What's The General Opinion On Using Cupcakes At A Wedding

Baking By blueman Updated 23 Mar 2009 , 9:45pm by Niliquely

CookiezNCupcakez Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 12:10am
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icon_confused.gif Not many ppl other then children eat the fondant flowers etc... A beautifully decorated cupcake as shown in the pictures is the same as a cake covered in fondant w/ fondant accents... I see now difference here icon_confused.gif As with cakes cupcakes come with the option of having buttercream w/ or w/out fondant accents and or coverings... except with cupcakes your options are endless! thumbs_up.gif

mommyle Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 12:19am
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Ruth, that was funny!!!! But seriously, like I said I'm doing 900 minis for a friend. Carrot cake with Cream cheese, chocolate with white chocolate BC, white with vanilla BC, lemon with cream cheese and the caramel pecan with caramel BC. SOOOO not the white crappy cupcake that you were referring to!!!!

deliciously_decadent Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 12:29am
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for those of you that have the opinion that cuppies are the [oor mans option or vending machine desert, ecorators in australia charge more fro cuppies than for you standard wedding cake per serve charge. we charge the same per serve charge for cuppies as highly decorated or madhatter wonky style cakes the only cake that gets charged higher are mini cakes if i could show you some of my fellow aussie decorators amazing creations:
nati's cakes:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/natiscakes/3330397810/
franjmc:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/franjmc/3001973882/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/franjmc/3001137117/in/set-72157607142751293/

Ruth0209 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 12:30am
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Mommyle, I seriously commend you for what is a MAMMOTH undertaking. They sound delicious, too! I made 7 dozen mini Morning Glory muffins for a breakfast bread extravaganza we had at work a while back and I thought I'd NEVER get done with those. I can't even imagine 900 decorated minis. Heavens!!

And the fact is, it really just doesn't matter what my opinion is. If the bride wants cupcakes, it's my job to make her the best cupcakes I can so she has the day she envisions.

mommyle Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 12:34am
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adatay, those are gorgeous!!!! I especially LOVE the gold theme, and the bride and groom in a field of flowers!!! Spectacular! Thanks for Sharing!!!

Ro40 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 12:49am
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Cupcakes are a great alternative to a wedding cake. There is nothing tacky about it. I do them all the time. It's great because guests can pick whatever flavor they like; they are also more conducive to being social. It's something you can walk around with and if you are dancing go over and grab one whenever you like. Of the many weddings I have been to the same scenario with cake always plays out; after dinner service everyone dances and then while people are on the dance floor (or at the bar) the wait staff puts the cake at the empty seats. How many people actually go back to their seat and eat it? I notice a lot of cake being thrown away at the end of the night. At least with cupcakes you can eat them whenever your heart desires. I think they are beautiful and really fun!!

deliciously_decadent Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 1:01am
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oh no they are not my pics so sorry! they are nati's cakes and franjmc's i used theirs as examples as they are just so brlliant (put their names with the link) here are some of mine:
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1245362
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1306064
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1299287

Kiddiekakes Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 1:02am
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Cupcakes are really becoming popular and if done properly can look very nice.I myself would prefer a lavish cake but that is just me. I have seen several large cupcake stands with beautiful cupcakes on them done very elegantly...I think people have the vision of years ago when BillyBob had a hoedown and served Mama's cupcakes to everyone..(No insult to anyone just a example of what I think people used to think of when you served cupcakes at a wedding years ago) I have done several weddings that were cupcakes and as long as the bride is happy...I'm Happy!!

Marmette Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 2:08am
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thank you adatay for sharing those pictures. there are really nice and far from tacky. and most pple charge between $6-$10 (in the US) for cupcakes so they are far from a cheap alternative. but its definitely a preference. I just find wedding cake so wasteful.
You usually dont eat all that cake and detail on the cake is not really appreciated because the guest never really get close enough. At least with a cupcake its right in front of me and i can see how beautiful it is.
but i guess at the end of the day it comes down to can your decorator do them.if not dont do it. ugly cupcakes are just not worth it

MichelleM77 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 1:18pm
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Cupcakes turning the wedding tacky is the same as the bride saying the ugly cake ruined her wedding.

It's totally personal opinion.

And as far as me getting dressed up to go be a guest at a wedding, I know that the wedding couple put out a pretty penny for me to be a guest at their wedding, so I should shut my mouth and eat the darn cupcake and be happy about it! icon_smile.gif

My opinion? Whatever the bride wants, the bride gets! icon_smile.gif

xinue Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 1:34pm
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I'm with MichelleM77.

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And as far as me getting dressed up to go be a guest at a wedding, I know that the wedding couple put out a pretty penny for me to be a guest at their wedding



When I go to a wedding It's because I care and love, I'm going to share the special moment, not thinking what kind of food i'm going to get...
I thing people have to be a little carefull about this topic 'cause it's all about taste, I don't think my sister's wedding was "tacky" or "cheap" just because we used a trend of cake decorating. I've seen really tacky and cheap tiered cakes... so it is all about, who makes it, and what the bride whants

Bluehue Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 1:51pm
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My future Daughter in law is thinking of using cupcakes at her wedding in lieu of individual slices of wedding cake. She would still have a cake for the bridal party, but the guests would receive one cupcake. I haven't seen it done at a wedding, but I'm looking for ya'all's input.
thanks




Not sure where you live Bm - but individual wedding cupcakes has been the trend over here for about 2 years now.
I have done about 5 weddings and have to say - i much prefer doing cuppies than one giant cake.
3 of the weddings have been gourmet fruit cake cuppies whilsrt the other 2 have been a mixture of white choc mud and dark choc mud.
Always boxed in little clear boxes with a lid and on one occassion they where used as the Bombadarie.

