macarons With Orange Blossom Buttercream

Macarons are perfect for dressing up a dessert table, or for packaging in little boxes as wedding favors. Get the recipe >>

Pink Champagne Truffles

Make your wedding toast even sweeter with pink champagne truffles. Display them in gold foil candy wrappers for extra eye appeal. Get the recipe >>

Pre-Prepped S'mores

For this sweet DIY, all you'll need to do is hold skewered marshmallows over a flame and then dip them into melted chocolate. Sprinkle graham cracker crust on top as a final touch. This bite-size snack will keep guests cozy and warm without a campfire.

Champagne Chantilly Shooters

These creamy custards can be made with your favorite brand of bubbly. Cheers to the happy couple! Get the recipe >>

Sprinkled Strawberry Whoopie Pies

These pink pies are full of strawberry flavor. (Use gold or silver sanding sugar in place of the multicolored nonpareils for a fancier presentation.) Get the recipe >>

Chocolate Stout Cake Pops

The surprise ingredient in these festive cake pops? Stout beer! And thanks to their bite-sized stature, you and your guests can enjoy as many of these tiny treats as you desire. Simply swap out the icing color to match your theme. Get the recipe >>

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

If you don't want to stray too far from the traditional wedding cake, but still want to mix things up a touch, try this fluffy chocolate-peanut butter chip cookie cake. It's baked in a 10-inch pan and piled high with marshmallows, caramel and peanut butter cups. We recommend serving it warm with a scoop of ice cream. Get the recipe >>

From: Heather Baird

Mini Vanilla Bean Donuts

Despite their small stature, these mini donuts pack a big vanilla flavor. Stack them high on a cake stand, or display them individually in pretty cupcake papers. Get the recipe >>

Candy Apples

Having an autumn wedding? Spice up the dessert table with cinnamon sticks and candy apples. Get the recipe >>

Pecan Pralines

Homemade pecan pralines tucked into vintage teacups are an oh-so-chic way to add a little Southern flair to your wedding celebrations. Get the recipe >>

Spring Flower Lollipops

These dainty floral treats will wow guests at your spring garden wedding. Get the recipe >>

Breakfast Bar Dessert: Cinnamon Rolls

For those having a morning ceremony, cinnamon rolls offer a timely alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Stack three large pastries with icing to create tiers, or serve several in a large dish for guests to enjoy family-style. We especially love this heart-shaped take on the classic. Get the recipe >>

Fluffy Homemade Waffles or Crepes

Waffles and crepes are another favorite for of-the-moment brunch receptions. Fill mason jars with an assortment of fruit and syrup to give your guests plenty of topping options. Learn how to make these adorable heart-shaped waffles >>

Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts

These bite-size nibbles are the perfect light ending to a heavy meal. Glaze the mini tarts with leftover Champagne or sparkling wine for a sweet finishing touch. Get the recipe >>

Rose Swirl Vanilla Bean Cookies

These vanilla bean sugar cookies would be a delicious addition to any dessert table. Adorned with swirls of pink cream cheese frosting, they'll easily complement the beautiful roses in your bridal bouquet. Get the recipe >>

Cookies + Milk

Much like you and your signifcant other, there's no sweeter combination than cookies and milk. Bundle two or three of your favorite cookies with string and serve with shot glasses of ice-cold milk.

Poured Fondant Honey Cupcakes With Chocolate "Wax" Seals

Your big day is all about the details, including dessert! Personalize your wedding even more with cupcakes that feature chocolate "wax" seals. Get the recipe >>

Cheesecake Cones

Cheesecake cones will bring unexpected fun and flair to your formal affair. Tip: Use nonpareils in your wedding colors for a polished presentation. Get the recipe >>

Chocolate Panna Cotta Shooters

These sweet and chic chocolate panna cotta shooters would pair well with a New Year's Eve wedding. Your guests will love each unexpected layer and the martini glass it comes in. Get the recipe >>

Mini Floral Naked Cakes

Currently trending for this year's weddings? Naked cakes. Simple and sweet, these scrumptious desserts are as easy to make as they are pretty. Get the recipe >>

Dark Chocolate Stout Mini Pie

These delicious and adorable mini pies combine the flavors of stout beer and Irish cream liqueur for a taste your guests won't soon forget. The best part? You can bake them in a cupcake pan! Get the recipe >>

Jeweled Truffles

These homemade morsels are almost too pretty to eat (read: almost). The jeweled effect is achieved by rolling the truffles in glittering, pink sugar pearls. Get the recipe >>

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Delicate and decadent, these buttery cookies are a must-have for wedding menus this year. After all, they do have the word "wedding" in their name. Get the recipe >>

Chocolate-Caramel Kettle Chips

The perfect combination of salty and sweet, these chocolate-caramel treats are truly irresistible. Get the recipe >>

Banana Pudding Parfaits

Combine layers of vanilla pudding, banana slices and wafers to create a miniature version of a Southern staple. Get the recipe >>

DIY Wedding Cake

While making your own wedding cake sounds like a daunting task, there's no need to stress. Even the simplest home-baked confection can look professional with these beautiful, edible blossoms. Get the recipe >>

Pie Pops

These delicious apple pie bites are ideal for a country-inspired summer wedding. Get the recipe >>

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Cake, shmake. We want ice cream! Especially if it's this creamy peanut butter cookie concoction. Get the recipe >>

From: Chrissy Barua

Sliders + Shakes

After a night of drinking and dancing with your closest friends, send your guests home with a memorable midnight snack: mini burgers and milkshakes. Serve shakes in classic chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors, and pair with beef and veggie burgers to satisfy even the pickiest palate.

Mixed Desserts

Can't pick just one? Mix and match you and your S.O's favorite treats for a one-of-a-kind dessert bar that your guests will visit over and over.

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