By Elizabeth SanFilippo
Modern wedding cakes may come in all shapes and sizes, but be creative for your big day and skip the cake altogether. These five Chicago bakeries offer alternatives to the traditional wedding cake that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, and make your wedding stand out even more. It’s also a chance to share your favorite Chicago desserts with your family and friends.
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
Eli’s may now be available around the country, but Chicago is where the bakery got its start. Today, you can find Eli’s Cheesecake at its Chicago bake shop, the annual Taste of Chicago or at your wedding. Place an order for some smoothy and creamy cheesecakes in a number of flavors and sizes, as well as a handful of other tasty treats, like macarons and muffins.
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Hoosier Mama Pie Company
1618 1/2 Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Whether it’s a formal affair or an outdoor wedding, splurge on pies. Have a pie-cutting ceremony, literally, with delicious sweet pies offered by Hoosier Mama Pie Company. This shop will even stack the pies for you if you want. Otherwise, just grab a bunch of your favorite flavors — from fruit pies to creams — and offer a buffet to your guests. Hoosier Mama also provides the option of including some pie essentials as sides, like ice cream, sauces and pie crust cookies.
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Chicago Wedding Candy Buffet
Chicago, IL 60609
Indulge your sweet tooth and set up a dessert table dedicated to sugary sweets. Donna Kay Galvanauskas runs the online boutique Chicago Wedding Candy Buffet, and she’ll customize your sweet table to reflect your wedding’s themes and colors. She, along with her team, will also set up the display. They offer a variety of packages, from the “one carat” package that serves up to 99 guests ($8.50 per person) to the “five carat” for up to 300 guests ($7.50 per person). Each buffet can have anywhere to 14 to 20 different jars of sweets.
5348 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Mix things up at your wedding and serve a variety of desserts with a “sweet table.” Keep it affordable too by heading to the Swedish Bakery to choose from a variety of European-style cakes and pastries. The Andersonville bakery also makes wedding cakes and offers a promotion: get a wedding cake from Swedish Bakery and you’ll receive 10 percent off your sweet table. But what if you want just sweets? The bakery can arrange that too. Your wedding guests will enjoy an amazing spread that can include croquembouche, chocolate-dipped strawberries, petit fours, cookies and so much more.
Sweet Mandy B’s
1208 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Make a cupcake tree with the best cupcakes in town. Cindy Levine creates divine award-winning creations, whether you want traditional flavors like chocolate or red velvet, or the more unusual, like s’mores and snickerdoodle. With the beautiful frostings and toppings, the cupcakes can still be the “icing on the cake” for your wedding dessert. Individual cupcake prices range from $1.50 to $3.95 each.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.