Post # 1
I’ve read in wedding blogs and magazines that a great way to save money is to have a “dummy” cake that is decorated, but then just cut sheet cakes in the kitchen. But the problem I’m running into…is where do you buy these fake cakes? I’ve searched on etsy and can find barely anything, and nothing that I think is a significant enough savings.
Has anyone gone this route? Where did you buy your fake cake?
Post # 3
I don’t know….but I would think that by the time it’s decorated, it would still be costly. You could have one small and lovely real cake to cut and take pics, and sheet cake in the back to serve.
Post # 4
I don’t think you buy it, usually you rent it. Because what are you going to do with a fake cake after the wedding? My cousin did this, and they made it themselves since it was still going to cost over $200 to rent the cake. They bought styrofoam from a craft store, covered it in fondant, and used ribbon in their wedding colors to decorate. They made a small real cake to use as the top layer so they could have their cake cutting. Then they bought sheetcakes to feed their guests.
Post # 5
We have a 3 layer cake that we are displaying. The top and middle layer is real cake, however the bottom layer is basically just fake and frosted over. We will have sheet cakes in the back for everyone to eat. This saved significant costs and the lady says they do this all of the time. No matter to me – cake is cake!
Post # 6
Our baker can do a fake cake, basically they buy the layers in styrofoam and frost over them, then do sheet cakes. However, the baker doesn’t recommend this because in the end they decorate two separate cakes (or more depending on the number of sheets) which is generally just a costly. I would think it would be cheaper to order small round cakes and get a tiered display to put them on…like this one: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=14274880 .
Post # 7
From what I understand – you can rent them from bakeries. I figure you could rent the ones they have in the window and in their shops, the same ones they bring to bridal show. I mean those look real right? So why not pay $50 (or whatever) to borrow it for show and just cut cheap sheet cakes in the back!?? Sometimes these fake cakes will have a little window in the back so you can cut a piece and not show everyone its not real.
I’d ask bakeries and maybe wedding planners locally.
Post # 8
There are usually some bakeries or event rental businesses in medium to larger communities that rent wedding cakes. Many of them can be individualized by changing the color of ribbon, flowers , cake topper etc.
If you have your baker make one, you will not actually save a lot of money if the cake has “fancy” decorating, or a lot of piping. It is the time it takes to decorate that costs the most money, not the cake itself.
Post # 9
Most bakers I have talked to refuse to make them (not that we were considering it, but I asked out of curiosity since it seems to be so popular) and said they would actually charge more because there is much more work that goes into it. Guests do figure out that they are fake. Call around to local bakeries and see what they say.