Post # 1
Hi Seattle Brides! I need some advice on wedding cakes on a budget. I was wondering if any brides have used the idea of using plastic forms for the bottom/middle layers, and having a real cake as the top layer, then serving your guests from a sheet cake?
I’ve heard this could save you a lot of money, and as I have a large guest list, spending over $3 a slice on 200 people, if quite out of budget.
If you have done this- do you have any reccomendations or referrals? How much did it cost you?
THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance ;o)
Post # 3
Have you considered going a different route? Cupcakes are pretty cheap and can be dressed up to look really cute. If you’re sold on a tiered cake or “wedding” cake I have heard square cakes vs round cakes feed more people. Honestly though, sheet cake is nice cake and as long as it tastes nice noone will complain!
Post # 4
In general you aren’t going to find a price much lower than $3 a slice- even for sheet cake or a decorated foam. The amount of work that goes into decorating a foam layer is about the same as the work that goes into decorating a cake layer, and if you’re looking to get a cake from a bakery rather than a grocery store they’ll probably be charging at least $3 a slice for sheet cake just to cover their expenses. It may seem like a lot, but as someone who has been thinking about getting into the cake business I can tell you that’s really as low as a baker can possibly charge and still stay in business.
I would consider cupcakes- which might save you up to a dollar a person and still look really nice. Or consider going to a grocery or big box store. It the place doesn’t rely on wedding cakes for its primary business they can probably afford to charge a little less than a wedding cake baker would. Or maybe see if your caterer could do some kind of dessert buffet which you could use to supplement a small cake.
Post # 5
I too was totally shocked when I found out the cake I wanted was over $2000!! Hello! I found this informational site that talks about dummy cake layers (made from Styrofoam), using smaller tiered cakes for display (and serving sheet cakes from the kitchen), wedding cupcakes, and reasons why wedding cakes are so overpriced. It really helped shed some light. Hope it helps you! http://www.wedding-cakes-and-toppers.com/expensive-wedding-cakes.html
There is even info here on renting cakes! OMG
Post # 6
You could get a small two-tiered “display” cake, and serve sheet cake for the masses. We are using a home baker, I think they are a little less expensive because of less overhead.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for all of the info so far.
I have looked into cupcake options, but from what I have seen so far, most are just as expensive- starting costs for decorating each cupcake is an additional $1…
Jenni B- Do you have a referral for the home baker you are using?
If anyone else has any other references, please let me know 🙂
Post # 8
Could you possibly have a cupcake baking/decorating party? Have a bunch of friends help you with baking cupcakes and then on the day before the wedding take time to decorate them together. I also just saw a really cute idea where the bride and groom had a bake-off with cupcakes and cookies. They used a small cake (I think) to cut into, but almost everyone at the wedding had the bake-off contestant’s treats.
Post # 9
Yep, her name is Holly @ http://xlntcakes.com/. She came HIGHLY recommended by a family friend who apparently invents occasions so she can order a cake from Holly. We had a cake tasting, really yummy. We’re doing vanilla cake with raspberry filling and chocolate with banana bovarian cream, but there were lots of other options. And she delivers for free! Cost-wise our cake is something like $3/slice ($2.75, I think). I recall her saying she does a sheet cake for something like $1.50/slice.
Post # 10
http://www.mikesamazingcakes.com starts at $2.30 per person. And they have tastings every month. They have 8 different flavors of cake with 8 different fillings each time. If you go to several of the free tastings, you can taste a lot of different ones, and there cakes are very yummy. We have gone to 2 tastings and will be going to our 3rd tasting on the 10th of April, just prior to our appointmnet. They were also featured on one of the wedding shows on WETV. I can’t remember the exact show, but they did an awesome job.
Post # 11
We are using Bonnie from New Renaissance. We spent a good 3 months looking for a cake as we just couldn’t decide. Not only was she the most delicious and technically appropriate. She was the cheapest, which just blew our mind b/c she had the most awards!
We had a blast creating a cake design with her and for feeding a 120 people we are under $600 with delivery and a free cake replica for our anniversary! We did a three tier wedding cake to serve 75 at $6/slice and then sheet cake at 2.25/slice. With decorations and we had a custom flavor in one of of the tiers.
I highly recommend her.
Post # 12
I went with Macina (in Seattle) and we were able to get a cake to feed 170 (a small 3 tier cake for cutting and presentation and some half sheet cakes) for under $495 and they delivered.
Post # 13
Have you tried Morfy’s in Queen Anne. I just bought my sister’s birthday cake there, and we got a cake that fed 15 (double tier round) that looked exactly like a wedding cake for $35. I mean it was totally beautiful and the taste was amazing (red velvet with cream cheese). I was surprised at how beautifully they made a simple birthday cake!
Post # 14
We’re having this same problem! We first went to a take tasting at Mike’s, but didn’t like the cake. So last weekend we went to Creative Cake Designs (in Kent) and liked many of the flavors. I think we’re going to go with her, its about $3.50/slice for tiered cake, but she does to sheets (for less) if you need it: http://creativecakedesigns.com/
Post # 15
you can try borracchini’s or an asian bakery along martin luther king parkway or somewhere in this area. they tend to cost less. i tried borracchini’s at the wedding show, and they tasted pretty good. i also tried other places – i want to say one of them is mimi’s? – in the rainier area but forgot the name, and they tasted pretty good too. i think you can find cakes for less than $3/slice, maybe as low as $1.50/slice depending on the size and decoration.