February 04, 2012

Cupcakes Vs. Wedding Cakes

Cupcakes have become increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional wedding cake and it's easy to see why. If you're a little crafty and either you, or you're very good friends, can manage baking, it's simply a lot less expensive.

You can make them weeks in advance, frozen in airtight containers. The day before the wedding you can even have fun with the task by having a 'Frosting Party,' or in other words, a good excuse to drink champagne with friends.

You can opt for a simple cardboard cupcake stand from Martha Stewart in available from Amazon.com or create your own classier version via our post on creating a D.I.Y. Vintage 3-Tiered Cupcake Stand. Amazon.com also features a wide variety of metal, cardboard, & plastic stands in circle or square shapes that do not need to be assembled.

Paper Orchid offers a huge variety of laser cut Cupcake Wraps for every wedding costing on average $1 or less per Wrap. The 'Lavish' design in Ivory is featured to the right, retailing at $49.95 for 50 pieces. If the above wraps are a little too fancy or expensive, you can still find great quality and a style you'll love with Wilton Baking Cups. You can purchase 75 cups for less than $3 in every style and color possible.

When it comes to decorating your cupcakes imagination is the limit. You can use real and edible Violas or Roses, although they're quite costly at over $20 for 10 pieces. For half the price, you can have realistic looking edible Pansies, Lilies, or Daisies. Don't forget the classics either, Amazon carries a wide variety of much less expensive edible glitter, pearls, & royal icing/gum-paste flowers.

If you're looking for something unique, would like to support small businesses, or both, visit the Cake Topper section on Etsy.com to view over 1,000 different edibles from the edible Plumeria flowers featured to edible Peonies

Stay tuned for a post on delicious cupcake recipes that would be perfect for your summer wedding.

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