Post # 1
I am looking for anyone out there who used a budget-friendly option for your cake. We were thinking of doing just a small fancy one and sheet cakes in the back for the guests. This is one area I’m really not picky about, so I want to cut the cost as much as possible. We live in the Pittsburgh area – I was thinking Giant Eagle would be cheapest? Does anyone have any other ideas or experience w/ Giant Eagle or other grocery stores for wedding cakes, or could you tell me what your wedding cake cost? Would also consider cupcakes if it would be more budget friendly!
Post # 3
@jennygrl070: I’m the same as you…I wanted to save money on The cake. Luckily I have a family friend doing cupcakes for us.
YES, I say small and cute and plain sheet cakes in back for guests. Or see if an aunt or cousin wants to do cupcakes in lieu of god wedding gift 😉
Post # 4
My first time around I ordered a fancy top tier of a wedding cake from Safeway, a grocery store. It cost me $14. We cut that cake, and that was the cake on display all night, but the guests were served a sheet cake from the back.
Post # 5
@jennygrl070: Hey fellow Pittsburgh bride! I got my cake from Spinolas Bake Shop in Murrysville and the cake was delicious. She was great to work with too. I did the small cake for our cutting and then sheet cakes in the back for our guests. It was pretty affordable and I recommend her if your looking to go with a baker on this route! Good Luck!
Post # 6
@jennygrl070: Giant Eagle cake (even wedding cake, which I’ve had) is really good. However, it probably won’t be the cheapest. Giant Eagle (for all of their stuff) likes you to think you’re getting a good deal when you’re really not. But the cake is really tasty 🙂
I’d call around to bakeries (or e-mail) and ask what their per price is. Stay clear of the obvious ones like Prantls, Oakmont, and Potomac.
Post # 7
We are getting walmart cake.. not actual wedding cakes, but we are getting 8 small ones [6-12″] for our 8 tier cake stand. We wanted differant flavors and didn’t want anything super fancy.. just some cake that tastes good & looks pretty.
Post # 8
Try Costco if you have one.
Post # 9
Ways to save money on Wedding Cakes…
Bake your own…
Make cupcakes instead…
Buy from a Grocery Store (consider a Sheet Cake)
Have a Bakery make you their “basic” Wedding Cake.
Mr TTR and I had a “basic” Wedding Cake from a Bakery… White Cake, Buttercream Icing, 3 Tiers… 12-9-6 fed 100 (small servings) or 50 Large Servings (86 if you want to save the top layer for yourselves… Bakeries or On-Line Resources can explain how many slices per Layer / Sized Cake)
Our Cake cost $ 225. So $ 2.25 per person (based on 100). A good price IMO
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
If you don’t care if it doesn’t look like a “professional” cake, do you have a friend who’s a good baker who can help you out? It’s possible to make a wedding cake at home (this article http://weddings.gatheringguide.com/ac/diy-wedding-tips/making-your-own-wedding-cake-whats-really-involved has a pretty good summary of what’s involved) but you’d have to have a friend who you trust in the kitchen. If you do, that’s probably the cheapest way to do it and you have more control over flavor, decorations, etc.
Post # 11
We are having our cake made from Hy-Vee (a grocery store). Our cake is 3 teirs but only the top tier is real cake… the bottom 3 tiers are styrofoam with frosting.
Post # 12
Awomen who works with my fiancé suggested that we use the Big Bird (giant eagle). I am a but wary since the GE I used to work at didn’t actually bake anything at their bakeryeases was all frozen. However, if you can get to a market district (the one in Robinson is super nice) than I would say go for it. Our reception will be on the north side so I don’t knowif that is too far to deliver.
Also, there is always the expensive ish but delicious Whole Foods in East Liberty.
Post # 13
Do you have Craigslist in your area? We found an awesome young baker who has done 3 birthday cakes for us-an inexpensive option.
Post # 14
Ohhhh man COSTCO!! Their cakes/cupcakes are so yummy and very budget friendly. I think one sheetcake can be cut into 48 pieces. For the cutting, you could put 4 cupcakes into a round and use that then serve guests sheet cake cuts.
Post # 15
I would go for a grocery store cake. I love Costco cakes like HisMoon
Post # 16
Costco sheet cake! For under $20 you can get a cake that is something like 48 servings (personally I’d go with larger servings since it is so inexpensive). And Fiance and I love Costco cake – very tasty.