- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
So here’s the deal girls…. I run a restaurant, and a while back started making wedding cakes on the side for some extra cash… I ended up loving it. Here’s the thing…. I charged less because I didn’t have to pay rent on the kitchen. I have brides come up to me and say I’m the cheapest, yet the cakes are the best. So I can’t help it… I ask what bakers are charging
$5 per slice?!?!
$9 PER SLICE?!?!
Let me say this…… this is ridiculous… I understand because I bake these cakes as well, but to be quite honest some of the prices they charge are outrageous! I know some extravagent cakes and groom’s cakes are extremely difficult to make…..but……..it’s still a CAKE!!!! I charge $2 to $4 TOPS per slice. Again I don’t pay rent. But I feel like it may be a little bit my duty to help out the brides who are spending so much on a giant pastry made of sugar eggs and flour (basically all it is), and maybe see if I can’t help out with the high cost of wedding cakes if the cake is not the most important thing for you and are willing to not have an over the top cake…… Here goes……
1.) Order a plain cake made with butter cream- no embellishments or fondant, and a plain flavor (chocolate or vanilla) from a baker. You can dip mint leaves in white chocolate, or sugar coat, and attatch them to the cake to vine around each tier. It turns out beautifully and looks like you spent a fortune, you can also buy pre made edible flowers from michaels or online, and do the same, it will save you a ton of “dough” (hehe, had to say that)
2.) Do some research, and either make the cake yourself (you can freeze cake), or have someone you know do it— this sometimes turns out bad, so this may not be for you
3.) Have your baker make one small cake, and ask for backup sheet cakes. We always charge less, no one sees the sheet cakes in the back, but you still have something to cut.
4.) Have a “fake cake”—- no seriously, styrophome cakes are super cheap. Stack them all, then make one tiny top tier for your cutting. You can make cupcakes in the back.
5.) Research and find someone that does it on the side or out of their home…..they are always cheaper, and are usually more friendly. They also usually only do one cake per weekend, so you can be garanteed they will be spending more time on your cake. But do your research and ask to see a portfolio.
6.) Here’s my biggest piece of advice— if I already didn’t know how to make a large cake, this is what I would do. I would make a small one or two tiered cake (if you are making a two tiered cake, you HAVE to put rods in the bottom to hold the top up, and it HAS to be level!!!) I would just smooth out the icing or put fondant on top (it’s not that hard to put on a small cake). I would then put fresh flowers on top and a little around the sides…. put it on a nice cake plate……. Make a TON of awesome cupcakes (chocolate dipped cupcakes are always a HUGE hit, as are lemon poppyseed cupcakes with raspberry filling and almond butter cream)… pipe the tops on (you can seriously do this out of a ziploc bag if you cut a small hole out of the corner) put some edible pearls on the cupcakes, and give to caterers to put in back. The fresh flowers and a cake topper will make your cake look professional. The cost of this for 100 people?
>$45-$100 depending on flavors, and fondant.
Again these are suggestions if you don’t mind having a simple cake.
Hope this helps someone out there( :