Post # 1
Im thinking about getting my cake at Sam’s club. Does anyone have any advice/previous experience with this? I wondering what the quality is, flavors, decorations, price? Welcome to other inexpensive dessert ideas (no cupcakes/cake pops) THANKS! 🙂
Post # 3
A local (I think) tradition around here is a cookie table instead of a dessert table. Cookies are probably one of the cheapest desserts you can buy, because they can be made in bulk. Around me, most of the cookies are homemade, but I think some people “cheat” and buy them from bakeries.
Post # 4
I really like Viennese tables! You can do them with grocery store food… $10-15 cookies (two or three kinds from the bakery), a cheesecake from the freezer aisle, a pie from the freezer aisle, some turnovers from the bakery… You could have a seriously impressive one for less than $100!
We considered a BJ’s cake for our wedding… But there was a $3 cake cutting fee per slice, so it was just not worth it to go with a non-caterer cake!
Post # 5
I’m currently working as a cake decorator (though at Walmart, not Sams) until I can find a teaching job. Anyway, I can tell you that the prices are reasonable (for example, a 3 tier cake is roughly $125) and they don’t use fondant. As for actual flavors/quality, if they do things at Sams the way they do at Walmart, your cake will not be baked at the store,. They come in frozen (but they are pretty tasty!). Buttercream generally looks the best and has more vibrant colors/options. It’s also significantly easier to work with that whipped icing, though the whipped is delicious! (The chocolate buttercream too!!!)
They should have a book that you can look through and they can be flexible with colors/design as far as I know. Again, I’m not entirely sure how different (if at all) things are at Sams.
It’s definitely up to personal preference. If you want a fancier flavor of cake, the fact that they come in frozen limits your options a bit. But the prices are decent and overall, I like the taste of the cakes there.
Post # 6
My FI’s family has a tradition where all the women bring their best dessert for the table. I loved the idea, but our venue won’t allow homeade goodies. I also agree you could probably do it fairly low cost from BJ’s/COSTCO with frozen desserts, etc.
Our venue doesn’t provide cake and so we didn’t have a cake cutting fee. To save money we’re ordering sheet cakes from Wegmans. We found a local baker who was willing to make us a very inexpensive faux cake. Our top layer will be real that we’ll cut and feed to each other. The other tiers will be styrofoam covered in foundant. For us this was the best of both worlds, a gorgeous display cake, but it won’t cost us a fortune!
Post # 7
Thanks for the great info! How much would something like this cost per serving at Sam’s club / walmart (without flowers)?
Post # 8
That would be roughly $125ish. If you look through the wedding cake binders, they have several options, including some with flowers. The flowers in the designs would be included in the cost, as they’re part of the cake kit that they’d have to order. It may differ store to store depending on the region, but that’s about what it is where I live.
If you go to a store and inquire, they should be able to quote you prices and give you an idea of what sorts of options you have. I know some of the cakes are copywrited to the point where you can’t even change colors, but I THINK with wedding cakes are a bit more flexible and that shouldn’t be an issue. Definitely can’t hurt to ask!
Post # 8
The bakery department at my local Sam’s club here in Gaithersburg, MD was very responsive when I needed a wedding cake. I requested for a white cake with white buttercream icing. Prices are cheap. One 3-tiered cake and 2 sheet cakes ran me only a little over $100 for ~200 guests. I decided to buy a sample of their white cake with white buttercream icing the other day so I bought one already made from the club. Here is my two cents on the actual cake itself. As a person of Asian decent, the white cake with the icing together was way too sweet for my liking. The buttercream icing by itself had too much sugar. Without the buttercream, the cake was okay. Not over the the top delicious and a little bit on the dry side. Note that the white cake is a dense cake and not the light, fluffy sponge cake. So if you compare the dryness of the white cake to a sponge cake that has been sitting out for a day or two, it’s not as bad.
Their cakes are delivered frozen and they just add the icing. The taste of the cake was not that fresh, but tolerable. Also, the buttercream icing is made with Crisco oil. I bought the cake later in day when the store was closing. So by then, the oil droplets in the buttercream was starting to gather as oil droplets on top of the buttercream icing destroying the look of a smooth, matte buttercream icing on top of the cake. Just a minor visual flaw that may bother you if your cake sits out at your reception for several hours. Another thing to note is that their round cakes have 2 layers with a thin layer of buttercream in the center. Sheet cakes are single layered. Orders for the tiered cakes can only be placed in the store and you do need to pick up the cake yourself. They do not offer a delivery service even if you are willing to pay for one. Overall, pricing for the cake is excellent, service at my local club was excellent, but the quality of the cake was so-so. I am someone who can make cakes from scratch but nowhere near being an expert.