Six Wedding Cake Alternatives for Tying the Knot in Maine

From cookies to cream puffs, these cake substitutes will make your special day in Vacationland extra sweet.

Is a traditional wedding cake not for you? Whether you aren’t a cake person or just want to do something different when you tie the knot, this list of alternative dessert options will take your Maine wedding to the next level. 


Do you want to serve a treat at your wedding that’s easy to munch on while you travel from table to table or tear it up on the dance floor? Cookies just may be the answer! With a broad selection that ranges from almond macaroons to gingerbread to frosted sugar cookies, the Cookie Jar Pastry Shop in Cape Elizabeth is your one stop shop for all your cookie wants and needs. 


If you’re faced with the difficult task of choosing one flavor for your wedding cake, side step that problem by serving cupcakes instead! Choose from classic cake flavors like chocolate or vanilla, or branch out with red velvet and carrot cake from Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland and South Portland. With frosting options like vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, mocha, coconut, and lemon buttercream, you’ll have your pick of flavors to smash into your new spouse’s face. 


You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love a doughnut. Go for these crowd pleasing pastries in a big way with a selection from Maine cult favorite, the Holy Donut in Portland and Scarborough! Made with fresh Maine potatoes as the not-so-secret ingredient, these doughnuts stand out from the crowd with a delightful melt-in-your-mouth sensation. Plus, unique flavors like maple bacon, pomegranate, and Allen’s coffee brandy are sure to create a delicious day to remember.

Whoopie Pies

What Maine wedding would be complete without the official state treat in attendance? Cape Whoopies in South Portland specializes in whoopie pies to bring Maine nostalgia to any occasion. Thanks to options like Maine-iac Whoopie Pies (traditional chocolate cakes and vanilla frosting), Birthday Suit Whoopies (confetti cakes with cream cheese filling rolled in rainbow sprinkles), and Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies (vanilla cakes with strawberry cream), your dessert table will be diverse, colorful, and over-the-top fun. 


Whether you are of Italian heritage or simply love a cream filled pastry, serving cannolis from the Italian Bakery  in Lewiston at your wedding will be both memorable and delicious. Depending on the size of your guest list, choose either large or small cannolis, or go for a mix to accommodate every appetite. 

Mini Pastries

If you want to really shake up the dessert table at your reception, a variety of mini pastries from the European Bakery and Tea Room in Falmouth is sure to do the trick! Choose from eclairs, cream puffs, lemon tarts, cheesecakes and more to make sure there’s a treat for every type of wedding guest to enjoy before hitting the dance floor.

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