I'm trying to help a newbie with a wedding cake order. She has cupcakes for the wedding cake for her first order. When figuring how many to make, am I right to say that only one cupcake per guest? These are not mini cupcakes. Thanks for the help.
I leave that up to the bridge and groom. Since they are cupcakes, most want a few extra because they know they will have some guests who will eat more than one.
I usually recommend minimum 5% but preferably 10% extra. So for every 100 cupcakes, there would be 5-10 extra ones. A lot of people will eat more than one so it's better to have a few too many than not enough!
Are they the only dessert being served?
While I've never done cupcakes for weddings, I typically plan on having 2 per person for the occasions that I have done them for. It always left a few (but not a lot) left over, but they were the only "sweet" being served.
I agree with the 5% rule. If the bride and groom leave it up to you, it is better to have too many than too litte. If they have the number in their head, I would always make a few extra just to be on the safe side. You can never have too many cupcakes!