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How many cupcakes to have with the cake?

Rachel, on October 20, 2020 at 12:27 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 14
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Hi, everyone!


My fiancé and I have decided that we want a three-tiered cake, we anticipate having between 40-50 guests. We are doing vanilla funfetti, red velvet, and lemon poppyseed all with vanilla buttercream.
We are going to have additional cupcakes on the side as well (we would love to do a mix of chocolate salted caramel and cookie butter flavors). For those that are doing the same, how many extra desserts/cupcakes did you have in addition to your wedding cake? I am trying to figure out how many to order from my cake girl when we have our tasting appointment in February. Any suggestions would be great!

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Latest activity by Meghan, on October 21, 2020 at 8:19 AM
  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    A three tiered cake is more than enough for 50 people, so I would skip the cupcakes unless you want to box them up and give them as favors.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I agree with PP. Cupcakes boxed up would make excellent favors if you're into that, but I don't think you'd need them with a 3 tiered cake!

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  • Belle
    Rockstar August 2022
    Belle ·
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    No experience here, but at a few weddings I have attended, they prepared tiny boxes for left over cake. They cut the cakes, put each one slice in a cute yet simple boxes for anyone who wants to carry it home with them.
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  • Shelly
    Devoted January 2022
    Shelly ·
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    I've been to weddings where they had cake and cupcakes and I believe the couple had enough for each person to have one. The baker I spoke to for our wedding, suggested at least 2 cupcakes per person (but we are only have a 2 tier cake and 170 est. guests).

    Something to keep in mind is that some people will eat more than one cupcake, others won't eat any at all. So if you stick with the cupcake plan, I would supply cupcake boxes so guests can take some home if they want!

    Also ask your baker what their thoughts are if you haven't already!

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  • Chrysta
    Rockstar November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    Totally agree with PP, you do not need the cupcakes. A three tiered cake will be more than enough for 40 to 50 people, plus you will have cake left over. We are planning on the same number of people and only having a two-tiered cake. The suggestion of boxing up the cupcakes and giving them as favors is a great idea!
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  • Katelyn
    Savvy May 2017
    Katelyn ·
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    When I catered weddings and at most weddings I've been to, there's almost always lots of leftover cake and cupcakes esp. if you have a cocktail hour, full dinner and open bar. If you're doing a three tiered cake, I would not do cupcakes. If I did a small cake for just the bride and groom, I wouldn't do anymore than 1 cupcake per person, probably even slightly less. People always say "you can box them up and take them home," but so often, everything is so busy, people forget to actually take the cupcake home. I can't tell you how often we threw huge portions of cake away when I used to work for a catering company or we sent the B&G home with dozens of cupcakes. How many leftover cupcakes can you realistically eat before they spoil? Contrary to popular belief, it's also difficult to donate most leftovers to any sort of shelter, food bank, etc. pre-pandemic, let alone right now with additional protocols. Finally, during the pandemic, I think people may be reluctant to take home a cupcake that has been sitting out for awhile.

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    Dedicated September 2020
    Furure Mrs. ·
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    I agree with others who say you probably won't need the cupcakes. We had a two tiered cake for our 41 person wedding, and we had probably half of it left over.

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  • Rachel
    Super June 2022
    Rachel ·
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    Thanks for the input, everyone! I’m thinking we’ll just forgo the cupcakes and stick with our cake! ☺️☺️☺️
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  • T
    Super April 2021
    Tiger Bride ·
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    One thing to consider is you sometimes can get a cake cheaper if it's two tiers instead of three because three is sometimes considered the cutoff for a "wedding" cake...I know that's how ours is. Often the big cakes you see in pictures are actually Styrofoam with a layer for cutting. We are doing a two-tiered cake and sheet cakes.

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  • Chrysta
    Rockstar November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    Good idea! Less work and less money!
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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    I agree with this.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    The tiers of daughter's cake were 6" 10" and 12", and it was supposed to feed 120 people. They had about 100 guests and we brought a LOT of cake home.... As you can see, it didn't look like a big cake.

    How many cupcakes to have with the cake? 1


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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Wedding cake slices are tiny. Since you have only 40 guests, you can easily serve the equivalent of 2 slices which is 1 birthday cake slice per guest and have cake left over.
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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    We wanted a variety, so we did a smaller cake (2 tiers) and a full dessert bar. We did 20 Oreo shooters, 20 banana pudding shooters, 20 mini cheesecakes, 36 donuts, and 50 cookies in addition to our 2 tier cake. We had 100 guests.

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