Best of 2023: Desserts

Today we’re continuing our Best Of series with one of our favorite categories: desserts! Adding sweet moments to your special day is more than just a figurative expression; it’s literally achieved through delightful sweet treats. From classic wedding cakes to unique small bites, the options are limitless, which allows you to add a delicious personal touch to your big day. Choosing the best of wedding desserts is no easy feat – we’re drooling just looking at these images!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Woodland Wonder

A couple’s woodland vision came to life in the form of this stunning creation from The Goose Chase Cake Design! Delicate cake moss, meringue mushrooms, pressed ferns, and a surround of chocolate tree bark make this dessert a captivating centerpiece.
 
Photo: Sabin Gratz

A Decadent Dessert Display

This epic dessert table by Sweet Vermont Treats is a spectacular sight, loaded with a range of indulgent sweet treats to satisfy any palette!  The centerpiece is an elegantly-decorated wedding cake, surrounded by an array of delightful cupcakes and tempting mini hand pies and tarts, artfully arranged for guests to enjoy.
 

Let It Snow

We are truly in awe of this 3-tiered masterpiece from Blue House Bakeshop! This snowflake inspired cake, made up of intricate piping, has us dreaming of a white wedding!
 
 
 

Savoring Sweet Moments

Looking for a sweet way to wrap up an incredible evening? A cold, Vermont creemee (complete with sprinkles!) is the way to go. Bonus points if you get to share it with your love, like these newlyweds! We adore this snap captured by Hannah Photography.
 

Enchanting Jewel Tones

This jewel toned cake by Cronin Cakes & Sweets is a feast for the eyes! The blue marbled effect is gorgeous and the florals from Tipsy Tulip Designs add additional pops of color. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography

A Timeless Treat

Simple + sweet = a timeless combination! This classic cake design, framed with beautiful baby’s breath by A Clover and One Bee, keeps things effortless yet delicious! It’s a unique twist on adding flowers to your cake!
 
Photo: Sarah Peet Photography
Cake: Red Poppy Cakery

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont desserts in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

 

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A Charming Garden Wedding at Barn at Boyden Farm

There’s no shortage of natural beauty in the Green Mountain State and we love seeing weddings that use that natural beauty as the inspiration for the big day. For example, Taylor and Matt’s garden party wedding at The Barn at Boyden Farm, which was lush with stunning florals from Anaphora Flowers! Continue reading for all the sweet details from this charming outdoor wedding.

Blooming Love: A Wedding Years in The Making

Taylor and Matt’s love story is years in the making! They met in first grade, reconnected in middle school, and started dating long distance in college. On their wedding day, they were celebrated their love story surrounded by loved ones, including their sweet son Ashton and cute dog Brody. The couple chose The Barn at Boyden Farm for its beautiful location and rustic charm.

With three years of planning, every wedding detail came together perfectly. First, we have to mention the florals by Anaphora Flowers. From the cascading bouquets filled with pastel roses and delicate greenery, to the lush centerpieces that adorned each table, every petal was carefully curated. The vibrant pops of color against the rustic backdrop of The Barn at Boyden Farm complimented each other perfectly.

The drool-worthy dessert table from Cronin Cakes and Sweets was another show-stopper of the night!

Don’t miss the couple’s outfit change for their reception exit: this cute, casual look is a fun one! (And practical; you could wear this again on your honeymoon.)

We’re certain you’ll love this inspiration- and that Taylor and Matt look back on their special day with fond memories and immense joy!

Vendors:

Venue: Barn at Boyden Farm, Flowers: Anaphora Flowers, Desserts: Cronin Cakes & Sweets, Photographer: Kendal Beard Photography.

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Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Make Your Special Day Extra Sweet

Wedding desserts are one of the most exciting parts of any wedding reception. They offer a sweet ending to a beautiful celebration and are a great way to show off your personality. If you’re looking for some fun and creative wedding dessert ideas, then pull up a chair (and maybe grab a snack) because we’ve rounded up  totally drool-worthy and unique wedding dessert ideas that will make your special day even more memorable.

Cronin Cakes & Sweets

A Show Stopping Cake

Nothing says “wow” like a big, beautiful wedding cake. Whether you go for a classic or edgy style, keeping the spotlight on a single show-stopping cake can make a big impact. As Jessica of Cronin Cakes & Sweets  says, “I love the idea of showcasing a large, tiered cake with ice cream!” (We concur – yum!)

Whether your style is classic or edgy (check out that black cake by Blue House Bakeshop) spotlighting a single show-stopping cake is a stunning choice!

Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Blue House Bakeshop
The Goose Chase Cake Design
Blue House Bakeshop

Dessert Displays & Towers

If you’re looking for variety, dessert displays and towers are a great way to go. From towers of cream puff or macarons (loving that ombré design by Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods!) to dessert tables with cupcakes in various flavors, there are endless options to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Plus, these displays make for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos.

Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Sweet VT Treats
Blue House Bakeshop

Thematic Dessert Displays

Your dessert table is a great place to really play with your theme and have fun with it! Dessert is inherently fun – why not really go for it with a theme that lights you up? 

