Over the past year or so, the DC area has gone completely cupcake crazy.  From Georgetown to Capitol Hill to Federal Hill to the Eastern Shore, each neighborhood has its own cupcakery (or three).  Right now, I’m really into Baked & Wired’s cupcakes because they are literally mini-cakes!  As much as we love the little bites, our sweet tooth is always searching for new flavors.

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Photo courtesy of Whoopsies!

Here are a few suggestions for moving your wedding dessert beyond the cupcake.

Whoopie Pies
I’m kind of obsessed with the pumpkin and cream cheese filling whoopie pies made by a PA farmer at the market near my house.  So, believe me when I tell you that I was excited to hear about northern Virginia’s Whoopsies! (Thank you, Hitched, for the tip!)  Gourmet whoopie pies for your wedding??  Yes, please!  You could serve whoopie pies as dessert or hand them out at the end of of the night as favors.  For a little DIY action, try making your own whoopie pies.  A quick search online unearthed an incredible amount of flavor combos.

Mini Doughnuts
If you’ve been to farmer’s markets in DC or Baltimore, perhaps you’ve tried Migue’s Magnificent Mini Donuts.  They are delicious little bites of heaven in a bag full of toppings.  (I’m just a simple powdered sugar kinda girl.)  Fried to order, these doughnuts are little gems.  If you can’t spring for someone to fry doughnuts on the spot at your wedding reception, try having a doughnut bar display with a selection of different toppings or dipping sauces that guests can use to make their own flavors.

Crepes
Crepes are a classic French treat that come in sweet and savory styles.  I love the different flavor options – just about anything takes good wrapped in a warm crepe!  A crepe bar at your wedding would be like a made-to-order omelete at a buffet, only yummier!  The DC, MD and VA spot for crepes is by far Eastern Market Crepes.

Gelati
Picture a cart with someone dishing out yummy gelati to your guests.  It would be like having a destination wedding in Venice, only with out the plane ride.  With DC’s Dolci Gelati you can custom create flavors and use their sorbets to make signature cocktails for your wedding. White chocolate raspberry or strawberry lavender sorbet…yum!

Macarons
Macarons are quickly becoming a wedding power house.  I think it might have something to do with how cute they look in photographs.  Macarons are the perfect little bite – crunchy on the outside, but smooth in the middle.  For more on macarons, check out our post from Teresa at Rex & Regina Events.

Looking for more wedding sweets?  Visit our vendor guide for more DC, MD, and VA bakeries.

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