Wedding fads come and go while traditions stay true.
Cake-cutting and feeding each other a piece has been a longstanding tradition (and sometimes an annoying one) at weddings, but the form of the cake you eat has changed over the years, from gaudy, tiered monstrosities of the Eighties, to smooth, modern fondant covered creations of whatever your mind can think of.
Lately it's been cupcakes that have stolen the spotlight at weddings. High tiers of various flavours of decorated cupcakes have dominated the wedding scene for the past few years, with their three-bite servings deeming the perfect size for many guests, while still offering others the chance to go back for more and even choose a different kind if they want.
Cake, it would seem, has limitations, while cupcakes seem to offer more variety (and more fun) in a compact form.
Cupcakes are favourites for a number of reasons, ranging from variety or just convenience, since some brides and grooms give out cupcakes as wedding favours as well (two birds, one stone kind of thing). They can also be cheaper than wedding cakes while being designed the way you want, just like cakes can.
They're like miniature copies of your dream wedding cake for your guests to enjoy or take home, with just a little frosting-covered piece of wrapping to clean up after.
Cupcakes are still popular at weddings, but from what I've been told in my planning, their time has come. Like any fad, their star is beginning to fade, and this year the wedding cake is coming back with a vengeance to regain the spotlight.
The reign of the cupcake is over, it would seem; they're passÉ. Everyone's seen it, everyone's doing it, and there's nothing more than a bride wants than to be different from all the weddings she and her guests have attended over the past couple of years.
That means brides-to-be staying away from the tier of cupcakes and, instead, making their mark with a beautiful cake to show off at the reception. Let's face it - no mountain of cupcakes, no matter how well decorated, will be as captivating or photogenic as a beautifully designed cake.
For me, it was a no brainer. Cupcakes never really inspired me when I thought of my wedding. I never saw a billion cupcakes on four different levels and thought, 'I want that!' Nope, I've always been a cake kind of gal, and in true Katie fashion, I've ordered one that's simple but pretty and fits my theme.
There's no ribbon, pink or flowers on my cake. And don't get me started on bling.
I went with cake because it's traditional; it has its own table, guests take photos of it and I could really sell my theme and our personalities with a simple design. Could I do that with cupcakes? Not really.
Also, instead of ordering a five-tier beast that will feed everyone (and possibly tip over during the reception by a wine-infused friend), we got a two-tier cake and simply ordered a matching sheet cake to be cut up and served to guests after we cut the cake.
Bam! Finished, and everyone is well fed.
And we won't need people to clean up crumpled up, gooey cupcake paper left all over the tables afterward either.
But, like all wedding planning details, it all depends on the bride and groom and their vision (but really, the bride, let's face it).
So if you find yourself wondering, 'cake or cupcake' while planning your big day, don't take my anti-cupcake take on things; just do what you want. If you love cupcakes, get cupcakes. If you have a lot of kids attending your wedding, probably get cupcakes. If you have your heart set on a design of cake, then get one made and be happy. Or get both? I've seen that done, too. Then there's always the candy bar.
At the end of the day, passÉ or not, it's really about your vision. And really, who's going to complain about cake or cupcakes? No one, because everyone loves both, so you can't really go wrong with whatever you go with.
So let them eat (cup)cake.
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