You can't have your cake…

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
588 posts
Busy bee

What about cupcakes? Or many small cakes?

You can have the tiered wedding cake the venue provides to cut for the look, and then just serve delicious plated cake to your guests.

Post # 4
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Take a deep breath. It is going to be okay!!! Your worst case scenario? Order sheet cakes from Costco. Those are so delicious with that yummy buttercream frosting; nobody would complain. And then you can order a beautiful and absolutely fake cake from Etsy for under $40 that everyone can compliment you on and take pictures of.

I’m not sure what the BEST case scenario is — but keep calling every bakery you can find and maybe one will have a cancellation. Maybe try to look for someone who is trying to get their business off the ground, as they are unlikely to be all booked up. If you’re not trying to have something complicated (which it sounds like you’re not), then you don’t really need to worry about someone screwing it up. Just needs to taste good, which is pretty easy to pull off!

Post # 6
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

thenewmrsmax:  Have you contacted hotels? Most larger hotels have bakeries and have the capacity to do wedding cakes.

Do you have any cooking schools or colleges with chef training in your area? Ask them.

Contact restaurants. If they don’t have a chef with the needed skills ask if they know anyone who does. Always ask for referrals.

Check Craigslist and place a “Cake Wanted ” ad yourself. There are some surprisingly skilled home wedding cake makers out there.

Check out websites like “Cake Central” to see if you can pick up any new sources.

If all else fails, stop making excuses  to yourself about how difficult it would be to pick up cakes from 5 different places and start placing your order. You can handle the logistics later. It’s really not  a big deal to ask family members or close friends to stop and pick up one cake.

Post # 7
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MOHlookingForIdeas has a good idea. Would it be possible to set up a group of friends/family members to each pick up a cake? I would be totally up for doing that for a friend or family member for thier wedding. Also, is cake your 100% dream, or would you want to do a desert bar? Maybe if you can say “Cake for 50, pie for 50, cheesecake for 50, and pasteries for 50,” a bakery may be able to accomidate?

Good luck!

Post # 9
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

thenewmrsmax:  Woo Hoo! Sounds like a great prospect. And I think your backup plan sounds good too! We hired a couple kids from my dad’s church to be “wedding minions” for the day. They directed parking of cars and hauled ice/coolers of drinks and moved chairs and lit candles and generally did anything the DOC asked them to do. We paid them $50 each and they were thrilled. So this neighbor girl could do similar things, including running to every bakery in town!

Post # 10
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

why dont you go with the cake from the hall for hte pictures/cutting and actually serve sheet cake! Lotts of brides do that to save money,but this may be a good option to get the pretty cake and eat cake that actually tastes good.

Post # 11
18 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Private Residence

Skip the cake, do a dessert bar and cut a fancy brownie or pie! So cute and so much more variety!

Post # 12
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

thenewmrsmax:  Good news! But, don’t sell yourself short. It didn’t fall in your lap. It happened beause you spoke up and asked someone if they knew a baker.

Post # 13
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

A very dear friend of mine’s FMIL offered to bake the cake for the wedding. It was a DISASTER; it broke in the car, melted, then just crumbled when they tried to assemble it. Level-headed bride sent her MOH to Costco to pick up a bunch of giant sheet cakes and they were a hit! Maybe order one tiny fancy one for your “cutting cake,” then just use standard grocery store sheet cake for all the guests? Sure, it’s not traditional “wedding cake,” but it will get the job done!

Post # 14
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Our Castle

Id make one for you but the travel cost from Australia wouldnt be very practical..

Could you try a desert table or candy bar option?.. Could a local patisserie provide cakes? It may not be a traditional wedding cake but still desert none the less?.. How long do you have before the wedding?.. ive learnt to decorate cakes myself and will just be getting a baker to bake the cake itself then ill decorate it?..

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