Every bride wants a glamorous wedding cake that takes her wedding guests’ breaths away, but a wedding cake like this can cost you a lot of money.
But, who says you can’t get your dream wedding cake on a limited budget? You don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding cake for it to be a beautiful and tasty cake.
Some brides want their cake to be entirely real, while others don't mind having a few fake tiers and one real tier to cut into. And since ordering a real wedding cake can be tricky and costly, if you decided on getting a real wedding cake for your big day, then there are some tricks you can do that can help you save some money.
Here is how you can get your dream wedding cake while saving some money:
Go For Simple Designs
Keep in mind that you don’t only pay for the cake itself, but also for the work, time, and effort that will go into making it. Size and shape affect the cost of the wedding cake, but so does the time constructing the cake and working on its details. So choosing more simple designs that require less labor work will save you some money.
Fake a Large Cake
Create the effect of a larger cake by separating each layer of cake with thick, decorated non-cake layers, such as decorated Styrofoam, to turn your three-tier cake, for example, into a six-tier wedding cake.
Choose Classic Flavors
Vanilla or chocolate-flavored cakes are usually cheaper than other special wedding cake flavors. So ask the cake baker about the difference in cost between different cake flavors. You will find out that, for example, a rich fruit cake is more expensive than a white vanilla cake.
Choose The Right Decorations
Choose bigger sugar flowers, as they make your cake look more expensive for less money, as smaller sugar flowers cost more to make.
Simple and classic sugar-paste flowers and pearls can make your cake look more expensive for less. You can also use real flowers to decorate your wedding cake. And don’t go for hand-piped lace designs, as they are a bit pricey.
Not only are ribbons cheap and easy to apply, but they will also make your cake look more elegant. Select the right colors that match your wedding theme and ask the cake baker to add them on the cake.
Consider The Number of Guests
Cakes are priced per slice, and as not every guest is going to eat from your wedding cake, so do not calculate the number of slices based on the number of your wedding guests. If for example you have 150 guests, ask for 120 to 125 slices. This also depends on our dessert buffet and what other cakes and desserts you will be serving your guests.
Consider Having an Unstructured Wedding Cake
Instead of stacking the cake up in tiers, you can have each tier presented on a different platter or pedestal side by side. This will cut your costs of stacking and decorating a tiered cake.
Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had an unstructured wedding cake for their big day! Click to take a look.
Buttercream vs Fondant Frosting
Buttercream frosting is a bit cheaper than fondant icing, since fondant takes more time and effort rolling out and applying on the cake. Some bakers will have them all at the same price, just make sure you ask first.