Post # 1
Im looking into cakes, and could really use some clarification and help….
My wedding is big, list is at 545 guests, and ive heard that wedding cakes are made by the slice (number of guests) and range at about 4.95$ a person….ummmm say what?? 545 x 4.95 = $2697.00 for a CAKE!?!? NO THANKS!!
That being said, ive also heard that you can get a “fake” cake? Does that mean its fake but just the top tier is edible and used for the cutting? If so, how does that pricing work? I would like to still have a pretty looking cake, with decor and such. So having the bottom of the cake fake, does that reduce the price astronomically if youre still getting the designs on it?
Im really cake lost and would just like a few comparisons. Can you bees post the cakes you had, OR will have, and let us know the price tag please??
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
Thank you both for your replies 🙂
The reception does offer dessert at the end of the meal, so youre right, i dont need a cake to feed 545 people after all, i think their dessert will be plenty. But even looking at a 2-3 tiered cake, i have no idea what those price ranges are. So i guess i just wanted to see some different options on the bee to get an idea of who got what for how much.
the guest list is much higher than i had anticipated, all close families, so we cant cut on the list. I didnt want to cut on the menu, but if i could cut anywhere, im thinking to atleast try to save on the cake, the invites, and anywhere else i can save rather than splurging in every department 🙂
thanks again bees!!
Post # 7
Ya, im seeing this as a great idea 🙂 I have no intention on spending $2700 on cake when the meal includes one. I wanted something nice for photos, and i have no concept of what a 545 person cake even look like,or how many tiers it would be.
I think i worded my post completely wrong, lol, i guess im looking for a better understanding of value, like how much bees are paying for different sized cakes…. oops
Post # 8
My cake was for 125 people (and we probably could have fed 200) and cost ~2k (edit to add – this was a real cake – 2 flavors – exterior: white fondant with stencil design and sugar flowers the cake was 5 tiers with spacers set between for added height)
Post # 9
We had a small decorative cake for the cake cutting photos and the rest was sheet cake – no one actually SAW the sheet cake but slices from it were served.
Post # 10
When we found out cake costs we decided we were NOT down with that. We also have a lot of dangerous allergies and a few celiacs (so no milk, gluten, kiwis, pineapple, probably more that we don’t know about). Our caterers are providing a bunch of treats that will take care of all of our folks with special dietary needs and different tastes. We will be asking my Future Father-In-Law to make us a nice little cake for cutting as he loves to bake, and we’ll just have him top it with some flowers/succulents. I don’t think anyone will miss the big cake.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2016 - Plaza Antique
I knew I wanted a cake, so I cut the dessert off of the menu and the hall subtracted 7$ a head. So even with getting a cake at 4.95, you could still save money that way.
Post # 12
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
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 # 14
Your cake was absolutely beautiful!! Im facing a little sticker shock right now, but guess it is what it is.
Wish i also had a baker in the family, lol, you lucky girl!! 🙂 Not just for the weddings, but even just cause its a friday!!
some venues are funny with that. If you want to add something, its $7, but if you want to remove something similar value, it suddenly only deducts $4 off…. and they get away with it. lol
ya, im coming to that realization that those numbers are legit…. its still shocking, and i think im going to brainstorm some alternative ideas cause i rather spend 2k-4k somewhere else than cake if the venue includes it already. Smaller cuttig cake it is 🙂
youre right. I love cooking but dont know anything about baking and what cost is in terms of supplies, but, thanks to shows like cake boss or the food network, i get a glimpse of how much work and time goes into the details. Makes sense theyre underpaid and over worked.
Post # 15
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.