Post # 1
So we’ve narrowed it down to 2 potential bakers for our cake and now I’m torn about who to choose.
Is an award-winning cake designer, is a little pricier. Tastes yummy but not special – like store-bought (taste 7 out of 10), very skilled at making cakes look like art (design 10 out of 10).
Is an all-organic baker, less expensive but higher quality ingredients, cake is foodie-level great with unique flavor (taste 9 out of 10), designs are sufficient but not “art” (design 6 out of 10)
I was recently thinking that wedding cakes cost so much, it’s almost better to think of it as an expensive prop for the photography rather than a dessert half the people won’t eat… and if that were the case truly, would it be better to go for the best looking cake that we would most like to be photographed with? Or the best tasting one that I would most like to eat and share.
Post # 3
How are you wanting your cake to look….? Or pictures of their work?
Post # 4
Apparently the biggest waste of money in a wedding is the wedding cake. No one eats it because it doesn’t taste as good as the delicious food from the meal. So…I would DEFINITELY go with the better tasting cake.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I voted best tasting cake, but I think it depends on what kind of design you want. Ideally, you could go with the better tasting less expensive cake, and choose a design that they can do well
Post # 6
Taste quality over eye candy quality, I say! 🙂 Your guests may glance at your cake coming into your venue, but they’ll remember it if it’s delicious…
Post # 7
Better tasting, better quality ingredients, cheaper … How is this even a question?
If the cake is “an expensive prop for photography,” something is seriously messed up. Tragic waste of a cake.
Post # 8
Taste, absolutely! We had two bakers in mind as well; one that did elaborate fondant work with okay cake and one that that did very clean fondant work with amazing cake. We ended up with a gorgeous cake that tasted like heaven.
No body remembers the first dance song but a bad or subpar wedding cake lives on forever.
Post # 9
Every bit of our cake was eaten so I’d say go for the yummy one!
Post # 10
Taste, absolutely. I seriously hate the disappointment I feel when I bite into a beautiful wedding cake and it tastes like garbage. Most people will remember how your cake tasted before they remember what it looked like.
Post # 11
Taste. No one will be disappointed with a normal-looking cake that tastes great, but a stunning-looking cake that tastes awful will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Post # 12
The taste. We didn’t use fondant because I think it’s gross but he used a thick, delicious, decadent tasting buttercream. People are STILL talking about how awesome my cake was! It wouldn’t have won any contests for looks,it was a tad traditional due to lack of communication on my part but so what? I never remember what anyones cake looks like, only if it was good or not.
Post # 13
I voted for the better tasting cake, although maybe you can compromise?
You can have a small, gorgeous cake that functions as the prop cake. You and your SO can still feed each other from it, but just don’t serve it to your guests.
Then you can have a dessert bar/cake bar with the tasty cakes, or just have the really tasty cakes in the back to serve to the guests.
At most events I’ve attended, the guests are not helping themselves directly from the cake anyway. It’s almost always wheeled to the back and cut. If the cake in the back is the same color externally as the photo cake, I think you will be fine.
FWIW, Darling Husband and I cannot recall what people’s cakes looked like but we definitely remember the cake flavors and quality. We didn’t get that many photos of our cake anyway.
Post # 14
Thanks all.. just to clarify the best looking one also tastes very good. Just not a “refined level of good”… good like Sara Lee.. I mean, more people might even prefer it because its like that. The other one is better if you are more of a food/dessert connoissier.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Taste for sure. Our cake was pretty, but nothing super gorgeous, but it tasted AMAZING and most of it was eaten. I got a much prettier (like freaking unbelievably gorgeous) cake for my first wedding, but the cake was just nice… nothing special… I knew this time around I wanted a better tasting cake as long as it wasn’t fugly.
Post # 16
Everyone ate our cake. Our cake served 130 and we only had 115 guests….. And there was only half the very top layer left! Saving the top wouldn’t have been an option for us, haha. Looking back, I wish we would have had either a larger cake or a groom’s cake as well, because it went to quickly.
We visited 3 well known bakeries and got lucky in that the shop with the design I liked best also had the best tasting cakes and was the cheapest by a few hundred dollars- so we lucked out.
but for you, I’d say go for the cheapest. It’s only cake after all.