Post # 1
I’m researching the cost (and potential savings) associated with renting a fake cake and serving sheet cake.
Fun Cakes (http://www.weddingbee.com/reviews/funcakes-rental) seems be the leader in providing this niche service– I’ve checked out news articles and the CNN video that featured this small business and this company seems to be pretty reputable. The rental of fake cakes starts at $175 for pre-designed cake and $275 for custom-designed cake… + shipping for either option. (I looked up the cost of shipping and to my city, and it about $60– let’s go with $100 both ways.)
So with the cost of the rental ($275) + shipping ($100) + the cost to buy actual cake to serve to 150-180 guests ($???), is all this effort worth it to save money?
I’m assuming wedding cakes in my area (Massachusetts) will run $700+.
For those that have served either sheet cake or some other cake, how much did it cost you? (Please also note how many guests you served.)
Note: I understand there are many brides/bride-to-be/guests who may believe a fake cake is “tacky” and/or if I can’t afford a real cake, then don’t serve cake… but I, obviously, disagree. The design of the centerpiece cake, whether real or fake, is just that– decoration! My prospective guests don’t expect to eat any of my other decoration items, so it’s not so far fetch to serve them another (truly delicious) cake!
Post # 3
Well I am in Minneapolis and our cake is going to cost us 450.00 so you may just want to check prices in your area for real cake. We are having a 3 tier with sheet cake. I would check bakeries around your area before you do fake
Post # 4
Oooh let me know where you are getting married! I can probably help you find a better deal on a cake.
We looked at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre which I looove. It is a super fancy elegant venue but it offers a fake cake. It was just so odd to me.
Another option you could do is to have a smaller display cake and also serve from a sheet cake from the back. Or do cupcakes.
Post # 5
I thought the same thing when I heard the price of a fake cake. It really dosn’t seem worth it. I mean why wedding cakes get so expensive is becasue of detailing, that’s the part that takes the longest and needs to be done by hand so you need to pay for that anyway. The cake part you need to pay for anyway since you want to serve sheet cake, so why not just get a real cake? IMO I don’t see the difference in price.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies! I appreciate your perspective. =)
Any others have feedback on their experiences renting a cake?
Post # 7
I didn’t even know you could rent a cake, but I’m sure you can get a better deal on real cake. Have you thought about having a real sweetheart cake and then serving the sheet cake?
Post # 8
Idk how many guests you are having but 700 is very high.
Post # 9
We paid $350 for a 4 tier cake with two different flavors, multiple different fillings, plus added ribbon and pearls from one of the most expensive and well-known bakeries in my city. This cake fed about 165 people (I don’t remember the exact number but it was close to this).
So basically – your fake cake which provides no food will cost more than a real cake in my city to feed your whole wedding. I highly doubt your city costs that much more than mine that this fake cake would save you any money.
Post # 10
Our rental fee was $175 and the sheet cakes cost us #525 and it served 350 people. It turned out amazing and nobody knew the difference between real and fake!