Food Tip #4:STRRRRETCH! Cupcakes, cakes, pies, ALL DESSERTS can be stretched much further (saving you more money) by serving them in smaller sizes. Make the tiny cupcakes with cake mix- you can get about 60 per cake mix box (cost: about $1.20 for 60 cupcakes!). Precut all cakes, pies, etc. before displaying- this will allow each dessert to last longer, and each guest to save room in their bellies to sample a bit more of the wide variety of desserts.