(Closed) Grocery Store wedding cake?!

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think Safeway, and Raleys are good bets for wedding cake. When I worked at a grocery store the cake decorators were really good and many had had that same job for YEARS, some work certain schedules – and likely the one who has been arround the longest wont be working on Saturday or Sunday to make your cake if your doing your wedding on those days so make sure to ask.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

As a hobby baker, I have to say nope! The stores around here put wayyyy too much of that nasty pastey buttercream on the cakes and the sponge is so dense, blech! Nope, I’m making my own. Glad to hear that not ALL grocery stores have crappy cakes like we have here!

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have had a couple of friends use Wal-Mart for their cakes. They were good.  They had different style cakes and accented them with fresh flowers.  As a guest you couldn’t event tell it was from Wally World!

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

As a cake decorator, I would have to say absolutely not to a grocery store cake.  They are mass produced and have a ton of artificial ingredients.  I think cake is one of those “you get what you pay for” items.  You pay more at bakeries, but, in most cases, you get a better product.  One of the options I offer is a smaller tiered cake and sheet cakes.  I charge less per serving for the sheet cakes because I don’t spend nearly as much time decorating.  And your guests won’t know the difference once it’s on their plate.

Post # 36
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Honey bee

As a guest, the best wedding cake I have ever eaten came from a small independent grocery store. It tasted even better than anything from Safeway, etc and even local bakeries. I heard a few months later that folks were still praising the couple for the cake which was amazingly good.

I wouldn’t have any issues with a grocery store cake. However most of them are very limited in flavor selection and design. Plus, you have to pick them up and assemble them yourself. If neither of those are concerns, then go for it. You’ll be saving a ton of money too. From a guest’s perspective, no one cares where it came from (nor will anyone tell them) or what it looks like, but they definitely care how it tastes.

Post # 37
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Helper bee

ok  i have a question! for the girls that got the tiered ones—how did you transport since grocery store = no delivery?!?!?

Post # 38
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Wannabee

I have tried red velvet cake at more places than you can imagine. I’ve tried fancy red velvet from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. I’ve tried red velvet at Oprah’s favorite place for it, Doughboys in LA. I’ve tried in the form of cupcakes, cakepops, by the slice, etc. Whenever I saw it on a menu, I ordered it.

And the BEST red velvet cake still remains the one for $15 from Ralphs. It is hands down the best one. I plan to have it at my wedding. 🙂

The other flavors at Ralphs are delicious too. You can get like 6 different cakes and set them up nice and pretty on a table and it’ll cost you less than $100.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re using Publix. They will delivery it to our venue too! Woot Woot! It’s approx $300 for 150 people.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m so glad to hear some great reviews on WalMart cakes, since we are using them, too!  Actually, our cake is very similar to the design of 

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SandyThePoet.  For $150, we couldn’t go wrong.

 

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@DawnaN:  I used to be a hobby baker.  (not making my cake so I don’t stress).  When I was, I needed to get a new car, so I purposly purchased one that had a box shape, so I could transport cakes.  It’s a Scion XB.  So, for transporting, any station wagon/SUV will work.  Please no sedans or trucks – you seriosly need the flat space.  WM will be boxing our whole cake, and it is stacked.

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