Post # 1
We’re considering getting Cheese Rolls from Porto’s instead of cake/cupcakes since we’re on an extreme budget and they taste so good, but…
It wouldn’t really be a dessert buffet since we’d get all cheese rolls because they’re soooooo melt-in-your-mouth good. I’m looking into getting a few cupcake stands like this one to display the pastries and to go with our theme.
What do you think? Would it be okay to forgo the cake/cupcakes but have all the same dessert? I’ve heard of dessert buffets but not of having all the same dessert in lieu of cake/cupcakes. I usually like variety, but these are just so yummy. We may also have apples chunks in a sweet cream sauce with the buffet.
Post # 3
i love Porto’s cheese rolls! i remember they have other pastries that are about the same price as the cheese rolls, maybe you can get those too?
Post # 4
What exactly is a cheese roll? Is it sweet?
Post # 5
I love Porto’s! I think you should get a variety of pastries in case you have guests who don’t like cheese (or are lactose intolerant). They’re all yummy at Porto’s… especially the GUAVA!
Post # 6
Serve whatever dessert you want. Cake/cupcakes are not a requirement if you don’t want them and prefer something else instead.
Post # 7
Yes, their cheese rolls are sweet, kind of like a cheese danish. Good point about lactose intolerant; I think one of my cousins is. I like their guava pastry too although I don’t think it’s as good as the cheese roll (and I’m probably thinking way too much into this) but they’re like double the size of the cheese roll and I think we’d need to cut them in half for them to be a good serving size, but would that tacky or cheap? Or just leave them all whole and they can take it to go if they don’t finish it?
Thanks bees for your input!
Post # 8
Leave them whole. If size is a concern, when you order them, ask if they can be made smaller. Either way, most people don’t take home leftover desserts if the portion is too large.
Just the cheese rolls are enough and you don’t need to add anything else.
Post # 9
@Ms. Figales:Have you ever been there when they bring out the trays of samples? The put them in those white cupcake type liners. The last time I was there they did a tray of cheese rolls and guava rolls – they were cut in half and I really think that’s the PERFECT size for what you are wanting to do. I like the option of 2 different things because people will probably take one of each (even though, I’m not a big guava fan – you really can’t beat the cheese rolls!). Portos also does a mini-dessert sampler. How much is your budget for dessert?
Post # 10
wow, I LOOOOVE Porto’s cheese rolls. they are delicious.
Post # 11
Our budget is between 200-300, but now I’m torn between their Cuban Cake and cheese rolls/guava. I haven’t been there while they’re giving samples. =(
When we went for our tasting, we loved their Cuban cake (yellow sponge cake lightly soaked in a French brandy syrup) and of course their cheese rolls which we get every time we go. If we go this route, I think we’ll get mostly sheet cake with maybe just a small round cake to display with our topper and lots of cheese rolls and fewer guava. If we have variety I think some people will want to try one of each. So if we do this, and our guest count is about 175, how many servings of cake and pastries each should we get?
I’m thinking 1 full sheet (feeds 100-120 ppl), plus a 1/2 sheet (feeds 45-50 ppl)?, and the smallest round cake we can get for display and cutting. We may even skip the display/cutting cake and just display our topper on a cake stand with decorations and pastries around the table, but if we don’t have a display cake, how will people know that there’s cake? In addition to the cake, maybe 125-150 servings of cheese/guava? Is that way too much dessert? I don’t want to run out though.
Please help! I was up until 4am last night obsessing about this!
Post # 12
@Ms. Figales: I’ve been going to Portos for years and have surprisingly never tried their Cuban cake (I can’t get past the triple chocolate mousse cake!) 😉
I think you are on the right track getting the sheet cakes and then a round, if you want to display it. We are doing the same thing, but with ice cream cakes (also super affordable).
I love the idea of incorporating cheese rolls into your dessert table. I do think that people will want at least one of each (piece of cake and cheese roll).
If you end up with 175 guests (keep in mind, your final count may end up lower), 1 full sheet, plus the half sheet plus the round will be more than enough for the cake.
If you still have room in your budget for cheese rolls – I’d do 75 rolls and see if they can cut and put them in those white cupcake cups for you. I’d think that would be more than enough. I’d think you’d be slightly over on cake, but the cheese rolls will probably disappear throughout the night. And, since you are doing cake – I’d skip the guava rolls, personally (but, again – remember that I don’t like them, so I’m biased!) 😉
One more thought – if you decide to do cake – you could really skip the cheese rolls all together. They are really an ‘added’ thing. OR, what I would do – is have them for when the party is winding to an end…. kind of a take home ‘snack’ to end the night.
Post # 13
We have a second tasting this sat. to compare the cuban with different fillings to the cheese rolls and get more pricing info. Also because they don’t like to answer questions over the phone for some reason, either that or FI isn’t persistent enough b/c he’s called both times. Maybe we can do cuban for wedding and rolls for shower.
BTW, that cupcake tree i posted is out of the question, costs $200 and up!
Post # 14
I. Love. Porto’s. I agree with everyone else – the guava rolls are awesome too! I actually love those better than the cheese ones. Now I’m hungry…
Post # 15
I am planning a wedding for my sister and am trying to track down the tree branch cupcake stand for rent or purchase but have hit a brick wall. Where might one find these stands?