It's OK to offer more than wedding cake.

It's OK to offer more than wedding cake.

Newlyweds are accustomed to taking part in several common traditions during their wedding, such as the first dance, toasts and cutting the cake. However, the latter tradition has seen some changes in recent years as couples and caterers think outside the box for creative dessert presentations.

Columbus Weddings checked with several local dessert shops about some of the different ways couples are approaching the dessert hour at weddings.

Jennie Scheinbach, owner of Pattycake Bakery in Clintonville, says cupcakes have become popular because of the variety they offer. "Couples love to mix and match different flavors so there is something for every guest," she says. Cupcakes aren't necessarily replacing the cake, as Scheinbach says it's common for couples to still have a cake table so they can continue the tradition, as well as have a cake to eat on their first anniversary. Instead, cupcakes supplement the wedding cake, giving guests options.

Scheinbach also says a popular trend, especially at smaller events, is to have a different flavor of cake at every guest table. "We have had couples use mini cakes as centerpieces. It is a great way to differentiate tables."

If you are interested in sticking with cake for your wedding, popular items at Pattycake include an almond cake with raspberry filling, a lemon cream cake and a spice cake with cream cheese icing. Scheinbach says she tries to keep flavors seasonal, with spice treats being more popular in fall and winter and mixed berry variations in spring and summer.

Scheinbach also says other couples have created custom dessert tables, which have included smaller versions of cupcakes, cookies, sticky buns and brownies. She adds this is a great option because guests can try multiple goodies.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams also offers catering services for weddings that depart from the typical cake tradition. Couples can rent Jeni's Street Treats Truck, which is stocked with up to four flavors. Cost for a two-hour rental is $900 and can serve up to 100 guests, says Ryan Morgan of Jeni's. Couples can also choose to rent a Jeni's ice cream cart, where a Jeni's employee will serve ice cream for up to 100 guests. (The rental fee is the same as the Street Treats Truck.)

If you think your guests might want options for their ice cream scoops, you can add on a sundae bar with various sauces, toppings and honey-whipped cream, or a float upgrade with Boylan sodas with honey-whipped cream and a cherry. (Each upgrade option is an additional $200.) Jeni's is also available for larger parties for longer than two hours but costs will vary.

Dough Mama Pie & Pastry is new to the dessert scene in Columbus, having just opened a storefront location at 3335 North High St. in Clintonville. Before that, owner and chef Perrie Wilkof operated a catering business out of her home. Menu options include seasonal sweet pies, savory pies and pastry items, including chocolate chip Maldon Sea Salt cookies, bread pudding and various fruit hand pies.

For pie tables, Wilkof says, "I usually suggest people get a few flavors so there is something for everyone." Popular flavors at Dough Mama include maple bourbon pecan, lemon lavender blueberry, ginger cranberry pear, buckeye cream and buttermilk matcha.

And although the storefront has only been open a few months, Wilkof says wedding catering requests are starting to grow. It's a part of the business she enjoys. "It is such an honor for someone to ask us to be part of their day."