It’s 2013 and upcoming brides are tired of the traditional wedding cake with the standard bride and groom perched on top. While some couples are looking for a unique take on the traditional wedding cake, others are throwing out the whole ritual and opting for new dessert offerings with everything from cupcake trees to dessert stations and sundae bars. Whether you are looking to jazz up your tiered wedding cake or end your reception on a different sweet note, here are five spots in Sacramento to get alternative wedding cakes.
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1809 S. St., Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95811
www.vanillabeangourmet.comConveniently located right in Midtown, Vanilla Bean is the spot for some of the most unique artisan cupcakes available. Whether you just want to include gourmet cupcakes at your reception, or are looking to do a cupcake tower instead of a wedding cake, Vanilla Bean specializes in weddings. Everything from individual favor boxes to edible logo monograms, this spot can make your wedding reception one to remember. Some of Vanilla Bean’s daily flavors include bacon maple bar, blueberry pancake, death by chocolate, PB&J and salted caramel and toffee. Special-order cupcake flavors include chai tea latte, orange dreamsicle and white chocolate macadamia.
Shelton’s Wedding Cake Designs
2108 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
www.sheltonsweddingcakes.comShelton’s Wedding Cake Designs is located in the Arden-Arcade area and has been producing some of Sacramento’s most artistic wedding cake designs since the mid-1990s. Judy Shelton has over 25 years of experience decorating wedding cakes, and it shows. Shelton’s offers some stunning designs and your cake is only limited by your imagination — whether you’re looking for a very progressive and artistic design or something soft and whimsical.
Leatherby’s Family Creamery
2333 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
www.leatherbys.netWhether you are 17 or 72, ice cream brings a feeling of childhood nostalgia that most of us cannot deny. And what better way to capture that at a wedding than with an ice cream sundae bar? Leathersby’s has three locations within the Sacramento area — Sacramento, Citrus Heights and Elk Grove — and has years of experience catering events and fundraisers. It consistently rates as one of the top ice cream shops in Sacramento so you can’t go wrong serving Leathersby’s creations at your wedding reception.
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Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
www.ettores.comEttore’s European Bakery & Restaurant is a beloved sweet spot in Sacramento. For over 25 years, Ettore’s has been satiating area residents’ sweet tooth desires with everything from creative pastries to stunning wedding cakes. From his very humble beginnings in Switzerland, Ettore immigrated to America and earned the respect as one of the top bakeries in the greater Sacramento region. He specializes in European-style cookies, pastries, cakes, specialty desserts and, of course, custom wedding cakes. Be sure to check out the gallery of specialty cakes to get an idea of the endless possibilities available for your special day.
Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts
1201 F St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.sugarandspice.meHow about wedding pies or a dessert buffet? While Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts does traditional wedding cakes too, you will definitely want to check out the array of creative desserts it offers. Personalize an entire dessert buffet, make a candy bar or serve cake pops. The options are endless and Sugar and Spice can whip up an unforgettable array of sweet treats. Please note, the retail shop has closed and Sugar and Spice is by appointment only, so be sure to call before just stopping by.
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Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.