Cheap Wedding Cake Ideas
Need some ideas for a cheap wedding cake? Cheap doesn't necessarily have to mean that the it won't look good or taste good.
The cost of the wedding cake is usually due to the designer's time spent decorating. The more unusual, the more time consuming . . . the more the $$$ grow. Here are some steps to help cut down on costs.
Although beautiful to the eye and a favorite of many brides, fondant seems to be more trouble. Most of the vendors I know tend to discourage fondant cakes because of the hours involved.
Cheap wedding cakes usually have buttercream icing - the standard among cake bakers and pretty yummy at the same time!
Did you know that fondant cakes have a thick layer of buttercream underneath the fondant? It helps keep the fondant layer from sliding off the cake. So in essence you are paying for TWO layers of icing . . . which you will pay for dearly!
Consider a Smaller Cake
To save money, the bakery vendors I know suggest that you go with a smaller design for pictures (and cake cutting) and supplement with larger sheet cakes in the kitchen. Don't get too fancy with
the demands for decorations on these sheet cakes or your cheap wedding cake will end up costing you as much as a larger cake!
Have a Friend Bake your Cake
If you have a talented friend or relative, consider letting them bake your wedding cake. Although their creation might not have the "professional" touch, just imagine the love that goes into it!
Wilton Cakes has so many products that make baking a wedding cake much easier . . . even for a novice!
Best advice? Keep your demands simple. Keep the decorations to a minimum and perhaps the layers staggered on separate plates rather than stacked. Baking individual cakes is easier than trying to stack or put column dividers between.
Decorate with Fresh Flowers
Insert toothpicks in the stems of your flowers for easy insertion into the cake icing.
Go with a Smaller Bakery
Check around for smaller cake vendors. They make make a cheap wedding cake that tastes delicious because they don't have the same high overhead of larger bakeries. Be sure to ask for references and check at least a couple of them!
Consider a Cupcake Wedding Cake
Cupcake Wedding Cakes
for more ideas! Cover tiered boxes with colored paper to made your
wedding and banded with ribbons. The cupcakes can be presented in
a lovely way . . . and you can still have a very cheap wedding cake!