Post # 1
Below is the cupcake stand my FI plans to build for us.
We have plans of having a cutting cake on the top tier. Here is my issue
We bought a 3 pc monogram set with our initals. I dont know why. Spur of the moment purchase. So because of the letters in our monogram (C , T , F) I’m hesitant to put all the letters on top of a one tier cake. The letters F & T are very similar and I’m afraid people will be like “wtf is that jumble on top of the cake supposed to be?” So I started throwing around the idea of having a two tier cake on top of the cake stand.
(and yes, I’m breaking this down numerically AND alphabetically. Thats how I roll)
1. Assuming I had a two tier cake:
1a. Should we just have less tiers for muffins since there will be a cake for people to eat as well
1b. Do people even eat a cutting cake when the bride and groom are serving cupcakes?
1c. Who cuts the cake? Could a family member do it or should someone at the venue be in charge of that?
2. Assuming we have just a one tier cake:
2a. Should we just scratch the two smaller letters and use just our last name letter?
2b. Should we just get a big enough cutting cake that the letters won’t be smushed together hence avoiding the T & F confusion?
3. My fiance is in a wheelchair and he won’t be able to reach to the top of the cake stand to cut the cake. How should we arrange this so the top cake can be moved down immediately prior to cutting the cake? Like, does the cake sit on a cake board so someone could just grab the cake board and move it down to the table for us? Or how would this work? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
I’ve seen it done before where people have just put the cutting cake to the side of the cupcake stand.
Post # 4
1. I suggest only one cake tier as I don’t see how two would solve your dilemna with the space needed for your monogram. You wouldn’t split up the initials any how, would you?
2. Have you tried arranging the letters with the last name letter in the middle and either raised or lowered from the other two? Once you come up with an arrangement you like, measure the width of the monogram. That will determine the diameter of the cake you will
3. As far as your fiance being able to access the cake you have a couple of options:
-the cake will be on a cake board that someone could move to the table surface for you
-you could use a hydraulic bar table- it can be rasied or lowered with a foot pedal much like a hairstylist’s chair. You might have to place a round of wood on top of the bar table as they typically aren’t very wide.
4. Someone at the venue will cut the cake after you do the cake cutting, or, you could have enough cupcakes for everyone and not worry about it.
Post # 5
@julies1949: Oh, whoops! I tried to upload a picture of a diagram I drew up in Paint quickly about the 2-tier thing. Lemme try again.
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Post # 7
Ah, I understand now what your plan was for the 2 tiered cake.
I think that would work. Your choice to go with one or two tiers.
Post # 8
My sister and her now husband did cupcakes with a cake for cutting and chose to do just a single letter…for their last name. The photographer actually placed the top tier on the table so that my sister and her husband could cut the cake. They didn’t serve that cake at all….they packaged the remainder for their first anniversary.
Post # 9
I’d stick with just a small one tier cutting cake with just your last initial, and then only serve the cupcakes, keep the cake for you two. That also makes it easier to move the small cake down from the top of the tower when you go to cut it.
Post # 10
What if…just had this idea right after I posted here yesterday…I had a 2 tier cake except the bottom tier wasnt actually a cake? It was just styrofoam decorted like the top layer? Then I could achieve the 2-tier look, which I like, without the extra charge/waste of cake
Post # 11
Would you be able to place the letters in front of the cake, to help decorate the table? You could always put flowers on top of the cake.
Post # 12
@ChantelleyLace: I’ve heard of some folks having an entirely fake cake for presentation, except the top layer. After the photos of the couple cutting the top layer, the “cake” gets wheeled off into a back room, where a simple, and much cheaper, sheet cake is actually cut to be served for the guests. It doesn’t save too much as far as icing goes, but it definately saves paying for or making extra cake.