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Cupcake Wedding Cakes

Should you serve cupcakes at your wedding?



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Cupcake Wedding Cakes

A picture of "45" Wedding Cake, made by Ace of Cake's Chef Duff and Charm City Cakes.

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Wedding cupcakes were originally thought to be a passing fad, but it looks like they're here to stay! It's no wonder: these pint-size confections add a whimsical touch to your wedding reception with the added bonus of being slightly more affordable than a traditional wedding cake. But is a cupcake wedding cake right for you? We break it down below.


Cupcakes typically cost about two bucks each, whereas a traditional wedding cake is a hefty $4 or $5 per slice. If you want to spring for fancy cupcake liners, decorative stands, and intricate decorations, that cheap little cupcake is going to cost a whole lot more. If you are choosing to serve cupcakes in order to save some money, remember to keep it simple. However, if you just like the whimsical feel of cupcakes, and have a big budget, you can make these desserts really memorable. 


There's something so nostalgic and childlike about unwrapping a cupcake. And that's what people both love and hate about wedding cupcakes – are they fun and familiar or too casual and unsophisticated?

If you're having a formal wedding, you may want to stick with a grand and formal wedding cake. If your wedding guests are traditional people, they might think cupcakes are too casual, or worse, cheap.

But if you're having a relaxed reception where fun is the primary goal, tell everyone to be a kid again and grab a cupcake. Once they're up and having fun on the dance floor, they won't have to sit again for dessert. They'll just grab a cupcake and keep on groovin'.

Wedding cakes have been the standard for over 100 years, and you may be sad to give up the traditions associated with them. Cupcakes leave no room for a cake topper, and the customary cake cutting looks a little comical when your cake is only 3 inches wide. But brides and grooms have found a way to have their cake and eat it too: get a small 6" cake to sit on the top of your cupcake tower. You can use this for the ceremonial cake cutting, and then freeze the rest for your 1-year anniversary.

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