Post # 1
So I’m not going to say who the bakery was but we had our first cake tasting tonight. Her prices were VERY reasonable and I was super excited. I met her at a bridal show and tried her cake. It was good, she was nice so I set up an appointment this past week with her.
I don’t know if this is normal or not but she does work out of her home, which is fine but the whole thing was kind of unprofessional.
So I emailed her about setting up a time to meet. She said she does cake tastings at 6 and 7pm. Ok perfect! I asked her how does 6pm on Thursday sound? Great, she says. Ok! I’ll see you then. And I realized that I didn’t have an address to go to so I asked and she said she works out of her house and here’s the address. Great! See you Thursday.
THEN I was looking at all the different cake flavors and sent her another email. (Total it was like 6-7 emails back and forth in the span of about an hour and they were quick emails, so it’s not like I’m writing novels here)The email I sent her asked how she does the tasting. Do we give her the flavors we like or does she just provide a variety? What happens? Because I’ve never done this before. She responded with ‘Well I ask my couples what three flavors they would like and I can provide some different icings and fillings’ Ok…that would have been nice to know without prompting you, kind of like the address. So we gave her the flavors and set the day and time.
My Fiance and I get to her house about 10 minutes early, ring the doorbell and no one is home. We think that maybe she is coming from somewhere so we get back in our car and drive around for 10 minutes and go back. Oh! There’s a car in the driveway, great start! Her daughter opens the door asks if we’re here for a cake tasting and then says one minute. Her husband then comes to the door and the baker wrote down the wrong time. She had it at 8pm not 6pm. Ok…I guess we’ll go out to dinner? See you at 8?
So we bum around and get there at 8pm and she had the three cake flavors but we didn’t like her buttercream and she didn’t have a variety of fillings either like she said she would. It all tasted the same. On the way home, Fiance said he was using his pass card and we’re going to find another bakery but it’s frustrating because she was reasonably priced. Maybe you get what you pay for? We’re talking about $200 for 100 person cake. Do I HAVE to spend $400 on a cake? Because if so, I don’t want to do a cake then. I’ll do cupcakes and cakepops instead.
So that’s the dilemma. Do we pay for the cake? Or find a different way to do it? It’s really frustrating because it’s one of the last vendors we have to find and I’ve had really good luck with all my other vendors in the past. Thoughts? Comments? Snide remarks?
Post # 2
Our cake is included with the venue package, so I have no idea how much it would cost on its own. However, I do know that the baker has a $600 minimum, which would buy their plainest and smallest size cake that feeds ~100 people. Based on this, $400 sounds reasonable to me and $200 sounds like a downright deal.
It doesn’t sound like cake is your biggest priority though, so I would spend $200 on delicious cupcakes and cake pops before I would spend it on a mediocre-tasting cake. If I were you I would get a small cake from a grocery store or Costco for the cake cutting, and serve better tasting desserts to your guests.
Post # 3
She was late, a little unorganized, and the cake wasn’t even that tasty. Why would you want that? You could probably get a more reliable cake at your local grocery store!
You don’t have to do a cake, but you should get a celebratory dessert that you and your guests will enjoy that won’t break the bank either. Cake tasting was the highlight of our wedding planning. I’m sure you’ll find something!
Post # 4
I personally value quality for price over anything. Sounds like she is a good price, but not good quality (you said all the cakes tasted the same, she didn’t deliver what she said she would, didn’t communicate well, etc) – this would be a hard pass for me, there’s so many things to stress about on your big day, wondering if the cake is going to be there on time should not be one of them.
I may be biased because we are doing cupcakes, but it seems like you need to decide if having a cake (vs cupcakes/cake pops) is really important to you. If it’s not, then you have a lot of other budget friendly options available – if having a cake is really important, then you need to decide if the stress of working with someone who doesn’t keep appointments or deliver what she said she would is worth more than $200. If not, then go with a more expensive cake, if saving money is the most important thing and having a cake is super important to you, then try to work with her. If I were you, I’d consider other options though.
