Post # 1
My fiance and I have been a little unsure of whether or not we want the traditional wedding cake. We’ve toyed with the idea of doing cupcakes instead. We’ve even toyed with going totally offbeat and doing pies.
Since we’re on a budget, realistically what should I be expecting to pay for a wedding cake to feed 100 people? Cupcakes for 100 people?
It’s a very laid back wedding, so I wouldn’t be looking for any intricate design. Any feedback is welcome, as always ladies!
Post # 3
@SoCoBlue: Same situation here…for a guest list of 100 people, our quotes for a 3 tier smaller square cake was anywhere between 400-500.00! We then thought of a local baker who is known for their cheescakes! & who would of thought, cheesecake vs reg. cake would be cheaper? So we scratched off the original wedding cake and are going to do cheesecake for half the price and twice as good 🙂 We figured 200.00 for our “cake budget” and that would be fore 120 people. As always, depending where you live it may be different with the cost.
Post # 4
Cake costs are really dependent upon location. When I was planning in Kansas City last year it seemed like the average was about $3.50/serving and cupcakes were $3/cupcake. I helped set up at the cake convention in Austin in January (I’m working on starting up my own wedding cake business and thought it’d be a good chance to network) and many of those ladies were charging $5-$10 per serving (which I honestly think is a total rip off…materials for the 4-tier cake I just did for a friend today cost me about $100 (plus about 40 hours of work…but I digress…). You may be able to find what bakers in your area are charging per serving listed on their websites…or if you’re near central Texas PM me and we can discuss me doing it for you for cheap 😉
Post # 5
We just put our deposit down for our wedding cake. We are having approx 100-110 people. The cake is going to be 3 tiered and serves 120 people for $529 (excluding tax). Also, we are using buttercream for the cake decor instead of the fondant which would have been $100 extra, plus I hate the taste of fondant. So it worked out.
Post # 6
What about something like this? -whatever you want for the cake design.
Post # 7
GOOD GRIEF!!! i’m having sticker shock. i think we’re going to go with a smallish fancy cake for us to cut and have a huge costco sheet cake to serve everyone. costco cake is AMAZING and no one will realize because it will be cut and served out of sight.
Post # 8
I think if you are on a budget and dont really care too much about the cake, cupcakes is an awesome idea. That was what I wanted originally but we got a bit…carried away (i blame my mom lol) and ended up spending… well lets just say way more than the $500 budgeted. And our wedding was 100 guests!
Sorry I dont know what cupcakes will cost, but I’m sure way less than what our traditional cake was
Post # 9
I’m not personally sure about cake tiers, but re cupcakes they can be about $3 or more per cupcake (there are lots of variables – flavour, detail, what bakeries you have in the area etc). Some bakeries will give you a discount if you’re having quite a lot of cupcakes (eg 10% cheaper if you have more than X cupcakes).
Post # 10
i think gigi’s cupcakes gives a discount when they cater them for an event. i know they are 3.50 each around indy. not sure if this is a company wide price.
Post # 11
Our new baker is cutting the costs for us by still making us a 100 slice 3 tier cake for $200, and doing the same flavor as a sheet cake for the additional 50 slices for only $25. That is a total of 150 slices for $225 with delivery, which where I’m from, is a great price.
So concider asking your baker if it is possible to have a sheet cake to keep the cost low.
Post # 12
Having a small tiered cake and then a sheet cake or two would keep the cost lower than one large tier cake. As for cupcakes… I’ve actually found that most places I’ve looked at, cupcakes would have been even more expensive than plain cake! But it’s always worth looking into- a couple places were cheaper.
Another option is to look at grocery store bakeries, they’re often cheaper than independent bakeries.
Post # 13
@janetsnakehole: Yea for Costco cake! We’re going to buy a fancy cake that serves 60 as well as a Costco cake or two. We’re also having brownies, cookies, popsicles, and fruit for dessert. It’s going to be pretty simple, like yours, OP — my mom is making everything except the cakes 🙂
Post # 14
Shop around for cakes. I am getting a 4 tiered cake with a 12, 10, 8 & 6″ for $130. Or I could get a 10,8,6, & 4″ for $95