Post # 1
my FI and i are trying to decide if we want to decide whether or not we want to do a regular cake or cupcakes. here’s the delima:
1) we’re trying to be budget conscious. which would be a better vaule?
2) we have a friend that can do a cake for us but we’re unsure about the quality of the cake. we don’t want to offend her by not asking her to do something so if we do cupcakes we can ask her to make a small cake for us to cut.
3) we’re unsure about what flavor of cake we want so if we do cupcakes we can have a variety of flavors to choose from. (for instance, i want chocolate with peanut butter frosting, but my sweet FI, in his ever considerate ways, is worried about people with peanut allergies).
i feel like i’ve sort of made my decision already, i guess i just need some reassurance from fellow bees.
Post # 3
Well considering it looks like you’re leaning toward cupcakes, I’ll say that cupcakes are tons of fun. They’re unique. They allow guests to choose from a ton of flavors, etc. I’m honestly not sure which is more economical. But I love the idea of you having a small cake for you two to cut!
Post # 4
The thing I’ve heard with cupcakes is that they’re in general cheaper but if you want them to have a design they can cost more because the person making them will have to put something fancy on that many cupcakes instead of just one cake. I’m doing cupcakes though because we figured we’d get a small nice cutting cake with cupcakes with just icing so I do like that idea to make your friend feel better but remember, it is your wedding so you don’t want to compromise on things. Also, we’re totally doing the multiple flavors in our cupcakes but you can do a few in a cake as well.
Post # 5
Mmm yes can tell which one you’re more enthusiastic about. It costs more money to have cupcakes I believe as each one has to be decorated individually. I think your 2nd idea is a good one to go with. My friends had that last month when they got married and it works well. Hope that helps in some way.
Post # 6
They are the same thing using the same ingredients, even though many people insist otherwise. If you are looking to save money, the regular cake is cheaper. Cupcakes are only cheaper if you go the generic grocery bakery route. However, if you are concerned about size, the cupcake is actually larger because wedding cake slices are always microscopic compared to birthday cake slices, which is how they are able to get 100 servings out of a cake that normally feeds 10-12 max. As far as cupcakes, most people don’t realize they cost more for a reason: there is more work involved in baking and decorating several cupcakes than in baking and decorating a large round/square cake.
You know your guests best. Are there any nut allergies among them? If not, I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s really not as common as people want you to believe. No matter what flavor you pick, someone won’t like it so try to please the majority. Peanut butter and chocolate cake is an acquired taste so have an additional choice that is not as adventurous.
Do not settle on a cake without trying it first. Some things are best left to the professionals, and if you are that worried about your friend’s cake, tell her that you appreciate the effort (if she does not offer to make a sample) but have it taken care of and want her to enjoy herself as a guest. Call around your area to get tastings at local bakeries. If you decide on a grocery bakery, they don’t usually give samples but their round cakes are indications of what their wedding cakes taste like (and grocery wedding cakes are generally quite yummy depending on the store). After you have gotten tastings in town, decide who had both the yummiest cake and the best deal (price and service combined). The bakers you speak with have flavor lists to choose from so you don’t have to pick beforehand unless there is something you really want to serve, in which case ask if they are able and willing to make it.
Post # 7
I’d say you answered your own question and seem to want cupcakes more. But don’t be pressured into cupcakes just because you might offend your friend or think it’s a better budget choice. Like PP’s have said, highly designed cupcakes can add up for all the time spent on those small details. For your friend, I’d just have a talk with her that you’re wanting to do something a little different than what she does (i.e. fillings, fondant, etc).
Another option to consider is serving tasty sheet cakes and cutting a smaller cake. You can still do different flavors that way.
Post # 8
Well I’m going with cupcakes because A) they’re pretty, B)there’s lots of choice, and C) they’re waaaay cheaper! I can get mine for 1.40 (ca $1.70) each from a perfectly good bakery, decorated simply but nicely, whereas cake runs about 3.00 (ca $3.60) per head. No contest!
Am also having a 6 inch cake for us to cut.
Post # 9
We did a cupcake tree for our guests, and it was much more economical (not to mention fun!) We really still wanted the cake cutting tradition, though, so we had an 8 inch cake on the very top to cut. Note, the above quotes are right about cupcakes. Don’t go to one of those specialty cupcake stores, you won’t end up saving, and make sure you try the flavors. Our caterer mainly does cakes and sweets, but also does simple cupcakes. We chose a flavor, had them frosted and added a chocolate maple leaf of the top of each. They’ll LOOK fancy, but they’re actually very basic.