Looking for an alternative to wedding cake that’s not cupcakes or pie? How about a frozen bombe or bonbons? As this June 1955 cover of Gourmet magazine shows, it’s a retro-inspired idea, one that I think updates nicely (and deliciously!), and that adds a fun kind of fancy to dessert. The one in this issue of Gourmet is a white Curaçao mousse in a shell of sweet orange ice, but they can also be made with ice cream, sherbet, or sorbet, and covered in chocolate or meringue. Here, a round-up of 12 bombes and bonbons that I’d love to see at a wedding this year…

Bombe and Baked Alaska from Ici Ice Cream in Berkeley. Photo by Aya Brackett.

Peach Coconut Sorbet Bombes from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Banana Split Bombe from Martha Stewart.

Chocolate Baked Alaska from Martha Stewart.

Neapolitan Baked Alaska from Martha Stewart.

Miniature Ice Cream Bombes from Ici Ice Cream.

St. Clair Molded Ice Cream from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Fauchon Pyramide de Sorbets via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Key Lime Bonbons by Garrett Kern, via Justin Kern’s flickr.

Ice Cream Cubes by Tom Turtle in Melbourne, via B for Bel.

Two-Bite Gelato from Bacetti.

Coconut Almond Bonbon from Martha Stewart.


Which of these frozen yummies would you like to try (um, all of them?)? Would you consider serving a bombe in place of wedding cake? Or maybe in addition to? Do you have a bonbon recipe that you’ve tried and loved?

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  1. Sarah K

    I’ll have one of each please! I’ve always wanted to try and make Ina Garten’s ice cream/sorbet bombe {my husband is fascinated by them}, but I’m kind of intimidated. After seeing this post, I think it would be worth it to give it a try :)

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  2. Li Mei

    They all look sooooooo yummy!

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  3. Sophie Day (Q Bride)

    Erm, how chic?! Love this spin on the whole midcentury-redux theme – practically dribbling at my desk over these lovelies : ) Nom Nom Nom.

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  4. Kristen

    Love this for a wedding, plus they all look so cute and delicious. Look out Cupcakes!

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  5. Caribbean Wedding events

    This idea enchances more fun and creativity for all weddings! Love the almond joy bon bon…my fav.

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  6. Moss + Isaac

    Wow!! Great ideas. Love the vintage magazine cover too!!

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  7. Vickie Stanton / Bella Weddings

    Oh my! Each one looks delicious! And I love the vintage photo!

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  8. naomi

    Of all the vintage ideas that should come back and stay… these should! What great alternative ideas! Love the vintage cover, too. xx

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