(Closed) I JUST WANT TO VENT ABOUT CAKES….From a baker lol

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love it! Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. I’m actually planning on possibly making my own cake with cupcakes for the big day.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@kcoconut: great post! i totally agree with #5 – i was so excited to have a tasting with a dynamic professional cake baker in the area at her bakery and the whole meeting left me with a bad taste in my mouth – she was so disinterested and her samples weren’t very good (we only were able to try chocolate, vanilla, red velvet & strawberry). the next baker i met works out of her home and she’s the loveliest woman i’ve met! by far my favourite vendor – we’re on the same page, she’s full of great ideas, and her cakes are phenomenal… she gave us 3 textures and 13 flavors to try! she’s totally flexible AND cheaper than Ms. Snooty Baker :P!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Such great ideas!  I’m an avid home baker but I still don’t think I can attempt my own wedding cake…too stressful!  I am going to bake something to put in cute packaging for our favors though!  @kcoconut Suggestions would be very welcome:-)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thank you!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

These are good tips, but the one thing I am OK with paying for (I am paying ~$3.73/slice, BTW) is the talent that the cake decorators/bakers have.  I have decorated cakes for friends kids birthdays, etc, and I would not want me to make my wedding cake.  Even though “cake” is not my #1 priority to spend money on, I know that the cake will be in view during the entire reception.  I applaud the women who have the skills to make a cake look good, and I know that I am not one of them.  (The phrase “I know it looks like crap, but trust me, it tastes good!” has passed my lips several times in the past.)

Also, I have never transported a cake, and I will gladly pay for someone else to have that responsibility!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Thanks for the post!  I love #5 too.  We’re thinking of having a small cake for us to cut and then I was thinking of making cupcakes in a jar for everyone to take home. Most weddings I’ve been to end up having lots and LOTS of extra cake so at least my extra would already be prepackaged. Helping my aunt carry totes of cake wrapped up in napkins after her wedding was messy and gross.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

As a home-based cake maker, I applaud this post wholeheartedly! My business has risen 60% just this wedding season and the majority of my business comes from disgruntled brides who has been jilted by “pros”….. Do your research ladies.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We did 2/5! Cake prices are stupid. I don’t even like cake or the way most giant cakes look so I wasn’t about to spend $500 for it.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We’ve been planning on making our own cupcakes since the get-go…now our venue says that we have to use a “certified bakery” for legal reasons (they don’t want to be sued if anyone develops ebola from a cupcake, I guess). I get it, but UGH, it’s really thrown a wrench in the works. Cupcakes from any decent bakery around here are $2+ each! : (

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

#4 is wrong. It is not super cheap. It was going to be $200-$500 more than a regular cake

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am planning on doing #1.

either making or buying from a supermarket 3 tiers  and i have bought a Rose & Ivy vine to drape around it.  i will get rods so that i can safely sit the top tiers onto the bottom tiers.  i would like to make my own….red velvet….but really the supermarket ones will only cost me £30  for all 3 tiers,  without having to make it so i might just do that to save time.  And the cake tastes great too. 

Cake……..£30

Vine………£9

Total……£39  for a 3 tier cake  like this!   

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@Mrs.Vowrenewal: cakemakers tell you that because they want to talk you out of that option. they make more with a real cake and will try to downgrade the price on a real cake. all a fake cake is is styrofoam cubes or cirlces covered in fondant. its easier to decorate and doesnt go bad. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: agree.  I’ve made fake cakes before, they are so ridiculously easy to do because you don’t have to worry about the cake being level and the putting rods in etc because the fake layers are alreayd perfect.  they take a fraction of the time to complete.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

Hey!

 

I love the small cake with ALOT of cupcakes thing, that way you can get the best of both, cupcakes are cute, wedding cakes are “formal”.

So loving that IDEA. I was thinking of doing all of the cakebaking and decorating myself, since I really love baking and being creative!

 

Has anyone here done sugarpaste florals?? I have seen alot of clips at youtube and it looks sooo coool!! 😀

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