Trend We Love: Mini Desserts

Guest Blogger: Nathaniel Neubauer, owner of Contemporary Catering
Nathaniel’s mom says it best: “When Nathaniel was turning three, I asked him what he wanted for his third birthday. He said, ‘Quiche.’” Ever since, Nathaniel’s love for food has never been far from reach. With his presence, Contemporary Catering quickly became a major contender in the Los Angeles catering industry. From overseeing production to designing a nine-course tasting menu with five-star service, Nathaniel’s dedication to his clients and his company is unparalleled.

While it’s a tradition to have that jaw-dropping wedding cake, times have changed! Sometimes we even wonder, “Who needs a wedding cake anymore?!” Lucky, for couples who don’t want to go through the cake selection process, serving an assortment of mini desserts is definitely trending.

The best part is that you can really personalize your offerings. We suggest taking family recipes from both sides and making miniature desserts in larger quantities. Recently, we had a bride who really loved pie, so we handmade a three-tiered “wedding pie” by using 20”, 18”, and 16” pies! 

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In addition, you can also place cute little monogrammed boxes of French macarons (in your wedding colors, of course) at each setting — or create elaborate displays of this delectable treat.

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Since brides and grooms aren’t limited to a traditional wedding cake, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of serving fun assorted desserts. We started offering custom s’mores stations at smaller, more intimate gatherings nearly a decade ago, and they are wildly popular today! Guests are able to roast their own marshmallows in a fit-pit or barbeque, and can select from a “goodie station” stocked with everything from Scharssen-Berger Chocolate to Nutella.

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Here are some more delicious dessert ideas that can easily be made into miniature sweet treats:


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Cake Pops

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Fruit Pies

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Chocolate Mousse Cups

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Cheesecake Bites

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“Deconstructed” desserts that are layered and dipped are also great to consider. Think along the lines of layered strawberry shortcakes served in dessert shot glasses or chocolate-dipped banana split bites (with sprinkles of course!). Putting a little spin on traditional desserts will definitely “wow” your guests!

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More recently, we have offered live banana flambé stations. The bananas are served over housemade Tahitian vanilla ice cream and are truly out of this world! Guests love this because their food is lit on fire right before their very eyes.

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—Nathaniel Neubauer