Post # 1
Hello bees! I am having an awful time deciding on how to go about finding affordable cupcakes in a variety of flavors, and not stressing about money! I originally wanted to just buy cupcakes (going to need enough for about 175 people) and then have a small round cake for us to cut. Now that I’ve actually had a chance to look around at pricing, the idea of buying cake mixes and baking cupcakes at home, as well as making my own yummy frostings, is sounding a lot more budget friendly, if not a bit more stressful. Honestly, if the cupcake thing doesn’t pan out well (not enough volunteer help in the kitchen, no time, etc) I won’t let it ruin our day and we’ll just make do with pies and other treats instead, but I love the idea of cupcakes! Anybody else have/had similar issues and what decision did you end up making? Also, to my fellow Kansas City brides – Any affordable cupcakeries you’ve found and would recommend?
Post # 3
How much of a baker are you? Is it something you do frequently and enjoy?
I’d be wary of anything that is a big time commitment the week of because it’s going to be so hectic.
I’m not sure how you would get these, but have you looked at The Dream Factory? It’s a division of the Cheesecake Factory and one of the local pizza places here sells their cupcakes… they are amazing and reasonably priced (ie cheaper than the local bakeries).
ETA: I have no idea how much the actual product themselves cost since they sell to dealers only, but they might be willing to buy the number of boxes you need. The sell-sheet says they are shipped frozen and are to be served within three days of them thawing.
Post # 4
I did this for a friend’s wedding. 50 cupcakes and a cake took me a full day to bake and 4 hours to ice. I used an icing gun. WAY more time consuming than most brides can devote.
Post # 5
I got married this past August. The best advice I can give is try not to give yourself too many things to do the days leading up to your wedding – you do not need the added stress! Try and find a home-based cupcake artist in your area. Have you ever looked at cake balls or cake pops? They would be easier to make and less time consuming than cupcakes …
Post # 6
I world for a caterer and she did cupcakes by baking them, and freezing them once cool. They take about 3 hours to thaw then we iced them day of.
Post # 7
We did pies! We had I think 15 pies. They were gone before dinner even started! It was crazy and I loved that we did pies!
Post # 8
Have you looked in to HyVee’s bakery? They are very affordable & their cupcakes actually look & taste pretty good. We are using the one in Mission for our wedding next year. It’ll be about $115 for 130 cupcakes & also a small cake.
Post # 9
We are doing cake pops and different assortments of desserts (cupcakes, cheesecake, pies, etc). I haven’t quite researched how “time-friendly” cake pops are but I thought it would be enough for those ppl who wanted cakes but in varieties not too many of my other guests cared for (carrot cake, german chocolate, etc).
Post # 10
I was planning to dot his as well and ended up finding a baker that did them all for me and transported them to the venue for me for less than it would cost to make them myself! I would try to go that route first… look up some bakers on craiglist or even the grocery store!
The hard part I found in planning to do it myself was baking hem and storing htem and transporting them… i thought of baking htem ahead of time, freezing them, then thawing htem and just icing htem the day before but honestly… there’s so much to do the day before the wedding. i would def look into contracting it out.
Post # 11
Do you have any idea how many hours of labour are going to be needed to bake 175 cupcakes? And presumably it would need to be done the day before the wedding, because honestly, who wants to eat 3 day old cupcakes? I think you’re setting yourself up for disaster by attempting to do this yourself. You’ll be far too busy with final preparations the week before your wedding to undertake this much work. For my BFF’s wedding, she & I made mini-cheesecakes and brownies for the dessert table the night before her wedding of 50 ppl. That was more stress than either of us needed. Do yourself a favour, and pony up the money for bakery made cupcakes. The stress isn’t worth it.