Post # 1
I can not find a cake per slice price less than $4.50. Is that the standard price here? I’d like to find something in the $3 range (or is that not normal here). Do you have any recommendations or know of any bakeries with disounts through wedding wire or other sites for the upcoming summer months? Our wedding is in August in DC. I’m willing to venture out to the burbs for a better price.
Post # 3
i’m also august in dc!
good luck with that! the cheapest i found was $5 per slice and that was only with buttercream (fondant $.50 more per slice). i think the only way to do it for that low is to go the small cake out front with secret cake sheet in the back route. one person i met with will build your cake with one cake layer and the rest styrofoam, so you have something to cut into and feed each other out from but them most people get the sheet cake from the back and no one really knows the difference. or i actually heard that some of the grocery stores up here also make decent cakes, but i don’t know. the two tastings i’ve done so far were $5.50 and $7 per slice.
a friend of mine used a woman out in west virginia for her wedding in alexandria because she was so much cheaper – even with the travel costs. i could get her name if you are interested.
Post # 4
I shopped around quite a bit, and the best price I found was from Custom Cake Designs in Rockville. They aren’t charging us delivery because we heard about that bakery from our venue, and that’s a deal they have with the venue. We are getting a 75 person cake for about $350 or so (I can’t remember the exact number). We got the 2nd lowest cost bracket though….there was a slighty less expensive option. Our intention is to cut the top “anniversary” tier and serve it, and cut slightly smaller pieces to stretch the cake to 100 people. Perhaps you could do something like that to help ease the cost?
Post # 5
i’m august in dc too! i’ve been slowly in the process of scoping out bakers, so i don’t have any vendor recommendations but i’m interested in others’ posts! we’re basing our decision more on taste than price, but we’re thinking of doing cupcakes rather than cake because we think it’d be cheaper and yummier (plus our venue/caterer provides dessert already so cake isn’t super necessary, besides being traditional). we did some tastings at different bridal shows recently, but haven’t found a baker we really liked yet 🙁 but i know most the cupcake places around average ~$3/cupcake in the store, and they’re probably cheaper if you buy so many (right? i hope!)
Post # 6
I am also in August, but my wedding is in chesapeake beach. We are doing cupcakes from a baker in annapolis. I believe for 100 people we are having 300 cupcakes and a cutting cake for $500
Post # 7
One of the things you need to consider when they give you a price is the actual size of the slices. I contacted one baker who gave me a really cheap price per slice. But, when I realized how many slices they were squeezing out of each tier, I realized the baker that was charging more was actually giving me more cake for a lower price. So, ask how many slices you get per tier with the dimensions when you compare prices!
Post # 8
I uses Jennifer Hirshhorn of Custom Cakes & Confections in Herndon. (Here’s the review I wrote on wedding wire.) She was fabulous! We used a fake cake and spent about $300 for 150 people. We had plenty of left overs (not that I actually got to eat them).
Post # 9
Thanks for your recommendations! My mom and my fiance really wanted a traditional four tier cake over cupcakes (my choice) so I shopped around and am using the bakery that my sister used for our engagement party. It’s Victoria’s Cakery in Fairfax: http://www.victoriascakeryinc.com/weddingcakes.html
We are doing reverse hugs cake with a four tier cake with a basketweave design. They don’t have extensive designs and only do circular cakes, but my sister ordered our engagement cake from there and it was delicious and the price is right. It is $3.25/slice with a $75 delivery fee to DC from Fairfax.
Post # 10
Mary Elliott in Baltimore. $3.50 per serving for buttercream, $4.00 per serving for rolled fondant.