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Are Cupcakes Replacing Wedding Cakes? Pros and Cons

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Tiered "wedding cake" made with cupcakes

Tiered "wedding cake" made with cupcakes

Wedding cakes have been served at wedding receptions over the years. In modern Western culture, the cake is usually on display during most of the reception. After the bride and groom cut the wedding cake, guests are served. The newlyweds save the top layer of the cake. They take it home, put it in the freezer, and on their first anniversary, they eat it for good luck.

Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to the couple and to all the guests at the reception. Sometimes, the tall wedding cake is just the centerpiece at the reception, and it is not always even served to the guests. Some cakes are built with only a single edible tier for the bride and groom to share.

For centuries, the wedding cake has been the favorite dessert at most wedding receptions. Today, some brides and grooms are choosing wedding cupcakes over the three-, four-, or five-tier cake.

Traditional Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes come in a variety of sizes, depending on the number of guests the cake will serve. The wedding cake was originally a luxury item and a sign of celebration and social status. The bigger the cake, the higher the social standing. Cutting the cake was an important part of the reception. Today, many flavors and configurations are available in addition to the traditional all-white tiered cake.

Cupcake wedding cake

Cupcake wedding cake

Cupcakes are becoming a big hit at weddings these days. The bride and groom have a better chance of expressing themselves. They no longer have to settle on the same style and flavor. They can express their own personality and creativity through a variety of cupcakes.

A professional doesn't have to bake and decorate the cupcakes. Therefore, the couple might save some money by choosing wedding cupcakes over the traditional wedding cake.

Pros for Choosing Cupcakes

  • Less expensive: Cupcakes can be less expensive than the traditional wedding cake.
  • More variety: Wedding cakes are typically one flavor. A wide variety of cupcakes can be available so there’s something for everyone. Guests will have fun choosing their favorites. Their selections could become a real conversational subject among guests at the table.
  • Decorative: The display of cupcakes on the cupcake tree can become part of the decorations at the reception. Since cutting the cake is an important part of the reception, a small cake can be placed on top of the cupcake tree for the bride and groom to cut.
  • No cake servers needed: Since guests can pick up their own cupcake, the couple will save money by not having wedding cake servers. After all, cupcakes don't need to be cut and plated.

Cons for Choosing Cupcakes

Cupcakes are growing in popularity, but they aren't the best choice for every bride and groom.

  • A cake can serve more guests: Traditional cakes tend to serve more people than cupcakes. For a large wedding reception, having cupcakes may not be a good choice. For instance, if you start running low with a cake, you can always cut thinner slices. However, this isn't an option if you run low on cupcakes. You will need to have plenty of cupcakes on hand.
  • You may end up with many leftover cupcakes: If you order too many, you might have a lot of cupcakes left over. Of course, this might not be a problem after all. Small boxes could be filled with cupcakes and given to guests as they leave the reception. However, make sure everyone has been served before giving boxes of cupcakes away.
  • The expense may not be less, after all: Before you invest in a lot of cupcakes, compare the price to determine if buying all those cupcakes is really less expensive than a traditional wedding cake. You may find that by the time you add in the cupcake liners, decorations, cake stand or tree rental, and other incidentals, that cupcakes might be more expensive than the wedding cake.