Post # 1
I can’t wrap my head around paying per slice for a cake… I can imagine paying $100 maybe… but not $500 or more… has anyone found someone to make a small decorative tier cake who has reasonable prices?
I’d even be happy finding something that was incredibly plain, like someone who just baked a plain several tier cake and put plain white fondant on it. I am happy to do the decorating myself.
Have any of you done DIY cakes? What did you use to hold up the tiers?
Post # 3
Yes I have done many. Unfortunately I get called a lot to bale people out of cake fiascoes. Like bakers who bale the day before! There is a great you tube video that might help.
It isn’t to hard but transporting is a b*tch. You definitely need an extra set of hands for this. If you do your own cake I recommend a test run to work out the kinks of stacking and transporting. Make your favorite person a tiered cake and take it to them. Good luck!
Edit: I use wooden dowels as they are easier to find and cake circles are available at walmart or any craft store.
Post # 4
You may want to try supermarkets in your area. Some have really nice designs and a standard price sheet based on the size of the cake.
If you DIY, make sure you make a complete cake with icing an all a few months before so that you can be sure you can do it on your wedding week. Delegate this task to family/friends if you can!
Post # 5
There is nothing wrong with DIY if you are a good baker, and cakes can be frozen before hand if you have a big freezer. What you may want to do is practice a lot (yum!) but make a smaller, two tier or so decorative cake for cutting and photos and order a large sheet cake from your local bakery to have in the back. Actually, you could probably buy a small decorative cake with some fake styrofoam layers for $100, and have a sheet cake in the back. Try to avoid using crisco, the cakes I have had with crisco in them sometimes have a bad aftertaste and a lot of bakeries use it. This could be a fun project! Most craft stores and walmart even have baking aisles with most of the supplies you would need.
Post # 6
My SIL went to Sam’s and bought 4 plain cakes…round with ivory frosting. Then, her mom bought a 4-tier stand like 1 of these:
and put the cakes on with some flowers on each tier from the florist…
She then decorated the entire cake table with tiered candlesticks like these:
it looked like a million bucks!! and fed 120ppl………..It cost her $30-50 for each tier depending on size. She got married after I did or else I swear I woulda done the same!
It looked similiar to this pix i found online but much better:
As far as transportation: Becuase they’re not all stuck together, you can pick them up in a normal car. The cakes can be bought a day before and stuck in the fridge. They’ll it! And then, when the florist brings the other flowers she can stick flowers on the cake as well…..
Post # 7
Yes I found 2 bakeries that can do a wedding cake for a couple hundred. We have to pick it up ourselves but I would rather do that then paying over 600 for one!
Post # 8
i found a friend on facebook posting all these cakes she makes on the side for weddings and stuff. for 3 tiers, i got one for $175 (top small tier was fake). i thought that was a good deal!
here is the 4 tier version of what she did (and omg was it ever delicious!). basically, i am saying look for someone who does it as a hobby – maybe you can find them on craigslist?
Post # 9
oh wow thanks so much to all of you for all your help!
Earlybride, where are those bakeries located? any in the DC area?
secondchance, thanks for the info about dowels and the video! I will check them out.
loveliestlove, that’s a great idea. I was thinking something along those lines but that type of cake stand would be great. I just have to figure out where to buy one for a reasonable price. When I looked at cake tier stands at Michael’s they were up to $100 each! crazy.
Garnety, thanks so much! we actually tried making a practice fondant cake (decorated with a henna design in icing) a few months ago and it went well – it took 5 hours from start to finish and looked decent. but, I’m not convinced I want to DIY 2 days before the wedding. we’re DIYing our flowers and that’s going to take up a lot of time 2 days before. still brainstorming…
anabelle86 – thanks for the tip! we are considering doing the styrofoam layers so I can do it this week. and thanks for the crisco tip – that sounds like a good idea in case we make one of the layers real.
secondchances- we will definitely have to figure out transportation, thanks so much for that advice. and also how to store it once the tiers are stacked….
Post # 10
PurpleUnicorn – your friend isn’t by chance in the DC area, is he/she? lol probably not….