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    Jun132012

    Cupcakes: Time to Climb Down from that Tree

    Maybe it’s because I want to be alone with a pile of cupcakes at this moment (yeah… BB is nursing a gin hangover, and clearly the best remedy is something sweet and possibly even something greasy), or maybe it’s because I’m currently working with some cool-ass brides and have nothing to share with you this second, but I feel like I owe it to the world to write about cupcakes. You see, Bitchless Bride is absolutely obsessed with cupcakes and anything cake related, and when it comes time for your cake tasting, I (as your planner) always find a way to be present whether my opinion is needed or not. But here’s the thing… BB is not a fan of replacing your wedding cake for a cupcake tree.

    I know that I am the minority here because cupcakes are the total rage, blah blah blah, and I am not hating on cupcakes, but a cupcake tree at your wedding screams “Sweet 16” to me. I also hate seeing you and your groom cutting into teeny tiny 6” cake, which I feel completely diminishes the effect of the cake cutting. Not to mention that the rest of us are left usually a very small, “wedding size” cupcake, and frankly as a guest, I prefer a big honking piece of cake with a chocolate covered strawberry and some raspberry coulis.

    So, if you are looking for something different to get out of the cookie cutter wedding thing, a cupcake tree is not gonna break the mold. In fact, you’re sliding right into it one cupcake at a time. It has been done… and a lot. So, try something a bit more unique and cool. If you really want to get them talking… Have the pastry chef or bakery whip up a cake shaped like a hot red Ferrari, and your give your guests individual car cakes for dessert. Right? Even a Dr. Seuss style cake is fun and totally different. But, if you are crazy for cupcakes and you are hating me for writing this post, then try something a bit cooler than "the tree"… Look up and check out those small individual box cakes wrapped in chocolate... AMAZING! Or a pie cake (look down). Yup! That’s pie! Now that’s fucking cool!

    But, no matter what you do, please… for the love of God, can we move on from the fucking cupcakes? I’d even settle for an old school tiered wedding cake with pillars (HA! Look up!) just so I don’t have to see one more cupcake tree. C’mon ladies, get those creative juices flowing… you CAN be different, just think out of the “cup”.

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    Though I have featured a few in some of the weddings I have shown, personally, I am not a fan. I agree with BB, lets move on from this and get to creative gorgeous cake makin or some variation there of! Dont forget brides, you can always have a dessert bar, complete WITH cupcakes, but the stands gotta go please :)

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

    Hey Jessica,

    That's a great point! If you MUST have the cupcakes, then put them out with dessert display, but please don't let my dessert be one small cupcake. I mean, some people might even say that the best part of the meal IS the cake, so don't disappoint! Give them what they want! Let them eat CAKE!

    XO,
    BB

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBitchless Bride

    Just curious BB, do you think the heinous wedding cake cutting charge has anything to do with the cupcake trend? How do hotels handle this and seriously, does that charge still exist? Please tell me it does not! No wonder B & G's feel like they are nickeled and dimed to death!
    PS I like cake in any shape!

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

    Hey Missy!

    You bring up an excellent point!

    I don't think the cake cutting fee has to do with the cupcake trend. I think that cupcakes are just super trendy right now. The reality is that the cake cutting fee exists because by procuring a cake (be it an actual wedding cake or even a cupcake tree, yes you'll still get hit with a cake "cutting" fee for cupcakes) from an outside source, you are essentially taking $$ out of the hotels' pocket. Some properties have unions, and this fee is literally for said union to serve something from an outside source to your guests. Sounds like bullshit, but it's actually true(ish).

    Trust me, I am not defending it! Just explaining it a bit... I can totally see how you feel nickeled and dimed. BB feels thinks hotels should include this in their wedding packages if they are not the ones making the cake because it's not like their pastry team was put out....

    XO,
    BB

    June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBitchless Bride

    I agree. If you're having a Sweet 16 or a back yard wedding, cupcakes are fitting. But for anything more formal than that, have a wedding cake for heaven's sake. A cupcake lacks the gravitas deserving of the day.

    If you're having an upscale wedding, cupcakes aren't cute, they look like you're being cheap and are trying to cut corners when you've gone the full Monty with everything else at the ceremony and reception. I'm tired of seeing them at receptions. If you want to have them on hand as boxed favors for your guests to enjoy later, that works.

    June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPlummy

    Hey Plummy,

    Thanks for your comment! I totally agree! A cupcake totally lacks the gravitas deserving of the day! A wedding cake can be fun without being juvenile... It just has to have the right mixture of style and class.

    And you're right... after all the money that goes into all of the details, I feel like a cupcake tree minimizes that somehow. Sending your guests home with a cupcake favor... now THAT would make for a lovely ride home!

    XO,
    BB

    June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBitchless Bride

    Cupcakes saved my wedding. True story. Brides if you are not fortunate enough to have BB or one of her compatriots make it someone's job to call the baker(y) a minimum of 3 days in advance to confirm that your cake is being made, delivered etc. Take it from someone who confirmed the week before and was left standing with her groom and no cake. Hence the cupcakes I purchased as a Grooms cake saving the day.

    September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwyngrrrl

    I have to say, the one time I was at a wedding with cupcakes was the most satisfying wedding dessert experience I ever had. Why? Because I could go back and snag another one if I wanted to. I have never, ever been served a "big, honking piece of cake," let alone with those delicious trimmings you mention. Cake slices at weddings have a surface of about one inch by one inch, even when we can clearly see that over half the cake is still left after everyone is served but we all feel like jerks asking for seconds. Happily, I can easily snag myself a second cupcake without feeling like a greedy jerk, nom-you-very-much! Perhaps this would be improved if we could start a big-honking-slice-'o-cake trend in the wedding world? That would be most excellent.

    November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKait

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