(Closed) Death by cake

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Nola: Pick the cake that tastes the best. Seriously. Unless cake is the most important thing to you (which really, I dont see why cake would be – no one remembers the cake and many people wont even have a piece) then I say go with the person who has the best tasting cake that is still within your budget. Yes a pretty cake is nice and everything but then you eat it! Our cake looked like CRAP – I actually just submitted it to cake wrecks the other day – but boy did it taste good!!! Actually a lot of people told us our cake tasted really good and our families told us they stayed up eating wedding cake after the wedding! Now the fact that our cake was kind of crappy looking is just a funny story that we have about our wedding and all the other people still remember that our cake tasted good!

PS – I remember bad tasting wedding cake because to me cake is a pretty hard thing to screw up. Went to a friends wedding 8 months ago and their cake was VERY dry and had fondant…I only had a couple bites and then left the rest..and this is coming from someone who will pretty much eat anything

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve had lots of expensive wedding cakes that aren’t that great. I have only had ONE good wedding cake and I can’t remember where she got it.

Save yourself the money–don’t go over budget for it if you aren’t thrilled with the options.

Personally I’m an advocate for SAm’s Club and Costco—they actually do make wedding cakes for cheap. And nobody, but nobody, doesn’t like them a sam’s club/costco cake. If it’s too plain for you, you could always add some fresh florals to pretty it up!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’d rather have a cake that tastes good than looks good. And to be honest, I can’t even tell you what ANY of my friends’ cakes looked like or tasted like, so I definitely DON’T think there’s a need to go over budget.

Post # 6
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7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yep Sams Club/Costco do have good tasting cakes…our cake was from Publix grocery store

Post # 7
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58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you do one from a grocery store it will be easier long-distance because the bakery should be willing to call the local NO store and make sure they can do the design you want.  Easy peasy.  Also, I bet it tastes just fine 🙂

Post # 8
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Are you going to formal bakeries or have you tried google searching the area for someone who does it part time from home? You might have better luck with someone who does it more for fun and experience than someone with the overhead of a formal bakery.

Post # 9
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10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely the cake that tastes the best! If you’re not confident in their decorating skills, maybe try to tone down your original vision. We’re planning on just doing ribbon on the separate tiers so I’m not too concerned with anyone screwing that up. While everyone “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” over how the cake looks, they would much rather have something that tastes delicious.

A few years ago I had an iPhone cake made for a surprise party that I threw for Fiance. The cake looked AMAZING but tasted like crap. No-one even ate it. I was totally bummed that I spent $300 on a cake that wasn’t even eaten. This baker froze her cakes too and you could totally tell. It was so dry that it literally crumbled into pieces.

Post # 11
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Nola: Okay. So I do cupcakes the odd times for friend’s birthday parties, etc. I’ve never done anything as big as a wedding. BUT I always make everything from scratch, it would never even occur to me to freeze something! Personally, I love cake mixes (the chocolate ones) but I would NEVER use one for a “client”. That really sucks that you can’t find something better!!! That must be so frustrating!

Post # 13
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4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

did you try haydel’s? they have really good cake and are a lot cheaper than other places.

Post # 14
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Nola: Agreed. I wouldn’t pay $300 for something from a mix. It should be done from scratch and fresh for each event. I suppose too there’s a difference between a bulk mix and a box of Duncan Hines, those puppies are never dry! Are you going to New Orleans over the holidays or anything? Although I’m sure your mom doesn’t mind being the official taster! I certainly wouldn’t! LOL!

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