(Closed) No big cake, just sheet cake?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center

Personally, while I do love seeing people’s wedding cakes, I’m all about wedding cake fulfilling its purpose as cake (vs. a sculpture). So I would probably be thrilled for the selection… but eight varieties may be a tad overwhelming for your guests. There’s no way I’d be able to choose just one (or two, or three)! We had four flavors at our wedding and that seemed to be a really good variety.

It sounds like you’re worried about the display aspect of it. Have you considered maybe having a few more small cheesecakes to dress up the presentation? This could be very cute if you use some fancy milk glass or colored glass cake platters, too!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are quite a few couples who think exactly as you do. You could certainly have a small cutting cake and sheet cakes for the guests. I think the key for a smaller cake is presentation. Do something different like the cutting board or a slab of wood or elevate it on a great cakestand.

I would limit the flavor choice to 3 or 4 though.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you are still thinking of the traditional cake I came across cake rentals this week.  Apparently you can rent the tiered version, which is fake, and either have the top and bottom layer be real cake, just the bottom be real, or have a slot in the back to put some real cake to cut.  I totally laughed at the fact that you can RENT a cake.  Before this I was debating making my own fake foam cake and serving sheet.  Much more economical.  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As a guest I’d love to have the choice, although I agree with PP that 8 choices might be a bit much if you are having a large crowd. That said…it’s always nice to have options!!

We’re doing a dessert bar and nixing the traditional cake…it’s only a reception for less than 25 close family so we are doing an assortment of our favorite homemade cakes and pies.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@indibee: Our food is an all you can eat buffet. So we’re letting guests pick their cupcakes! 9 different flavors to choose from. I love it! You may want to poll you guests so you know if one flavor is more overwhelmingly popular than another.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Have you considered doing something different like a crochembouche? The French serve these at weddings instead of traditional cake. You can also cover them in macarons. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

A friend of a friend of mine was in the same boat for her wedding, and rented a display cake (totally fake) for show, and then just served everyone sheet cake.  Apparently it worked out great, and nobody knew the difference!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are going to do a few different sheet cakes in different flavors (4 max). So I would say DO IT!!!

Post # 13
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Honey bee

I dare you to do it!

We only had a small one for cutting purposes and then had a dessert buffet… with no actual traditiona cake :)-

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m having a madhatter cake (people think I’m crazy, but I LOVE it!). The top and bottom layer will be styrofoam and the middle will be actual cake. In the back kitchen we will have the sheet cakes for the guests. It’ll actually save us money since the cake is fondant, which means the sheet cake will not have to be fondant…in the end it saves us some money not having it. 

I think I would be slightly disapointed with not having a cake displayed. You can always do the cupcake thing with multiple flavors. Keep in mind though that the more options you have the trickier it gets. I wanted 3 flavors and the baker talked me out of it because she said that with more options it means people will pick more of one or two flavors and the other not so much. I wanted chocolate, vanilla, and carot cake. Say most people like vanilla and carot cake…then you have people who don’t like chocolate or lots of chocolate leftovers. I’m a plain kinda person I would not be excited about 8 different flavors…unless one of them was funfetti! But really most people don’t like all those exotic fancy flavors. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We’re also planning on doing cheesecake! I’m excited to see another bee with the same idea :). We are going to get a bunch of smaller cakes (reg & cheese) and display them individually with cute cake stands in varying heights. We will have small cards saying what kind each is. We’re planning on 80-100 guests instead of 400 so the sheet cake is probably the best way to go for your situation.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@indibee: I couldn’t pick a few out of our cupcake lineup. But I know a few I for sure will stay away from. (Allergies) But that’s the reason I picked the week I did. I feel like it’s got a flavor for everyone to pick from. And, it’s a lot cheaper.

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