Post # 1
I screwed up. My venue offers a cake as part of the package. I know they don’t do fancy decorations, but as long as it tastes good it could have plain ivory icing and I wouldn’t care, so we just assumed we would get our cake from them. Then, we had our tasting. The cake was awful! How can the food be amazing and the cake suck? It was dry, the icings were all too sweet and hard. We are allowed to bring in our own cake and when everyone agreed that the cake is awful, we started going that route.
I have called every reputable cake place in the area with decent prices. All of them are booked for August. ALL OF THEM! I even called the grocery stores and only one does wedding cakes, and they are booked. I’m not requiring 8 tiers or fondant and airbrushed designs. I just want a good tasting cake. (and not cupcakes, I have a thing against them)
We are having a big wedding (200 people) so we need more cake then we can simply ask a family member to make.
I should have booked a baker a long time ago, but I was trusting in something I never tasted and now we are going to have any cake at our wedding.
I have no no idea what to do. I tried everything from vendors at the bridal show to local, family run bakeries. Everyone has responded with “I’m sorry we are booked.”
Any suggestions are welcome. I am so stressed about so many things at the moment. This is paralyzing my wedding planning and throwing me into a “i can’t do this” wedding tailspin. I just want a cake.
Post # 2
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 # 3
MOHlookingForIdeas: we were actually trying to go the small cutting cake and small cakes cut in the back route, but when I tell bakeries how many I need they say no.
I have thought about having small cakes from 5 different places. But the logistics of picking up cakes from 5 places on my wedding day is daunting and to have them all delivered would be $$$$$.
Post # 4
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 # 5
thenewmrsmax: Can friends/family coordinate picking up the cakes from the different bakeries?
Post # 6
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
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?
Post # 8
I just asked the lady in the checkout line if she knew anyone who did wedding cakes….and her sister does! She does it out of her home and she pulled out her pamphlet and things look amazing! She’s only 20 minutes from the venue and her sister texted her while we were still at the store and she is available. We are going for a tasting in a few weeks. I can’t believe how that fell in my lap!
If things don’t work out with her I am going the small cakes from different places way. My mom mentioned her neighbor’s daughter would probably pick up all cakes and bring them to the venue for $50. So even if I can’t get family to do it (a lot will drive in that day from 2 hours away) I can always ask her to help out.
I am still annoyed with myself. I should have known better than to trust something I never ate, and even though I won’t be able to go the traditional cake/bakery route, I can find something that will work.
I feel like the cake was the straw that broke my wedding planning back. Gotta get back up and keep going!
Thanks for the ideas. I also liked the “50 cheesecakes, 50 cake, 50 pie, 50 pastries” idea. I may ask a bakery about that as well so we only need one vendor.
You ladies rock.
Post # 9
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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?..
Post # 15
thenewmrsmax: How did the new cake testing go?