Check out these whimsical nature-inspired displays by The Goose Chase Cake Designs, featuring meringue mushrooms, butterflies, and other thematic details. “My advice to couples is think about items they love and incorporate them into your cake,” says baker, Sarah. “I like to think of a cake as a blank canvas and sugar as a sculpting medium, which means the sky’s the limit as to what we can do!”

The Goose Chase Cake Design
The Goose Chase Cake Design

Donut Walls

Who doesn’t love donuts? Donut walls are a unique and trendy way to serve dessert at your wedding. You can choose from a variety of flavors and toppings, and your guests can help themselves to as many as they want. Donut walls make for a great Instagram-worthy photo-op, and they’re sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Blue House Bakeshop

Ice Cream (Or a Full Blown Sundae Bar!)

An ice cream sundae bar is a classic dessert that will never go out of style. This is especially a popular option for steamy summer weddings! Whether you bring in an ice cream truck to scoop and serve (a fun interactive event!) or set up a sundae bar, guests will be delighted to cool off with a sweet treat. 

Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream offers a delicious farm-to-spoon taste of Vermont with their premium ice creams. “We either grow or source all of our ingredients from our own berry farm or other VT farm partners – it’s a true taste of Vermont!” They offer both scoops and make-your-own sundae bars with homemade sauces, cookies, and seasonal fresh berries. “The sundae bar is truly experiential and wedding guests have raved about it. Even if you are planning to have a cake, ice cream is the perfect complement!”  

Sisters of Anarchy
Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
Sisters of Anarchy

Personalized Sugar Cookies

Cookies are the perfect grab and go sweet treat (as you make your way back to the dance floor or catch up with friends). Plus, when they’re as beautiful as the creations by Sweet VT Treats, they double as favors and decorations! I think decorated sugar cookies are a fun way to have a more personalized dessert item at your wedding,” says baker, Karli. “There are endless amounts of designs to choose from: some popular options being a simple Vermont shape, the newlywed’s name, and their wedding date. Some other popular designs that people are ordering this year are: college alma mater logos, photos of pets, or personal wedding logos.” 

Sweet VT Treats
Sweet VT Treats

Finding a Vermont Wedding Baker to Bring Your Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Life

Is your mouth watering yet?! There are so many creative and unique wedding dessert ideas that your Vermont wedding baker can help create. You can pick one or combine a few to create a dessert spread that your guests will love. Get creative and have fun with your dessert choices to add a sweet element to your already sweet day! 

An Elegant September Wedding at The Mansfield Barn

September is a beautiful time to get married in Vermont and Madison and Chris’ wedding at The Mansfield Barn is the perfect example. This gorgeous late summer barn wedding is full of inspiring details – just scroll through the gallery below to see what we mean!

A Historic Vermont Barn Wedding Venue

Located in Jericho, The Mansfield Barn is a meticulously renovated post and beam Vermont Wedding Barn, originally built in the 1840s. Located at the foot of Mount Mansfield, the venue offers stunning mountain top views, rustic charm, and modern amenities (like indoor bathrooms, two suites for getting ready, and air conditioning!). It’s a great venue for couples who want the rustic elegance of a real, historic barn. 

Elegant Barn Wedding Details

Destinations Found provided month of coordination to help the couple pull together all the details to create a memorable celebration. We love how the tables were simply dressed with white and champagne linens, maple syrup favors, and pastel floral arrangements. It’s simple and chic: perfect for an elegant barn wedding! 

Cronin Cakes & Sweets served up a scrumptious two-tiered cake with classic white buttercream frosting and florals that complimented the bouquets by Tipsy Tulip. And, a four-flavor cupcake display offered guests several options to satisfy their sweet tooth after an evening of dancing! 

Check out all the details, captured by Colette Kulig Photography, below!

Vendors

Venue: Mansfield Barn, Photographer: Colette Kulig, Month of Coordination: Destinations Found,  Florist: Tipsy Tulip Designs, Cake: Cronin Cakes & Sweets,  Bridal Dress: Fiori, Videographer & DJ: SuperSounds Entertainment, Catering: Waterfront Catering Group, Hair & Makeup: Hillary Fay Studios & Ashley Moran.

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Best of 2022: Wedding Cakes & Drinks

From the initial cheers to cutting the cake, food and drink are major part of a wedding celebration. This year, couples expressed their individual styles through their wedding cakes and drinks, resulting in some truly amazing (and amazingly delicious) displays! 

We served up lots of inspiration below in our editor’s picks for Best of 2022 Wedding Cakes & Drinks, and you voted for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards – scroll to see the winner!

Wildflower Wonder (Readers Choice Award Winner)

Pressed flower cakes had a moment in 2022, and this one by Blue House Bakeshop is one of my favorites. Not only is it stunning, but it matches the bride’s floral wedding gown!

Photographer: Rodeo & Co

Something Blue 

This 3-tier cake by Cronin Cakes & Sweets  boasts a variety of textures with small sugar flowers, real flowers from Tipsy Tulip Designs, rustic buttercream edges, and a soft blue ribbon. It’s elegant, sweet, and the perfect addition for a spring wedding!
 

Flying (Sugar) High 

This 3-tier butterfly cake made by The Goose Chase Cake Design is so unique! It rises above the display of equally unique meringue mushrooms, arranged on wood tree cookies and decorated with twinkle lights. The overall design is whimsical, magical, and woodland chic! 
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