Post # 1
what is a reasonable cost per/slice for cakes? I am going to a tasting soon in CT and was told that prices start at $5/slice and goes up depending on decor. We have about 120+ expected at the wedding. That seems like a lot to me and I know I do not want anything elaborate. Am I wrong? Anyone have experience with doing a small cake and then having sheet cake served to guests “behind the scenes?” or other cost saving strategies? No one I know is capable of baking something appropriate….
Post # 3
Cake costs definitely in part depend on the region you live in, the type of frosting (buttercream typically costs less than fondant), the design complexity, etc. Some people have had good luck with using cupcakes instead, particularly if your venue has a cake cutting fee.
Post # 4
We did a small cake for $75 from a nice bakery near us. Then had 3 large sheet cakes from Costco (chocolate with chocolate, white with strawberry, and carrot cake) for our guests. I spent $55 on the sheet cakes so our total cake cost came up to $130. Can’t beat it, in my book!
It’s covered in marzipan and it broke a little in transit. No biggee. Tasted amazing. And the sheet cakes? Well, people were coming up to me all night raving about our cake baker. When i told them we had Costco cake, people were SHOCKED but very pleasantly surprised. Plus, i think people liked taht they could take some home, have a huge slice, and pick from three flavors.
Post # 5
To give you an idea of size….it supposedly fed 30 people.
Don’t mind the big first bite. We’re cake pigs.
Post # 6
$5/slice STARTING seems a bit high, regardless of region.
we found our cake lady through a friend and she’s charging $1.60 per slice… and i know we found an amazing deal; but even the higher end bakeries around here start around $3.00 a slice.
have you checked out other bakeris that are comparable in the area? i’d check prices at 2 or 3 just so you make sure that they are all in the same price range.
Post # 7
We are going through our caterer and it starts at 3.50 a slice…we’re having a slightly fancier flavor and decorations, so ours is 4.50 a slice. Seemed relatively reasonable to me, as I’ve heard of $7-8/per person for cakes!
Post # 8
I just went through this process in Westchester. We found that a standard bakery will start at ~$4-5/slice. If you want any fancy decorations (lots of sugar flowers, fondant, etc) the price/slice increases from here. We are having a 200 person wedding so to keep the cost down we are doing one 3-tiered cake that will serve ~75 people adn then one sheet cake, which will be cut in the back and served, for another 100 people. We are also having an ice cream sundae bar 🙂 I did call one nice french bakery that I love and when I told them I wanted to spend <$1000 on cake they essentially told me to look somewhere else. I am happy to share the bakeries we visited with you if you are interested, they are in Greenwich, Eastchester, and Mamaroneck.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the feedback! Small cake and sheet cake it is. And, great to know Costco’s are yummy. Great photos too 🙂
Post # 10
In my area, the starting price for a multi-tier wedding cake is $8 a slice. I am getting married in a rural semi-destination location, and no one in the area had the skill to match that price, so I am doing a dessert buffet instead.
But, making a wedding cake is really labour intensive. I do fancy cakes as a hobbey, and it takes all day to make a two layer cake.
Post # 11
I have priced cakes out and the lowest i found is $3 dollars a slice and they go up from there depending on what flavors and whay type of icing and so on. Thats still makes a cake $600 dollars for 200 people, cakes are expensive!!
Post # 12
We are paying $4.50 per slice, but that is for a stacked cheesecake. Most high-end grocery stores had prices around $3.00 per slice, and other low end bakeries had prices around $3.50 per slice. But I noticed that some of these places also had tricky additional fees. One had a “stacking fee” of $50 per tier! So that made me mad. The high-end bakeries we looked at charged $5.00 and up per slice, but this was mostly for elaborate designs, fondant, etc.
Post # 13
I am in Cleveland, Ohio and cake prices here were about $2.50 a slice and up. Our cake will cost $4.00 a slice.
Look around at different bakeries and price points. Checking out different bakeries is fun (and yummy!)
We are having a three tiered cake that will serve 100 people and also having three half sheet cakes in the back that will serve 70 people. Our total cost for cake (which includes delivery and a cake stand) is $475. Not too bad.
We liked the idea of doing sheet cakes because it is cheaper and has allowed us to offer a total of 4 cake flavors to guests. Another cost saving idea is not to use fondant. It’s really not necessary to use fondant unless you want a cake with sculpture.
I will attach a pic of what our cake will look like roughly (this provided by our bakery). Ours will be three tiers, have no flowers and will have a monogram plate on the front. The cake will be buttercream.
Post # 14
Mine is about 3.50 per slice but we basically got a 4 tiered cake with 2 sheet cakes to feed 315 for $900 (also includes the delivery & $25 cake stand rental). Thank God for a negotiating hubby-to-be! Keep in mind that our cake is a sandwich of cake, raspberry preserves, cheesecake, raspberry preserves, white cake with damask & filagree designs on the european buttercream frosting.
Sad to say my brother got married 2 years ago and theirs was pretty much the same but only cost $650. Darn inflation!
Post # 15
Where are you looking in CT? I live there and I am having my wedding there. Most of the people we talked to if you want something other than a white plan cake started at 8-10 dollars a slice. Our cake started at about 750 for 60 people…
Post # 16
I looked at these places rec’d my our caterer. Getting married in Farmington, CT. I just found a place in Hartford that will do it for $3/slice! I am going to get a small one from them and then do a sheet cake. good luck.
1. Sweet Maria’s in Waterbury
2. J cakes in Branford
3. The others were around $8 – $10.