Post # 1
I was watching Shark Tank and saw this company called “FunCakes” that rents out pre-made foam tiered wedding cakes. Basically you use the “cake” that they ship to you as a prop, you can cut into one of the sides that is stuffed with real cake, and then you wheel the “cake” away and serve sheet cake to your guests. It doesn’t sound like this company is doing very well – but I’m curious – would any bees consider renting out one of these cakes for $150-$350?
Here’s the link to their website: http://funcakes-llc.myshopify.com/
They are apparently very enthused about being on the show despite not getting any funding for their idea.
Post # 2
bride2bebe: I”ve heard of using foam as filler tiers for people who want a 3 or 4 tier cake but don’t want to pay for it – but those are usually decorated with fondant to match the rest of the cake. I don’t know how good a rental cake would look though.
Post # 3
I’m not interested in a foam cake only b/c I’m already paying an arm and a leg for the wedding. I personally cannot justify paying for a piece of foam since cake pictures aren’t very important to me.
If I don’t want to pay $$$$ for a big wedding cake, then I would buy one small layer to cut for pictures, and I’d have sheet cake cut up in the back.
Post # 4
I saw this too and got super excited, I paused it like 2 minutes into their presentation and found their website. Turns out their fake cakes got just as much, in some cases more, than a real cake of similar size and decoration level in my area! I was surprised. Plus, witha real cake I can design it exactly how I want. I then spent the rest of the show yelling at the sharks that business wasn’t making money because it’s too expensive. When that lady said it was a grand for that tiny cake if you went to a baker, I was shocked. Maybe in her area, but I live in California which is pretty expensive and it’s no where near that much.
Post # 5
I think I saw that episode and was very confused as to how you would make the little piece of cake that you cut fit into the mold without it looking super obvious.
Regardless, the cake that we cut at our wedding was a confetti cake with confetti icing made by my grandmother. It was, pretty much, the opposite of fancy and I loved it. And it was free. So I wouldn’t have considered a decorative cake.
Post # 6
I like the concept because I personally dislike eating most of the super-decorated wedding cakes. I hate the taste of fondant and the cakes always taste too dry to me. I’m one of those weird people who prefers sheet cake. But, I think this could a good compromise between getting a really nice looking cake for photos and having an edible cake which guests will enjoy more. I could see why they’re not doing very well, though, because I know of local bakeries who will do the same thing but with a real cake on top and foam layers beneath.
Post # 7
My daughter’s friend visited different venues around Phila. a few years ago and a number of them had fake cakes. They were provided as part of their package, but another dessert was served. I’m guessing they had a storage room with a number of display cakes in it, and the couple didn’t have to rent one individually.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Fake cakes are pretty common and lots of bakeries do this. But… you can probably have your local bakery decorate your ‘fake cake’ and provide your sheet cakes for around the same price as renting one of theirs…
Post # 9
I saw this segment and thought that Weddings was the wrong target.
Fancy cakes are definitely in vogue thanks to Pinterest and the assorted Cake TV shows. And the sharing economy is the new thing, so this concept isn’t entirely off trend.
However, the fake cakes are too expensive. In the context of a wedding, the average person can spend 2x, which isn’t a whole heck of a lot in the context of a wedding budget, and get a real cake. So why rent?
Now, if these folks targeted higher volume events, for example children’s birthday parties, then they could lower the price point and the economics would make a lot more sense for the customer.
Post # 10
The fake foam rental cake is $150-$350? That seems awfully high for a fake cake…
Post # 11
bride2bebe: I voted other! $150+ for a fake cake? How about you just not have a cake? I didn’t – we had a dessert table instead.
Post # 12
I think it’s a really cute idea, but I think the $300ish price tags are much too high. You’d still need to take it to a cake bakery to make the piece of cutting cake to fit inside [which means they’d probably cake to still bake a whole cake] and then decorate it to make it look like it matches.
I spent $600 on my 8 tier [real] cake with all different flavorings and fillings.
Post # 13
JenGirl: I love that! it is so much more meaningful and beautiful than a pinterest worthy fake cake. I hope you got lots of pics.
Post # 14
LOL. Further reading revealed this :
“The cake has a section where real cake can be placed for cutting the cake and feeding each other. The section is a 4″ area on the bottom tier in the back, hidden under the fondant. 3 Twinkies and a can of frosting is all you need. Why spend an outrageous price for your cake – Real or Not, Who Will Know??”
Twinkies. I have no words.
Post # 15
bride2bebe: It seems expensive to me– depending on what you’re looking for in a cake.
They’re still using fondant– and that sees to be the (most) tedious part in making a huge cake.
It doesn’t seem like a big enough savings– especially because you’re still paying for a sheet cake.