Post # 1
FH and I have decided to do cupcake towers (with a small topper cake for us to cut and have decorated) in lieu of a traditional cake. I have seen a ton of pictures on here of creative bees who did this and loved it, so I’m very excited to bring our ideas to life. However, I’m hearing a lot of different opinions from bakers and caterers about an appropriate cupcake-to-guest ratio. So, if you had cupcakes at your wedding or know someone else who did: how many guests did you have, how many cupcakes did you supply, and how many were left over?
Post # 3
I would say 2 plus some extra, so maybe 2.3? Lol I really have no idea what I’m talking about though.
Post # 4
I’m doing two per guest because I know not everyone will eat more than one, and a few of my friends will eat 3.
Post # 5
We got 2 per guest and had a good amound of leftover! I guess you can never tell. We thought for sure people would eat them. However, we had to-go boxes and lots of people took them to go, so that is an idea of the extras.
Post # 6
How many guests? You could do 1 for each + 20 more. or 30, etc. depending on how many guests you have. Maybe average 1.3 or 1.5 per guest?
2 per guest is way to many in my opinion (these are nomal sized cupcakes right? not mini ones?) because most people will eat 1, some will eat none, and some will eat multiple. And I would guess the vast majority would only eat 1. Cupcakes tend to have more frosting than regular wedding cake, think of that too.
Post # 7
I would order 2 per guest. But I am thinking of having different flavours on each tier of the cupcake stand so people would be tempted to try more than one. I do love the take away boxes idea. Brilliant! 🙂
Post # 8
I would probably do 2 per guest, as well. Then again, you could have someone like my brother who would probably eat 6 if someone didnt stop him.
Post # 9
We had 96 cupcakes and 68 guests. There were 18 cupcakes left over. Some people had more than one, a few people didn’t have any….it all kinda balanced out.
Post # 10
I’m doing 1 per guest but also serving some tasty dessert bars, so I hope everyone will be happy with a fruity cupcake and a chocolately treat each!
Post # 11
My caterer recommended 1.25 per guest. We had cupcakes left over.
Post # 12
Wow I am so shocked at the number of people saying 2! 1 is enough for everyone… And I’d say 15 extra per 100 guests just to be on the safe side. But definitely not 2 per guest.
Post # 13
We ordered 300 mini cupcakes alongside pie for dessert/cake cutting, and we had about 30 minis left over the next day (200 guests). We also had some pie left over. I think if you do 2 each, you’ll have leftover cupcakes for quite a while!
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for the input so far! Keep the ideas coming, pretty please.
My initial thought was 2 per guest as well, since I figured (like most of you) that some people would only eat one, but others might eat three.
However, like @Valdrine, we’re also going to have an additional dessert – in our case, a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar (with 3ish flavors of ice cream plus a variety of toppings). It seems like that could make the average cupcake consumption (ha) lower, but I can’t say for sure.
@kes18: We’re going to have somewhere between 120 and 150 guests. The logical side of my brain says that 2 per person is probably too many, since nearly everyone I know would only ever eat one slice of wedding cake at a wedding. But the illogical side of my brain has this awful vision of people eating more than anticipated because cupcakes are so easy to pick up and eat, and then we run out and I feel awful! I like your idea of a 1.3-1.5 ratio, maybe that could be a good compromise between my feuding brain. That’s also a really good point about the icing that I hadn’t really thought about, so thanks for mentioning that.
@Cheeks225: Take-out boxes are an AWESOME idea! I’m definitely going to do that, and I bet it was very effective in pawning off some of your leftovers. As though people need to be begged to take cupcakes home.
@allyfally: I’m glad I’m not the only one who will have to have a conversation with my “little” (6’5″) brother to tell him that the other guests at the reception would, in fact, like a cupcake or two, so he should try to leave some for them!
Post # 15
We did 2 per person. And we had a HUGE Rubbermaid container of left overs.
Post # 16
I would say 2 per person. There are definitely a lot of people that will not eat 2 (I know I probably wouldn’t) but if you are having different flavors it’s possible that people will take 2 of different flavors to try both.