(Closed) Which size cake works best on dessert bar?

posted 10 years ago in Food
  • poll: If cake is an option on a dessert bar, does it need to feed all the guests?

    No, a small cake on a dessert bar is fine. It is an option.

    Yes, wedding cake is iconic and everyone should be able to have a piece if they want one.

    Yes/No you can have a small cake, but need to have cupcakes/sheet cake to make sure there is enough

  • Post # 3
    3441 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    What types of desserts do you want on the dessert bar? Will there be other types of cakes and pies or mainly cookies?

    The reason I ask is because it’s just going to be your wedding cake and cookies then a lot of people witll take a piece of cake but if you are offering other types of cakes as well I would say a wedding cake for about 60% of your guests.

    Post # 5
    1540 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Having a fun variety of different cakes would be a nice alternative to fretting over one big cake! It sounds like you’ll have plenty of desserts for the folks that don’t like cake either. Like the PP said, cake for 60% sounds good.

    Post # 6
    6414 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    You could have a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen in case the cake runs out and people are still asking for more… I like the look of the smaller cake with the table of desserts =)

    Post # 7
    1884 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We are doing a dessert bar and having a really small cake (serving 25-30 people with an estimated 130 people in attendance), since we got such a small cake we decided to offer cake bites as one of the dessert options along with southern fried pies and cookies.

    We decided to get the cake bites to serve 50 people, cookies to serve 50 people and southern fried pies to serve 100 people… and our favor is a “make your own smore” goodie bag… So we have a LOT of dessert. lol  But I don’t feel bad that our cake is small because everyone has so many options and most guests can potentially have 2-3 desserts each.

    Post # 8
    3631 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I would think enough cake like things for everyone would be nice. I would be super sad to be exspecting cake and not get any. Not that your other desserts wouldn’t be wonderful, I just love cake and kind of exspect it at a wedding. 

    Post # 9
    858 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Since you are serving other desserts, there is no need to get enough cake for everyone. Figure on enough for 1/3 of the guests, since most will gravitate to other desserts. Not everyone likes cake so there isn’t any point in getting so much that it is wasted.

    Post # 10
    507 posts
    Busy bee

    I think you’re totally fine with a small cake.  Although it’s pretty, I’m not a cake person at all, so I’d likely eat some of the other yummy things you’ve chosen.

    Post # 11
    1105 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re having a dessert bar (mostly b/c I LOVE dessert!!) too. I’ve really been struggling w/ our cake person over how big of a cake. She’s convinced that just *everyone* will want a piece, but I don’t think so at all. I’m thinking that at most 1/2 of our guests will eat the cake.

    So far, we’re planning to have:

    -custard fruit tarts (my partner’s absolute favroite! you could get them w/o strawberries if you want. We’re having an assortment – some w/ just red raspberries, some w/ just blackberries, and some w/ a fruit assortment but no kiwi as my mom is deathly allergic)


    -variety of cookies (I told them whatever, as long as it’s at least two types)

    -these little sandwich cookies (shortbread w/ buttercream type filling. SO GOOD. my friend’s mom makes them, usually only at Christmas but she’s doing them for me and the filling is going to be dyed one of our colors)

    -Buckeyes (we are getting married in Ohio!)

    I also want at least one other dessert, maybe two. We are making marshmellows (planning for three flavors: Bailey’s, very vanilla, and mint) to have s’mores around the fire.

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