I have another order for September - - small wedding - 75 cuppies - using the Silverwood multi 16 small sqaure pan.
Coloured with white regalice - black ribbon around the base with black and pink hearts (or something) on top

The last wedding i did was for 300 cuppies - and when they were all boxed and on display it looked brillante.

Time consuming - yes.
But the end result was so eye catching - and from that wedding i have received 3 more orders - yippppeeeeee.

Times changes and things go in cycles - might as well keep up with the times - for now - lol

Don't forget to post a pic of all your DIL's cupcakes - do you know what colours she is having>

Bh

Chef_Stef Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 2:01pm
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I have to agree with Duff on this one..."I just don't like 'em".

I am, however, doing about 300 individual key lime tartlets this fall for a couple who are having them at both their rehearsal dinner and reception, along with their 5-tiered gorgeous purple and gold and peacock feather wedding cake at a local 5-star hotel. Does that count? icon_wink.gif

blueman Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 5:31pm
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Thanks all for your replies.
It certainly gives us a lot of angles of opinions.

brandiwyne Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 6:14pm
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I think MichelleM77 summed it up...this is all that really matters.

MichelleM77 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 6:46pm
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Heh heh, not that I don't get a good laugh from you guys. Indydebi will always make me smile!

cakelady15 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 6:56pm
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Ruth, that was funny!!!! But seriously, like I said I'm doing 900 minis for a friend. Carrot cake with Cream cheese, chocolate with white chocolate BC, white with vanilla BC, lemon with cream cheese and the caramel pecan with caramel BC. SOOOO not the white crappy cupcake that you were referring to!!!!




I feel your pain on this one. I did 900 minis for a youth football league. When you're transporting them, you can fit 187 in a full sheet cake boxicon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 7:34pm
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When you're transporting them, you can fit 187 in a full sheet cake boxicon_smile.gif



icon_lol.gif Now THAT'S the kind of info you can only get from the voice of experience!!

kimsmom Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:28am
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Cupcakes have come along way since I had to throw 35+ together at the last minute for my kids to take to school for some reason or another.
Speaking as a wedding guest I think getting a beautifully made, filled and decorated individual work of cake art would make me feel special. Notice I said work of art, not the simple swirled cupcakes you get from the grocery store bakery.
Wedding cakes I admit are quite stunning to look at, but by the time they get to the table, for the most part they look like a slice of cake. IMO.
Don't get me wrong, I will eat and enjoy it, but I just thought I'd put another point of view out there.

mommyle Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 1:08am
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Ruth, that was funny!!!! But seriously, like I said I'm doing 900 minis for a friend. Carrot cake with Cream cheese, chocolate with white chocolate BC, white with vanilla BC, lemon with cream cheese and the caramel pecan with caramel BC. SOOOO not the white crappy cupcake that you were referring to!!!!



I feel your pain on this one. I did 900 minis for a youth football league. When you're transporting them, you can fit 187 in a full sheet cake boxicon_smile.gif




I love you! Any other advice??? How many freaking hours is this going to take me????

cakelady15 Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 12:43pm
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Ruth, that was funny!!!! But seriously, like I said I'm doing 900 minis for a friend. Carrot cake with Cream cheese, chocolate with white chocolate BC, white with vanilla BC, lemon with cream cheese and the caramel pecan with caramel BC. SOOOO not the white crappy cupcake that you were referring to!!!!



I feel your pain on this one. I did 900 minis for a youth football league. When you're transporting them, you can fit 187 in a full sheet cake boxicon_smile.gif



I love you! Any other advice??? How many freaking hours is this going to take me????




Well I could make 96 at a time in my oven. I had the mini pans that hold 24 and I could fit 4 in there at a time. They take less than 10 minutes to bake. The real time consuming part is filling the little cups. If you put the cake mix in a pastry bag and fill the cups that will make it go a lot faster. Also, if you have extra pans that you can fill while you're baking that will help. The icing part takes forever too. I don't have any time savers on that. It took me about 15 hours total to get them all done.

Edited to add: Sorry if you got this too late. I didn't get a notification that anything had posted to this forum topic.

mommyle Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 7:09pm
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Not too late at all!!!! Thanks for all the good advice! This isn't until mid-May. Again, Thanks!!!!

bbmom Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 7:18pm
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I've seen some gorgeous cupcakes, but most of the ones being passed off at weddings are very amateurish. The really good ones are more $$ than cake. I've also seen on someones website(cant remember which one) a picture of a cupcake tower they did for some celebrity bday and the poor girl had to open her mouth HUGE to get the cupcake bite without getting frosting all over her face.
If you search you'll find some very elegant ones. But I still think they'll need a plate and fork

Niliquely Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 7:19pm
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Did you guys see what one of the competitors did with cupcakes last night on the Bridal competition on Challenge on Food Network? He stuck them into the foam dummys and used the cupcakes as separators...I loved it! A new take on the cupcake/wedding trend.

solascakes Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 7:26pm
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I think cupcakes are nice and different, but i will absolutely hate to be served one at a wedding.It depends on what the bride wants as there are some fantastic cupcake towers that i have seen,so if she wants them she should get them.Good luck.

juleebug Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 7:58pm
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Did you guys see what one of the competitors did with cupcakes last night on the Bridal competition on Challenge on Food Network? He stuck them into the foam dummys and used the cupcakes as separators...I loved it! A new take on the cupcake/wedding trend.




You took the words out of my mouth! I thought his take on wedding cupcakes was very innovative. The whole thing was gorgeous!

Niliquely Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 9:45pm
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I could not really see in the show how he was attaching the cupcakes to the foam. Glue? Toothpicks? What do you guys think?

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