Anyone serve donuts instead of cake? Need details.

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I didn’t do it myself, but can I say that I think this sounds delicious?

Post # 4
82 posts
Worker bee

@Kit_Kath:  I’m with @Gemstone – this sounds like a fabulously fun idea!

I think it wouldn’t hurt to send an inquiry out to some doughnut places. Let them know of your idea. I bet they would be happy to help you out with your questions about estimating # per guest and how soon before the event they’d like to have the order. I’ve found that “regular” places are pretty good with getting back to you with that kind of info compared with caterering companies. Weird, but that’s been my experience!  

Post # 5
188 posts
Blushing bee

I did not serve donuts, but when working at a catering company we did for a couple of weddings. The couple had a bridal cake, but then instead of a groom’s cake they did a tower of krispy kreme donuts! Huge hit and totally fun! 

Post # 6
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Fiance and I aren’t into cake either. We are having a small 2 tier cake for those that do eat cake and for photos but are having cookies for those that don’t eat cake. Here is how we came up with our numbers:

We invited 294. The two tier cake will have 100 servings and we are having 200 bags/servings of cookies with 2 cookies per bag. If we have left over, fine. If we run out, thats fine too.

We are getting married in August and contacted and met with our baker in December. I don’t think it would be out of line to contact the your bakery early and let them know what your plans are. They can give you a timeline of when you should order and when they need numbers, etc.

My mother or Future Mother-In-Law didn’t freak out when we told them the idea. They kind of liked it because it was different. Our main issue was we didn’t want to spend all this money on a huge cake with 300 servings and be left with 250 servings. We would never eat it and I don’t want to throw money away.

We haven’t had our wedding yet and to be honest I don’t really care how my guests will react to it. It is our wedding and that is what we wanted.


Good luck!

Post # 7
46470 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

How could any Mom object to this?

mmmmmmm , I think I might have to make a trip to Cartems,  our local donut place.

Post # 8
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I didn’t do donuts, but it sounds like a deliciously different idea. I would definitely contact the donut shops you’re interested in using. They have probably done big orders before and they would be able to tell you how far in advance you need to get the contract togethr.

I would recommend ordering at least one donut per person and then a few extra (maybe 1.2-1.3 per person). If you’re having multiple fillings/flavors of donuts, you might want to get more since people will generally want to try the different flavors.

Post # 9
1735 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I actually thought about having donuts instead of cake, too! We’re going with cupcakes, but donuts might make an appearance on our dessert table. I think it would be best to just contact your local donut shop directly with your questions. 

Oh, and my mom nearly had a heart attack when I mentioned it to her 😛

Post # 10
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did donuts!  They were a huge hit!  But we did ours for as an appetizer (fall wedding).  We ordered 250 for 230 guests enough donuts so everyone could have one.  If you do it for dessert, I might order 1.5X the number of guests.  Not everyone will want 2, but there might be some guests who do.  You could also consider cutting them in half.

I got ours from the local apple orchard/cider mill.  I started talking to the owner about 3 months before the wedding and confirmed the order about 3 weeks before the wedding.  I would just call the donut shop and ask when you should order donuts for an April wedding.

Post # 12
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

OMG I was just talking with my mom & Fiance about this and they thought I was crazy. I am determined to do it, though, so keep me updated how it goes 🙂 


And I’ve had a bacon maple donut before. 

Post # 13
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

May I come to your wedding? Because you win at dessert. Seriously. Fab idea!

Post # 14
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re doing a dozen doughnuts as centerpieces (tables seat eight), with other desserts (brownies, cookies, and, yes, cake slices) available on a dessert table. We’re also providing small boxes so that guests can take a doughnut or another something sweet as their favor. 

Post # 15
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We did the donut tower!  This was a 2nd wedding for me and I already did the cake thing the first time around.  We thought about not having cake at all, but my teen daughter insisted that we had to have a cake, which is when we came up with the donut idea. It was perfect.  It was inexpensive and easy.  I purchased a cardboard, tiered stand from ebay and it was easy to put together. I just used a hot glue gun to make sure it would stay together. Then I put ribbon around the cardboard edges. We ordered 80 donuts (40 each of Boston Creme and regular honey dip). The day of the wedding we just had someone pick them up for us and they arranged them so that the chocolate ones wouldn’t stick to the others. And we had 40 timbits on the top. It was a hit!  And when we had a bunch leftover, we really didn’t mind because we didn’t spend a whole lot of money on it.  It also held some significance for us since we first met over coffee and a donut 😉

Post # 15
46 posts
  • Wedding: August 2016

I saw an amazing wedding donut display on instagram, with a traditional 2 tiered cake in the middle of the table and it was everything I had ever wanted.  Showed my mother and she HATED it!! I’ll probably still do it, but it’s frustrating that she won’t be on board.  One of the many things she hates about my wedding plans.  👎

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