(Closed) DIY mini cakes: crazy idea or budget smart?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I understand trying to save money but I’m not sure it’s realistic that you’ll have time to be baking the day before your wedding. There will probably be a ton of loose ends to tie up.

What about having a fake display cake that has one real layer that you cut for pictures but serve your guests a sheet cake that’s kept out back in the kitchen.

Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How many tables will you have? How elaborate do you want them to be? Fillings? how many layers? What sort of icing? The day before is going to stress you out far beyond what you expect. If you decide to do it bake a few days ahead at least and make sure you get help. We diy our family’s wedding cakes and it is pretty involved but yes, WWWWAAAAAAYYYYY cheaper. Good Luck!

Post # 5
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What about ordering cakes from your local supermarket? 

If you don’t like their icing, you can order just plain, uniced cakes – and you can whip up homemade icing and the whole task will take you probably no more than 90 minutes to pickup, make the icing and apply.  It’ll look super homemade even thought it was only halfway so.  🙂

I think the other poster was right in that you will be super busy with so much else right before the wedding, but a halfway solution would be feasible, no doubt.

Post # 6
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@zagora:  I like this idea, but I would still probably do it two days before the wedding anyway. The cakes will still taste fresh in that time, and it will be less stressful. Keep in mind you have the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner typically on the day before the wedding. 

Post # 7
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@DeathByDesign:  Haha – perhaps I made the day before suggestion because I was imagining CREAM CHEESE ICING.  Mmmmmm….nom nom nom.

Post # 8
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are so on-top of things that you can make that your only task the day before the wedding than sure…go for it!


Post # 9
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is something we’re considering too! We want to diy mini pies and cakes. They’re adorable and cost effective.

Post # 10
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did this! (But with pies)

Here’s our cake:

And we had four flavors of pies for guests to choose from

It was a TON of work and VERY time consuming, but everyone loved it!

Post # 11
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like the idea of buying or ordering small uniced cakes from a supermarket or local bakery and just icing them yourself the day before. Icing cakes is a lot less time consuming than actually having to bake them from scratch.

Post # 12
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can make the cakes well ahead, wrap them in plastic wrap and a freezer bag and freeze them.  I think frosting layer cakes is very time consuming personally and would recommend cupcakes over this approach.  Just know that you don’t have to be baking and frosting the day before.

Post # 13
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i remember the bridezilla episode where the bride made cakes for each table and then got hot mess drunk delivering them and dropped a few in the carpark

@Shambley they look amazing!

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