Single tier cake on display and a slab cake in the back

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ju5tdance:  I’m sure some folks here may tell you it’s “cheap” and even “tacky”, but rest assured that people do this ALL of the time. What matters is that the cake is delicious, not what shape it started out in 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t see a problem with this.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ju5tdance:  That was actually my plan from the beginning, but our baker told us she charges the same for “fake cake” since she still has to decorate it the same as regular cake, so we nixed the “fake cake” and we’re just doing a 4 tier cake. Check with your baker to be safe!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I’ve seen this done before at weddings and it works out totally fine.  Personally, I’m not a fan of fondant decorated cake, so I preferred the sheet cake.  As long as there’s cake, people will be happy 🙂

Post # 7
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11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

As long as the cake tastes good and you don’t mind not having a mutliple tier display than by all means go for it! Just please make sure the venue doesn’t pre-cut the slab cake so that it is sitting out and getting dry all day.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

That is perfectly fine. I am getting my cake from Carlo’s bakery (from cake boss) and they are giving us a sheet cake for the back to supplement our display cake

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Great idea! It is way less expensive and as long as it tastes good, it will be perfect!!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did an 8 inch round for cutting on a pretty cake stand and then borrowed other cake stands and platters and had cupcakes. It looked great and everyone just grabbed a cupcake when they wanted one.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

perfectly fine and WAY more affordable and practicle.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ju5tdance:  Mmm… cake. Your idea sounds fine! Seriously… cake… yum.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m sort of doing this. 3 cake tiers, but only one is real, and sheet cake in the back for everyone else.

I’m also saving money by ordering a plain white fondant cake, and a friend will decorate it with ribbon and fresh flowers for free.

I never understood why some find it tacky to do this. Why would guests have an opinion about cake they probably won’t even eat?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Treejewel19:  This is good advice, I’m gonna have to ask my venue about this. I’m not the OP, but thanks!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly, do whatever you want to do.  This wouldn’t be the first reception with a “display” cake for cutting and “sheet” cake for serving.

For me personally, I get a bit wrapped up with some of the symbolism with a few wedding events/traditions.  In Ancient Rome, part of the wedding ceremony was the bride and groom feeding each other cake (OK, after it was broken over the bride’s head) and the crumbs from this were considered lucky to consume.  I get that it’s just cake and in the end no one is going to care where it comes from, but to me, for my reception, I want to share the “real” cake with my guests, even if they don’t know or care about where the custom comes from.

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