(Closed) How much did your cake cost? (Also, pics?)

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much did your cake cost? How many did it feed?
    Cake was for less than 50 people : (10 votes)
    6 %
    Cake was for 50-70 : (15 votes)
    9 %
    Cake was for 80-100 : (24 votes)
    14 %
    Cake was for 100-150 : (30 votes)
    17 %
    Cake was for 150 + : (32 votes)
    19 %
    We spent less than $100 : (11 votes)
    6 %
    We spent $101-200 : (12 votes)
    7 %
    We spent $201-300 : (11 votes)
    6 %
    We spent $301-400 : (27 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think that the sheet cakes are a great idea!  I work in Catering for a Hilton, and we’ve done a handful of weddings where the bride and groom have a beautiful, small tiered cake on display and for their cutting, and then sheet cakes are served to all of the guests from the back.  It still allows you to have the beautiful decorative cake but it doesn’t have to be parge enough to feed the whole room, you know?  If you have to, pre-slice the sheet cakes!  Or recruit a good friend who isn’t in the bridal party to help out with it! 

    Post # 4
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    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My cake is going to cost close to.. $900 (its part of my parent’s gift to us). It will feed 100 people (no sheet cakes) and it will look something like this but without the ‘ribbons’ and with fuschia roses:

     

     

    Post # 7
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    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t know  lol I’m going to have something fuschia color, like roses.. not sure though!

    Post # 8
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    11327 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t know how to turn my picture, I’m sorry. Our cake will look like this except it will only be three tiers… #1 and 3 will have the swirlies, the middle tier will be plain with a dark blue ribbon and a peacock feather. 

    We opted to do a smaller cake (feeds 70) + a sheet cake that will stay in the back (feeds 48). Everyone will assume the tiered cake is feeding everyone but it was cheaper to do it this way because the tiered cake costs 2.75/slice and the sheet cake is $1/slice. 

    So, total we’re paying is $297 and that includes delivery and use of a nice silver cake stand. I’m supplying the ribbon (I spent $3 on it) and a feather ($1) so our grand total will be 301 for 118 slices.  [attachment=1312618,166960]

    Post # 9
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    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    🙂 we were lucky – my husband is a manager for a catering company – so his boss did our cake for us. 3 sheet cakes for $50 total.

    our topper was a whole lot more than our cake! lol but the cake was one thing neither of us truly cared about…

    Post # 10
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    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Haven’t priced out cake yet but will be from a local grocery, most likely. Either way, price depends on where you are located and this is an international board so you will a ton of varying replies that don’t apply to your area. In addition, things like fondant (not available at a grocery), gumpaste flowers, etc will add to the expense.

    As far the price of sheet cakes goes, most people say that bakers charge less for sheet cakes plus the tiered cake, even though there is twice as much labor involved. No other industry charges less money for more work. Even pro bakers at places such as cakecentral.com do not understand why any vendor would cheat themselves out what their labor is worth. If cost is an issue, skip the display cake and just serve sheet cakes but don’t tell the baker what they are for other than you don’t want the birthday cake-style decorations they include.

    That said, I have been to one wedding that had sheet cakes to supplement a cake that was made entirely of styrofoam yet iced to look real. They had sheet cakes sitting out on a banquet table to the side of where the display cake was sitting, in plain view, which seems to shock and horrify everyone online but it didn’t faze anyone at the wedding itself. There was a kitchen at the church this took place in but no one saw the point in “hiding” the real cake and then having it magically appear while the display cake was up the entire time. The only thing that confused the guests was why the couple bothered with a fake display cake that they actually pretended to cut, but everyone loved the sheet cakes on full display. There were 3 different flavors and guests could choose a single flavor, any combination, or go back for seconds and thirds to try the others if they chose. The slices were normal sheet cake slices (not wedding cake slivers that no one can taste) and were cut as people asked for them so the cake was still very moist and did not have time to dry out from being pre-cut, despite what countless caterers say and do otherwise which leads to people complaining about dry cake. A couple aunts of the groom were available to cut the sheet cakes as people asked for them. Because the cake was in large chunks instead of pre-cut slices, it made transporting leftovers much easier because you didn;t have a zillion tiny boxes to worry about.

    Post # 12
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    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I chose a 3-tier fondant cake to use for display and for us to cut into, just because I love tiered cakes and wanted one out to display. I should have skipped it, but it was one of those things I didn’t want to compromise one lol

    Will also have 2 small sheet cakes in the “back” to serve from also.

    I did this not only to reduce cost, but I wanted to offer more then one flavor in substantial amounts.

    My tiered fondant cake came out to about $400 with delivery (about $6.25 per serving). In my area (Florida), that is about standard for fondant cakes.

    And the sheet cakes came out to $1.50 per serving/person. 

    If you choose buttercream instead of fondant, that should significantly lower the cost of the cake (by about 50%). And with the design you posted, it should work of perfectly in buttercream with piped details!

    This is my inspiration photo, except will have a aqua background instead of yellow (I photo shopped some details for the bakery, so that is why it looks a little funny lol)

    Post # 13
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    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had a friend who actually had a fake cake. It was all styrofoam except for a piece on the bottom which the bride and groom cut into for the ceremonial cake cutting. The caterer took the cake in the back to “cut it up” and then they brought out pieces of this amazing cake! It was a white sheet cake that had custard and fresh strawberries…it was better than any wedding cake I have ever tasted and it was much cheaper for her 🙂

    Post # 14
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    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Mine cost $325, but I do not have pictures as my wedding hasn’t happened yet.

    Flavors of the cake are red velvet and vanilla, with chocolate ganache and raspberry willing.

    Its 4 teirs cake shaped, each shaped as a hexagon (like cake below), at the bottom of each tier it is going to have a ribbon of colors similar to the cake below.. except the lighter red will be lavander, and the darker, thinner one will be a grape purple (darker purple):

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    Instead of have the white part of the tiers be plan it is going to have this design on it, with the swiss icing dots being a mixture of the lavander purple used around the tired, and the darker purple also used around the bottom of the tier.. and every 4 or 5 dots, one will be a swavorski crystal (8 mm)

    And flowers (real ones) are going to cascase own the cake – Stargazers or something tropical like this one, but much SMALLER flowers

    Post # 16
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    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are just having a cake to cut for us, a traditional Swedish Princessa Cake, and then having desserts for everyone else. The cake is only going to cost about $30 because it is being bought from a bakery where they specialize in them. [attachment=1312758,166976]

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