Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cupcake display in leiu of a wedding cake

Back in December we talked about wedding cakes. As mentioned there are several options available now of which cupcakes are just one.

Cupcake wedding cakes can be constructed on a stand to mimic the appearance of a traditional wedding cake. There are a variety of stands available to you such as square or round, clear plastic or iron. You will want to check with your baker to confirm that they have a stand available that you like. In many cases I have had crafty fathers of the bride who went to work building a stand. In either case you will want to ensure you have a way to display your cupcakes in a fashion that matches your vision.

One item to keep in mind with cupcake displays is that typically not all of the cupcakes will be displayed. You do not want to over crowd the stand as it will then look thrown together. It is possible that some of the cupcakes will remain behind the scene until it is time for dessert which is fine; you would rather there be some cupcakes in back to
ensure that the display is perfect.

In nearly all cases there is still a top tier of the wedding cake as part of this display. There is one downfall of having just one tier; if you want to keep the top tier for your first year anniversary then you will want to do one of two things. First you can have two tiers of cake (the top to keep and the bottom tier to cut). If you go with this option, what you could ask of your reception hall is to serve the head table from the bottom tier of cake while serving the cupcakes to the guests. Or, two, you can ask your baker to make a separate top tier that arrives already boxed at the facility. This boxed tier you can take home to freeze at the end of the reception and then simply just cut the top tier of the display.

Having cupcakes also gives you flexibility in flavor variety. While I still recommend keeping your flavor selections to five or less, with a wedding cake you are limited to flavor variety based on the number of wedding cake tiers you need. If you do opt to go this direction be aware that if you have the reception hall staff serve the cupcakes that at some point a flavor is inevitably going to run out. Which means the last few tables served are going to simply end up with whatever is left. If you are not okay with this an alternate option is to ask that the cupcakes be placed on display and guests can help themselves after the entree is complete. In the event that your wedding food package includes a coffee display after dinner, it would be the perfect location to have the cupcakes displayed. An added bonus of this is that it gets the guests up and moving after the meal service.

On a final note, one bonus aspect of having a cupcake wedding cake is that every 'piece of cake' looks the same and is beautiful when your guests see it.

Next time we will look at a full blown dessert station complete with cake and other sweet treats; just another alternative to your wedding cake.

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