The Hitching Post
How much cake is too much?
Ha. Trick question. There is no such thing 🙂
Cake is something I definitely know a lot about, at least the eating part.
Unfortunately, wedding cakes are expensive – so many flavours, icings, decorations, patterns. The options available to you are essentially as endless as your imagination, but most budgets won’t stretch to accommodate!
However, I have some tips below on how to save some cash and still have an amazing looking (and tasting) cake:
– Smaller cake plus a sheet cake > have a one or two tier cake (or more with fake foam tiers if you must), for the official cake cut and to serve a small number of guests, then a sheet cake that the kitchen staff serve to the rest of your guests. They will never know, and it will save you a bundle.
– Fake foam tiers > those giant tiered masterpieces you see on tv? I guarantee you that they aren’t all cake!
– Buttercream instead of fondant > tastes great, far less effort, as long you aren’t having a mid-summer outdoor wedding
– Choose simple flavours > keep your selections to one or two cake/frosting flavours
– Choose a simple pattern > allocate $35-50/half hour of a bakers time for intricate decorations
– Decorate with fresh flowers instead of sugar flowers > far less labour intensive; if you get them from the florist doing your bouquets they will match perfectly
– Buy your own cake topper > often far cheaper than buying from your baker, and you can easily buy online.
Geez, now I’m hungry.
Sonya of Heavenly Weddings is an Adelaide-based wedding and event planner with 8 years’ experience, who was born organised (just ask her friends). She loves to exceed her clients’ expectations, making sure every event is flawless – right down to the last little detail.
25/08/2017 / Kit Densley