(Closed) CAKE?! A bit of a vent…

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Mine is on the higher end as well, $900 for 150 people.  I’m okay paying it becuase I love the shit out of cake, it’s delicious, and the baker was really nice (I like to support small business owners that I think deserve it!).  I was looking for a vegan cake so I had fewer options, but we tasted cakes from three different places.  The runner-up was good, but tasted more like store bought cake.  It was also half the price.  We are paying more to hopefully knock people’s socks off (the way we were when we did the tasting!) and get them to see how good a cake can be with no dairy or eggs!  And also because I want to eat more of that amazing cake!

Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Los Patios

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BeachBee1988:  Your cake was so beautiful!!

Post # 33
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

wow i’m doing a cake bar with 4 different flavors.  One small tiered chocolate naked cake and the rest  more simple true to the flavor rounds. 120 servings total.  we paid $380 total from the absolute best bake shop I found in our hometown. 

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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practicalbee:  You have no idea about buisness costs.  There looks to be about 500-600 dollars in that cake in ingerdients alone.  Then I’m not sure what the pink stuff is made off, but I am guessing it is estimated to be handmade out of gumpaste.  That’s going to take a lot of man hours.  We’re so used to buying garbage from China where they esencially have slave labor then when someone tells you how much non-slvae labour costs you “can’t understand the price.”  Well here’s the reason.  Cakes are essencially handmade crafs which cannot be outsourced, therefore, they are expensive.  And yes after covering all their costs such as rent, electricity, permits, ingredients, labor, insurance, etc, they still want to make a profit.  However, I think you’d be suprised how little that profit per cake actually is.  It’s not “just cake” a bakery needs to cover all their costs too so you’re paying for that. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

$900

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Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Bobbette & Belle!! Love them! I had thme do the sweet table at my shower since I wasn’t willing to pay the price tag for one of their wedding cakes (it was almost $600 for the sweet table but I had to have them lol)

A friend of my sister in law that owns a bakery did our 3 tier cake and we paid $600 including delivery. She’s in Newmarket.

Definitely try and go outside of the city for a more reasonable quote. Check out Cocoa Cakery in Aurora. She’s awesome but has been getting published lately so her prices may have gone up a lot!

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Further to the above, the girl who did our cake was Simply Em’s in Newmarket. Take a look at her on Facebook (make sure you’re looking at the recent stuff and not when she started) she’s extremely reasonable and her cakes are more on the simple end and they’re SO DELICIOUS OMG! I honestly use her for every occasion!

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m paying a tiny local bakery $170 for 5 homestyle 12″ layer cakes plus a basket of rose water meringues for the gluten-free people, setting them out on my nan’s vintage crystal cake stands and having our florist top them all with fresh blooms for another $60 – grand total $230 to serve delicious cake to 100 ppl. We chose our bakery based on the taste.  We randomly walked by, thought the cakes looked incredible (the pic below is their daily cake cabinet) so bought 4 slices to try, and they were amazing. 

I’m also in a major metropolitan area – trust me it pays to think outside the box.

 

 

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Since a good cupcake costs between $5-8 here and a plain sheet cake is about $250,  $1900 on a wedding cake isn’t shocking to me. I think a lot of US brides would die from sticker shock if they planned a wedding here in Australia!

Post # 40
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We paid around $1000, but I’m in DC so everything is expensive…

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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j_jaye:  I’m in Melbourne. Shop around! 

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

I guess it depends what you want. That cake looks high end because it is. As a PP said, I do think you can see where the money went. That’s why when planning a wedding it’s important to prioritise the things which are most important to you and invest in them, and budget on the rest if you wish 

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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calysa:  thank you!! It also tasted amazing, which was great. 🙂

 

Post # 44
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Helper bee

Wedding show at the international centre this weekend- I’m going Friday. Maybe you could find a cheaper price there? I haven’t done my cake shopping yet, but if wedding shows on W and Slice have taught me anything, big cakes with intricate designs cost a boat load.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee

My friend got married a few years back- I don’t have a picture of the cake but it was a two tier, square cake. Both tiers covered with white fondant and then then there was a band of rhinestones on the bottom of both tiers. Very simple.

I glanced at the bill for her cake… $1200.

My cake is a small 2 teir cake with buttercream frosting, pink ombre effect and then 4 dozen cupcakes- I am doing 1 flavor for the cake and then 2 different flavors split between the cupcakes. And also the groomscake… all for under $400.

I think it really depends on the baker- I could have easily gone to a high end bakery and be quoted over $1000 for what I am getting from my baker- she used to own like an actual bakery but after her 2nd child, she decided to bake from home and do less weddings so she can spend more time raising her little ones.

Also- fondant is more expensive.

I would suggest you look around and get more quotes!

Beautiful cake inspiration, btw!

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