(Closed) Cake prices, not what I was expecting…

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much did you spend on cake (per serving)?
    $0-4 : (46 votes)
    58 %
    $4-8 : (26 votes)
    33 %
    $8-12 : (5 votes)
    6 %
    $12-16 : (0 votes)
    $16-20 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Too Much : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Beautiful cake, but I’d have sticker shock too. I would recommend seeing a cupcake place. I found one that will do a wedding cake and with taxes and delivery it came to around $5 per person. The highest price I was quoted was $14 per piece. 

    Post # 4
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    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Could you perhaps consider a cake that was a bit simpler?  Part of the cost is likely because the design looks like it would be very labor intensive.  If not, then perhaps cupcakes would be the route to go.

    Post # 5
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    2780 posts
    Sugar bee

    @mrschmura:  that cake is gorg but of course it’s expensive, it’s all fondant switch empecable detailing ALL over. Why don’t you try doing something simple with the buttercream frosting and adding on some fresh flowers or something. Buttercream tastes better anyway.

    Post # 6
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    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Could you just get the top two tiers of that and the rest as sheet cake?

    The icing detail is gorgeous, I can see why it was so expensive but yeah.. For $16pp ouch. That could buy another round or two of canapes! 

    Post # 7
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    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @mrschmura:  

    we had a destination wedding with only 10 guests and our cake was $400 ….. yep … $40 per serve!! ah well, it definitely was cute and delicious hehe

    Post # 8
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    3778 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re paying $2.75 per serving for this cake. I’m confident you can find something reasonable!

     

    Post # 10
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    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Fact of life.

    Cakes are labour intensive (probably WHY so many of us in this modern age don’t even bake Birthday Cakes anymore… even from a mix… we just head off to our local Grocery Store for a Sheet Cake)

    Truth is, a Bakery Cake is 1000x better than a Grocery Store Sheet Cake (those cakes I find have Icing that tastes as if it was Crisco right out of the can, ick !!)

    Then there is the decorating element… we all like a pretty cake.  And someone who can make one PRETTY & TASTY isn’t gonna come cheap.

    The more elaborate the decorating… the more the cake costs !!

    Yes… I mean WHO doesn’t adore a GORGEOUS Designer Cake ??? (I am certainly a fan of “Cake Boss”)

    But money is a concern… for many.

    For our Wedding Reception, Mr TTR and I chose a very basic white cake with ivory butter cream frosting (yum).  Nothing fancy !!  But once we placed our Cake Topper atop it was perfectly us.  Grand total $ 225 taxes in for 100 servings.

    If we had wanted, we could have trimmed it out with a couple of pieces of ribbon wrapped around each layer (inexpensive) OR … some flowers, artificial or real, placed atop or artistically draped on the sides, and around the base … maybe seasonal from the Grocery Store (more expensive)… OR… via our Florist to tie in with my Bouquet, our colours & decor (most expensive)

    In reality, we had fewer folks come out to our Back Home Reception than we originally planned upon… so I have quite a bit of cake left over sitting in my freezer (wasting away ?)from the one I ordered that would feed 100 (3 Layers = 12 inch – 9 inch – 6 inch).

    Consequently, as much as I LOVE a great tasting cake, and a good looking one is a BONUS, it is a place where I think Brides can realistically save a bit of money.  The Cake’s lifespan is sooo short… even if you have it out on a table from the time your Guests arrive.

    Invest in a pretty Cake Topper (a keepsake) vs spending a whole lot of elaborate cake decorating is my thinking

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    For our elopement, we had a cake that I think I spent about $60 dollars on + delivery (I was too lazy to go get it.) It probably had about 10-12 servings – we ate it for days and never ended up finishing it. This was in New York City, and I felt like it was a really good deal. Some of the other bakeries quoted me $300 for the same cake. 

    Four our anniversary party the following year to celebrate with friends and family, I made it. Here’s photos of both. This one in total probably cost me about $100 to make because I had to buy the pans, frosting, circles, assembly pillars, etc. But I have always made cakes so it wasn’t my first time. It probably ended up being about 75 or more servings. We had a ton left over and about 50 attendees. I used butter cream frosting, and each teir was dyed a different color to make it look really cute cut and served. 

    I think I did a really good job, but should add that my mom (who was a florist for years) actually put the flowers in for me I can’t take credit for that!

     

     

    Post # 12
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    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @mrschmura:  

    I noticed you’re in Kent, WA… you wouldn’t happen to be talking about Mike’s Amazing Cakes are you?

    You know, we went in for a tasting and they seemed friendly enough, said they’d get back to us with quotes for the cakes we had in mind. They NEVER replied. We emailed, called, left messages over several weeks and we’ve given up. I can’t imagine why they are so highly recommended by every venue and vendor when they are so unprofessional when dealing with customers. We’re taking our business somewhere else.

     

     

    Post # 13
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    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  can I ask what bakery you used in NYC? I’m looking for a small cake that’s not too expensive! Thanks!

    Post # 14
    Hostess
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @wwbga:  We used Tribeca Treats and I really liked them! They were really nice to deal with and were not at all snobby like some of the others. For example, City Cakes – had good reviews but it was awful trying to talk to them. They clearly didn’t read my email, didn’t answer questions even though I was very specific in them, etc. Then they told me about “What a good deal” their $300 6 inch cake was going to be with buttercream frosting. Haha, no thanks! Kid you not, TT had the exact same design, just as well done for what i paid. I’d recommend them in a heartbeat!

    Post # 15
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    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  thanks, I’ll check them out!

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