(Closed) Did anyone have a semi/full dummy wedding cake?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 18
1946 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@strawbabies:  There was a thin line of icing piped around the wedge so we knew where it was 🙂

Post # 19
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@j-adore01:  I had no idea that it was that common but my FH worked at a country club in central Florida for 10 years and he said a majority of the large cakes (5 tiers or more) were fakes.  Only the bottom layer or two were really cake and the rest were all cardboard they would whisk off to back while serving the cake (which often came from sheet cakes in the back.)

Post # 20
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We are planning on having a small 2 tier cake to cut, displayed on our cookie table, and the rest will be sheet cake that will be held in the back! And believe it or not, it’s costing us about 300 from a local grocery store. And the cake is really pretty, too!

My friend had it from the same place at her wedding, and I had no complaints about the taste!

Post # 21
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I made the top fake tier for our cake…I just wanted the look of a 3 tier but it would be way too much cake for our small wedding.

Post # 22
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@j-adore01:  My brother and SIL did this for their wedding….let me tell you we come from a family of sweets lovers. All night long I (ME) was stopped asking why they hadn’t brought around cake yet. They did the dummy cake (a monster and DELICIOUS LOOKING 6 layers tall cake right when you walked into the reception) and cut the top tier. There were cupcakes surrounding the ‘cake’ that were meant to be eaten. No one knew. They also left the dummy cake out all night and everyone was all “dude I want a piece of that cake” the entire night. SO with that said…if you go the dummy route make sure there is sheet cake served and the dummy is taken away.

Post # 23
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m making my own dummy wedding cake, which is hilarious because I make cakes for weddings for a living! Lol (it’s not my full time job, just my moonlighting job) 

I just don’t want to be stressed about the cake the week before my wedding, so I’m making the dummy well in advance.

Post # 24
3154 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think you are getting a great deal on your cake- $150?? Wow! Our 40 person 2 tier cake is $340- Maui is $$!

Post # 25
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are having a dumby cake.  It is three tiers and only the top layer is real.  That is real just for the cake cutting.  Our venue then brings the “cake” to the back and cuts it… really they just get the sheet cake ready to serve.  The country club suggested to us this idea actually.  I am so glad they did.  I do not think anyone will know unless we tell them.  

Post # 26
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My SIL had a 3 tier cake with 2 fake tiers, only the one for them to cut and save for their anniversary. Then cupcakes that matched it were passed out. I don’t think anyone noticed, we were all too happy shoving cupcakes in our mouths.

Post # 27
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We are having a 5 tier cake with two fake tiers. Simply because NO ONE needs that much cake for about 90 people, who will also have a choice of desserts… I hate the idea of the cake rotting away or going stale and the venue warned us that there is usually AMPLE cake left over even after the biggest weddings. But, I love tall cakes so I am rolling with it.

Post # 28
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

my cake was something i had never heard of, the inside was cardboard, so the outter rings were cake, and no one else knew but us, when we went to cut the cake and we accidently cut the cardboard 

Post # 29
29 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Im not a fan of dummy cakes at all (baker here) First you have to pay for the dummy cake, which isnt chesp seeing as it has to be decorated just like anyother cake. second you either pay for a sheet cake which may be slightly cheaper, or you buy crap sheet cakes that no one wants to eat anyways. which why bother wasting your money then?  That why everyone says no one eats wedding cake, that statment should be adjusted to no one eating crappy processed cheap cakes.  

the only way i think a dummy works is if you want a 5 tier cake for 100 people (though lol I am having a 5 tier cake for 100 people…. Quality, fresh, from scratch, gourmet flavors. everyone usually eats 2 sliced of what i serve)

lol end rant :/

Post # 30
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The top part of our cake was styrofoam. Apparently I neglected to tell my caterers and mom that because they had it all packaged up my Mom brought it home and had it in her fridge for a couple of days. 

Post # 31
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This is truly one of the most bizarre wedding concepts I have ever heard of. Why on earth would you want a giant fake cake?

No matter how you look at it, it’s nothing but a facsimile of a cake. What’s next? Fake cardboard wedding guests so you won’t have to bother dealing with real ones?

And how is it “saving money”?? You’re spending money for something that can’t be eaten – but still has to be decorated just like a real cake – and you still have to provide something for your guests to eat for dessert.

I can’t see any way that this makes sense.

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