You can probably tell by the way I’ve put on a bit of weight recently that I really like dessert. And by really like, I mean LOVE. And wedding cake is especially delicious since it’s filled with all of that love. So what’s a bride (or groom) to do if they love cake but don’t want to spend a fortune on a wedding cake to feed hundreds? First thing, she needn’t despair- there are plenty of ways to enjoy a delectable wedding cake without spending a fortune or having to bake it yourself.
- Go faux. Don’t ask me why, but most of the wedding guests will prefer the dessert buffet (or the hot chocolate cake brought to their table). Why spend money on a wedding tier cake when you can create the look with a fake wedding cake? Many bakeries or cake rental outfits offer the option of purchasing or renting a fake wedding cake that looks just like the real thing – except that only the top tier is made of real cake. The rest of the fake wedding cake layers are made from styrofoam or another synthetic material and covered with fondant and decorations to match the real wedding cake.
- Use a wedding sheet cake. If you plan on serving the wedding cake to your guests you can purchase a wedding sheet cake that matches your faux wedding cake and have it cut up in the back room. Your guests will never know that it didn’t come from the tiered wedding cake.
- Take the road less travelled. There is no reason that you must purchase your wedding cake from a wedding cake bakery. Take time to ask your local bakery or restaurant if they can create a cake for you. You may also be able to ask the bakery section of your local grocery. Both of these options are likely to provide a truly delicious cake at a fraction of the price of a boutique wedding cake bakery.
- Use a cupcake wedding cake. One of the hottest trends this year was to create a wedding cake out of individually frosted cupcakes which create the illusion of a full cake but don’t require the effort to cut or decorate as elaborately as a standard wedding cake. If you’re interested in making a bold statement, a cupcake wedding cake may be just right for you.
- Ditch the details. I hate to say it, but there’s really no need to have a wedding cake bedecked with edible crystals or live orchids. Simpler designs are likely to be easier on the eyes as well as on the wallet.
- Stay solid. It may sound exciting to have a wedding tier cake that has different flavors of cake and icing so that you don’t have to choose your favorite one. But in reality, mixing different types of cakes is not only expensive, it’s useless. Your guests will likely only taste one tier, and they may not even know that you paid a fortune to have different types of cake. Chances are good that you won’t have time at your own wedding to sample each flavor either.