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Kimberly
Savvy November 2020

Cake or cupcakes?

Kimberly, on June 4, 2019 at 2:56 AM Posted in Planning 0 19
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Is it more cost effective to do cupcakes or cake? We are serving 100 people.. if you did cupcakes how many did you get per person and how much of a flavor variety? My fiancé has basically 0 interest in planning except tasting the food so I need opinions.

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Latest activity by Cristy, on June 4, 2019 at 2:08 PM
  • Misstomorris
    Dedicated August 2019
    Misstomorris ·
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    I’m 100% camp Cake all the way. Cupcakes taste different, use different frosting, and can be more of a headache in the long run. Personally I’d go with cake any da.
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  • A
    Expert June 2019
    Afterallthistime...Always ·
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    We are doing cupcakes. We ordered 1.5 per person. We chose these because we’ll have to-go containers where guests can take any extras that are left at the end.
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  • Jessica
    VIP October 2019
    Jessica ·
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    We are doing a small 2 tier cake just for cutting and cupcakes Smiley smile
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  • latasha
    VIP September 2019
    latasha ·
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    I’m also stuck between this decision. I know I want a cake but I also want different desserts and there is a cupcakery in my city that does liquor infused cupcakes so I’m considering it. I reached out them and was advised to get 2.5 cupcakes per person. Less if you’d be having other desserts. It seems much cheaper than a cake.
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  • Kelly
    Super October 2019
    Kelly ·
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    We are doing cupcakes (but we will have a small 6 inch cake at the top to cut). We are doing 1 1/2 cupcake per person & have 5x flavors. Choc PB cup, red velvet Bavarian Oreo, pink champagne, coconut vanilla, & lemon raspberry. We also will have little bags.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn Online ·
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    If you're going with a higher end bakery, cupcakes will almost always be cheaper. If you plan to go with a local grocery store or Costco, the price probably isn't that different.

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Ok, I have to ask....how do you order a half cupcake? Lol, how does that work!? I’m just curious.
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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    We have a 5 tier cake, each tier is a different flavor. Ordered it big enough to feed 200. 1 slice per person. Our final guest count is around 170, so we will have plenty of anyone wants extra.
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  • A
    Expert June 2019
    Afterallthistime...Always ·
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    Hahaha. We did 1.5 cupcakes per person, assuming some would eat none, some would eat one, and some would eat 2.
    If it’s an even guest count, that multiplies out to a whole number.
    If there’s an odd number of guests, we rounded up to the next whole number.
    It does sound funny though 😂
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  • Jennifer
    Expert October 2019
    Jennifer ·
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    The question is what kind of cake are you comparing to cupcakes? As soon as you stack tiers of cakes, the price goes up a lot. If you wasn't sheet cake or individual round cakes on separate stands (pretty stands at varied heights can look really nice), you're probably around the same price as cupcakes. The wedding I went to this weekend had cupcakes in four flavors, and they must have gotten 3 per person. There were so many left over! If you go that route, I'd do 1.5 or 2 per person.
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  • Shannon
    Dedicated June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    You can always do a small cake for cutting and either cupcakes(I would say one per person) or a sheet cake in the back just for cutting. Sheet cake will help if you’re worried about money
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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Oh ok, haha. All I could picture was literally a half cupcake displayed...I know, silly. Smiley laugh

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  • A
    Dedicated February 2019
    AnnaG ·
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    We did a small cutting cake for us & then cupcakes & cookies for everyone else. Personally I think cupcakes are just easier. As for cost effectiveness - will you have to pay someone to cut a cake for you? There is oftentimes a "cake cutting fee" from either a venue or a caterer. If not, cake might be a cheaper alternative. Or if you have cupcakes its already in individual servings and you may only need napkins vs plates depending on what kind of money you wanted to spend on that. We also did the 1.5 cupcakes per person and then a cookie or two a person I think. Cupcakes are also fun because they do allow for different flavors

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  • Vanessa
    Expert September 2019
    Vanessa ·
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    Cupcakes remind me of birthday parties... we are just doing our 4 tiered cake for dessert. But I have been to a wedding where they had cupcakes and there were SO many left over. Some of the older crowd prefer cake over a cupcake.
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  • Tina
    Super August 2019
    Tina ·
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    I am doing both. I am getting gluten free cup cakes made (36) of them for my kids. Then 84 cup cakes and probably a 2 tier cake now that I think of it. We don't need a 3 tier. I expecting about 80-90 people and I always think I want to have more than enough than not enough in my mind. Sam's club has the best prices that I know of by far =)

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  • Short-Vitosh2019
    Savvy August 2019
    Short-Vitosh2019 ·
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    I was in this same dilemma originally was going to do cupcakes (were around 100 people too) was estimating $300ISH

    After having a consultation with our local bakers for 450 I'm getting a cake and delivery. My great aunt can cut the cake so we are saving there.

    Basically mine was a wash and my mom really wanted cake.


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  • A
    Master October 2019
    Angelena ·
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    I am a huge fan of cupcakes... for any other occasion. I like wedding cake and for only 100 people I think they would be nicely priced. If you have multiple cupcake flavors people want to try more than one. Most people don't take more than one slice of cake.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I went with a cake because it happened to be pretty cheap but I did consider many alternatives. People even do cake pops now but those are pretty small. Something else I absolutely love are macarons.
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  • Cristy
    Master May 2021
    Cristy ·
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    We knew we didn't want a traditional wedding cake; really expensive, most of it gets wasted, etc. But we also don't want cupcakes. I see so many of those throughout the year with birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc. that I couldn't envision them for my wedding. Basically not special enough.

    So, we're getting a small cake (1 tier) for the cutting ceremony, and then we'll have a dessert table with: chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, s'mores tarts, and a few other things. We're going to order 3 pieces per person, just in case. It's still going to be cheaper than a traditional wedding cake.

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