(Closed) Cake prices?

posted 10 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We are having cake for 150; a 3-tiered brides cake and two satellite cakes, plus a small birthday cake (my only niece’s first birthday is the same day as our wedding).  According to my baker the amount of cake is what drives the price, and for 150 our base price for the flavors and fillings we selected (and buttercream frosting) was $580.  With assembly and delivery and some problematic decorating we simply must have, our total price is $650.  So I think that your price is reasonable.  FYI, your cake can be as many or as few tiers as you want; they calculate the size of the tiers based on the number of total servings you need, so that if you want 4 tiers you can have that for 100, 150, 200…  the tiers just get bigger.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Are you doing a special design, special fillings or anything?  I went to 3 bakeries in the south bay and they were all priced so different!  I do think it has a lot to do with where they are and how popular.  I had a bad experience at Torrance Bakery which is just overcrowded with brides and they wanted $300 for the basic cake and $7-$8 a person EXTRA just to do my design.  I honestly think they quoted me that much because they "didn’t care" to do my cake design. Needless to say, I went elsewhere.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

That is a really good deal.  Our cake lady quoted us $1500 but came down to $1200.  Its fondant and has some decorating but nothing crazy.  Enough cake for $150 people.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Are you guys going to fancy bakeries? I think at asian bakeries they are cheaper? I am assuming though because I haven’t gone to ask just yet. just throwing it out there.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2018

We’re having the same number of guests (130-150) and we’re having a 2 tier cake and 2 sheet cakes with the same layers, filling, design, etc. and our cake is costing us $265. 

However, we’re in the midwest so I’m sure that helps… also, I’m sure going the sheet cake route helps too!  Our cake design isn’t extravagant, 2 round tiers, buttercream icing that looks sort of spackled on, bavarian cream and raspberry filling with white cake, and then each tier and the sheet cakes are topped with white chocolate shavings!  Yum. 

Depending on your location, that might be the best price, and it doesn’t seem terribly high to me.  Maybe shop around a bit more and see what you can find?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Honestly, your price isn’t high at all, but it never hurts to shop around a little more. I know it’s a pain in the ass, but it really is the best way to make sure you get the quality you want for the price you can afford. I am one of those brides who went to Torrance Bakery. We paid $545 for a 3 tier cake that fed 130, various flavors and fillings with buttercream icing. No extravagant design, but we had a fondant monogram on the front and the cake was our wedding colors. It was absoloutely delicious, but I don’t recommend Torrance Bakey. Like jules said, they are OVERCROWDED with brides and their customer service skills are stank.  You might want to go with whomever quoted you if you’ve tasted/seen their work because that’s a very competitive price.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Doesn’t seem high to me. Our cake is $4.25 a serving with 100 servings (3 tiers). One place also quoted us $5.00 a serving. Both places were the same price whether we did it in fondant or buttercream, so we are opting for fondant.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles

Our cake is $2.50 a serving from For The Love of Sugar.  Her cakes are delicious and the cost is low because she works out of her home and the designs she’s most comfortable working with are fairly simple ones.  We’re very excited to be using her though!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Just a thought for the budget bride – I’m going the ice cream cake route and Coldstone is giving me $55 for a sheet cake for $50 people.   Now I’m not using it for display (my mom is making a fake) but you could easily display some round cakes in an interesting manner by using some cake stands….

I didn’t realize until recently that this was such a budget saver….

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m paying $5.00/slice (buttercream) for a 5 tier for 150 ppl.  I am using Dorie Kinney: http://cakeartist.blogspot.com/2007/07/events.html.

I guess it’s a little spendy, but I’ve used her before for showers, etc. and couldn’t resist using her again. She also bakes out of her house, and she puts love into each and every cake. They are amazing and delicious and fresh!! Simply the best cake ever!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - An historic estate

to the OP–for LA, that is pretty reasonable.  that said, i agree with jasmine.  sarah at for the love of sugar did my cake.  my next entry that will go up has my full review of her work, and i would highly recommend her.  her prices are amazing for LA.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

sarah @ for the love of sugar does great cupcakes, too!  she’s located in long beach.

like another poster said, try asian bakeries, as well… they’re usually cheaper and the frosting isn’t toothache-sweet, either.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Oh my am I glad I live in the Southwest!!  I’m paying $350 for the wedding cake and a grooms cake!!!  The wedding is 3 tier, 2 different flavors, white fondant but lots of piping and fresh flowers.  I even went with the Italian Creme for two tiers and it’s $1.00 more pp.  The grooms cake is a 9×13 sheet cake with rocks and mud and a jeep.  It will look just like one Duff did on Ace of Cakes.  My guy doesn’t know!!!  It’s a surprise I arranged with the baker.  Total servings between the two is 150.

Did I really read that someone paid $1200 for cake for 150??  Oh my gosh!!!  I can’t imagine!!

Post # 16
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Newbee

I contacted Torrance bakery a few months ago and the cheapest was about $3 per serving

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