I adore wedding cake. There is nothing quite like it. I won’t lie, in the past I’ve been tempted to buy a fake engagement ring with the sole intention of scheduling and attending cake tastings. Wedding cakes are like art that you can eat. The cake is one of the only items at a wedding that functions as a decoration and as something guests will ingest. At many weddings, the cake has its own display table and its own role in the reception. It’s kind of a big deal. With countless designs, flavors, bakeries, and styles to choose from, sometimes cake hunting can be overwhelming.
Here at Brazos Valley Bride, we understand how difficult choosing the perfect cake can be.
Here are some helpful tips to aid you in your search.
- Know your head count. Often, one of the first questions that you will be asked at a cake tasting is how many guests you plan on serving. Your head count determines your cake options.
- Know your budget. How much are you willing to spend? Most wedding cakes are priced per slice. Slices can range anywhere from $1.50 to $15. In my experience, cakes in the Brazos Valley generally range from $2 to $6 per slice. Knowing your budget allows your cake designer to better create a cake that works for you and your wallet.
- Know your flavors. Most bakers will have various cake flavors and filling options for you to try at a tasting. Pick one that you and your groom are crazy about.
- When you go to your cake tasting, bring photos and drawings of what you would like your cake to look like. It is best to find out upfront if your cake designer can create what you are looking for. Be direct and don’t make your cake designer have to guess what you will like.
Cut Costs, Not Just Cake
While I adore wedding cakes, their prices are not as adorable. If you are a bride on a budget, here are some tips to help cut your cake costs.
- If you are interested in saving some money on your wedding cake, opt for a cake-slicing station rather than a served course. Chances are, not every one of your guests will want a slice of your delicious confection. Studies have shown that brides who choose a cake-slicing station save an average of 10% on cake costs.
- The time that is spent constructing, icing and decorating your cake is reflected in the price. In order to cut costs, purchase a smaller two or three-tiered cake for your display and cake cutting. Then purchase a non-decorated, non-stacked sheet cake and have your servers cut it and serve it to guests. This can lessen your cake expenses by up to 50%.
- Go for the square cake. You are able to cut square cakes in a grid like pattern which ensures the maximum amount of servings per tier.
- When it comes to frosting, choose buttercream over fondant. Rolling out and applying fondant requires extra effort and time which results in a price bump.
Here are some of the Cake Vendors we love, from right here in the Brazos Valley!
“Feed Your Addiction” with Cake Junkie
“Reasonable Prices, and Amazing Flavor” come with every cake by Blondie
“One of a kind confections will have your guests wondering how they can Top That! too”
“Committed to creating affordably-priced custom cakes, cookies, truffles and other distinctive desserts for your wedding”
Enjoy “Culinary Masterpieces in Edible Form” with Ciana’s Cakes from the Chocolate Gallery
Photo Credit: Submitted Photos from local photographers, bakeries, and iStock.