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Different takes on cakes
Not the biggest fan of a traditional wedding cake? Don’t worry — you’re not alone. Fortunately, as weddings become less about preserving tradition and more about reinventing the wheel, alternative dessert options are popping up throughout the area. Here are a few worthy local takes.

Photos by Matt Haas

February 2016

Doughnut cake — Holey Moley

Coffee & Doughnuts

Holey Moley baked up more than 20 doughnut wedding cakes in 2015 — a clear sign of the trend’s growing popularity. The tiered towers are available in any and every doughnut variety (including vegan and gluten-friendly), but cake doughnuts, which create a sturdier foundation, are recommended. "They’re the easiest to stack and stay the freshest, so the displays last longer," explains Jennifer Kent, head pastry chef. "They’re also more colorful and vibrant, so the displays really pop." Chocolate glazed

and raspberry-infused cake doughnuts are shown here.

316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 455-2115,

Croquembouche and macaroon tower — Le R ve Patisserie & Café

For the French pastry lover, Le R ve’s pastry team can craft a traditional croquembouche, a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with caramelized sugar, forming a tree-shaped fort. Each pastry ball is filled with an option of the couple’s choosing, and featured flavors include pistachio, coffee, vanilla and hazelnut, says assistant general manager Tim Minor. "We also do macaroon towers, and ours holds up to 237 macaroons," he adds. "Our pastry chefs are able to make custom colors based on the couple’s wedding colors

too." 7610 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 778-3333,

Belgian chocolate fountain —

Amy’s Gourmet Apples

Though well-known for its high-end caramel apples, Amy’s is also an established chocolatier, and the Cedarburg-based confectionery even rents out its Belgian chocolate fountains for use at large-scale events. Milk or dark chocolates are available, or couples can opt to flow a blend of the two. A customer service manager with Amy’s corporate office says a large fountain serves up to 350 people, though additional chocolate can be purchased. For more intimate receptions, the smaller fountain serves 75 to 100 guests. W62 N579

Washington Ave., Cedarburg, (262) 376-0884,


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