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Tasty desserts that go beyond the traditional wedding cake 

Some couples are opting for donuts and ice cream sandwiches

Top Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches with heart-shaped cupcake toppers for a unique alternative to cake.

Photo by Aaron Warnick

Top Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches with heart-shaped cupcake toppers for a unique alternative to cake.

Is the wedding cake dead? After a city-wide search, the answer is a definite no. People still love the tradition of wedding cakes. It’s the bread-and-butter (pun intended) of many bakeries. However, while cake is classic, many couples are opting for unique desserts for their nuptials. 

Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique offers a staggeringly large array of “dessert stations” for couples who want to think outside of the cake box. 

“We feel dessert is the last chance to wow your guests. I always tell my brides, ‘This is your day, just do it big,’” says Amanda Byrne, director of special events. 

“Doing it big” for Bella Christie’s means offering anything from tables of s’mores, cotton candy and popcorn to interactive dessert stations with fresh donuts. For two hours on site, guests can get made-to-order donuts in flavors like cinnamon-sugar, “cookies and crème,” almond torte, peanut-butter cup and coffee-cake crumble. If donuts don’t appeal, look no further than its liquid-nitrogen station, where cocktails, bananas and ice-cream treats can be flash-frozen and dipped into caramel, peanut butter, chocolate or crème Anglaise. Kosher? No problem. A rabbi can be called in for the necessary supervision. 

For ice-cream lovers, Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches can top off an already sweet day. The company will work with a caterer to ensure that frozen treats come out ready to eat, whether artfully plated in a dining room or served out of a freezer under the stars. Leona’s ice cream is lactose-free and uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. Choose up to four flavors of sandwiches; options include: black-raspberry ice cream on sugar cookies with lime curd; raspberry ice cream on snickerdoodles; vanilla on chocolate-chip cookies; and cucumber ice cream on lime shortbread.


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