(Closed) Are cakes really this expensive- how much did you spend?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 18
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours is $650 for 3 tiers serving 130 people, plus a kitchen cake for an additional 20 slices.

You may want to think about doing a smaller wedding cake for less $ and supplementing with an identical kitchen cake for much, much, less $.

Post # 19
3674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Mine was $300. We had 90 people at the wedding, and tons left over.

Post # 20
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

here is a mock up of my cake

my cake was about $528.00 , $4.00 a slice

its red velvet with cream cheese filling : cant wait to try it! 9 days!

Post # 22
1042 posts
Bumble bee

Ugh I’m going to my first cake consultation tonight and I’m dreading the price 🙁 For some reason my area has really inflated cake prices? Everywhere I’ve looked (besides grocery stores) the most basic cakes are starting out at $4.25 a slice. No design, no fun flavors, nothing. It’s so discouraging because I see all these gorgeous cakes on here and the bride paid like $2.75 a slice!

Post # 23
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@AnneTossy: May be worth traveling a bit further out of your area to save! My cake is pretty detailed, fondant covered, and an unusual flavor for $4.25/slice. I definitely wouldn’t have paid that much if it was pretty basic. Good luck !!

Post # 24
4980 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are spending about $450. US dollar wise. My Fiance and I were shocked actually how cheap it was.  We knew everything wedding was spendy so figured end up spending way much more than that. So to us it was quite cheap.  We are getting a 3 tiered, plus sheet cake, plus grooms cake



Post # 25
1374 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Fortunately my cake was part of my wedding package at the venue, but with the upgrades, we’re spending about $250 more (I really wanted quilted fondant and gumpaste flowers).  If it wasn’t part of the package it would’ve cost about $750 total for 60 people.  Our cake baker is awesome, though, she was featured on “Fabulous Wedding Cakes!”  on TLC!

Post # 26
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Lace is REALLY hard to do, so it could be that the bakers are charging extra for all the extra work. I’m sorry I can’t give you any suggestions on where to go…but maybe if you were okay with the baker “painting” on the lace (using royal icing & a stencil), the costs would go down?

Also, if you’re going to really well-known bakers, that could be your problem. I know that there are lots of bakers in Canada/the States who charge $300 MINIMUM for a cake, and won’t accept orders for any less. Maybe your bakers are working on a similar scale? ($300 for a plain jane cake, and adding extra for design?)

: / Cakes are one of those things that everyone under-budgets for, it seems.

Post # 27
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re getting a small three-tier to serve about 70 with very little decoration for $300.

Post # 28
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Here, it’s price per slice (anywhere from $3.50-$6.50) plus additional depending on the degree of decorating.  With all that lace, I’m sure that’s where a lot of your cost is coming from.

Post # 29
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have any of you guys actually ever calculated how much the simplest cake costs? I bake cakes for my nephews and nieces birthdays so let me tell you what is the price range that costs me to do it, based on WalMart prices.

Ingredients for a basic vanilla 2 tier birthday fondant covered cake. 6″ & 8″ tiers:

For batter and buttercream:

3 lbs of butter – 3 x 3.64=10.92

12 eggs – 1 x 3.49=3.49

Sugar 2kg – 1x 2.47=2.47

Flour 1 lbs – 1 x 0.80=0.8

milk 1.5 cups – 1.5 x 0.6=0.9

artificial vanilla extract 6 tbs – 0.6 x 3.28=1.97

potato starch 4 oz. – 0.4 x 3.49=1.40                                  



If I am making it, from marshmallows then to cover 2 tier cake I would need:

3lbs Mini Marshmallows – 3 x 2.47=7.41

6lbs icing sugar – 3 x 2.87=8.61                                         


Total ingredients= 37.97 – for a basic vanilla

If I was to purchase ready to use fondant then I would have to pay: 15.99 for 4lbs white, and 18.99 for 4lbs color, lets take it that I am using white only then my fondant cost is 23.98

Additional cost: piping gel, gel food coloring, petal dusts, cake board, ribbon, dowels supporting the cake etc. – I am not calculating this as it is too tricky, but let me tell you this all adds up.


To prepare batter for both tiers is 0.5h – preparing ingredients, mixing, preparing bake pans etc. Cleaning 0.5h. Preparing buttercream 0.75h. Cleaning 0.25h. Preparation and leveling the cake 0.25h. Crumb coating the cake, icing etc. 0.25. Covering cake with fondant 0.75h. Stacking the cake 0.5h. Decorating the cake – this can vary by the design the last one that I did took me 4h to decorate (it was a jungle themed cake, botom was zebra striped, with kid’s name on it and 3 animal figurines on second tier). Cleaning 0.5h.

Total labour=8.25h x 15.00 = 123.75 – which I did not charge because this was my family, and if I was to make special flowers and piping I would probably shoot myself because it takes such a long time to make and is also costly in ingredient.

So NOT including the time that I have spent on inventing and skethcing a design, consultation that I had with my sister in law, taxes, hydro, gas, cleaning supplies costs, water & sewer charges, insurance, tool usage, delivery charges, gumpaste flowers, piping, and anything that I might not have think about the lowest cost for a two tier fondant covered cake in basic nothing special flavour is 161.72. (that is for 50 people in wedding size portions)

But now when you add all those costs, and other special cost involving wishes that the bride might have I am not really wondering why the cakes cost what they cost. 


Post # 30
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have just realized that i forgot to add 0.75h that took me to prepare fondant and clean after it so add another 11.25 to my basic calculated cost of 161.72 = 172.97

Other costs that I did NOT add and when pricing they should have been taken into consideration is the time and travel costs for me to go to the store and buy ingredients and it takes 1h so basic total = 187.97

And again that price is NOT including any kind of overhead. That is just labour (and I have probably forgot to calculate something in), and basic ingredients.

And when you actually think about it cake is flour, eggs, butter etc, etc. but it also is a work of art – you would never mind spending 600.00 for a painting, 150.00 for a crystal vase, 400.00 for a royal dalton figurine that sits and collect dust, 250.00 for a designer blouse. People expect to get hand painted cakes, sculpted figurines, sugar flowers, etc. and so on but they want it for a Made in China price, and they can get Made in China price when they but at grocery store, wholesale club etc. but we all know what they are getting.


So this is just something for you to take into consideration. 

Post # 31
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

$600 including delivery and set-up.

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