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what's the general opinion on using cupcakes at a wedding

post #1 of 57
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My future Daughter in law is thinking of using cupcakes at her wedding in lieu of individual slices of wedding cake. She would still have a cake for the bridal party, but the guests would receive one cupcake. I haven't seen it done at a wedding, but I'm looking for ya'all's input.
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post #2 of 57
I personally think cupcakes are a great option. It's less messy and more portable. And not everyone knows how to cut a bridal cake. But if price is the issue, it could be more expensive to do cupcakes than a cake... at least that is something I have seen the pros say on here quite often. With a cake, you have to decorate one. With cupcakes, you have to decorate a hundred, or however many. I actually considered having cupcakes instead of cake at my wedding. But I found it to be so much more expensive. To get the traditional picture of the couple cutting the cake, you would still have to get a small cake. But if the bride is not too budget minded, personally I think it is a great idea. If she was considering doing cupcakes as a cost savings, then it is possible that it will actually increase the cost. But it never hurts to get a quote. Her baker may be less expensive.
post #3 of 57
Not speaking as a baker, but speaking as a wedding guest, I would HATE to be served a cupcake. Many guests look forward to getting "wedding" cake ... and to see the wedding party get real "wedding" cake, and they are "stuck" with a little 'ole cupcake .... well, it fires up the Jerry Springer's in the families.

I get all dressed up, actually put on make-up icon_eek.gif , maybe get my nails done, so I can pick up cake with my fingers and shove it in my face? Hate that. Absolutely hate that.

If it was a pig-roast reception in gramma's back-40, then cupcakes as the wedding dessert would be appropriate (in my ever so never humble opinion, as a wedding guest). But if I'm asking guests to dress up and attend a formal event, I would find it very tacky to serve them a snack-food-cupcake-dessert.

Some things to consider: Some brides think serving cupcakes will eliminate the cake service fee (sometimes referred to as the cake cutting fee). If she is planning on just plopping a paper wrapped cupcake in front of her guest or having them pick one up themselves from the cake table, then she might be successful in getting this fee eliminated.

But if she is expecting the catering staff to serve the cupcakes, maybe with a plate and fork (which would deter my irritation slightly at a formal event), she may still have to pay the service fee for the use of the plates, forks and the staff to take care of the serving and clean up (removal and washing of the cake plates/forks).

As a cake baker, they are more work and I dont' think they look near as grand as a traditional wedding cake.

If she is concerned about not knowing how to cut a cake, just refer her to my website where I have step by step photos on how to cut a cake. I have frequently delivered a cake and found this page printed out and laying on the table for the cake cutters to refer to.
post #4 of 57
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thanks for the replies. I guess I hadn't looked at it from the guest point of view. Thanks Indydebi for pointing this out. I think I will steer her towards a traditional layered cake.
post #5 of 57
I agree with indydebi all the way! I had a bride yesterday ask me if I made cupcakes (first time I was asked this), so it got me thinking. This most likely the most important, formal party this woman will ever have, all the family and friends are there, they eat a great meal, everyone is dressed to the nines, and the dessert is.................... a cupcake? I told her that I didn't make cupcakes, but that I thought the colors she had chosen (hot pink and apple green) would make an awesome cake!
post #6 of 57
My husband says he would think of it as a vending machine dessert, and asks, "Does a bride really want the symbol of her wedding reception to be something you can get for pocket change from a vending machine?" He's as laid back as they come (our biggest argument is about how I don't like it when he eats cold ravioli straight from the can! icon_mad.gif ) and even he thinks cupcakes are out of place at a formal event.
post #7 of 57
Don't forget about those yuky cupcake wrappers that need to be taken care of too..........
post #8 of 57
Although I will do cupcakes for a wedding when paid to do so, I personally think it transforms a elegant evening into a child's birthday party.

As some of my friends say "Klassy." Yeah, with a "K". (not a good thing)
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post #9 of 57
i don't mind a weddin with a central cake and several mini cakes or similar to petite fors (sorry forgot how to spell the 2nd word) but i agree.. there's just something about cupcakes for a wedding that just doesn't sit well with me, no matter how gourmet they may be. i guess i'm just set in my ways, maybe its a new "tradition" and traditions do come and go.. its just not my cupa tea.
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If she is concerned about not knowing how to cut a cake, just refer her to my website where I have step by step photos on how to cut a cake. I have frequently delivered a cake and found this page printed out and laying on the table for the cake cutters to refer to.



Indydebi - can you tell me if the serving number changes when using this cutting method?

Thanks for asking this question blueman, I was just talking about this yesterday!
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post #11 of 57
I don't like them at weddings for the same reasons stated above. They're messier for the guests to eat (think about how you have to open WIDE to bite one and get the icing all over your face, not to mention holding it with your hand.) Okay for a barbecue, not so much for an elegant reception. I find that most cupcakes tend to be drier than regular cake, too.

One bride who came to a tasting with me yesterday also brought up the point that the cupcakes that people are selling are usually larger than usual, and nobody eats the whole thing. I didn't think of that until she said it, but a lot of the cupcakes that people are selling are larger than usual, more like a muffin-size, and I guess you would have to either want a lot of cake, or not eat the whole thing. She said she went to a reception recently where her friend had cupcakes, and a lot were half-eaten.

You'll probably get a lot of pros and cons for this question, but I think it comes down to what the "tone" of the reception is and if it's appropriate for the particular event. Cupcakes at casual receptions might make more sense, more formal receptions not so much.
post #12 of 57
Hubby is really into this topic! I'm telling him that he's becoming as addicted to this site as me and he waives me off as a "silly girl"! icon_lol.gif

But he adds ..... if you went to an elegant restaurant, where you had to dress up (like for a wedding), and the average meal was in the $20-$30 range .... what would be your impression of this fine dining establishment if they had on their dessert menu ..... "Cupcake, $3.00"?

He also requests that I "...ask those women on there, if their boyfriend/husband bought them a Snickers bar for Valentine's Day, instead of a box of chocolates, would they have a different impression or feeling about him? It's both chocolate ... one's formal and one's casual. One's a wedding cake and one's a cupcake. Which one has a better chance of getting him laid?" icon_lol.gif
post #13 of 57
excellent input Indydebi.. or do we mean, output? heh j/k ugh i gotta headache, happy sunday folks
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post #14 of 57
Personally, I shut the topic down at "I don't offer cupcakes at this time, (not that I ever plan to either, but) let's design a great wedding CAKE for your elegant day!"
post #15 of 57
I don't like the idea of a cupcake at a wedding. Perhaps...does she think that she can somehow cut costs by doing this? Maybe having friends and family make the cupcakes?
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