(Closed) Wedding Cake questions

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

We chose 100 cupcakes and a 6″ & 4″ cake tiers so we had something to cut. We figured we will serve the cake to immediate family and the cupcakes to the others. It ended up being $230. (120 guests approx)

The bakery will help you with all your questions. No need to worry. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

We had 350 guests and ordered cake for about 300. We still had about 10 pieces left at the end of the night. My baker said she had never had a wedding where all the cake was eaten. Not eveveryone likes cake.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Our venue’s exclusive caterer (I.e. We couldn’t shop around even if we wanted to) is charging us $3.50 pp for the cake. We’re having 100 guests, so it came out to $350. I thought this was very reasonable.

This price is for a 3 or 4 tiered cake with a simple buttercream design. I picked a cake that just had ombre colored frosting because I didn’t think this was a place that we needed to spend extra. We chose lemon cake with raspberry preserve filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. It’s delicious! Everyone oohed and ahhed over it at the tasting 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you are really worried, order a Costco sheet cake in same flavor and color.  They can keep in kitchen and have extre pieces if needed.  

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We just did our tasting. I think it depends on how people will get the cake. If servers bring it to the table, you pretty much need to plan on everyone getting a slice. If you have a dessert table or whatever, plan on less people taking cake. I feel like a lot of people don’t eat it, so I want it at our Viennese hour. We have a 3 tier round cake (included for “free” by our venue) and our minimum is 160 guests, max is 200. I’ve heard of people cutting costs by using dummy cakes with only one tier being real for the official cutting and then using a sheet cake. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

mrsv2016:   That’s a very good price!  Long as you like the taste ours was a little more for about 50 servings But that may of been our design requests. We had 35 guests and a lot of leftover.  Didn’t intend to keep the top layer but it never even got cut . 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

juanita.kelly.9:  I really like this suggestion!! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We got enough for all of our guests and there were other desserts as well. The servers cut TINY pieces of the cake, so we have a ton leftover.  My husband cut it into smaller chunks and vacuum sealed it. We have it in the freezer and take some out every now and then. 

I wish we’d gotten a smaller cake. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

When we gave our final head count to our baker she came up with a quote for enough cake for about 10 less people. So we said we wanted an additional small cake to be made to cover everyone because we couldn’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want a piece. Well, we probably didn’t need it because that one wasn’t even toucedh and there was cake leftover from our original big cake as well. So we have tons leftover!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We spent about $270 and got a 2 tiered cake and 5 sheet cakes (we were planning on 140 when we booked and ended up with only about 100 people coming). I think the majority of people had at least a piece or we would have had a lot more cake left over. I just did not want to run out, because I would have felt bad if someone wanted it and couldn’t have it. One of my friend’s used the left over sheet cake for her kid’s birthday and it worked out well. I think the pricing is definitely going to depend on your area. Also, shop around. I spent hours looking for cake bakers because I didn’t want to spend a fortune on cake. I ended up going with a tiny mom and pop type of organization, but were still licensed. Another thing to consider is if your venue has a cake cutting fee. Ours was a flat $80 to cut the cake, but many places charge by the slice. Good luck!

Post # 12
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

mrsv2016:     Our guest count was similar to yours.  We ordered a cake to feed 100.  We had plenty enough to feed everyone, and had the top tier to take home.  We got it from Walmart.  It tasted delicious, and only cost us $150.00. It was a white cake with a caramel cream filling.  They decorated it nicely, but we finished it off with some of the flowers I had leftover from the bouquets and centerpieces. The bottom and top layers were decorated with rosettes, and the middle layer was sugared, which made it look delightfully sparkly. Here’s our cake below. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

saq4718: Thanks.  My cousin’s wedding planner had a lot of good ideas for avoiding waste.  She also arranged for the venue to cook any food relating to no shows and box for my aunt to take home.  My aunt was giving a going away brunch the next day, and this helped round out food for that.  The Wedding Party also said think LONG AND HARD about Save-The-Date Cards, other than VIPs (basically close family and closest friends) and out of town guests whom you are certain you want invited.  The Wedding Party reviewed contracts/venues, made certain no unexpected costs (that all set up charges, tips, gratuities — not just wait staff, but valets, etc, security charges, rentals of linens, etc. were agreed BEFORE signing), made certain that venue agreed to reduced costs for meals for vendors, children, that any unopened bottles of wine they would not charge for.  Lots of stuff like this.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

bibber:  This is exactly what we’re doing too (6″ and 4″ cake, cupcakes for guests), however, our caterer said 1.5cupcakes per guest, so we’re just going with 2 per guest and taking the rest home if there are leftovers (60 guests, 120 cupcakes ordered – 3 flavors).

$406, including delivery (30mi away) and some rentals!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

It’ll be a little extra work the day of but we’re planning on getting a three tiered cake from Sam’s Club for $60 (should serve about 60) and several sheet cakes from Costco.  I’ve heard great things about Costco’s sheet cakes so we plan to serve all the sheet cake and really only use the tiered cake to display and cut.  It will be pretty plain and I’ll add a few flowers or ribbons once it’s set up.  Should be at most $150 for everything.

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