Post # 1
Hello ladies! So in an attempt at saving some money I was considerring decorating styrofoam in fondant and just leaving a slice out so we can “cut the cake” and then just serve sheet cake from a bakery, I do cake decorating as a hobby and with out sounding to full of myself I am pretty artistic, so ladies what do you think of this idea? Opinions please.
Post # 3
The only thing I would be worried about is all the stress leading up to the day and adding to it by having the cake be your responsibility. I have not doubt that you are great and creative, but it may end up biting you in the behind in the end. More power to you if you think you can handle it though! Personally, I couldn’t put the added pressure on my plate.
Post # 4
I think this is a great idea only because you can do all the decorating well ahead of time since you won’t really be eating the decorated cake. Go for it!
Post # 5
@anonabon: this +1.
OP, if you have the time, energy and patience to do this – all the more power to you!! Great idea to save some money. 🙂
Post # 6
We are getting this same kind of thing from our bakery. The cake we are cutting into will be mostly fake, just the bottom tier will be real, though all decorated with buttercream and then sheet cakes will be served. This way we can do the cake cutting and it will look real, but its costing us less as its easier on the bakery to do this. Also the guests all end up with a nice looking piece of cake, when its a true stacked cake, I would imagine the slices from the center tiers don’t come out looking too pretty.
If you can do it 3-4 days in advance (which with fondant I would think you could) you should be fine. I would recommend doing a mini one so you can test it and see how the fondant looks after a couple of days.
Post # 7
A suggestion, instead of styrofoam, my friend asked the bakery at one of those stores (Costco or BJ’s) to bake her a cake without frosting and then she put her own fondant design on it. worked and she actually cut cake and ate it. The cake cost her less than $20 for sure
Post # 8
@islandbabes: What a great idea!
Post # 9
thanks for all the tips, and fondant styrofoam cakes can be done up to 2 months in advance and still look good as new!! Bakeries keep there fondnant display ckaes for YEARS!
@candykiss: I am gonna ask some bakeries about doing this as well, I am still just checking my options!
Post # 10
My husband decorated his groom’s cake. We ordered a plain cake and had it frosted only and he added lots of decorations (hunting theme) and used an airbrush machine for the camo background. He loves decorating cakes and was something he really wanted to do. The cake turned out great but it added so much stress to the days leading up to the wedding. I thought we were pretty well organized and planned but a ton of last minute things will pop up and take away your cake decorating time. Also, we got married on Saturday and most of our family came in on Thursday so we really wanted to be finished with all the wedding stuff by that Thursday so we could spend time with all of them. He ended up locking himself in the house the Friday before the wedding to do it. Like I said the cake was awesome but he does regret not being able to hang out with his friends and family that day while they all went to lunch and stuff. So while it is possible you need to be very organized if you are going this route and make sure everything is done a week before that way you will not be stressing over the cake too. Also, I would definitely do a trial run. My hubby did that and said it was very helpful…I liked it too since I got to eat it 🙂