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

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 31
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I feel like it’s pretty normal to have a small cake to cut for photos and a much bigger sheet cake to serve from..

Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

beanerchic69:  Not “tacky” at all. There is no rule that says you HAVE to have an elaborate tiered cake. That being said, I had cupcakes in lieu of cake because I wanted multiple flavors. 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My fiance and I are inviting about 250 guests to our reception and we’re planning on doing the same thing. Luckily, our cake is included in the per guest cost for the reception, so we don’t have to worry about the cake budget as much. However, I also don’t want a 7-tier cake! We’re planning on doing a 4-tier cake and then sheet cake. After the bride and groom cut the first slice the waitstaff normally wheels the cake away anyways, so your guests won’t know if they’re having a slice of the actual tiered cake or the sheet cake!

Post # 34
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Busy Beekeeper

No. Cake is Cake. Feed me and I’m happy. 

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper

You’ve likely been to several weddings where the cake you’ve eaten has been either openly or discreetly cut from a sheet cake and you haven’t even realized this. I don’t even think it’s an uncommon thing to do- not to mention the description of your sheet cake sounds delicious

Post # 36
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Worker bee

We’re having three cakes–one tiered and two sheet. Three different favors, all on display. Guess that makes us tacky. 

 

I’d rather give my guests a choice in flavor of cake (and save a few hundred dollars…) than worry if someone thinks I’m being tacky and/or cheap. All are coming from the same bakery, all taste delicious, all will be beautifully decorated.

 

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

You’re giving me cake? It’s delicious? I’m not complaining if it doesn’t match. Very, very few people will notice, and if they do, remind them where to put that free, delicious cake. 

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I thought this was standard proceedure at most weddings? The only reason why I didn’t order a sheet cake from my bakery was because I only had 30 guests, so the smallest cake our bakery made could feed everyone two slices. 

You could also do a cupcake tower! That’s what I would have liked to do if I had a “normal” 100+ guest wedding and my bakery offered that. 

Post # 39
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Helper bee

Not tacky at all! I also love the idea of a cupcake tower!

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We are doing the same thing and i don’t think it is tacky at all. No one will know we are having sheet cake because it will be in the back. We are doing a 100 person cake for 130 person wedding and 3 diff flavors so wanted to do extra sheet cake to make sure everyone gets a taste of each layer. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

beanerchic69:  Not acky at all. You could do a small “fancy” cake for the cake cutting/pictures and sheet cake to hand out to the guest. In My Humble Opinion, the “fancy” cakes taste like crap anyway and I hate fondant. Sheet cake would probably taste better anyway.

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Not tacky at all! Just buy a dummy cake, have them take it to the back and cut up slices of sheet cake! Nobody will know unless you tell! ohh CAKE!

Post # 43
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Not tacky at all! As long as I have yummy cake, I’m happy. 

However, here’s an idea for using grocery store cakes: http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/06/grocery-store-wedding-cakes/

You could set out a table with multiple cakes (I’m assuming you’ll need a few for 300 guests) and decorate them like so in order to look fancier? Not necessary at all, but I personally love a good cake display 😉

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I don’t think that’s tacky! Just present the “pretty” cake, and keep the sheet cake in the back undisplayed. No one will even know

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

By the way your cake sounds delicious

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