Post # 1
This is my first post – so if I make any mistakes or post this in the wrong place please call me out on it.
I’m getting married on March 8th, 2014 at the Liriodendron in MD. Unlike most people, I’ve never been to a wedding, bridal shower, banchelorette party, baby shower, etc. in my life. All of my wedding experience comes from Pinterest, Off Beat Bride, and sites like this. We’re having about 90 people and while we’re not on a super tight budget, I try to be very conscious on the cost we spend on services. I have a dream cake.
The Macaron Cake
We’re having french food, and I figured this beautiful french-themed desert would be the icing on the cake (that pun was SUPER intended!). Unfortunately this beauty was quoted for $800 from La Cakerie in Towson. We were able to talk things down to be about $500, but I still don’t like the idea of spending that much money on a cake. Alternative ideas that I’ve seen included cupcakes with a cutting cake, or a cutting cake with sheet cake sliced up in the back.
So my question is, if you could choose between cupcakes or sheet cake, which do you think would be better?
Or are there any alternative french-themed cakes I could try out? The big problem is that macarons are NEVER cheap.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I would go with cupcakes over a sheet cake. That cake is pretty!
Post # 4
@mochamint: Can you make the cake yourself? Or perhaps order from a cheaper place?
I personally would enjoy cupcakes over cake and think cupcakes would be a big hit! Plus I think they would photograph better than sheet cake.
Anyway, could you do a crepe bar? Everyone could make their own desert? Maybe get a simple white cake made and add the macaroons yourself?
Post # 5
@mochamint: $500 for a wedding cake seems outrageously reasonable for my neck of the woods. We payed a great deal more than that.
I love this idea but I do fear the macarons would be a bit squishy/soggy considering they are so light and airy. Have you considered a Croquembouche? It doesn’t get more French than that!
Post # 6
We had a small three tier cake and a larger sheet cake to cut up as well. It worked beautifully! We had our lovely cake to display and no one really cared that there was a sheet cake too. And we saved over 50% per slice that way!
Post # 7
I prefer the way cupcakes look over a sheet cake, but I prefer actually eating sheet cake. Cupcakes are awkward to eat IMO, though I guess you can still use a fork and knife to eat it. Aesthetic-wise I would go with cupcakes.
Have you checked around with some smaller, more local bakeries to see if you can get a better quote on the cake? Maybe somewhere not in Towson, Baltimore, Annapolis etc. Though I don’t think $500 is that outrageous for a wedding cake. Ours was $350 and it was only feeing 40 people.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
@mochamint: I prefer to have a sheet cake so that it’s still “cake” when served but I’ve been to weddings where it was cupcakes and honestly, it doesn’t make a difference!
From the picture, the cake itself looks very easy and you need less than 40 macaroons. Can you have them make just the cake and find the macaroons elsewhere for cheaper? The other option is to make them yourself. Either way just pay for the cake and maybe an extra cheap “decorating” if you want to supply them the macaroons and have them put them on, or just put them after delivery (just ask for a tube of extra icing to have them stick). If you haven’t shopped around at other bakeries I would also advise doing that, shopping around saved us hundreds! Also, as you shop around go a little outside your area, sometimes vendors + travel are still cheaper than an in city vendor. Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 9
The macarons alone would be over $100 where I live.
1.You could rent a very plain 2 tier wedding cake ,add a real top layer for cutting, then add the macarons.
2.You could have someone make a very simple cake,frosted with buttercream or meringue frosting,then add the macarons.
3. As a pp has mentioned,you could serve a croquembouche- basically a stack of creampuffs secured with caramel.
3.You could have a cake made with crepes.
With any of the above,you could serve sliced sheetcake or cupcakes.
Post # 10
@Payless: I’d love to make the cake myself – but unforatunately I do not have that kind of skill set. I’ve asked friends who bake and a few other bakeries, but very few know anything about macarons or are willing to touch the idea. Crepe bar is interesting…I’ll have to see how I could pull that off. Thanks!
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: Croquembouche. That’s definitely as french as it gets. There’s one place in Baltimore that I could find that does it – and apparently they’re all booked up for the rest of next year. I’m still looking though! My only concern with that (aside from figuring out how to eat it) is if my family would even know what it was. I’m not french, I just like french things. lol
Post # 12
@mochamint: I would think that you could have someone make the simple white cake you want and then add the macaroons onto it! Just make a batch of royal icing (or buy it), slap a bit on the bottom of each macaroon, and then stick it where you think it would look best!
If you have a friend make the simple cake or purchase from somewhere that it is cheap, then you could spend more money on macaroons 🙂
Post # 13
@mochamint: That is a great date 😉
@julies1949: and +1 those are all awesome suggestions
Post # 14
@mochamint: Just put a sign out that says “the most delicious cream puffs you will ever consume” and they will figure it out quickly. Seriously, those little buggers are amazing!