Post # 5
She sounds flakey. We had a home baker do our cake for fairly cheap, because neither one of s really cared about that aspect, but it was GOOD. I’m not sure what you have for options but I’m sure there are better options out there. If not, maybe a plain cake from Costco or the equivalent? I’ve heard of bees having good luck there. Slap some flowers on it and you have a simple, elegant and beautiful cake!
Post # 6
If you don’t like the cake, go somewhere else. There is also nothing wrong with cupcakes and cake pops. From a guest stand point, it all tastes the same. From my bride perspective, it’s all about the aesthetics. However, if you or Fiance are concerned with her punctuality or the professionalism now, why risk it. Get what you want somewhere else.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I guess Ij ust didn’t realize or didn’t expect a cake to cost so much. Talking with my Fiance, I think doing cupcakes/cake pops and having a small cake would work just as well.
Post # 8
I would look for another vendor. She sounds super flakey and that is not something you need on your wedding day.
Post # 9
if you go to a bakery (even a fancy one) and get a couple regular cakes, you can easily feed 100 for $200. We are getting two gorgeous
cakes (about 70 servings) for $96. They just aren’t wedding cakes. because it isn’t a wedding cake there is no delivery, set up, personalization, or tiers.. The structural setup for a tiered cake alone is quite a bit of labor… Fiance and I couldn’t care less if our cake has tiers or is white.. We just want delicious goodness.
Post # 10
Yep – I plan on doing Nothing Bundt Cakes and a dessert table. I’m not a wedding cake person, and we both love the red velvet version. Easy and much less expensive!
Post # 11
I hadn’t thought about that! That’s a really good idea. Maybe I’ll start just looking at cakes that aren’t ‘wedding’ cakes and see if that’s something we could do too! Thanks for the idea! That’s so helpful!
I love cake! Cake is my favorite! It’s kind of important to me lol
Post # 12
OMG! My Fiance just said something so funny. He said how hard can it be to make a cake? Get me the stuff and I’ll do it. You want three tiers, right? Bahahaha. I told him to go ahead sweetie, maybe you’re missing your calling as a baker. It made me giggle.
Post # 13
I would recommend going to another baker just for the simple fact that having flaky and unreliable vendors is very stressful. If she can’t even get it together to try and secure your business then how do you think she’s going to do when she already has your money? You don’t want to spend your wedding day worrying about your cake. Wedding cakes can be very pricey. I’ve heard that Sam’s and Costco can make very pretty tiered wedding cakes very afforably. I’ve also seen where there was either a small cake or decoy cake where only the top layer was cake and the rest is cardboard but looks just like cake. You do the cake cutting with the small or decoy cake and then serve the guests from a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen or catering tent. At our wedding I bought 3 9″ cakes and several dozen cupcakes from our local bakery and 3 pies from my favorite pie shop We picked them up and transported them to the venue ourselves. The total cost was around $250. And then maybe another $50-$100 on cake plates, cupcake stands, and decor for the dessert table.
Post # 14
lol, cute. I’d totally go out and buy him 3 boxes of cake mix, some powdered sugar, and a few sticks of butter and ask him to make a mock-up.
But yeah… these cakes are really gorgeous–they’re super tall (7-9 inches, I never measured it so I’m guesstimating) and oversized and so f’n delicious. A pic is attached, but you don’t get a good idea of just how BIG they are, which is part of what makes them so pretty I think.. We’ll need to find a way to indicate the scale in the wedding photos. Flowers and stuff will help, I guess. I was wrong about $96 (I think the price went up–issue with a store-bought cake is they won’t let us pre-order so far in advance), it’s actually $114 total. Still, not a big deal.
Post # 15
We are only having about 60 people so we don’t need that big of a cake, but we are buying our’s from Sam’s club. It’s 3-tiered, decorated really pretty, and only $60! And their cakes are DELICIOUS! Also, my brother got married in October and they had a really little wedding cake on their cake table but they had almost 300 guests. So they bought that came and then like 3 other sheet cakes and just had them cut in the back and laid out on plates on the table. It was actually really nice because there were different options to choose from and I’m sure It was WAY cheaper!