Do people actually eat the cake?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our cake was definitely eaten, but it was buttercream not fondant. Pretty sure some people had seconds too lol.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

In my experience, yes and no. At SIL’s wedding the only dessert she had was her cake, so pretty much everyone ate it. At my wedding we had a light dessert course of sorbet (which everyone ate as it was served to them). Our cake was served as part of the midnight buffet (which was actually 9 or 10 pm) alongside fruit, light treats and coffee. I’d say only about 1/2 of the guests had some actual wedding cake.

PS: It worked out well though because I saved my top tier for the eating on the one year anniversary tradition, and my very happy coworkers got half a bottom tier hand delivered to my workplace the Monday after.

Post # 20
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Honey bee

 You should always plan for everyone to have a serving.  Personally, I don’t know anyone who would eat a candy apple at a wedding for a dessert so I wouldn’t even include that in your calculations.  Maybe for a favor to bring home or a late night snack, but there is no way I’m chowing down on a candy apple as my dessert at a social function that isn’t the state fair. 

If you want to just do a small cutting cake and then a sheet cake or cupcakes to save money, that’s fine but the alternative must be equivalent – it’s rude to serve some of your guests a higher quality dessert and every one else lesser.   In other words,  your smaller cake shouldn’t be a fancy cake with exotic or decadent filling and frosting and everyone else gets preservative-laden grocery store cupcakes in a plain flavor. 

If you want to do cupcakes, a general rule of thumb is 1.5 per person, so for a group of 120 you should have 180 cupcakes. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our cake was absolutely totally eaten. We had it served alongside the dessert our dinner came with (seasonal apple crumble and ice cream). Everyone said it was delicious, though as a pp mentioned, it was made with buttercream and not fondant. The venue saved half the top tier for us after serving and my bridesmaids and Darling Husband happily dug in back at the hotel later that day. Not a crumb wasted

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We had no cake leftover, except for the top tier which we set aside immediately to save. I got lots of comments on how delicious the cake was! I also look forward to eating cake at the weddings I attend – one of my favorite parts 🙂

Post # 23
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Honey bee

milksteak :  depends on the dessert. We had two kinds of chocolate cake. A TON got eaten. We ordered double the amount diue to having to order before we got RSVPs and we had maybe 20 pieces leftover. So 120 persons we ordered for. We took 20. So 70 people ate cake for 100. We had fudgy cake and regular cake.  

Post # 25
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Helper bee

Most of our cake was eaten and our venue also provided extra desserts, which ended up being a bunch of fall pies – perfect for our Canadian Thanksgiving wedding. We brought the leftovers of the cake to our gift opening the next day. 

Post # 26
Hostess
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We just did cupcakes, 3 flavors, 84 cupcakes for 62 guests. There were some leftover but they were quickly claimed and brought home. None of them went to waste. They were pretty and delicious but not overly decorative. I wanted them to be inviting not just for display… 

Post # 27
Hostess
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

milksteak :  I know we all have our own budgets…but $10 ish per cupcake seems kinda excessive!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Cake is the most fun part of the wedding!!! I live, live, live for the immediate sugar coma/ numbing buttercream as soon as it hits the roof of my mouth. 

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