Which is Cheaper – Store-Bought or Homemade Cupcakes or Cake?

Hey party people!

How many times have you decided to make something yourself to save money only to realize you ended up spending more money than if you had just bought it? It happens to the best of us. One of the party staples I’ve wondered about for awhile is cupcakes and cake. So, I decided to put on my math hat and figure out which is cheaper – Store-Bought or Homemade Cupcakes or Cake. 

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Before I reveal my results, here is some info you should know – I did my research at our local grocery store. The store-bought cakes are from the grocery store bakery and the homemade cake/cupcake ingredients aren’t organic or gluten-free, just regular. 

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The HOMEMADE cake inched out the STORE-BOUGHT cake by about $10. However, if you want to add anything to personalize the homemade cake, that can easily push you over. The store-bought cake has a customization option, so that may be the best way to go if you do want something special. 

However, the HOMEMADE cupcakes and STORE-BOUGHT cupcakes (based on my local grocery store price of $4.99/6) came out almost neck and neck with the STORE-BOUGHT cupcakes saving you $0.30! So, unless you’re just in the mood to make cupcakes, buy those suckers from your local grocery store! 

Of course, we can’t discount the time factor. Parties take a lot of time and work. I know you’re busy. We’ve all got so much we’re juggling. So…if you’re short on time, but still want a beautiful, personalized cake or cupcakes here are some options. 

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Top with the guest of honor’s favorite candy…

Candy Cake - I say nomato

Source – I Say NoMato 

Rainbow Candy Cake 5

Source – Sprinkle Bakes

A simple trip to the scrapbook aisle in your local craft store can result in a fun topper like this…

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Is it a summer party? Top with fresh berries & sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Berry Meringue Cake Toppers

Source – The Cake Blog

Camping party? This S’mores cake would be perfection! 

Smores-Cake-Recipe-@PinkWhen

Source – Pink When

Or take the birthday candle to a whole new level! 

Birthday Candles Gallore

Source – Studio DIY

Honeycombs are really fun party decorations, so why can’t we use them to decorate the cake, too?! 

Honeycomb Cake

Source – Oh Happy Day!

Make a fun 3-D cake or cupcake topper with chocolate melts! It’s really simple! 

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If you really want to be a party animal, add these fun woodland creatures to the top of your cake! 

Woodland Cake Topper

Source – Petraveikkola

These birthday flags are only $7 and look so cute on top of a plain cake!

Happy Birthday Flags

Source – Anthropologie

Have a specific theme? Find items that relate, add them to some sticks and boom…a fun cake topper! 

Airplane Cake

Source – Bon Bon Collections

Two berry yogurt pretzels = pretty butterfly cupcake topper! 

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See…it is possible to have a beautiful, custom cake that’s affordable! 

Hope this sparks your creativity and helps you Party On! 

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2 Comments
  • Melanie - The Party Suite
    Posted at 19:40h, 28 July Reply

    This is really interesting! I guess you can’t beat those store-bought cupcakes!

    • Heidi Rew
      Posted at 21:32h, 30 July Reply

      So true! <3 Heidi

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