Post # 1
I’m fairly new and everyone is so helpful I decided to ask for help deciding which size cake I should be looking at to go on the dessert bar. Hopefully the fiance and I will be talking to a caterer later this month.
. This was my inspiration pic (from Hot Pink Cake Stand) for the dessert bar and I fell in love with the small cake. Neither fiance or I like cake so I thought this was an adorable idea. However, Mama Griffin thinks my guests will feel uncomfortable about eating cake if they think there isn’t enough for everyone.
So my question is, if the cake is an option on a dessert bar, does it need to serve all the guests? Our guest list is at 158 including children and out of towers. I’m expecting maybe 100 to attend.
Post # 3
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 # 4
@roxy821: Good point. We haven’t 100 percent decided on the other desserts, but there will be:
- mini cheesecakes (my favs)
- glitter covered bon bons (Mama Griffin’s request)
- Individual banana puddings in jelly jars (FI’s request)
- Lemon squares
- some form of a brownie
We had played around with the idea of having some homemade cakes on the bar. Maybe Italian Cream and German Chocolate
There won’t be cookies on the dessert bar, we’re going to have a cookie bar that will be our favors. Oh and we can’t have anything with strawberries or nuts. Our nieces are allergic. I know we’ll probably need a few more items. Thanks for the input and I’m beginning to think you (and Mama Griffin) are right. I just love the little tiny cakes, they’re so cute.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 12
Thank you everyone for all the input. I’m thinking we’re probably going to go with the small cake and maybe cake pops/cupcakes to make sure there is enough if everyone wants some. I appreciate all the help.