Nobody warned me how expensive cake would be!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Wow that’s crazy expensive! (to me anyways). Where do you live?<br /><br />



-beautiful cakes though

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  MrsMKB.
Post # 4
1913 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

ErinEllen:  I feel you. I got a quote for $1200 and that was using a faux display cake and sheetcake from the back. I was floored! I only budgeted around $300 for cake. Oops. I ended up finding one that tasted great and was decorated nicely for $550 with tax and delivery. Still more than I wanted to spend, but a far cry from $1200!

Post # 5
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Mine is running a little more than $1,200 and it’s ivory buttercream. No champagne rivers, no lifted tiers. Just four tiers, stacked and frosted. Pretty crazy.

Post # 7
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

too bad, but never underestimate a simpler cake. As long as it taste delicious, that’s all guests really care about (:

Post # 8
1016 posts
Bumble bee

Honestly, I don’t think it’s ridiculously expensive, considering what you’re asking for.  Not only are you requesting a custom scultpture (the TARDIS), but you’re also asking for a custom painting (the exploding TARDIS), plus the less detailed airbrushing (galaxy layer).  At least, that’s what it sounds like from your description.  The fact that all of these things are meant to be eaten does not detract from the amount of work or skill that will be required to create them.

Post # 9
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn


ErinEllen:  have you thought about going and getting another quote but not mentioning that its for a wedding?? you may be suprised at how much the price comes down!!

also – have you got any family/friends that are keen bakers? could you get someone to make it for you? or buy a pre made cake and decorate it yourself??


Post # 11
1773 posts
Buzzing bee

ErinEllen:  I decided to have a “deconstructed” wedding cake to save money. Basically I’m buying single tier cakes and putting them on a fancy multi-level display. Each cake will be decorated the same. There will be a little one that me and FI will cut, and the rest will be sliced for guests. This saves so much money because it’s less labor intensive and doesn’t require the stabilization and set-up that a typical wedding cake requires. I also think it looks great. Plus the different flavors will be separate and easily accessible!

Here is an image if my description didn’t make sense. My cake will be pretty simple, so I’m still searching for the perfect stand 🙂


Post # 12
2693 posts
Sugar bee

I agree with MrsMKB, you can really save money with a simpler design.  Why not do a small decorative cake for you and your FI to cut, then serve undecorated sheet cake to the guests?  I guarantee that they will not care how it looks as long as there is enough cake and it’s tasty.  We are spending $200 on our cakes – except for the cake we’re using for the cutting, the rest of the cakes have the standard decorations used by the bakery.

Post # 14
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

With wedding cakes you are paying for the expertise of the baker and staff.  Wedding cakes, while still a cake, requires a lot of special handling and construction.  It’s a skill set.  It is expensive and I, too, balk at paying $500+ for a cake but I am going to bite my tongue and fork over the funds.  Woosah.  

Post # 15
2299 posts
Buzzing bee

ErinEllen:  dont discount your local grocery stores! Some of them make wonderfully designed cakes and can custom them. 

Also, look into home business bakeries (legit ones haha) you may have a friend of a friend who makes amazing cakes. Look for reviews in your area on small businesses.

buy simple cakes and take them to a professional decorator. The price difference may be significant.

last option – get a fake one and have sheets of cake in the back that have been pre cut and ready to serve. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  L606.
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