(Closed) Fake Cakes

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve definitely heard of using fake tiers, it’s pretty common I think and much more cost effective. I didn’t have a big fancy cake myself, but maybe if we had wanted one it would have been a good option.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

there was a “best of the bee” post about this today

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I stumbled across this when I first started researching wedding cakes.. but for some reason I feel weird putting all the fondant and icing on styrofoam and then throwing it out in the end. Plus I would nightmares of someone accidentally pushing the cake and everyone realizing that it was fake lol… but some of the fake cakes I’ve seen online are quite nice

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My mom and sis are doing my cake and they just suggested a fake cake and sheet cake for my wedding. I’m cool with it. It means more cake flavors for everyone. Plus they can decorate the sheet cake any way I want. I might have them write eat me on each square. Alice in Wonderland themed wedding goodness.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My aunt and uncle had a fake cake at their wedding when I was a kid.  I was mesmerized.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

Seems strange that it would be cheaper because there is actually more work involved. The majority of the price you pay the baker goes to decoration, not baking. With a fake cake in addition to sheet cakes, the baker actually has twice as much work they have to do. Even though the sheet cakes may not have much decoration, there is still the labor involved of baking, assembling and icing them in addition to the elaborate detail on the fake cake. Before you decide, get a breakdown of the labor involved and how much it will cost compared to not having a display cake (which is less work, and in any other industry, less work = cheaper, not more expensive)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ive heard that it does not save you any money. You’d have to pay for the styro version and that still hast obe frosted, which is where the mmoney comes in. Plsu you’d hten still have to buy a real cake, even if it were just a sheet cake. So, I doubt you’d save.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re having a semi-fake cake and a sheet cake to serve.  While we want to have a Chinese style cake to serve to our guests, the cake needs to be refrigerated so we can’t have it on display.   For the display cake, the bottom 2 tiers will be made from styrofoam and the top tier will be an actual cake which we will cut into.  We’ll have our baker decorate it like any other wedding cake.  And no, this didn’t save us money.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It depends on where you are getting everything from since some cakes can be very expensive. How about “borrowing” a display cake they already have in the shop?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yes im having a 5 layer cake and only the top 2 are real. The baker told me its cheaper that way. She is making me a separate pre-cut layer cake to serve guests.

$600 without fake layers..$300 with fake layers and pre-cut sheet cake to serve 150.

So lets just say YES.. It is cheaper. atleast where I went it was.

3 layer version.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We very well may do this only because our cake is going to be PRICEY! Fiance is insisting on canoli filling so our cake very well may cost a small fortune. 

Our friends did this as well but by the time the cake was served, their sheet cakes were still not thawed. We were all served frozen cake. We thought it was pretty funny but they didn’t! 

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I think it depends on the bakery, as well as your cake design whether it’s cheaper to have fake layers/a fake cake or have the whole thing real. There would definitely be less waste if some of them were fake–have you seen how much cake is usually left at the end of a wedding? TONS! Not everyone is going to want a piece. I could see it being cheaper to have a fake cake if you’re decorating it yourself, and it would also be easier to have the different flavors cut at the same time (or pre-cut so they’re ready to serve!).

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