Post # 1
I am planning on using a fake display cake with only a real top layer for cutting at my reception… the chef requested that we go this route so he will be able to plate the guests cake from sheet cakes in a more fancy/appealing way. Now the sheet cakes are an incredible bargain, but i’m a little sticker shocked by the fake cake. I was quoted $400 to create just the styrofoam cake from a bakery that makes delicious cakes, but does not really do the designer looking cakes I have in mind- which is why the price caught me off guard. Has anyone else gone the fake cake route & how much did it run you? I’m curious to know what price range I should be expecting…. thanks!
Post # 3
That seems really expensive!! I don’t really know about the fake cake price, but my real wedding cake is only 400!
Post # 4
I had one of these and it ran me about 150 bucks. Though mine was exceedingly simple. Just smooth fondant and ribbon with a flower added by the florist.
Post # 5
I’m getting a fake cake, and the entire cake is fake. It’ll be rented and then I’ll serve sheet cakes.
I’m only being charged $165 for delievery, set up and the cake. It’s a four tier cake from http://www.fakethecake.com in Upland, CA.
I think $400 is WAY over priced. If you’re in CT, you may want to think about contacting these companies (one has been featured on Good Morning America) to have your fake cake shipped with directions:
http://www.cakerental.com/ – featured on GMA
Post # 6
Mandy, how are you handling the cake cutting portion of the reception with an all fake cake? I’m planning on having the top layer being real so we can actually feed it to one another. I’ve seen these sites before, but need to have one real layer of cake. I am happy to hear that this price is a bit outrageous… I will keep looking at other bakeries. I’ve even considered creating the fake myself since everything but the top layer can be created far ahead of time… but I have no clue how we would get it to the club the day of the wedding.
Post # 7
I guess whether the price is high depends on the size and decoration of the fake cake. Also, if it is being created just for you, as opposed to being something that already exists (e.g., cake rental). For instance, my baker quoted me a base price of $3.50 a serving for cake for 150. That price ($525) can DOUBLE based on the decoration alone. So could it cost $400 to have styrofoam decorated? I think so, if your cake is sufficiently large and sufficiently ornate, and if the cake is being created just for you.
Post # 8
My entire cake (for 150-180 guests) is going to be about $500….
Post # 9
I am making my own fake cake with a real top layer. As long as your decorations are simple, you should probably be able to do it yourself and have someone else set it up at the reception.
I got the cake dummies from http://www.taylorfoam.com and I’m rolling fondant over it http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm and decorating it with real flowers.
I’ve tested everything a few times, and it’s pretty easy. Good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods
Just a suggestion for those of you who are going the fake cake route: after you cut a slice, have the servers wheel the cake out of the room if at all possible. And then they can serve the real cake slices to the guests. I went to a wedding last summer that had a completely fake cake. Honestly, when a piece was brought in for them to feed each other and then the cake stayed complete as we were given slices, it was obvious that the cake was fake. But guests would have no idea it’s fake if it was removed from the room before individual slices were served. Obviously, it’s your choice, but this is from a guest’s perspective! Their wedding was absolutely beautiful and I feel the fake cake "cheapened" it.
Post # 11
tater – We have a special "compartment" for a real piece of cake — which is in the back of the cake. We’ll "cut" into it for photos and feed each other with it. No one would be the wiser!
But like Jess suggested, have the servers move it out of the reception room and in the back (or kitchen) and then return with the sliced sheet cake.
It really is that simple. I’ve seen others do it at another wedding, and it was pretty seemless.
Post # 12
I design & make wedding cakes… it makes me ill that businesses can charge that much for a fake cake. The cost of a 3 tier fake styrofoam base is around $15.00! Yet, the average price of a PLAIN fake cake starts around $220. a $400 cake, must be pretty fancy-schmancy! I hope you get to keep it 🙂
I’m actually going to have a 75% fake cake at our wedding & serve sheet cake believe it or not. I figure I’ll have enough to do the week of my wedding, so I’ll make the fake cake a few weeks before.
I’ve made fake cakes before and I always make sure one tier is real so the couple can cut into it & save some for their first anniversary (if they are uber traditional). The "compartment cakes" can get pricey, just ask for 1 layer! BTW: 1 year old frozen wedding cake tastes like… well… nothing I can really post publicly. *shudders* Get your baker to recreate the top layer on your first anniversary if you really want to enjoy a piece!
Post # 13
There are tons of tutorials out there that can show you how to make your own fake cake, also. I bet the materials would cost you LESS than $50 from your local crafts store, plus you can make it well in advance so that it’s one less thing to worry about on your wedding weekend. $400 is totally and utterly rediculous!
Post # 14
Fake cakes, unfortunately, are quite often as expensive as a real cake because you are paying for the time it will take them to decorate it, just like a reak cake. While you may have had some sticker shock, that price isn’t completely out there.
I recommend checking out some of the WB blogs, we’ve recently seen one with a DIY tutorial on how to make your own fake cake! You could make it like a week ahead of time, and who cares if your first bite is stale? It’ll look great and you can save a bundle and serve a sheet cake!
Post # 15
I am having a fake cake made that is going to be 3 tiers and loaded with flowers in between each tier. The fake cake is $125 and the sheet cakes which are going to be banana split cake is $80 each which serves 80 people. We are also having her do cupcakes which costs $20 a bakers dozen. So I would have to say that $400 is very high! I would continue to look and don’t be afraid to look outside the bakery’s for people that do it on the side. She does amazing realistic fancy fake cakes!