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The eternal battle for supremacy: Cake vs. Cupcakes vs. alternative desserts

on January 16, 2012

After talking with a lot of friends about the details of the wedding, one of the things I’m realizing is that we’re not stuck with the classic wedding cake business. I’ve been seeing a lot of those “oh it’s funny you just shoved cake all over my face” pictures online and to be honest, I’m sick of that trend. Of all of the silly things that Forrest and I could do to make each other look ridiculous, I think this isn’t what I’d want.

I’m not knocking the idea of a great-looking cake, of course. I found some awesome examples of some serious cake decoration:

Gingerbread UP House

Geeky wedding cakes

james & lynnette’s wedding… up, “up!” & amazing!!!! (the couple who used wildflowers photography I linked to before… scroll down to see their cake, which seems to be covered in fondant but has pretty adorable cake toppers)

Mediocre wedding cake with couple on the lawn

Green Wedding Shoes: (Another) “UP” Inspired Wedding

Despite all this awesomeness, as my friend Alana said, some wedding cake can be pretty gross (see fondant). Cupcakes, of course, are just as good of an option – although with cupcakes there are the advantages of not needing a cake cutter, and we can have more options for people (those of you who know Forrest may remember his love of almond flavoring, be it in marzipan or in the cake itself – this seems like something not everyone would agree with, especially those of you with nut allergies…) My friends Anne Clark & Brooke found a great idea for cupcake decorations – using cookie cutters to make hard candies and using them as toppers (as seen in picture). Anne Clark said that she thought we could make balloons this way, and I think that’s an incredible idea (so much better than the lollipops used in the cupcakes on the same page as the ‘couple on the lawn’ link).

Another option is, if we’re using an experienced, classy, and pricey caterer, we can skip dinner (even though we’re having the ceremony right at dinnertime…) and just do small, cute desserts (baklava, anyone?). I’m not sure how I feel about this option, especially since we were thinking about doing heavy hors d’oeuvres and we were even thinking about having somewhere cheaper (like Chipotle or somewhere similar that does not-full-service-catering) do the catering instead. If we were to use a place like this, we would need to hire some people to do setup and clean up (and that would have the licencing required by our venue), but it would probably still be cheaper than having a full service caterer do the food. I didn’t realize that this was going to be such a hard decision – most of the caterers are looking like they’re going to cost some serious money, but the venue we’ve chosen has some rules that don’t make it as easy as us just making some mini quiches in our own kitchen….

Have any other ideas like Anne Clark & Brooke? As always, leave us comments – here or on Facebook!

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4 responses to “The eternal battle for supremacy: Cake vs. Cupcakes vs. alternative desserts

  1. akeelpando says:

    Forrest also really liked this idea:
    cake with color gradient http://pinterest.com/pin/18577417182647484/

  2. akeelpando says:

    Ice Cream Sundae Bar:

  3. Alana says:

    I don’t see any reason why you can’t just do some hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Those are usually the best parts of the meal served at weddings. Also, considering how many vegetarians that you know (including yourself) hors d’oeuvres let you do more without meat. I saw on TV that one lady served mashed potatoes in martini cups as part of the cocktail hour.
    The real question is what is your favorite dessert? What is Forrest’s favorite dessert? Go from there.

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