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My fiance and I starting to look at wedding cakes now, and have been really shocked at how expensive and inflexible some of these cake makers are! Up until now, we’ve been really impressed with how all of the photographers, florists, and caterers that we’ve spoken to have been with making our wedding unique and how customised their services are. We thought the same would be with the cake makers….but so far we’ve found that we’ve been totally wrong.
We want an antique looking, very traditional cake with real flowers and a very lacy feel. Very early 1900’s vintage feel. I emailed one cake maker telling her my ideas and giving her 2-3 links to pictures of cakes that we liked. I asked her if she would be able to incorporate all of these ideas into one cake, but she emailed me back saying “this is what cake 1 would cost, this is what cake 2 would cost, this is what cake 3 would cost”, and that she was unable to make a custom cake. And all of the prices were over £600! I thought that was just totally nuts, but the more cake makers I contacted, the more of the same answers I was getting. Some of the prices were a bit more reasonable, but none of them were able to make us custom cakes.
We’re meeting with one lady who said she is able to make custom cakes for us, but she hasn’t given us a price range yet and I’m a little scared to find out how much it’s going to cost. I was thinking of spending £300 MAXIMUM for a cake, and was under the impression that this would be more than enough, even if it is custom made. I thought that most wedding cake makers would be wiling to sit down with the couple and go over ideas for a unique cake- I guess I was wrong?
So anyway, after this long rant, my question is: what were your cakes like, were they a custom cake that was totally unique to your wedding, and how much did they cost?
Post # 3
@rabbitmommy:Do you have links to the pics of the cake you would want? And sorry, I don’t do currency conversions very well… Maybe I should google ;o)
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I’ve been floored my my cake estimates as well. We picked a very basic cake just to keep costs down and I don’t think it matters. The prices are between 400-450 EUR. I’m getting married in Northen Ireland and have been contacting bakeries in NI and ireland but have not heard back from the UK ones yet, but that’s about 350 pounds or $600! I wanted to spend 250 EUR. I feel like it’s complete robbery and for that reason want to make my own cake but FI says no. So I donno what to do either.
I’m sure I could find this cake for under 300 dollars in the US. I’ve quickly realized that everything wedding related cost 3 or 4 times as much in the UK than in the US. It blows.
This is the cake I want minus the flower, I have a cake topper.
Post # 6
I posted a similiar thread after our cake tasting. The answer, yes, cakes are really that expensive. We originally budgeted $400 but ours ended up being $600. The more detail, the more money and ours has a ton of detail.
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@UpstateCait: That’s what I’m pissed about. if I am going to spend 600 dollars I want it to have a ton of detail. But it has no detail!
Post # 8
After seeing the pictures, I can understand why your quotes were so high. There is a lot of detail in those cakes. We’re having a fall themed wedding and our cake has hundreds of leaves all over it. The leaves are handmade and decorated so we are paying per leaf. That’s where it adds up.
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@rabbitmommy: Thanks for my conversion :o)
Wellll, I think it’s pretty pricey, but that can also be a regional thing. I’ve heard some brides spending much more than that, truth be told. It’s kind of hard to picture what you want exactly because you want a mixture of all three, correct? If you are wanting all the lace detail, as well as any kind of gumpaste, or sugar flowers thos e details will add up quickly. Especially if you have 5 tiers. Do you want that many tiers for your cake?
We’re having a four tiered cake with gumpaste detail and a 3 tier grooms cake, both for $600. Like I said, this can be seen as expensive, or cheap depending on the region in which you live as well. Of course someone in Kentucky will more than likely charge less than someone, say, in New York for instance.
This is the link to what our cake will look like:
And this will be our grooms cake minus the two smallest tiers at the top:
Post # 10
I will have to say that yes, cakes are expensive. My fiance and I originally budgeted $350 thinking it would be enough, but when we got down to the nitty gritty we ended up paying $1300 for our cake. We purchased ours in Toronto mind you so things are a little over priced, but we found that even in local bakeries the cost was almost always $1000 for a 100 piece cake. As the one post above says, the more detail, the more money.
As for not being able to make a custom cake, I think they are just being lazy. As expensive as our cake is, it is totally custom. Right down to the sugar orchids and ruffle details.
I wish you all the best in finding what you are looking for.
Post # 11
@Atalanta:Wow that is a lot! I just moved to the UK from the US so I’m still in a little bit of shock at how expensive things are over here- especially when it comes to weddings! I guess I have no clue about the price of wedding cakes…I thought “it’s just a cake, how much could it possibly cost?” So thought that $500-600 would be plenty for the detailed cake that we wanted. I guess we’re going to have to downgrade a little!
We’re expecting 80 or so guests so I don’t think it’s going to be a 5 tier cake. Maybe 2 or 3? Hopefully we can get it a little smaller, go a little lower on the details and then just put more real flowers on it to give it the antique feel. What I’m really in love with is the cakes in the first link- http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-cake-table/
I was hoping to have a surprise Groom’s cake for my fiance too, but looking at these prices I’m not so sure. I feel bad because he originally wanted a castle cake but I sort of vetoed it because it didn’t fit in well with the rest of the wedding. i was going to surprise him with a hippo cake (he’s in love with hippos) but that’s not happening if that’s going to cost $600 upwards as well! Gosh, I think it’d be cheaper to buy him a real hippo….
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@rabbitmommy: Awww, a real hippo at the wedding! That would be SOOOO much more interesting than cake. Can I come?! Pick me, pick me!
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What shocked me about prices was how they judge a slice. A single layer of a cake is actually “Two layers” each “layer” is a slice. I asked my mom about this as she used to do wedding cakes, and she had never heard this before.
I actually got mine really cheap $200 for 5 seperate double layer cakes, all different decorations and all different flavors. For that price she threw in the cream cheese mints, and a whole tray of desserts. She has had a shop in Little Bohemia for many years and is still old school. We tasted 8 bakeries and hers was by far the best tasting, and for the price I just couldn’t beat it.
Post # 14
Our cake was $475 for a 3 tiers that served 150 people – it was designed based on a picture we had shown to the bakers but they did a really bad job and our cake was not something I was wowed by!
Post # 15
After scoping out your first link, a cake like that 3/stack will cost £5-600. There are places where they will chare you more trust me. The cake is out of the world beautiful! But the detail is heavy and that’s going to take up a lot of time for the baker.
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@rabbitmommy: Based on the links you sent, those are really intricate and I can see how they will charge you a lot more. Also, since you moved from the US, there will be a bit of comparison. Just as I used to when I moved from TX to NYC. But your cakes are very beautiful too.
@Atalanta: This is a gorgeous cake!
@UpstateCait: Hi, I remember you putting up your cake pictures. Those were beautiful!
@Mrs.tobe: Your cakes are the bomb!! And that grooms cake, I wouldn’t even want to eat it. It’s that beautiful:)