(Closed) a CAKE Question…

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you should be totally fine. Mine did not cost more unless it was fondant & I am having some detail work added.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow, $700.00 is a big budget for a cake. I am a Chef and I design wedding cakes as a side business and for a cake like that I would only charge 2.25 per serving (delivered and set up). You should be fine with the budget that you have. Most people don’t understand that the acutal cost of the cake is not the ingredients used to make it but the time that needs to be put into all of the small decorative details. It can take anywhere between 2 to 30 hours to design and decotate a wedding cake depending on what the bride wants. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Sorry I have no idea how much that might cost, but it is such a pretty cake 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

After reading PPs comments I would say it depends on where you live. In our area cakes start at $5 a slice. With that said, you can always have a fake cake made to look like that with 1 layer of real cake for the cake cutting part and then serve your guests sheet cake.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree that it all depends on where you live. You might want to look at the local boards for your area to get a better idea. We paid around $500 to feed 150 and that was cheap in my area.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I’ve baked wedding cakes and used to do wedding cake consultations- it really depends on where you live- for larger metropolitan areas, cake starts at at least $4 per person (my bakery started at $7!).  If you have the ruffle done in buttercream it shouldn’t really add any cost to your cake, the decorator just has to chage pastry tips.  If they want to do it in fondant, THEN it’ll add up- they may charge $50-100 for fondant work like that.

Here’s the reason:  someone has to roll out fondant strips all in the same size, then use a tool to create the ruffle over and over again, on each piece, then attach each piece carefully to the cake, line them up, etc.  that’s an hour or two of work.  Maybe 3.

 

Side note:  I’m looking at bakeries now, too- my cost per person for a buttercream cake with lace fondant applique is $6.50 for 160 people= $1,000

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

Double post

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I decorate cakes and I would not charge any extra for the ruffles. It is very simple to do. It is actually simplier than perfecting a flat iced cake. Of course it depends where you live though.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My cake was $8 a slice..but that was fondant..I think your cake could be made in buttercream, but based on where you live $700 could be a low budget

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@chelles07:mine was 550 and only for 70 people. I don’t know if $700 is enough for 230 people no matter what the design.  Where do you live?

Cake is usually at least $3 a slice, in my area, at least $5-6/slice and $10/slice is not unreasonable. Cake is not cheap, even if you make it yourself. Then, when you pay expert bakers and expert decorators it goes up.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it depends on the bakery. When I sent a custom design that I thought was really simple, the price was $1,000 more than the cakes they generally make.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am planning ot have a ruffle cake too. As someone mentioned above fondant is very expensive so don’t do that. I got my cake for 550 and taht fed 150. Depending on where you live I am sure prices vary. I love your cake! Very shabby chic! Good luck!

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