(Closed) Cake bakers who do not charge by slice- do they exist?

posted 7 years ago in Virginia – Northern Virginia
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yes I have done many. Unfortunately I get called a lot to bale people out of cake fiascoes. Like bakers who bale the day before! There is a great you tube video that might help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvaCSW78ybc&playnext=1&list=PL9D77858C3236E29B

It isn’t to hard  but transporting is a b*tch. You definitely need an extra set of hands for this. If you do your own cake I recommend a test run to work out the kinks of stacking and transporting. Make your favorite person a tiered cake and take it to them.Smile Good luck!

Edit: I use wooden dowels as they are easier to find and cake circles are available at walmart or any craft store.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You may want to try supermarkets in your area. Some have really nice designs and a standard price sheet based on the size of the cake.

If you DIY, make sure you make a complete cake with icing an all a few months before so that you can be sure you can do it on your wedding week. Delegate this task to family/friends if you can!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There is nothing wrong with DIY if you are a good baker, and cakes can be frozen before hand if you have a big freezer. What you may want to do is practice a lot (yum!) but make a smaller, two tier or so decorative cake for cutting and photos and order a large sheet cake from your local bakery to have in the back. Actually, you could probably buy a small decorative cake with some fake styrofoam layers for $100, and have a sheet cake in the back. Try to avoid using crisco, the cakes I have had with crisco in them sometimes have a bad aftertaste and a lot of bakeries use it. This could be a fun project! Most craft stores and walmart even have baking aisles with most of the supplies you would need.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My SIL went to Sam’s and bought 4 plain cakes…round with ivory frosting. Then, her mom bought a 4-tier stand like 1 of these:

and put the cakes on with some flowers on each tier from the florist…

She then decorated the entire cake table with tiered candlesticks like these:

it looked like a million bucks!! and fed 120ppl………..It cost her $30-50 for each tier depending on size. She got married after I did or else I swear I woulda done the same!

It looked similiar to this pix i found online but much better:

 

As far as transportation: Becuase they’re not all stuck together, you can pick them up in a normal car. The cakes can be bought a day before and stuck in the fridge. They’ll it! And then, when the florist brings the other flowers she can stick flowers on the cake as well…..

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes I found 2 bakeries that can do a wedding cake for a couple hundred. We have to pick it up ourselves but I would rather do that then paying over 600 for one!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

i found a friend on facebook posting all these cakes she makes on the side for weddings and stuff.  for 3 tiers, i got one for $175 (top small tier was fake). i thought that was a good deal!

here is the 4 tier version of what she did (and omg was it ever delicious!).  basically, i am saying look for someone who does it as a hobby – maybe you can find them on craigslist?

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