Cake or Cupcakes?

Chances are if you love to bake like I do, you’ve made at least one large multi-tier cake at some point. I’ve made a few, mostly for my children’s birthdays, and its always so much fun to make something so grand and fun and edible. But if you’re like me, you’ve probably also found that in some cases large cakes may not always be the best option. Here are some things to consider if you’re debating between a large single cake or cupcakes for your celebration.

1. Transportation
If your party is at home transporting the cake is luckily not something you need to worry about. However, if you have to transport it to another venue you need to consider whether a larger cake will be stable enough to withstand the journey. Sometimes, opting for cupcakes which are small and easy to transport make for one less worry.

2. Time
Baking up a batch of cupcakes is a fairly quick process. You can easily bake up a few dozen at a time which is a great time saver. Making a larger sized caked requires a little more advanced planning and time. After baking and cooling, it usually requires a crumb coat of frosting before the final layer of frosting and decorations can be added. Deciding between a cake or cupcakes may be as simple as figuring out how much time you have to prepare.

3. Decorations
The best way to decorate a cake usually involves one cohesive theme. Cupcakes give you a little more leeway as far as creativity goes. You can choose to decorate them all similarly or make each one different. Also, if one cupcake’s decor doesn’t come out just right, you can easily wipe the frosting off and start over for a quick fix.

4. Serving
If you’re cutting up a large cake and serving slices, you’ve got to make sure to have utensils and plates available on which to serve them. With cupcakes plates and utensils are not a necessity. Everyone can grab their cupcake of choice and go. Plus, if you have any leftovers you can quickly pack them in a bag or box to take home.

If you’ve thought it over and still can’t decide on one versus the other don’t fret. You can easily have them both. Display a nice 6″ double tier cake at the top of your cupcake stand with cupcakes on the remaining tiers. This makes a beautiful statement and gives you the best of both worlds.

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