Hi. I have been tasked with the cake for my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary party. My family said to plan on 250 ppl. I am doing a small cake as a center piece, but then they asked about cake squares to have to serve. I thought that since they want people to be able to come up and grab the food rather than someone having to stand and cut the cake that cake squares from a sheet cake would not look as nice if its already been sliced up. So I thought of doing the petit fours. Can anyone give me some tips as far as cake and icing that works best? Thanks so much!!!!!
Petit-fours are a PITA. I would suggest just doing a cupcake. Unless you are very experienced doing petit-fours, it will probably not go well. The process if fraught with issues that will make a less-than-attractive finished product.
Cupcakes will look nice, are doable in a reasonable amount of time, and can be all uniformly decorated in a short period of time.
I would spend the extra time and money on presentation, ie cupcake stands, fancy wraps, and maybe personalized accents for the cupcakes.
I did a wedding for 300. We made vanilla coins using white chocolate and a a chablon. We attached round edible images to the coins with glucose.
I agree petit fours are a PITA and by the time you cover the entire little cake, they have so much icing on them and are soso sweet. I don't even like them. I'd much rather do a real cake, cupcakes, or anything else other than petit fours. Just try them once and I think you will agree.
What I have done for sweet tables is to make a sheet pan of either cake or brownies, frost them smooth across the top, cut them into rectangles about 1" x 3", place each one into an individual cupcake liner and then pipe a small rose or other flower and leaf on top of each. They look very professional and people can just grab one or two.
Petit-fours are a PITA. I would suggest just doing a cupcake.
Wow! Married seventy years, how incredible!! But I agree with the PITA sentiment. You may love your grandparents, but I guarantee you'll learn to hate petit fours. Cupcakes are a a good alternative if you want single serve items. You could also make cake or brownies, then cut into triangles (looks fancier than squares) and put each triangle into a paper cup. It doesn't take nearly as long as icing each damn petit fours.
Thanks for all the responses - but I like the idea of only frosting the top and then cutting into squares. I think that may be a good idea and allow for a nice looking grab and go set up.