Would you ever have a fake cake, or a real cake with fake tiers?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Yes. Who cares as long as there is enough real cake to go around? : (41 votes)
    66 %
    No! That is tacky, tacky, tacky! : (7 votes)
    11 %
    I wouldn't, but I don't care if others do. : (12 votes)
    19 %
    Yes. No one eats the cake anyways. : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My sister had a cutting cake and then they served slices from sheet cakes that were in the back. Nobody noticed and it was less expensive!

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    I have no problem with this at all. No one is going to know, and so long as cake gets around to people who want it, who cares? For myself, at first we were considering getting a smaller, traditional real cake for show, but actually serving a sheet cake. Now that our venue includes a larger cake that’s not really necessary, but I’m still considering asking if we can add an extra layer of fake cake just so it looks bigger but won’t cost as much (we’re not having a huge amount of guests, so it’s not really necessary as well).

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Some of the fake cakes that are rentals can look a bit bedraggled after a while.

    It’s not uncommon to have fake layers, but be aware that depending on the complexity of the icing you want, you may not save much money. It’s the labour to do the icing that costs the time and money, not so much the cake itself.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee

    My sister had a fake cake. A lot of weddings I have been to dont even serve cake anymore, they either have the venues dessert (which is usually more yummy than a cake) or a dessert table. Cake is such a waste of money for most people. You can have 2 or 3 fake tiers and then make the top cake real so you can cut into it or take it home and freeze. 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I honestly don’t know if I was ever served sheet cake or wedding cake.  At all the weddings I’ve been to, I don’t see the cake after they bride and groom cut into it, so no one ever notices.

    Post # 7
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    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’ve heard of having a cake out front but also serving from a sheet cake in the back…..but ive never heard of an actual fake cake….? 

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My entire cake is fake minus the bottom tier. Not only is it cheaper, but they can decorate it a whole lot more because stirofoam is more sturdy so it holds more weight. 

     

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee

    Yes, Im going to have a 4 tier cake, but only 1 layer of them real to cut into because we are having a lavish dessert buffet, so the cake isnt even going to get eaten. It gets messy looking when it’s served as well :S

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    IveBeenDreaming:  My FSIL’s wedding was last fall. She had a beautifully decorated 3 tiered wedding cake, only the top layer was real and they served slab cake. I didn’t even know the cake was fake until after the wedding! Lol. I really don’t see an issue with it, but I also don’t see the point because I would rather save the decoration cost to be put towards something we can eat. I’m doing a cutting cake + cupcakes + dessert buffet so I will not be having a fake cake.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

    I think it’s ridiculous, and a sign of the wedding industry’s success at driving normal people to feel they need to put on an extravagent show even if they can’t possibly afford it.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We are doing this, and it was actually recommended by my event planners. The reason they recommended this is because the design that I want on the cake is rather intricate and the pastry chef said it actually will look better if she decorates a fake, styrofoam, cake. Additionally, she said that because the design will require the cake to be covered in fondant, which doesn’t really taste all that great, the guests would enjoy the “real” cake that they prepare and serve more as it will be frosted with buttercream only.

    At first I was very against this idea, but after realizing that I’m paying $7/slice I came to the conclusion that I would rather my guests eat the damn cake, and if that means havinga fondant-less cake from the back of the house, then go for it! FI and I will still have that moment of cutting the cake as the bottom tier will have a section that is real. 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - Historic cinema

    Our bottom 2 tiers are going to be fake. We only need to feed 150 people and there would ust be too much cake otherwise! Also, the polystyrene layers will be a good foundation to hold up the rest of the cake.

    We both absolutely love this creation and can’t leave any layers out because it tells the story of the Wizard of oz 🙂

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i was going to have a fake cake and feed our guests sheetcake from costco, but the fake cake was going to cost as much a real cake, so we just went with a real cake. it was cheaper and easier.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We had a decorated 3 tiered wedding cake and only the top layer was real. It was custom made and looked beautiful. The top tier was real so we could do a cake cutting. All our guests received cake favors (the baker had packaged individual cake slices for each guest). We did this because our venue provided dessert. Fake cakes are expensive — for our cake and 45 cake slices we paid $350.

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