(Closed) CAKE Dilemma – Help!

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: What cake solution would you suggest?
    Order Cupcakes : (8 votes)
    35 %
    Order many cakes! : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Deal with their crazy prices :( : (6 votes)
    26 %
    Other [thought below] : (5 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It sounds to me like you’re already contracted with them for the cake so you are probably stuck.  Even if they do let you bring in other cakes, I can almost guarentee you that they will still charge the cake cutting fee.

    Sorry you may be stuck spending so much on cake!

    Post # 4
    Member
    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    They are going to charge you the cutting fee if you don’t use their cake. It’s in your contract that you signed. My caterer is the same way and that pissed me off because I really wanted red velvet for the wedding cake and theirs did NOT impress me so, instead of paying $2/slice cutting fee (which is beyond lame) on top of $ for another cake, I’m settling for something I didn’t want but that tastes good. I was pissed at first but I’m over it now.

    That cake price sounds mad high though.

    Oh and also one of my BFFs is making a personal little red velvet cake for me and FI and just giving it to us so I WILL get my red velvet cake at the wedding and I’ll be cutting it my damn self.

    Post # 5
    Member
    990 posts
    Busy bee

    Sounds to me like you’re stuck. You’re not going to get around the cake cutting fee, because they will say they still have to plate it and serve it for you. you might have to buckle down and deal with the crazy price but since it’s already included in your contract, just go with it and pay the difference.

    Post # 7
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that no matter what you do you are going to be charged at least $1155 since that is what is in your contract.  So I’d say just go with whatever style (ie cupcakes, many cakes, small cake + sheet cake, etc) you’d prefer because I don’t think your price is going to change.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    You have not contracted for a cake. If you choose not to have a cake, they can’t charge you for the cake. A contract must have a price or a means by which to determine the price in order to be binding (sorry, lawyer speak here).

    Now, it sounds maybe like you have a minimum for the whole reception? Like, you have to spend $10,000, so the cake would get you up there? Let me know if that is true, that would alter things.

    The cake cutting fee is twice what I normally have seen (usually $1 a person) and usually it is waived if you use their cake. So, that is a little crazy. But I really would not be surprised if you could get the cake you love outside of the venue for around $7 a slice, pay the $2 a slice for the cutting fee, and be much happier.

    They are also crazy that flavored cake would double the price. Really, that is ridiculous.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2682 posts
    Sugar bee

    Im assuming that the cake cutting fee is if you dont use their cake.  In which case, you would have to find a cake under $5 per person for you not to end up paying the same amount.  If you can do this, go for it.  If not, I think you might have to just use their cake or come up with another dessert option provided by the venue.  I dont know about where you are getting married but in CA $2-3/pp is pretty standard for a cake cutting fee.

    Post # 10
    Member
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    The cutting fee is to cover the cost of the dishes and silverware, not just the actual cutting, so they would probably still charge you. Having multiple cakes would work out nicely. It’s much less expensive to get regular desserts from a bakery, and people will love the choices in flavor. You can decorate one of the cakes to be really special too, without paying too much.

    Post # 13
    Member
    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I just got married at Knapp Winery near Ithaca and live in the area.  Which Inn are you working with?  Unfortunately, for a decorated cake, that is a fairly standard price for the area. Many of the quality cake bakeries in the area start at $7/slice.   We had a fantastically decorated cake from lona cakes in Ithaca (www.lonacakes.com) for ~$6/slice with lots of fun flair and yummy flavors!  Her cakes start at $4/slice and go up depending on delivery and decoration.  Which bakery are you looking at in the area? Some are better than others…PM me if you would like some additional local suggestions. Also, cupcakes may not be any cheaper because you need something to set them up on and they may charge you a set up fee…   

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