- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
So…I know I’m probably WAY early to be shopping for cakes, but I wanted to price things out so that I knew how much to budget for…well, holy sticker shock batman!
Just so that you know, I budgetted $8/slice because my venue said that the standard cakes are around $6/slice for buttercream…and I wanted a design. I thought I’d be good. I was totally wrong…
Just so that you understand what I was quoted on, I inquired about the following:
– a 3-tier main cake, but the bottom 2 tiers would be buttercream-frosted rice crispy treats (both to save money and to have a dessert that’s a nod to groom’s family). Only the top tier would actually be cake for the cutting. That said, we’d have an additional sheet cake in the back. Overall, we’d have cake for 75-76 people (between the top tier of the cake and the sheet cake).
– We also needed 25 gluten-free cupcakes for our gluten-free guests.
So…cupcakes for 25, and a cutting cake to serve 4-6 people with two rice crispy treat dummy tiers, and a sheet cake to serve the remaining 70 guests.
Note: decor for the cake is faily minimal. No fondant. No crazy designs. Just the “messy” style buttercream frosting with one oversized sugar flower.
Buttercream would look like this:
Sugar flower would look like this (but just the main flower, no little side flowers):
To give it something special–and a pop of color–we also asked that (for the top tier and the sheet cake) they use food coloring to dye the interior of the cake layers ombre. Like this (again, though–with the messy buttercream frosting–not fondant):
The quote I was given was between $900-1200!
That’s $9-12 per slice for their basic buttercream (and it’s actually an easier design since they don’t have to entirely smooth the buttercream out), a little extra food coloring, and ONE sugar flower! I’m sorry–but that’s INSANE. Plus, they don’t have to do as much regarding the construction given that rice crispies hold their shape better than cake does–and by most accounts from bakeries I’ve seen discuss the issue online–usually saves money (as do sheet cakes).
Frankly, I have ZERO interest in spending that amount of money on a cake–especially if I’m not getting much in the way of decorations. My sister got married in SF, and her wedding cake was aqua fondant and covered with gorgeous BLOWN SUGAR BUBBLES and PULLED SUGAR CORAL. It was so spectacular that it ended up on the cover of a bridal magazine. The price? Under $10/slice for a FAR more ornate design. I’m asking for something FAR simpler than that–and yet I get quoted nearly $2.50/slice MORE. Plus, I’ve seen thread after thread about cakes on here with brides who were quoted less (even in this area) for a more ornate design.
Between the florists I’ve spoken with who won’t even take a wedding for less than $75/centerpiece, and now the bakeries, I feel like I’m getting SO ripped off.
Trouble is, my venue charges a $3.50/guest cake cutting charge if I don’t go with one of their two partner bakeries (did I mention that fee applies to CUPCAKES AS WELL–even though there is ZERO cutting involved? Yeah. It’s a terrible policy, but there’s no getting around it). Sigh.
I’m reluctant to spend the money on an outside cake–but if anyone can recommend a great baker who could do our cake for less than the above quote–and the cake is yummy–I’d definitely consider bringing in an outside cake. Any bees know a great budget-friendly bakery that can deliver to the South Bay Los Angeles?
Thanks in advance for the feedback!