how many cupcakes should I be ordering?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

gpiglet:  I think unless you know for sure that X number of guests are 100% gluten free and will not eat a cupcake, you have to have one for every guest, so I would say 200.

Post # 3
1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I would say at least 1-1 1/2 per person especially if they are good!

Post # 4
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You need at minimum 1 per person. I think that as PP’s said, general recommendation is 1.5 per person. I think we just did one. Some will have more than one and some people won’t have one at all.

Post # 5
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We had a 12″ round cake plus 200 largeish cupcakes for 165 guests, and EVERYTHING got eaten!  But it was a pretty long party, and we didn’t have nearly as much food as yours sounds like.

Post # 6
32 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

gpiglet:  I used to design wedding cakes and I did cupcakes for a friend’s wedding once – there were soooo many left over at the end of the night!

If you are also having tons of food AND a dessert course I would say you definitely do not need 200 cupcakes. Probably around 150 is fine.

Alternatively, if you are set on having one cupcake per guest, you can also set up some cellophane bags with silver twist ties for guests who would like to take a cupcake home.


Post # 7
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I did mini cupcakes and ordered 1 per guest (150). We had a plated dessert so I figured we wouldn’t need a ton of cupcakes. We ended up with about 15 leftover. 

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