Your traditional tiered wedding cakes from a local bakery typically prices out to at an average of $5 per serving. We all know the cake alone can take quite a bite out of the overall bridal budget, especially when you consider serving 100 people or more. Cupcakes are becoming a popular alternative, but even those aren’t cheap, and can start at $3 each from local cupcake specialists. With a little ingenuity, there are lesser-priced options to feed your guests that won’t sacrifice in taste or style.
If you have a lot of guests to serve, you can save several hundred dollars by renting a faux showpiece cake from a number of locations for $75 to $100 and then just serve an inexpensive sheet cake instead (a half sheet cake from Sam’s Club will serve 40 people at a cost of a mere $1.15 per slice). Choose between multiple designs for your faux cake to match your wedding theme, with the plain white circular or square cakes being the most popular, allowing the bride to decorate in her own style with fresh flowers or ribbon. Can’t bear the thought of not having a cake-cutting photo op? Just fake it with the showpiece cake while using two slices of real cake for the bride and groom to feed each other. Or, if you must actually slice into a cake,your bakery can typically substitute the top layer of the showpiece cake with a tier of real cake for approximately $75-$100.
Whole Foods provides an economical option for wedding cakes as well. A three-tiered wedding cake consisting of one 6-inch, one 8-inch and one 10-inch tier in any icing or filling combination offered will feed approximately 80 to 100 people and costs between $100 and $200.
Another option is to contact local culinary schools where pastry students are getting hands-on, supervised experience, so the bride receives a discount from traditional bakery prices. Depending on the filling or type of cake requested, prices per serving for a tiered wedding cake through many local Culinary Arts Program begin at $3.50.
If you’re determined to go the cupcake route, just go grocery shopping. White or chocolate cupcakes from Sam’s Club with a choice of whipped buttercream icing in vanilla, chocolate, German chocolate or cream cheese cost a mere $1.49 each. The cupcakes are decorated with roses, or the bride may consult with the bakery for other ideas. OYou can even enlist Betty Crocker and a group of your best baker friends to make homemade cupcakes. Dress them up with elegant Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers available online at a cost of $48 per 50. After factoring in baking supplies, your homemade creations will cost even less than that $1.49 price.
Would you consider renting a wedding cake for your wedding?