(Closed) Can anyone recommmend a budget cake vendor?

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Try a school, is there a school near you that has a cake decorating course?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@messymonkey:  Try Alyssa of Ally Cakes NYC.  We’re looking at about $5 per person for a basic cake with little decoration.  That’s the cheapest I was able to find in NYC.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve done a lot of googling and have come up with a couple of cheaper bakeries. Bear in mind I have no idea how any of them taste or how accurate the prices I’ve seen are. But you might want to check them out (sorry, I know you’re exhausted) or maybe others will know more…

The Five Foot Chef (website says prices start at $4/slice):  http://www.thefivefootchef.com/flavorspricing.html

Baku Bakery (not sure how accurate this is, but I saw someone say once that they start at $3.25/slice): http://www.bakubakery.com/

Ceci Cela Patisserie (Weddingbook.com says they start at $3.25): http://www.weddingbook.com/wedding-cakes/new-york-ny/ceci-cela-patisserie

Conti’s Pastry Shop (this one I have tried at a recent wedding show and was very good–they told me prices start at $4/slice): http://www.contispastryshoppe.com/products.php

So far from what I’ve seen, most pastry schools seem to donate to very specific organizations and won’t do something. However, an individual student(s) might so you could always check with the schools (for example, the French Culinary Institute) and see if they have any promising students they’d recommend.

Otherwise, if you’re not opposed to the idea, you could always check someplace like Walmart (outside of the city obviously)–I know they do wedding cakes. Or perhaps you could check with the bakery at your local grocery store. Most of the time, they are a little under-the-rader, but for what you want, it could definitely work. Good luck.

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What about one of the Chinatown bakeries? It’ll be a lighter sponge cake, most likely, but still yummy, and they are generally cheaper.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Look at Whole Foods, Food Emporium or Gristedes. They have bakeries, but they might be cheaper since they’re grocery stores.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Try the French Culinary Institute or the Institute of Culinary Education. You can post an ad on their alumni board and find an up and coming baker for very cheap.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Gail Watson’s “A Simple Cake” (asimplecake.com) seems like exactly what you’re looking for. Priced at $6-8/slice depending on what you want. All-white designs, great flavors, book online.  We used her and I loved how easy and no-fuss it all was.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We ended up booking a place in the Bronx called Artuso’s. Final price  for buttercream ended up coming out to about $2.50/slice. We booked a small 3-tier cake for about 50-55 people. Delivery and set-up was $30 extra. We did a testing yesterday and loved it so very exciting. I’ll let you know how the final thing turns out–our wedding less than 2 weeks away.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Okay…just had our wedding and I highly recommend Artuso’s in the Bronx. The cale tasted amazing and was beautiful. The person who took our order apparently got the size off a little (the design she booked was supposed to be round and we had requested square so when they called to confirm and noticed this, they ended up giving us the cake they had originally quoted–we paid for 50-55 servings and ended up getting a cake that sereved 85. It was a big hit though so we had more than enough people to share in the leftovers. Final price including delivery and set-up came out to just over $2/serving.

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