WEDDING cakes have been around for centuries, with origins of this tradition dating back to Ancient Rome when guests would break a wheat cake over the newlywed couple’s heads to wish them good luck. Since then, the tradition has spread to countless other regions, including the United Kingdom, Africa, United States, Canada and Australia. But some couples have a taken a different approach by serving cupcakes at their wedding instead of a cake. So, should you choose a wedding cake or cupcakes?
The cool thing about wedding cupcakes is that you don’t have to stick to vanilla, fondants, and flowers. It’s your wedding and that means what you love is what should be on the menu.
Wedding cakes are traditional. However, using cupcakes instead is something that is somewhat new in the wedding arena.
Then again, there are some brides and grooms that decide on small wedding cakes and they want them accompanied by cupcakes because cupcakes can be quite easy for the guests to deal with. They also add a nice, affordable touch.
One of the perks of serving cupcakes at your wedding instead of a cake is that you can offer a variety of flavours to your guests. With a cake, you are typically restricted to a single flavour. Of course, some of your guests may not like the flavour that you and your partner choose. A solution is to serve cupcakes in a variety of flavours, giving guests the freedom to choose their preferred flavour.
You can expect to less for wedding cupcakes than you would for a wedding cake. Statistics show that couples spend more on wedding cake in comparison, cupcakes.
After your reception is over, you may want to give guests some of your leftover cake or cupcakes so that you aren’t forced to throw it away. Of those two, however, it’s easier to hand out leftover cupcakes. You won’t have to slice and wrap individual cake pieces. Just tell your guests that they can grab a cupcake as they leave the wedding venue.
Some couples assume that decorative toppers are only available for cakes, but this isn’t true. While there are plenty of wedding cake toppers from which to choose, there are also cupcake toppers. You can use these toppers to decorate and customise the appearance of your wedding cupcakes just like a regular wedding cake.
Other reasons to consider cupcakes
In addition to the benefits already listed, there are other reasons to consider serving cupcakes at your wedding instead of a cake. A benefit that couples often overlook is that cupcakes don’t require utensils.
If you serve a cake, you’ll need to provide guests with forks. Cupcakes are considered “finger foods,” however, so this isn’t necessary when serving them. Cupcakes are also fun to eat, with children and adults alike enjoying this sweet treat.
A wedding cake is still a firm favourite among couples getting married and the all important “cutting the cake” photo just doesn’t have the same impact with cupcakes, but don’t discount the idea of serving cupcakes at your wedding just because it’s a relatively new tradition.
Because of the benefits of both wedding cakes and wedding cupcakes, some individuals opt for both.
They will have a wedding cake made and that cake will be accompanied by matching cupcakes.
This gives guests a choice. Some prefer cake and some prefer cupcakes and the bride and groom don’t have to worry about running out of cake or guests not being able to have seconds if they want them.
Wedding cake and wedding cupcake pairings
Here are some ideas that involve wedding cake being paired with cupcakes:
A tiered cupcake holder can be used to place cake on the top tier and cupcakes on the remainder of the tiers.
A tiered wedding cake can be accompanied by cupcakes on another tier. The tiers can be of different sizes and sit on each end of the table.
If you like spread out tiers of varying heights, you can alternate cupcakes with actual cake and create quite the spread. This is a great way to really make the cake colourful.
You can have a tiered wedding cake and cupcakes spread throughout the entire table for a more relaxed look.
One giant cupcake surrounded by traditional sized cupcakes can be a lot of fun.
There are many wedding cake and wedding cupcake ideas that you can look at and draw inspiration from so you can have the cake that you have always wanted.
Match the wedding theme
Another aspect of whether or not to have just a cake, just cupcakes, or both is the theme of the wedding. Cupcakes can be made to be elegant, but they sometimes work best for those who want flexibility and who want to ensure they have enough cake without having to pay the cost.
Just keep in mind that if you have a highly sophisticated wedding theme, you may want to ensure that any cupcakes are made in such a way that they carry that exact vibe. — Online