(Closed) Fake Cake

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

ive seen it. It works very well- specially for those on a budget.

just make sure if you get a design on the fake one you have similar colors on the sheet cake.

it is usually the top layer..and i know most bakers now adays tell you freezing your cake for a year isnt the best..my baker gives us a anniversary cake on our 1 year we just have to call 2 weeks in advance.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am sure you will have to cut into real cake when you do the cake cutting (at least from what I heard)

As far as looks wise I think they will look the same since they use real cake materials to cover up the outside.  Guest won’t be able to tell a difference.

I am not planning to have a fake cake but when I was doing research on this online, one bakery did mention sometimes the styrofoam might not save you money as they still need to buy all the materials for it PLUS the outer layer of all the edible stuff and design.  To the baker, it’s probably just as much work and time SO it may end up cost just as much.  I guess this is something to discuss with the baker.  So it really depends on your headcounts.

You can see if the baker is willing to bake you a free anniversary cake.  I have seen a few bakers willing to offer as an anniversary gift. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think you would have to cut in to real cake… I don’t think it would work very well to cut into styrofoam lol.

Maybe just keep the remaining part of your top tier for your anniversary?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oh duh! i forgot to tell you what my baker said-

if you wanted a fully fake cake- you can actually put in a real section ONLY in that area you are going to cut…and have a small mark where to cut, no one else will see- and they put in like blockers so the styrofoam doesnt get onto the real cake’

we went with a 100% real.. got a smaller 3 tier decorated and then will have the satetille cake in the back..it was cheaper as PP said styrofoam can get pricey too

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m getting married at a super nice place, where cost is not a factor because you have to meet their food and beverage minimums regardless.  They estimated that cake would cost between $10-25 per person.  So, I was SHOCKED when they suggested that we have a fake cake, so that they could pre-plate the real wedding cake (with each guest receiving a plate with two flavors) and make the service quicker and nicer.  They said fake cakes are done at 75% of the weddings at their hotel.  I’m still in shock.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

shalynnmarie is right that it is possible to put real cake in a section of the fake cake for the cake cutting, but since you said you are looking at cakes that are already made, I don’t think this is probably an option for you. 

 

lamkky is also right that it take just as much time and effort to decorate a fake cake as it does a real cake and many times it is not cheaper. Usually it is more expensive because you pay for the real sheet cakes AND the decorated fake cake. In your case, again, you are essentially “renting” a cake prop which can be used more than once, so it likely will be cheaper. 

I’m a hobby baker, and here’s a fake cake I did for practice.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

we did this. It’s actually quite common. We had a slab pre plated for serving, and this fake one was for display.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

just saw the post about cost. I asked for a quote for a real cake, three teired, and it was something like $900. This face one was $175. and that included the rental of the pedestle to put it on.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They still put real icing and fondant on the fake cake to make it look real and photography well but its not much of a saving to be honest because I did look into this. I would just get a smaller real cake than waste all that icing on a fake cake.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are doing a three layer cake where the bottom two layers are fake and the top is real.  We are saving the top for our anniversary (although our baker will also provide a free cake on our anniversary).  Our baker cuts out a “slice” of the styrofoam on the second layer, lines it and puts in a piece of real cake.  Then the frosts the whole thing over so you can’t tell.  She pokes two tiny holes on either side of the slice so you know exactly where to cut.  I had never heard of such a thing before talking to her but she says it works really well!  Good luck!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

yeah i think it depends on how many guest you planning to invite?  It may worth just have a smaller real cake, or have a smaller display cake (and serve people in sheet cake from the back).

Honestly guests always can tell if it’s a sheet cake as the edge is in square rather than a triangle piece, so the cake is more of a display anyways 🙂

Another thing to think about is how well you know your crowd.  I know my guests typically aren’t too crazy on desserts in general.  So people probably won’t go crazy for cake anyway.  Maybe you can have a little bit less serving and have caterer cut smaller slices?

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