(Closed) Are cakes really this expensive- how much did you spend?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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)

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

 

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Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@rabbitmommy:

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.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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:

http://gallery.weddingbee.com/photo/our-soon-to-be-fabulous-cake

And this will be our grooms cake minus the two smallest tiers at the top:

http://gallery.weddingbee.com/photo/our-grooms-cake-1

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi there,

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 # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@rabbitmommy: Awww, a real hippo at the wedding! That would be SOOOO much more interesting than cake. Can I come?! Pick me, pick me!

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@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:)

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