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I heard that there is always a ton of cake left over. Is this true and do you think it’s dangerous to purposely under- order?


~ Sarah in Florida Sarah –


It does happen – lots of cake left-over at a wedding. When this does happen, it’s usually for one of the following rea- sons:


- The nearly-weds ordered a larger cake than they needed


- Fewer guests attended than expected - The cake was served too late in the evening and many guests had already left the wedding.


Beautiful cake boxes for left-overs from Bijoux Paparie on Etsy.com


Couples sometimes want a larger cake to show than is really needed. For example, I’ve had brides with only 50 guests attending order three and four-tier cakes because they loved the grandeur. In that case, you will have quite a bit of cake left and will want to have cake boxes available so


guests can take some home with them.


And be sure to serve your cake right after dinner. If you wait until later in the evening, some of your guests may have already left and you’ll have lots of cake left-over (and cranky sugar-deprived guests).


It’s important to work with your baker when ordering to estimate the right amount of cake. They have this down to a science. But I do not recommend under-ordering – better to have left-overs than not enough for all your guests.


WED The Magazine Cupcake wrappers by PaperScissorsCake


I really want to have cupcakes instead of a wedding cake at my wedding but my mother AND mother-in-law are both urging against this. They just think it’s a bit tacky or not befitting a wedding. What do you think?


~ Andrea from Maryland


Well Andrea, I have to agree a bit with the Moms on this one – Cupcakes have been a trend at weddings as of late but if this is not done well, it can look a bit “birthday party” rather than wedding. That said, it’s your wedding and if this is what you really want, this can be done in an upscale fashion.


- Use elegant cupcake wrappers to add a stylish touch and hide the more common paper cup.


- Presentation is everything! Be sure to display on a tiered cake stand or other staggered display to cre- ate the illusion of a tiered cake.


- Have your baker make a small cake for you and your groom to cut so you don’t have to sacrifice that tra- dition.


- Select an elegant flavor of cupcake maybe with a fill- ing to make it special.


Another option (but likely more expensive) is individual cakes for each guest. These can be a beautiful option and give the feel of a cupcake in an upscale fashion with the quality of a traditional cake. Individual cakes may also offer more opportunity for design and style.


January 2011


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