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asked Jun 10, 2012 in Cake by anonymous
recategorized Mar 10, 2013 by anonymous
  
 

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You can have a luxurious looking wedding cake at cheapest price by ordering a “fake” cake. This is popular in other countries and can make for a practical centerpiece. Usually only the top two layers are made of real cake, with a false bottom tier. You can also just stick to one flavor of cake, as additional flavors will cost more.

Or have a small wedding cake, but serve sheet cakes to your guests instead. Also, avoid ordering cakes directly from caterers, as they usually just buy them from pastry shops and jack up the price. Better if you visit a few different shops and compare prices instead.


answered Jun 10, 2012 by anonymous
edited Mar 10, 2013 by anonymous
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As a wedding cake baker, I do not offer "fake cakes". It takes the same amount of time to decorate a piece of styrofoam as it does real cake, so it's not really any savings. Also, not all bakers charge more for different flavors, so be sure to ask that question at your tasting appointments. Many brides opt for a smaller display and additional kitchen cakes for more servings. A kitchen cake is not a sheet cake, it is a layered cake that will look just like the wedding cake when cut. Most often, the outside is just icing and not decorated to match the display cake. This option will cut down on your cost a bit. If you are concerned about having a small cake, add height to it with a cake plateau to sit it on, and a nice topper to make it visually taller. Go with a buttercream iced cake if you can, fondant is more expensive. Stay away from lots of sugar flowers, they can be quite pricey too. Be sure to have a budget in mind and discuss that with your potential cake vendors during your appointments. If their initial price is out of your range, let them know, and they can offer alternatives to make it work for you.


answered Aug 21, 2013 by Katherine's Confections(expert)
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My daughter-in-law baked her own wedding cake, a small one for the bride, groom and parents, and best man and maid of honor (8 slices). All the rest enjoyed cupcakes.


answered Sep 11, 2013 by Felicia