(Closed) Completely Cake Confused…. help??

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You can probably buy a reasonably sized and priced cake that’s pretty for photos and just get less expensive sheet cakes in the same flavor for everyone else. 

Post # 3
47407 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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jkm13:  If you get a fake cake that is about the same size as the real cake you would have needed to serve that number of guests, the cost will be almost the same. The greatest portion of the cost is for their time, and it takes just as much time to decorate a styrofoam cake as a real cake.

Alternatively, you can order a small 2 or 3 tier cake for pictures and cutting, and serve the guests from additional sheet cakes, kept and cut in the kitchen.

Honestly, if you can afford a wedding with 545 guests, the cake will be the least of your costs.

Post # 4
6947 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

We’re only having about 145 guests, but this is what we’re doing. We’re getting a one-tier “fancy” cake for the cake cutting. That is what will be out on display. Then we’re getting 3 “side cakes.” Meaning they’re just flat cakes that don’t look as pretty but still are perfectly delicious. They stay in the back with the caterers the whole time. After we cut the fancy cake, the caterers will cut up all the side cakes for the guests. This made it MUCH cheaper than having a big tiered wedding cake. 

However, I think you’re going to need to accept the fact that with 545 guests…you’re going to be shelling out a lot of money regardless. 

Post # 5
2119 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

A lot of the pricing goes into the time it takes to decorate the cakes as well, so getting a fake cake won’t necessarily save you any money, unless it’s drastically smaller than a “real” cake for 545 (!!) guests. 

Post # 8
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My cake was for 125 people (and we probably could have fed 200) and cost ~2k (edit to add – this was a real cake – 2 flavors – exterior: white fondant with stencil design and sugar flowers the cake was 5 tiers with spacers set between for added height)

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Post # 9
4808 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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jkm13:  We had a small decorative cake for the cake cutting photos and the rest was sheet cake – no one actually SAW the sheet cake but slices from it were served.  

Post # 10
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

When we found out cake costs we decided we were NOT down with that. We also have a lot of dangerous allergies and a few celiacs  (so no milk, gluten, kiwis, pineapple, probably more that we don’t know about). Our caterers are providing a bunch of treats that will take care of all of our folks with special dietary needs and different tastes. We will be asking my Future Father-In-Law to make us a nice little cake for cutting as he loves to bake, and we’ll just have him top it with some flowers/succulents. I don’t think anyone will miss the big cake.

Post # 11
2 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Plaza Antique

I knew I wanted a cake, so I cut the dessert off of the menu and the hall subtracted 7$ a head. So even with getting a cake at 4.95, you could still save money that way.

Post # 12
426 posts
Helper bee

Honestly that sounds about right, sorry.  We are having a small top tier cake for cutting with cupcakes for ease and flavors, but even with the original estimate of just cake, for 60 -70 ppl we are paying around $300.  You are having 9-10x as many people so that would be $2700-3000.

But since you are having desert with the meal.  You can find creative ways to have the illusion of cake for photos, and small piece for cutting. Good luck

Post # 13
9357 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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jkm13:  my friend is a wedding cake designer so ours was a gift, but I know that she typically charges between $4-$8 per serving depending on the flavors and complexity of decoration. And she’s considered low-end – she knows other bakers that can run up to $12/slice. For a wedding that large I would get a small cake to cut and have less expensive sheet cakes in the back. 

I used to think that those prices were insane – until I saw just HOW MUCH goes into a wedding cake. At $5/slice she barely broke even and her profit was well below minimum wage.

Post # 15
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We splurged on our cake. :3  We had two tiers of cake and a tower of macarons in four different flavors/color with enough that guests could have one piece of cake and two different macarons.  We had an estimate for 50 people – but we ended up only have 36 guests so there was plenty of extra cake and macarons.

I don’t have a lot of photos of the cake but this one has it in the background.  Our cake was about $550.  We didn’t have any other desserts though, this was it.

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