(Closed) Expensive cake – is it worth it?

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1044 posts
Bumble bee

That is WAY too extreme.   Honestly, by the time you get to dessert, you won’t have room to even appreciate what it tastes like.  I kept mine cake simple and made sure it tasted good but focused more on having quality appetizers and a good tasting main course.

Post # 4
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My gosh, that seems really high! Is that including the delivery fee? (I want to ask if she misheard you – that you want a 400 person cake :-)) Are you in a high-cost area? Are you looking at a heavily decorated cake?

I’m SF Bay Area and our relatively plain, but still decorated fondant cake from one of the more expensive bakers around here is going to be $345 for 50 people, including a $25 delivery fee and $20 deposit for cake platter.

(Julie Durkee of Torino Baking – the cake’s delicious and Julie’s a doll. PM me for more info if you’re interested in her cake) 

Post # 5
5988 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

" is expensive cake worth it? "…. not $20 per slice i’ld say

are you and he talking the same cake/size/servings here? is there a special via helicopter delivery involved? yikes…..

Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think that "expensive wedding cake" means that it is $8-10 per serving. Where is your wedding?

Reasonable wedding cake is $3-5 a slice. And I live in LA!

Good luck!

Post # 8
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree with PP…though I have heard of cakes this expensive.  Usually b/c of super intricate detailing or crazy expensive flowers (esp. if they are sugar flowers which are v. expensive).  For me, it was not worth that kind of expense.  In fact, my cake is coming out to be cheaper than average ($2/slice)…though I’ve had some drama with the baker, but that’s not b/c of the cost. 

I guess I would say it really depends on your priorities.  If you want to make the cake a major part of your decorations, then it might be worth the splurge.  If not, I’d say you can easily get almost a 25% of that price (after some point, though, you do have fixed costs for frosting if you do fondant, fake tiers if you want them, and delivery.)

Post # 9
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ours was $600 for 175 people.  I thought THAT was a bit pricey, but after tasting the cake at a wedding fair, I HAD to have my cake from that bakery.  It was AMAZING.  Ultimately it’s up to you where your wedding budget goes, but $800 for a 40 person cake sounds a bit extreme.  I would at least look around to see if you can find someone you like as well or better at a more reasonable price, and spend the savings on something a little more lasting, like your photography or videography package.

Post # 10
1044 posts
Bumble bee

My question to you is this:  Do you remember what the cake looked like at the last wedding you went to and do you remember how it tasted?  I only remember what the cake looked like because I got a picture of it.  But with all the other weddings I’ve been to from previous to present (most recent back in November), it has all been a blur.  I think you should definitely spend more money on photography like Miss Apricot said above.  Those are things you will look at forever.  Trust me, if you think this cake is a lot, just wait till you get quotes on photography!!!

Post # 11
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I’m sure you can find another tasty cake for less than $20/slice… that is insanely expensive :-/

Post # 12
1044 posts
Bumble bee

The most expensive cake I’ve seen here in San Diego, CA (which is pretty exclusive to those who have money) is $5 a slice.  I think I got a bargain considering mine is about half that price per slice and has mango filling!  To me, I’m more worried at the moment on how my flowers will turn out!

Post # 14
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

$20 a slice is very, even extremely expensive.

We used a very well known cake designer in NYC for our wedding cake and they quoted $800 as the minimum for one of their designs, regardless of # of guests. So if you divide the minimum by number of guests, it can be a very high number.

I think you can get a more affordable, yet beautiful and delicious cake for 45 guests at a much better price. The cake design is usually important for 1 photo op and people comment most on whether it’s tasty, then forget about it after the wedding.

Post # 15
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that’s INSANE. Just insane. Then again, I spent $70 on cake for the guests, and $70 on a pretty bakery cake to cut (which, of the handful that got to munch on this at the brunch, said it was fabulous).

Everyone loved the Costco cakes, though. "it’s so good, where’d you get it?!" then looked shocked when I said Costco. A lot of it didn’t get eaten, either, because people were drinking heavily. Just an FYI. 

Post # 16
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Hmm.  Well, I will say that I paid at least that much for my 40-person cake.  But it included sugar flowers, marzipan, cupcakes and cake, + delivery 4 hours away etc.  I’m glad you’ve decided to splurge on photography… but just wanted to add, I don’t think it’s totally insane to pay that much if you hire the best in the business.  Oh, and I will say, I actually got lots of compliments on the cake too… so to me, it was money well spent.

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