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March 22, 2024

What is the best wedding dessert?

I was planning out a post about the best caterers to continue my vendor recommendations, but…

a dog in a tuxedo costume licks his lips as he looks at a wedding cake | photo by Kivus & Camera

Life is uncertain, so let’s start with wedding dessert:

Promise I’ll do entrees next.

Let’s be honest: cake is in the top three reasons I love my job. But wedding cake is evolving! There are wedding cupCAKEs, wedding cheeseCAKEs, wedding pies, wedding donuts, etc. Any dessert can be a wedding dessert. No matter what’s on the dessert table, you should treat yourself and your wedding guests to something delicious from one (or more) of these awesome businesses:

Cake first, because that’s what Gus up there requested.

Edible Art

Edible Art Bakery’s name says it all. Have your cake be a statement piece!

couple in Indian wedding attire slices into a colorful 5 tier wedding cake | photo by Kivus & Camera

Check out Edible Art

Love Cake

Love Cake made my favorite wedding cake I’ve ever seen. Rachael & Andrea had an Edgar Allan Poe themed wedding (on Halloween, natch) and the cake was perfectly themed. This isn’t the the only gorgeous cake I’ve seen from Love Cake, but it is my personal favorite.

Edgar Allan Poe themed wedding cake from Love Cake in Raleigh, North Carolina | photo by Kivus & Camera

Check out Love Cake

Capital Cakes NC

I don’t know how these bakers do this – but this purple and gold beauty that Capital Cakes NC made for an intimate wedding is so pretty!

purple and gold wedding dessert cake for an intimate wedding | photo by Kivus & Camera

Check out Capital Cakes NC


I wouldn’t be a very good Florida girl if I didn’t mention that Publix makes AMAZING cakes. Most of my birthdays growing up included a Publix cake. In addition to this “naked cake” from Publix, one of our couples had mini whoopie pies, so they were representing John’s home state of Maine too.

wedding dessert spread featuring "naked" wedding cake from Publix, whoopie pies, and other treats | photo by Kivus & Camera

Publix wedding cakes

Sugar Euphoria

Randi (the baker behind Sugar Euphoria) is the sweetest AND she makes beautiful/delicious treats. I’ve got her under cake, but Sugar Euphoria also makes things other sweet wedding desserts, including macarons (like the colorful ones here), cookies, and tarts. Go visit her bakery in historic Oakwood too!

colorful macarons on display at a wedding | photo by Kivus and Camera

Check out Sugar Euphoria

Not a cake person? Here come some alternative wedding dessert options:

Slice Pie

Pie?!? Yes please! The team at Slice Pie makes every kind of (non-pizza) pie imaginable. We usually get some for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but we’ve had several couples have pie as their wedding dessert instead of, or in addition to, cake. Raleigh’s home-grown Slice Pie is the best place to get that. Tastes like homemade, but you don’t have to do the work.

display of pies as wedding desserts in Raleigh, NC | photo by Kivus & Camera

Check out Slice Pie

Duck Donuts

I remember when donut walls became a big wedding trend. I haven’t seen a wall in a few years, but donuts themselves have stayed popular as a wedding dessert. Krispy Kreme is always a winner, but I prefer Duck Donuts with their unique flavor options and cake donuts. They’ve become pretty well known now, but this donut shop got its start not too far from Raleigh, in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

two frosted and decorated donuts in a to-go box as a wedding favor | photo BY Kivus & Camera

Check out Duck Donuts

Two Roosters Ice Cream

I already made it clear that I LOVE cake, but you know what cake loves? To be paired with ice cream. Raleigh’s Two Roosters is a great local ice cream vendor, and they have ice cream carts they can bring to your wedding.

at a wedding reception, the groom holds a cup of chocolate ice cream from Two Roosters - ice cream makes a great wedding dessert | photo by Kivus & Camera

Check out Two Roosters

Wasn’t that sweet? Sorry, not sorry. I love dad jokes as much as I love dessert. So once you’ve booked your venue, your photographer (me, please!), and your planner, make sure you have the wedding dessert covered!

We believe that love is fun and colorful, and your wedding photographs should be too.

You deserve the best wedding photographer. The wedding photographer who creates bold, colorful, magical memories of your wedding day with beautiful, artistic portraits AND enthusiastic, genuine moments. With Kivus & Camera as your wedding photographer team, you’ll get unforgettable, breath-taking wedding photos that stand out from the crowd. As past bride Courtney says, we are photography sorcerers, and we’d love to make magic for you.

(Though we live in Raleigh, North Carolina, we definitely photograph Durham weddings, Chapel Hill weddings, Cary weddings, etc. We’re all over the Triangle area, and we’re happy to head to the beach or mountains and even to other states or countries to be your wedding photographer! Just let us know when and where!)

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