(Closed) CAKE?! A bit of a vent…

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 46
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Sugar bee

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practicalbee:  is it fondant? If so that will boost the price. Find a baker who will do it in butter cream.

Post # 47
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Ugh that’s Toronto for you. I’m sure you can find someone to replicate it for less though. 

Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Vineyard & Winery

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Buttercup014:  what a cool cake! How did they create the black lacy design? By hand? Was it edible or something they had to remove before serving?

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I work at a bakery in a small Texas town and I probably would have quoted you something similar to that price because of the size of it and the fondant on that bottom layer. Not shocking at all to me. 

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee

Keep in mind that cake makers factor in cost of supplies as well as their time. They have to make the batter, bake it, let it rest, add filling if requred, ice it (some versions require something in between like buttercream before you put the proper layer on which means extra resting time), then there is the decorating which could take ages – hello sore back!! Imagine doing that for multiple tiers and sometimes different flavours per each tier. Then generally there is packaging and transport involved as well and petrol ain’t cheap these days. Bakeries need to factor in other outgoings like rent, power, water, employee wages and at-home cake makers need to factor in power and insurance (not just for the obvious but even stuff like wage insurance – what do you expect them to do if they are sick and unable to work, pay bills with hugs?). There is a lot that goes into it. If it was so easy, everyone would be doing it and if people only want to pay 50 bucks for a nice, elaborate cake then they are more than welcome to buy a few boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix and give it a shot themselves.

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My lovely sister, who is a chef (with a specialty in baking/pastry) is making our cake – we’re still in discussion on price (she wants to do it for free, we want to pay her or at least cover ingredients) but it won’t be anywhere near $1900!! She’s also making the cake for our engagement party next month. When we told her we were engaged, her exact words were “Congratulations, that’s so exciting – oh, I buzz making any cakes!” lol.

Post # 52
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Worker bee

I had over 600 people! My cake was $1,300. For feeding that many people I felt that it was worth it! 

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

My cake was $550 and worth every penny. I was obsessed with it and so were my guests. I designed it with my sister and it came out exactly as what we had envisioned. My mom bakes a lot and ahe was in awe of thw decoration and the flavor. Her lemon cake will make you drop to your knees and our bakery came in a very close second. Our bottom tier was lemon cake with lemon custard and buttercream frosting, middle was vanilla cake with fresh strawberries with whipped cream and butter cream frosting, and the top tier was lemon cake with lemon custard and freh strawberries with buttercream frosting. The whole cake was covered in fondant with fondant flowers and petals. The fondant was even yummy. My cake served 65.

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

I bought a perspex cake stand from ebay for £24, and I’m buying 120 Krispy Kreme doughnuts for £80. My florist is going to decorate it with some flowers for £20. job done!

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

This will be mine but with a flat top. It’s costing $700 Australian so about US$500. It will feed 100 and we will keep the top tier for ourselves.

 

 

Post # 56
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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soontobewilson:  that looks like gum paste lace. It’s edible. 🙂

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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soontobewilson:  It was a template that she just pushed the fondant into so it was editable

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I know a Bobette & Belle cake when I see one!

I’ve had a birthday cake made by them, as a trial for my wedding cake. Honestly, it was good, but not the best cake I’ve ever had – though it was by far the prettiest.

So take solace in the fact that it probably wouldn’t have tasted as amazing as it looked 😉

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