Post # 1
Hi, we are having a formal wedding, with about 100 guests.We are near San Francisco, which means everything is expensive. We were quoted $850.00 for my dream cake. Does that seam normal to other brides in big cities? Our total. Budget is about 25k, so we can get the cake… But I do like to shop for deals.. But if this is normal I’m not going to worry about shopping around.
I wish I could do I double poll to show cake budget and total budget to put it in perspective.
This cake did have 3 large layers, and beautiful damask print.
Post # 3
$8.50 a slice? That sounds expensive even for SF (unless you’re doing fondant and elaborate decorations).
I think you could do better; ask married friends who they got their cakes from, check out the vendors here and on weddingwire.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
At my first wedding, our cake for 100 was about $900. It was beautiful and elaborate with fondant and was quite tasty. This time, our cake for 100 was something like $450. it was much simpler and buttercream and very tasty. It really depends on the level of decoration.
Post # 5
Can you post a picture of your cake inspiration? What costs the most on cakes is the decoration, since most of the labor goes into that. I paid about $350 in San Diego for a cake to feed about 100 people. (that included delivery) It was on the simpler side, though!
Post # 6
Mine was $300 in Vancouver. Not super ornate, but was 120 slices.
Post # 7
180 slices about $850 and that’s after discount applied.
Post # 8
My cake is $3/slice for a 3 tier cake (120ish servings) with lace detail and edible, scuplted flowers (peony/hydrangea). $3/slice is her standard price unless it’s really elaborate or needs an expensive, specialty filling. This price includes tax and delivery charges too. This was cheaper than other bakers in the area though since it’s a lady who does cakes on the side as opposed to a caterer/dedicated bakery. She does great work though so I’m excited I can get the cake I want without have to do sheet cakes or sacrificing design. My budget is about the same as yours but I really wanted to try to save some money on the cake since to me it’s mostly an expensive photo prop (I find most other desserts tastier). I think if you want a deal it’s definitely worth looking around and maybe trying to find someone independent who’s a little cheaper but still has a lot of experience and skill.
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@crayfish: I will post tonight, the cake definitely had a lot of detail.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Anise: I agree, it sounds a little expensive even for a major city.
Definitely shop around! I would email a photo to at least 5, maybe even 10, different bakers and get some quotes. Good luck!
Post # 12
our cake was 747.50
4 tier cake – square tier,with 3 circle tiers on top
Post # 13
Our cake is included in our package at our venue…same goes for every other place we looked. They were all cocktail hour + top shelf open bar for 5 hrs + apps + entree + vienesse hour + cake.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Our cake came from a gourmet grocery store. Neither DH nor I are really into desserts, so we kept it simple. We kept the “display” cake to two tiers, which really cut down on costs, and also had a sheet cake. The bakery put a jar in the top of the cake (per our request), so we were able to put real, fresh flowers on the top for display.
Ethan Yang Photography
Post # 15
We splurged on the cake and went with a three tier sculpted, and handpainted fondant cake to go with our lovebirds garden theme. It’s $700 for 60 people. Our cake budget was supposed to be 300 but my mom got so into it she didn’t even blink at the price tag. It feel exorbitant to me.