Post # 1
My Fiance and I are contemplating whether we want to do a cake cutting or not. If so, we will probably just do a very small one tiered cake for us to cut, but not serve. We thought about doing little passed dessert shooters or, doing mini bundt cakes as a favor (picture shown) and having one on each place setting at the table. My question is, do you think we still need to provide a dessert if we have these at each place setting? Will guests consider these more as a favor and still expect a dessert? Or do you think this is adequate enough?
Post # 2
You say you’re doing the mini-bundt cakes as a favor, but then say will guests be confused and still expect dessert?
So which is it – is the bundt cake the dessert or the favor?
Are you planning to have them on the tables just as shown? Because I would assume it’s a favor for me to take home, not my dessert. If it’s dessert, will there be dessert plates and and forks on the table? Am I just supposed to eat it out of the plastic container right at the table or just plop it upside down on whatever plate is available at the table?
Favors are by no means required, but if you’re going to serve it to me as pictured, then I definitely assume it’s a favor and I will want dessert. If you have catering staff present it plated after the meal, then I will assume that is my dessert and that is enough and if there is no other favor then I’m fine with that.
ETA: I will also say that if you’re going to cut cake, people are going to expect cake. So whatever your small tier cake is, there should be an equivalent available for people. Now whether that’s cupcakes in the same flavor, or a sheet cake in the same flavor the catering staff slice up in back to save costs – that’s fine as long as it equivalent (i.e. you and Fiance aren’t feeding each other genoise with passionfruit cream filling and your guests are eating grocery store vanilla cupcakes). So perhaps that means you buy a larger bundt cake to cut and your guests eat bundt cake for dessert, but if you aren’t planning to feed your guests cake, then you should forego the cake for yourself and Fiance.
Post # 3
If the favors are placed ahead of time, I would think they’re strictly favors and still expect dessert. If I physically see the cake cutting, I’d expect cake. Maybe skip the cake cutting all together if you plan on serving passed dessert shooters.
My FI’s sister had a small 2 tiered cake for cake cutting and bought a separate sheet cake that was served to guests. No one knew the difference or really cared enough to pay close attention lol
Post # 4
At my brothers wedding we had beautiful cupcake favours that doubled as our place settings, but we sill had desert after the meal and cake later in the evening. Most people took the cupcakes home or just ate them at 1am at the bar when we were all a bit drunk.
It’s a nice idea but you might need to do just a little more if you can.
Post # 5
I think you still need a dessert. We’re doing a cake and a baklava table. The baklava is pretty reasonable! And who doesn’t love baklava?
For favors, we’re doing a chocolate covered oreo (a staple at this Cleveland chocolate store).
I like chocolate..lol
Post # 6
How cute are those mini bundt cakes!!
I think it depends on your guests. I’ve been to some weddings where the guest complained LOUDLY they didn’t get any cake (the bride served ice cream instead). And I’ve been to some where the guests didn’t even eat the cake that was served, total waste of money.
Is the cake you’re cutting a bundt cake as well? If you still really don’t want to do a dessert, maybe you could have your labels explicitly say the bundt cakes was the dessert or have your dj announce it or have it listed on your menu cards at the table. I think there can be an easy way to notify your guests…it is still cake afterall.
Post # 7
I would think that personal bundt cake in a container is a favor so I would expect a dessert. Aren’t edible favors supposed to be taken home and eaten?
Post # 8
They’re all different things as the bees above said.
If this is a budget thing don’t cut a cake or have one and just serve dessert. Those budnt cakes are clearly a favour and do not count as dessert.
you could forgo favours and do that as dessert if you wanted. Or do a plated dessert, no cake, and the favours.
But if you do the cake and the favours a dessert is still required unless your cake will be dessert.
Post # 9
It seems a waste of money to have a cake at all if no one gets to eat it. Or is your plan that you and your husband get cake and nobody else does?
I think you need to serve dessert (one that is available with a plate and fork and not still in packaging). If you cut a cake, it needs to be available to guests. If you do a favour, it isn’t dessert.
Having said all that, the bundt cakes are a very nice favour.
Post # 10
We’re doing a small cake to cut and then having a big display of cupcakes and Italian cookies for dessert. We aren’t going to serve to the tables, guests will come up and get what they want, although coffee will be served at the table. I’m going to find pretty gold Chinese take out boxes so people can take cookies and cupcakes to go in case they don’t want to eat them there. I find that most people barely touch the cake/dessert so at least if they can pack it to go it won’t be a waste. I do agree that if the bundt cakes are already packaged it will feel only like a favor and not dessert.
Post # 11
I would attend the wedding of my worst enemy if there was a baklava table 😍