(Closed) Cake Costs.

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my mom runs a wedding cake business and it really depends on what you’re looking for. her cakes range from 150-350 depending on size and intricasy (is that the right spelling haha). she’s probably priced a little lower than the bakeries because she does it herself from home… but maybe that will give you an idea. hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

mine came from a great local bakery, tho not one that’s known for wedding cakes. it was $6 per slice. + $50 delivery.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

It really depends on the baker and the area in which you are purchasing the cake. Mine cost $3.75 per person but another local bakery started at $5 + per person. To cut down on the costs a bit we stayed with Vanilla pound cake (which was still amazingly delish!), other flavors would have jumped us to $6 +.  

Your best bet is to shop around, do your research and do the tastings.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got quotes from $6 -$11 per slice. You may want to wait to decide on your design until you talk to the baker about costs. I picked out a design that is hard for them to do (black damask on white fondant) and it’s pricey!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Cakes are usuall prices per slice, and very dependant on how elaborate of a design you want.

We got a cake that served 50, and it’s very simple. We paid $4.75 per slice, but if we had gone with a layer on fondant, it would have bumped it up to $5.75 per slice. We hate fondant though, so we stuck to buttercream.

But I’ve heard of the more elaborate designs starting at up to $12 per slice. So, as with anything in the wedding industry, it really depends 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Even if you do want the smooth look of fondant, make sure they put a layer of buttercream underneath. Most people don’t like the taste of fondant, but we do- and we espescially like the taste of our baker’s fondant because she is crazy, and still makes her own fondant rather than using the commercial stuff. Hardly anyone does this, but it makes a HUGE difference in the taste!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

When I went to bakeries, the lowest price I found was $4.50 a slice.

Cake wasn’t a major deal for me and I didn’t want to spend that much.

I actually wound up getting my cake from a local grocery store bakery!  They charged $2 a slice +$40 for delivery and it was regardless of how many tiers.

The cake was really delicious- none of the guests had any idea it from the grocery store!

Here’s a link to a picture of it in the Gallery:

Grocery store cake

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

We spent $522 on a cake for 145 people, which included delivery to our venue. It was much less expensive than other quotes I got, but apparently I should have asked OttawaBride2011’s mom. 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Mine is $535 for 146 slices.  It’s 4 tiers, buttercream and each layer is a different flavor.  The strange thing is the cake was like $2.50 a slice, but a hundred dollar delivery fe and around a $120 non-refundable materials charge which screwed my budget some since I was told about those when I prelimarly booked the baker. There is also a $150 deposit for stuff that has to be returned.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Our store charges $5.50 a serving & it’s one of the lower prices in the area because wedding cakes are not our specialty.

I’m making mine… so I figure it will cost me about $100 in materials & a few late nights before my wedding (I know, I know…)

kayakgirl is right– don’t forget to factor in delivery & any equiptment rental costs!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yummy cake that isn’t necessarily wedding cake is Sams Club! If you look to non-traditional places in general you can get better prices. And sometimes they are less commercialized in the wedding biz, too.

Sam’s has some really good carrot cake! It was $60 for cake for 150 people and everyone was all, “omg where’d you cake come from??” all night long. buah ha ha my little secret! Cake wasn’t a biggee for me–i wanted an open bar instead =]

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

rosychicklet: what store did you got with?  I’m in MA too and plan on going with a grocery store cake but wanted to know which bakeries are best.  Thanks!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Shaema- I actually got married in NY, so it’s not local to MA!

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