(Closed) Reception Hall Cake is no good!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Reception Hall supplied cake is no good. What should we do?
    Use the cake supplied by the reception hall. No one cares about the taste. : (4 votes)
    24 %
    Order one despite the cost. Wedding cake should taste good. : (13 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    our reception site does not make the cake on site but uses a local baker who is amazing

    Post # 5
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    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Have you thought about sending them home with cupcakes?   You could use the supplied cake to cut into and use for pictures.   I haven’t priced cupcakes but maybe they would be cheaper?

    Post # 6
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    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    Can you see if your venue will offer a discount if you don’t use their cake and go outside? We were lucky, our venue supplied the cake through a local baker and the cake was ridiculously delicious.  Loved it. 

    Post # 7
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    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I would then start shopping around! Maybe cupcakes or cookies and do a fake cake or personal two tier cake for you and FH.

    Post # 8
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    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Could you have them do a non-cake dessert instead? Maybe they do an awesome creme brulee or a great key lime pie. If you aren’t too attached to a cake, this could be a yummy option. Cake really is difficult to do well.

    Post # 10
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    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    That’s really annoying. If money is really tight, I would order sheet cake from Costco and have them cut those up in the back instead of the bad cake. At least Costco cake tastes good!

    Post # 12
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    2434 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    Chela- Does your venue charge a cake-cutting fee if you bring in your own cake?  At my sister’s venue they charged $0.50-1.00 per slice to cut and serve the cake.  Thankfully her’s was really good so it wasn’t an issue, but you should consider that fee if you get another cake.

    Two options I can think of:

    1.  Shop around for different sources for your cake- not just bakeries.  I got my cake from a grocery store bakery!  It was only $2 a slice and we got rave comments on it (it also looked very nice) and people were shocked to learn it was from a grocery store.  Another option to consider is Walmart- Walmart’s with bakeries do wedding cakes for very reasonable prices and they look good.  I’m not sure if they do tastings, but you could probably just buy a cake from them and see how it tastes.

    2.  Get the cake through your venue for the cutting then buy sheet cakes of something you like to give out to your guests (you also may be able to avoid the cake cutting fee, if there is one, by having someone cut and box the slices before the reception).  But keep in mind that at some places they charge by the slice whether it’s a sheet cake or tiered cake.

    Good luck!

    Post # 14
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    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Chela429-

     I think that if the cake is *that* bad and if you are planning on boxing it up as the favors, you definitely need something that tastes good. So I would splurge on this added expense.

    Definitely check and see if your venue will have a cake cutting charge for a cake that they don’t make. Even though they don’t state one up front, they might not have told you because they assumed you were using their cake. If they have a charge, you just want to be aware of it up front so that you can factor it in.

    I really liked the suggestion of using their cake for your pictures, and then serving sheet cake to all of the guests. This could be very cost effective- I know that you can get a large sheet cake that would serve 

    Do you have PUBLIX by you? (The grocery store chain.) They have actually started creating wedding cakes that are very pretty and very tasty. I’ve actually been to a wedding where everyone was RAVING about the cake and it turned out to be from Publix. If you don’t have a Publix, consider calling your local grocery store. If they don’t make wedding cakes, you could still purchase sheet cakes from them (or Costco like someone else suggested). My guess it that large chains would have the insurance that your venue requires. 

    And I just checked the Publix website– the large sheetcake that serves 80 people is about $75.00. You could get a few of these for the back, and it wouldn’t break the bank! I’m sure other grocery stores are within that range.

     Let us know what you decide to do. 

    Post # 15
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    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would just have a small cake for you guys to cut ceremoniously and ditch the cake favor (if you are gonna serve bad cake).  In fact, I wouldn’t splurge on the cake favor for a good cake either, because I am cheap and I personally would not love to take cake home.  Supply some good desserts/petit fours and maybe some boxes for people to take them in instead.

    Post # 16
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    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Oh and I second finding out about the charge. I have never heard of a place that didn’t charge for bringing in an outside cake (if they supply you with something in the cake’s stead…i.e. desserts)

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