It's just my nature that I want it exactly the way I picture it or something completely different. I immediately started pondering alternatives to cake when I found out plan was a no go. I ran through the possibility of cup cakes... See, nerds do it too. However, I can't picture the exact right display of cup cakes and out of solidarity with Duff I'd say they're on the bottom of the list.
I love cannoli, but there would be nothing to cut. Even though they'd compliment the dinner menu it would also be really hard to make them cohesive and pretty. I have a legendary fondness for pie as well, but I've never said "Wow! What a beautiful pie." I did see/sample some cake pops at the bridal expo. I thought they were really good. They seemed different and fun. Would they work as a wedding cake substitute? That's still up for debate. I ate my sample before I was considering my dessert options so Mike has never seen or tasted one. Aside from that Mike has stumped most bakers I've spoken to by requested a white cake flavored like mint chocolate. Leave it to Mike and I to stump 'em.
I am very much open for suggestions, folks. Does anyone know a great baker who would be reasonable and up for a challenge? I'd still like a three tiered cake. Or does anyone have a cake alternative? Something different that we can make pretty. Of course there is the distinct possibility at this point that we may skip the whole thing. Who knows?