Average Cost of Wedding Cakes?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 31
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Here’s an inspiration photo of what my cake will look like. Prices per slice where I live range from $4-8 depending on flavor, filling and decoration. We really wanted a pretty kickass cake for our 150 guests, but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on it. 

So our baker suggested this: We make the above cake to feed 70, then have extra rounds that they can cut from in the kitchen to make up the difference. We still get the kickass cake, but save a ton of money by supplementing with extra rounds. 

We were quoted just over $800 ($6ish a slice from the main cake and about $4ish a slice from the side rounds) for the cake which will be premium flavors and covered in white chocolate fondant, delivery fee, stand rental and taxes. Cakes are definitely expensive, but talk to the bakers to see how you can get what you want for cheaper!

Post # 32
3046 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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missviolet92 :  beautiful and looks delicious.  How many guests was that for?

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Ours is a 3-tier cake, buttercream with three different cake flavors, burgundy flowers, and leaves. Also adding a sheet cake and cupcakes to feed about 250 people. It cost $700 all together 🙂 I’m sorry I don’t have a pic! It doesn’t exist yet XD

Post # 35
23 posts
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

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missmollybee :  Your cake is beautiful

Post # 36
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

That’s not a terrible price for fondant. Go with butter cream,  or naked as stated above if possible. Also have you thought of other types of desserts? Like Macaroons? Cupcakes? 


Im going to get a small cake maybe not even two layers, maybe just a super fancy single layer cake for him and I, and then everyone else gets cupcakes or macaroons. Much cheaper that way.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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cypresstree85 :  Have you contact Whole Foods and see what they have? They do wedding cake (and wedding flowers), at least before they were bought by Amazon, for close to half than normal bakery price and the taste is good too. You can even do tasting before ordering as well.

Post # 38
2234 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Mine served 175 people, 4-tier buttercream frosting with red velvet and chocolate cake with raspberry and chocolate ganache (both more expensive cakes than say vanilla). It cost about $700 and we spent an extra $35 for a keepsake tier for our first anniversary! 

Post # 39
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

God that is really hefty. But honestly wedding cakes are all really expensive anyway! I went to about a dozen in my area (San Gabriel valley in socal) and it was around $600 for a three tier cake for 200 guests on average. I finally found one that was $275 for a little over 200 guests thank God. But cakes can definitely get expensive depending on what you are getting such as filling or decoration or simply just the bakery itself being of higher quality and higher end. Something also different may be to get a square cake because they often times result in more servings. That is what I am doing. 

Alot of the times people do an alternative to cake now so you can consider that too. Someone suggested me to get a small one just for cake cutting ceremony and then serve regular sheet cakes. Or alot of people just do cupcakes or cake pops now. But also remember that you may not need as big of a cake as you think as another member mentioned 20% of guests is usually about the amount that does not eat the cake. 

If you want to get really hipster, some people just do a dessert table of pies or cookies. If you are insistent on cake though you can also think of it as a party favor. A lot of people now also buy boxes to just put cake slices in and give to guests as their party favor. So if you really wanted that cake you got quoted on, you could consider it as a two-fer (party favor and cake).

Good luck.

P.s sticker shock is so real. I remember thinking to myself things were way pricier than I imagined and soon realized everything wedding related just gets marked up. 

Post # 40
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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mrstodd2bee :  it was a 10″, 8″ and 6″ cake. Maybe fed 120ish people but we only had 90 guests. We wanted lots of left over cake for the bbq the following day.

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