(Closed) Anyone heard of “fake cakes” to save money?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I happened about "fake layers" on one website, they cost 80% of the real price of a layer of cake.

 One way to lower prices, is purchase a "flat" cake for quests.  Or else, myself I’m looking at doing cupcakes instead of a cake.  Since a lot of people don’t have time to eat a cake or are they hungry (b/c you just fed them hors-de-orves, salad and a main meal..and sometimes a seperate dessert), they don’t often have room for other food.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yep! It’s what my Future Sister-In-Law is doing! She has to do it for reasons other than money (she’s allergic to wheat gluten, so the stuff she can actually eat is expensive and honestly not that tasty), but it’s saving her a lot of money anyway. Just do like you said, and have styrofoam or something like that for the cake, except the part you’ll cut, and sheet cake for the guests. Saves a ton.

I’m doing a normal cake for about half the guests, and cupcakes for the other half. We’re inviting a zillion kids, so they’ll like it, and it gives them more choice, and it’s cute!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

To save money,  I know a lot of brides who had a small cake and then sheet cakes for the guests.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

 I’m having a "fake cake" , my top layers of my cake are foam covered in royal icing , I’m not fond of fondant and like the "homemade" look. We made the topper this past weekend  , this will stand on a 16inch round. and yes it is a topsy turvy.  We did use silk flowers , but I’m very happy with the end result. The bakers we spoke to wanted almost $1000 !!! insane! my Future Mother-In-Law made the little bees , it’s a running joke with my Fiance and I as both our names start with B .The wings have our names on them.  A little cheesy but cute none the less.

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Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Darn , too big . well if anyone wants to see pics pm me. Again it was fairly easy to do if you are at all crafty.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We aren’t having fake layers in our cake, although I have heard of that before.  However, since our guest list seems to keep growing, we ordered our cake to serve one amount, and then our baker will make sheet cake to cover anything over that amount.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was entertaining the idea of having a fake cake at one point to save on costs.  After much deliberation I decided to have multiple smaller cakes at the venue for a display.  We’re having a non-formal, vintagy type celebration.

I have assigned my girls to hunt down multiple cake stands at various thrift stores for the display.  We’ll have various tortes and pies as well as a homemade wedding cake.

My mother baked her own wedding cake, as well as my grandmother’s 3 tiered beast of a cake for her encore wedding.  She’s going to help me decorate it and put it together.  It will save us a lot of money, plus it’ll hopefully be a fun mother-daughter bonding thing before the big day. 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Check with your baker (if you have one yet, or as you interview them) – I asked about fake layers with a sheet cake in the back and my baker said either way, it would cost the same.  We ended up going with a big layer cake and it was delicious!!!  It was spice cake with apple filling – I wish I had some now!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Krissybee- I had considered this option; however, when I went to my baker, they actually charged the same price whether it was a sheet cake or a tiered cake!&nbsp; So tracking down a fake cake would have cost more money than just having a regular 3 tiered cake!

I actually got my cake at a local, small chain, grocery store for $2 a slice.&nbsp; Like you it was a low priority and I wasn’t willing to spend a lot on it.&nbsp; Delivered (to my rural location) and including a 2nd dessert for my gluten-intolerant relatives the cake was around $200.&nbsp; And we got lots of compliments on the appearance and taste.

Just something to keep in mind- if it’s a low priority, a grocery store bakery may work for you.

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Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My Darling Husband was adamant about having his all time favourite cake for our wedding, but the quote we received from the bakery for a tiered cake was beyond our budget.  We instead ordered the bakery’s non-wedding sheet cake for 1/4 the cost, and I made a fake cake to display (and fake cut, lol) out front.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our bottom of 5 tiers will be styrofoam.  She actually told us that the size of our largest tier is pretty close to how big she says will reliably set well anyway.  We’re having two smaller cakes (she only does rounds) in back for extra servings also.   One of the florists we talked to also mentioned that he thought having cakes in the back was better b/c the caterers often butchers the cake when they take apart the tiers to cut and serve them.  In our case the fake tier is significantly cheaper (I can’t recall by how much exactly b/c I know the styrofoam tier is $25 but I can’t recall how many slices would have been in the tier its replacing).  And the rounds are charged at $2/slice instead of $4.5/slice so they are much cheaper as well.

I think the styrofoam option is fairly common.  The only warning the cakemaker gave us was to make sure we tell someone like the coordinator which tier is fake so they can remind us to cut above.  It can be pretty comical if the couple forgets in all the excitement.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Sometimes cupcakes are just as expensive, if not more than a regular cake.

If you want to save costs, why not get a small 1 or 2 tiered cake, and have an additional sheet cake in the kitchen for guests.

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