(Closed) Vendor…Friend… Friend-or Cake Price? (A little inspo-pic heavy)

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Post # 3
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My cake is a buttercream cake for 130 people (6′ 10′ 14′ tiers) and is going to cost $450

If everyone RSVP’s yes, we will have 150 ppl, and the bakery will make a smaller cake that will stay in the kitchen to cut. (I don’t know how much this will cost yet)

Post # 4
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you going to invite this woman to your wedding as well as ask her to make the cake?

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Most bakers charge per serving and possible upcharges for fondant or different decorations and special flavors.  The cheapest I found was about $2/person and they only did buttercream and basic flavors (and weren’t that good).  I ended up paying abut $500 for a cake that was supposed to serve 53(ish) with fondant and three super delicious flavors from a high-end bakery.  So that was almost $10/person.  We did have quite a bit leftover, but we were happy because it was so good.

ETA: the baker we chose uses generour ‘servings’ that you’d actually want to eat.  I really wanted a 3-tier cake because that looks like a wedding cake to me.  It was 6-8-10, I think.

Post # 6
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@thepainter: I am going though my own cake vendor search and have found out cake is rather expensive in my area, Miami. I have been quoted for some of the cakes inspirations I have liked for about $600 and up for a 3 tier cake (just with fondant only!).Recently, Fiance and I fell in love with one cake inspiration and lucky for us, it’s a buttercream cake with buttercream roses and small swirls (4 tiers). The most competitive quote we have obtained for this cake was around $300 just the cake itself.

You are one the right route if you want to save money but still have a delicious cake for your wedding. Buttercream is less expensive and tastes better than fondant. If you plan on having flowers than either use natural ones (pesticide-free) or have your neighbor friend make buttercream flowers.

Here is my cake inspiration:

Post # 7
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just talk to her first – if she hasn’t made a wedding cake yet, she might not want to make one at all and I wouldn’t expect her to dedicate a year to practice making your cake. Call her or email and say “hey, I love everything that you bake! Do you do cakes? I’d love if you’d consider doing our wedding cake” and see what she says.

FWIW, a friend who bakes as a hobby is baking/decorating three cakes for us including one gluten free (80 servings) for $100. She’s done cupcakes for me before for corporate functions, and I named my price for her because she didn’t know what to charge me for the wedding 🙂

Post # 8
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If that’s the kind of cake you want then I would not trust someone who hasn’t done a wedding cake before to produce that for you.

The textured buttercream isn’t as easy as it looks and if not done right, can look extremely messy.

The scroll work wont’ look like that without fondant either – so another cost she would have to add in. 

Post # 9
7900 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

My three-tied round rough buttercream cake with minimal decoration was about $480 if I remember right. It was enough cake for 85 + a top tier to keep.

Post # 10
7900 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

PS. if you want a tiered cake, make sure she’s done those before. You need special equipment to support the structure and a denser cake recipe.

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