(Closed) How many is too much cake flavors?

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Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had 4 flavors of cupcakes plus our cutting cake was an additional flavor so we had 5. I think most people would say that’s probably a lot. But I loved our cupcakes! They were seriously amazing and I would still choose to have that many flavors. We did way over order so that we wouldn’t run out of any one flavor too quickly and had quite a bit left over but that just meant more yummy cupcakes for us to have afterward!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We have two cupcake flavors and then the cake is another.  Plus we are having Italian cookies. I figured it was enough. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

We’re having six flavors. One small cutting cake and the rest bundtinis (cupcake size). It never occurred to me to worry about the quantity of flavors. What are people going to do, complain about having too many options? 🙄 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

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socalgirl1689 :  Cutting cake was a basic chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. The our cupcake flavors were:

1) Cherry Coke (coke-flavored vanilla cupcake with cherry buttercream frosting – this one was my favorite!)

2) Cookies & Cream (crushed Oreo cookie mixed in with chocolate cupcake topped with Oreo buttercream and a mini Oreo cookie)

3) Mint Chocolate Chip (Chocolate chip cupcake with mint buttercream and chocolate drizzle)

4) The Big Lebowski (vanilla cupcake with baileys cream filling and Kahula buttercream with a chocolate covered coffee bean on top)

They were all a hit. Lots of people asked where we got them from.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

We are getting a 3 tier cake and each tier is a different flavor (vanilla, lemon, and chocolate). I will also have a traditional Jamaican rum cake. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We did cupcakes for my daughter’s wedding –

Red Velvet

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Flip (chocolate with vanilla icing)

Vanilla Flip (yellow with chocolate icing)

Madagascar (pound cake with cream cheese icing)

Lemon Raspberry (raspberry filling)

Chocolate Extraordinaire – devil’s food with white cream filling and chocolate icing

They were so gorgeous! They’re extremely large. I’ve never known anyone to be able to eat more than one. I have used them before at a shower and received so many calls about the baker, I had to include the credits on the program so they’d know where to go.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

2-3 I think is standard.  I think there is a thing as having TOO MANY flavors, just because people will likely want to try a little bit of more than one flavor and then that means increased costs to you because you need to provide more total servings and potentially more waste (if slices are only half-eaten to try another flavor). 

Generally, it’s recommended as the number of flavors increase, you also increase the number of total servings you offer.  For example, using cupcakes…if I offer one or two flavors of cupcakes and cupcakes are my only dessert, then they recommend about 1.5 cupcakes total per person.  So for 100 guests, I might have 150 vanilla or 75 vanilla and 75 chocolate.  However, if I’m going to have 3-4 flavors, then the recommendation is to up my total servings to 2 servings for person.  So, that means I need 200 cupcakes total and might divide that up as 50 vanilla, 50 chocolate, 50 lemon, and 50 red velvet.  Yes, choices are delicious, but it means increased costs to you and potentially more waste depending on other food available and how badly people want to sample flavors vs. eat a whole slice.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are having one flavor of cake. It’s going to be a really really nice cake, but one flavor only. People go so overboard these days.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

 I just ordered __ dozen MIXED and got whatever flavors they were making that day. Less pressure for the baker, less pressure for us (in choosing and trying to guess what everyone wanted). Wasn’t trying to be “extra” or anything.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We only had one flavor (strawberry shortcake flavor, and it is still the best cake I’ve ever eaten in my life). I can understand making each tier a separate flavor if that’s your jam, but I personally prefer one flavor, two at max.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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socalgirl1689 :  we are having 2 tier cake. The top 6″ one is red velvet, the bottom one 10″ is vanilla. We also will have 9 dozen cupcakes. 3 dozen vanila rasberry, 3 dozen smores inspired, 3 dozen carrot cake minis and a platter of fruits

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We are having 4 flavors. I only did a tasting with one baker but it was a non-issue with her. She brought 8 flavors to the tasting and would have been fine with providing all 8 on the day.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We are having a 3 tier cake, and could pick a different flavor for each one.

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