(Closed) Wedding Cakes..Aren’t they overrated?

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008
Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I personally think that the cake cutting part of the wedding is boring and doesnt even usually make a good photo-op, so why even bother? At first, my fiance and I were thinking of just having a really small cake to cut….. and then serving sheet cake to everybody else. Now we are considering forgetting the cake and going the candy station route. I can just shove M&Ms in his face.      

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

We ended up throwing away most of our cake from our engagement party (mistake to cut it after dinner because people left very quickly after eating and before hte cake was served).  BUT I must say we had a very pretty cake and looked great in the pictures and are my favorite pictures from the whole night! It is a statement piece. It’s not just about dessert

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I love cake, so I’m a bit biased. But I think a dessert spread could be just as much of a "statement" and as beautiful as a wedding cake, and if that’s what you and your FH want, it’s what you should go for. Maybe start out looking at interesting display pieces, like fun candy dishes and cake/cupcake stands.

Post # 21
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Newbee

while i do like cakes (because they’re so YUMMY and i’m an addict of the food network’s Ace of Cakes), i could never bring myself to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a wedding cake. you’re right… it’s too much!

 we’re lucky that we know a cake maker who will be making our cake for us for VERY cheap. we’re keeping it small so that we can serve different flavours of cupcakes instead. it’s a lot more fun that way. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I also love cake – although I admit I have had some wedding cake that was not that good.  We have picked a fabulous little bakery for our cake; they make absolutely the best cake.  We are going to have at least three (maybe four – we keep changing our mind about our favorites) kinds.  So far – chocolate chambord with chocolate truffle, lemon with raspberry and lemon creme, white chocolate coconut with vanilla almond creme, and sour cream orange chocolate with grand marnier and chocolate ganache. 

However – we are having a small (three tiered) brides cake for show cutting, and the rest of the cakes will be regular 9-inch round so that the kitchen staff can cut them offstage (so the guests don’t have to wait).  My sister did this, although with different flavors (and only three) at her wedding, and the cake totally disappeared. 

If you really are not cake people, I would go with something else.  But I do think how much cake gets eaten totally depends on the quality and kind of cake (white cake with white frosting, right – I wouldn’t eat it either).

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i love our wedding cake – it came with our package – we were kinda "whatever" about it – but then we went cake tasting – holy shiot it was so good! 

not to mention there are pics of celebs everywhere who have ordered cakes from this place!

i like wedding cake – altho my friends and cousins have picked out great cakes – last one was my cousin’s teramisu wedding cake – yumm!

it’s all in what you feel fits you and FH – you’re not going to get a ticket from the wedding police if you dont have cake! heeheehee

how about gelato?? or cupcakes?? or a lot of different pies?? the choice is yours hon – your wedding – your rules!!

happy planning!

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’ve never been a fan of wedding cake, so we are having Beard Papa cream puffs and cannolis from Ferrara, a famous Italian bakery in NYC.  I love both of these items much more than cake, and it also saved us money.  Even buying extras (75 cream puffs and 85 cannolis for 106 people!), it is costing us only about $425, or $4 per person, which in NYC is a bargain.

Also, it unexpectedly saved us money in another way because we only had to order them two weeks before, so we knew exactly how many people we were having to order for, and despite the large number of extras (for people who want both–unlikely since both items are huge), we actually ended up reducing our number.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I didn’t read any other posts, but I agree.  I have not put an ounce of thought into our cake, and I have also decided to forgo the cutting of the cake.  It will be there, and be pretty, but nothing special, and it will be served.  who cares, really?  and I also don’t want to look ridiculous (no offense here) standing up there feeding each other….

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I have not met a cake I did not love! Fiance and I have decided to do a cupcake tower but we also thought about doing a sheet cake in addition. Not quite sure what the plans are yet. When we had our engagement parties last yr we had 2 sheet cakes from Safeway. I was hoping some of the people there wouldn’t eat all of it so I could take some home (yes I love cake that much.. Ha!) but nooooooo both cakes were gone before I knew it! A little disappointed but happy our family/friends enjoyed it.

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

My fiance’ and I thought about skipping the traditional cake in favor of a dessert spread as well. However, our baker was going to charge us an extra 25 cents per piece (for about 800 pieces) just to PLACE each piece of dessert. We didn’t think the extra $200 was worth it so we have decided to go with cake! I would recommend checking into hidden costs before you make a final decision!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not into the cake either.  I am having one for the cutting and to make my mom and fmil happy.  It cost $185.00 to feed 75 people, yes I will have more than 75 people at my wedding, but there will be a dessert table.  If you really need to make other people happy, I highly suggest the simple cake routine.  Mine is two round layers, simple whipped cream frosting with some dasies on it.  White cake with bavarian creme and fresh strawberries as the filling.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

IndianPrincess,

I’m having cake AND a dessert spread (buffet) at our event so I can give you insight to both. 🙂

I’m very traditional in the cake department (read: boring!) so we had to have it. Let me put it in perspective for you, though. 

In the SF Bay Area, most (the majority, not all…) cakes run about $5-7 per slice. A dessert buffet is $8 per person with my catering company and it includes 24 desserts contracted from Gerhard Michler in San Francisco. Really, if you think about it, it seems you get a LOT more for your money by going the route of a dessert spread than with cake. You’re more likely to please more people with different palate preferences and you have a greater variety.

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We’re having a small 2-tier cake made with decoration for us to cut for show and to have the wedding party eat.  Then we’re doing cupcakes for everyone else in an assortment of flavors.  It was SO much cheaper.  $4.50 per slice for a big wedding cake, only $1.50 per cupcake.  And the baker isn’t charging us the $4.50 per slice for the 2-tiered cake, he’s just charging for a 10 inch and 8 inch like if you picked up a couple of birthday cakes.  It was a no brainer for us. 

Oh, and another rip off: cutting fees!  By serving cupcakes where people can grab them themselves, we save not only $3 per person we also save $2.50 per person plating fee at our reception venue.  Craziness.

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

do the dessert spread! if i were a guest at your wedding. i would be so excited to get to choose what i eat!

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