Cupcakes have become popular replacements for cakes at many shindigs, including weddings, corporate events, birthdays, showers, and other parties. Before you decide which to have at your event, consider the following pros and cons.
Advantages of Cupcakes
- You can have more varieties of flavors.
- There is no cake-cutting mess of crumbs and smeared frosting.
- You don’t have to worry about how to put a slice of cake on a plate without the slice toppling over. I have seen many hosts serve cake slices with the frosting-side facing down on the plate because of these unfortunate happenings.
- There will be no dry, crusty edges like cut-sides of cakes.
- Cupcakes have more possible arrangements. Like cakes, they can be put on a tier or a table, but they can also make shapes, letters, or other designs. They can be grouped as centerpieces on tables or placed at individual place settings. They can even be arranged in a rectangle to resemble a cake.
- Cupcakes can be individually boxed as take-home gifts or party favors.
- No one argues about who got the biggest piece.
- If only a small dessert is needed, a mini cupcake is acceptable. Serving a tiny slice of cake makes the host look cheap.
Disadvantages of Cupcakes
- It is time-consuming to set up large amounts. Every individual cupcake must be unboxed and put on a table or display.
- If too many unexpected guests show up, you are out of luck. Cakes can be cut into smaller slices.
- It is harder to achieve the “wow” factor with cupcakes. A tiered wedding cake looks impressive, but cupcakes require more planning in order to achieve a similar effect.
- Some decorations just aren’t possible with cupcakes. The larger decorations–which often contribute to the “wow” factor–won’t fit on a cupcake. A cupcake cake or pull-apart cake is an option, but I don’t recommend it. Cupcakes are arranged in a rectangle and then decorated like a cake. This means frosting gets on the wrappers and makes a big mess once cupcakes are pulled apart. It lacks the simplicity and cleanness that are usually associated with cupcakes.
- Cupcakes generally take up more space during transport. While a cake can fit into one box, the largest cupcake box typically holds only 12. For lots of cupcakes, a small car just won’t work.
- For large cupcakes or ones with tall frosting, transporting can be difficult because a large bump or sharp curve can knock them over or cause frosting to slide off. This is particularly a problem during hot weather, when the frosting can soften too much.
Examples of cupcake designs:
Cupcakes arranged like a cake
Source: Personal experience at a cupcake bakery