for yAre you a simple round, buttercream cake couple, or more of the sleek, fondant-covered cake types? Maybe you like custom cakes, unusual wedding cakes, 3 tier wedding cake or even black and white wedding cakes. How about cost, what do wedding cakes even cost these days? Can I get a cake off-the-shelf or should I get a completely custom cake? You’re probably starting to see that when it comes to wedding cakes, there are lots of things to consider.
Read below to learn all about wedding cakes. What the choices are, the things you should be considering and managing the cake planning process. Don’t forget that your wedding cake is a very big visual part of your wedding. It is important to know what you’re getting into and to be prepared.
Common Wedding Cake Questions & Answers
How do I save on a wedding cake? The simplest way to save on a cake is to cut a fancy cake during the cake cutting ceremony and save the cake to serve guests in the back. This lets you get an amazing cake (which would be expensive if you tried to feed everybody with it), maybe with one or two fake cake layers to give it more presence. Then you supplement the rest of the wedding cake with a sheet cake.
Can my baker supply a wedding cake topper for me? Most cake stores will have a wedding cake toppers available, but it isn’t likely to be a robust collection. These days cake toppers can be found in many places, both physical stores, online stores and places like Etsy. We suggest that you get a topper by searching yourself, there is just so much choice.
Should We Serve Wedding Cake and Dessert? Frankly, there is no strict etiquette rule on this. Lots of brides serve dessert in addition to wedding cake but this is in no way mandatory. Historically, wedding cakes weren’t that great to eat, so most people served dessert. These days, a wedding cake isn’t just for show – cake bakers fully expect it to be the primary dessert at the wedding.
Do I have to have a white wedding cake? The short answer is a definite no. Wedding cakes these days have morphed into a creative expression of the couple and cake designer. Cakes now incorporate amazing color and character. Some couples choose their cake color and decoration based on the time of year they are marrying. For example, if you will marry in the fall they would go one route, whereas in the spring they would do something different. Cake designers are more than willing to sit down with you and come up with something that reflects your personality and taste. Often they will have photos of weddings cakes they’ve created in the past to help you get a good idea of their work.
What can I expect to pay for a wedding cake? A wedding cake is usually priced by the slice, and the range is wide, anywhere from $1.50 to $12 a slice. The more complicated the wedding cake, the more you’ll pay. Fondant icing is generally more expensive than buttercream, and if you want elaborately molded shapes, vibrant colors, and/or handmade sugar-flower detailing, you’ll pay for the cake designer’s time and labor. A good cost-cutting option is to order a wedding cake for 150 people and serving your guests “half-servings.” Or, have the wedding cake of your dreams made on a small scale for a price you can comfortably afford and then order sheet cakes of the same flavor to be cut in the kitchen for your guests.
Why are custom cakes so expensive? You can get an inexpensive wedding cake, but you’re probably getting one made with different ingredients than a custom wedding cake. To have a custom-crafted wedding cake that’s a work of art, you can be paying around $7 a slice. For this price and with a custom cake designer, you should also be getting the best ingredients.
Can I make my own wedding cake? Sure, if you’re up for it this can be a fun experience. A wedding cake is essentially just a really big layer cake. Making a cake from scratch can be fun! Just make sure to plan ahead, are organized, and have all the right equipment on hand. The key to making a wedding cake is to find the right recipe, Pinterest is a great resource for this!
Size Of Wedding Cake
Get familiar with how many guests you are having and the different design combinations you can try. Add 10 servings if you are planning to keep the wedding cake top tier.