Post # 17
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Having a cake is a nice tradition, but multi tiered fondant covered cakes are usually OTT — with the time and labour required. It is a very laborious task. I baked and decorated one 6 inch fondant cake — I would not recommend making the fondant from scratch. (My arse got sore from standing for well over 10 hours!) A few months after, I took a series of cake decorating classes at a local technical college. (Luckily, the cakes come baked) One of the classes taught us how to work with fondant.
I brought this cake to work the next day and a lot of people left the fondant on their plates — Silk fondant was being used; I found it wasn’t too sweet, but leaving icing/fondant on the plate is habitual. Note to self: veto out fondant cakes, unless it was gifted by a friend who bakes & sells on the side. (There goes my plan of getting Wilton petal pans and taking a week off work to bake & freeze & crumb-coat various cake layers. However, I don’t have a commercial freezer, so I should’ve thought of that before dreaming up the cake.)
Since the venue offers desserts as part of the dinner buffet, we might get two small rectangular sheet cakes from the local bakery to feed 80 people, instead of aiming to feed the full list of 100+ guests. One is going to be a black forest cake with Swiss liquor; the other is going to be a lemon-flavoured European custard cake. It won’t have any typical wedding cake themes on it, but we have already bought B & G cake toppers from Wilton on clearance.
Unless you’re doing a single layer sheet cake, I wouldn’t recommend DIY cake. It’s very time consuming.
Post # 18
We had whoopie pies instead!
Post # 19
The only thing necessary at a wedding is the couple getting married 😉 I do think the tiered, fancy decorated cakes are overpriced. I still like cake, so we are doing cupcakes and a cutting cake. But any dessert would be fine that you like and fits your budget!
Post # 20
I say yes simply because I’m very old-fashioned.
Post # 21
The only thing necessary at a wedding is the couple getting married <– THIS +1000
Post # 22
I’m hhaving a dozen friendsd and family make all different kinds of desserts. With cute little signs that say “Sugar Cookies made by Laura, cousin of the groom”
Post # 23
@HopefulSim: I love to see cake at a wedding and I would miss it. However, you can get a lovely cake at Costc or Publix and it does not have to cost a fortune.
Post # 24
@HopefulSim: The cake is in the top 3 things I look forward to at weddings. People might miss it, but it is your wedding so do whatever makes you happy.
Post # 25
Not necessary but I think it goes with tradition. We are having tiny pies. I’m not a big fan of cake ppies the pies are so cute and less expensive! Everyone will have their own tiny pie.
Post # 26
To me yes but I know a lot of people go with alternatives. I wouldn’t miss cake if you had an awesome dessert instead… not pie.
Post # 27
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
I’m not planning on having a cake though we’ll see if Fiance puts his foot down!!
My Grandma has a cake decorating hobby but sadly she won’t be attending the wedding, and I’m not prepared to spend a ridiculous amount on a professional one.
Post # 28
I always expect cake, but I have seen the following done that was absolutely adorable:
-Small cake for the couple to cut, and a tiny cake at each table. Guests cut their own cake and each were a different flavor! It also helped us go to other tables and talk to people and try different flavors!
-Small cake for the couple to cut, and cupcakes surrounding it for each person.
-Several small cakes at the front; one for the couple, others to give to those attending.
Something I was sent by my wedding planner in early stages:
“Also, keep in mind that you can order 5 small cakes in different flavors; DO NOT tell the baker that they are for a wedding, and they won’t upcharge you! Order basic flavors and ask for smooth frosting. Ask your florist for a few extras, and decorate each accordingly. Stagger them on a table at varying heights and they’ll look gorgeous!”
We ended up going with a small 3 tier cake to feed 100 and it was around $250. We had plain flavors and had it traditionally iced, then decorated with flowers and our little ceramic birds we ordered from Etsy. Good luck!!!!
Post # 29
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
We’re doing a dessert table instead of cake. The idea has been very well received with our friends and family.
Post # 30
@HopefulSim: I knew way back that I didn’t want a wedding cake, partly because I was never attached the idea of cake itself, and because when my cousin got married she told me her cake cost $900. Wedding cakes are stupid expensive!
Instead of a cake, we are opting for a serve yourself dessert bar. I am so far loving this idea, because every place I’ve talked to doesn’t need the order until 48 hours before (not several months like wedding cakes) and when I call bakeries for quotes I can just tell them I’m planning a “party” and not a “wedding,” which I suspect is decreasing the cost. On our dessert bar we are going to include mini tarts, two or three 10″ cakes, two or three pies, cookies, and candy. And probably a cheesecake, too, since my Fiance loves cheesecake.
Post # 31
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@HopefulSim: I don’t think cake is necessary at all (most wedding cakes are pretty dry and bland if you ask me) but if you’re serving dinner, it’s always nice to have something sweet for dessert, whether it’s cookies, cupcakes, brownies, ice cream, candy bar – whatever.