(Closed) Is it tacky to serve cake from sheet cakes?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 2
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think “tacky” is very subjective… is it budget friendly– yes!  For us, cake was not our top priority (photography was way more important) so we are having a smaller cake that we’ll display and cut into and we’ll supplement with sheet cake.  You have to make compromise in some areas, and cake could be one of those areas, depending on your budget and where it falls on your list of priorities.

Post # 3
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

A lot of people do this to save $$$. I see nothing wrong with it. Do you think your guest will care if they are eating sheet cake? If they do are those the people you want at your wedding?

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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beanerchic69:  I don’t think it’s tacky so long as it’s not what is presented. Find a bakery that will do a 3-tier-cake. The bottom tier will be for the cake cutting ceremony, the top two will be “dummy tiers”. Then have your catering company serve the sheet cake from the kitchen or an enclosed area. The guests don’t have to know unless they ask, lol. 

Post # 5
7569 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

As long as everyone gets the same cake (so everyone gets sheet cake) then I don’t see a problem. If you serve some people fancy cake and others sheet cake then that might seem a bit off.

Post # 6
1705 posts
Bumble bee

I thought this was a pretty typical practice at some wedding venues?

Post # 7
2704 posts
Sugar bee

No it’s not 

Post # 8
379 posts
Helper bee

You could do the presentation cake, and then the sheet cakes in the back to get cut — when the whole cake is displayed at a wedding, they still wheel it in the back to get dished out anyways. Or, do several small cakes and make a dessert display.

Post # 9
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I dont think it’s tacky at all. As long as everyone is getting the same thing. A lot of people will to that to save money, and a lot of people do more nontraditional things.

I went to a wedding where the couple had the cake and then served everyone dessert from a cookie bar, that was disappointing lol.

Post # 10
922 posts
Busy bee

If it tastes yummy it’s all good by me!

Post # 11
9985 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had a sheet cake to supplement our regular cake.  No one even knew.  We cut our regular cake, and the sheet cake was in the back.  They were cut into the same shape so no one would even know if it was a cheap cake versus a regular cake.

It’s not tacky, it’s pretty brilliant, actually.  I almost hugged my cake baker when she told me it would literally save my hundreds and not a soul would notice (and no one did!).

Post # 12
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Dummy tiered cakes for presentation and pictures are super common. I wouldn’t serve some the sheet cake and some tiered. That would be off-putting. 

Post # 13
465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

A lot of bakeries suggest having a side cake in the back that nobody sees that is a full sheet rather than pay for an extra layer. Not tacky at all! Have fake tiers and then voila – nobody knows the difference once it’s taken away to be cut!

Post # 14
556 posts
Busy bee

If I was a guest at your wedding, all I would care about in that sentence is the word “cake”.

Post # 15
2260 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

This is super common in my area.  I wouldn’t think twice about it!!

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