The wedding cake has been one of the primary focal points of the wedding reception for a very long time. In recent years, the cake has taken on an even more exalted role – to the point that brides are even planning the entire ceremony around it. If you want to follow this trend, but you’reworking within a modest budget, use these tips to enjoy a beautiful, yet inexpensive wedding cake.
A fantastically displayed, multi-tiered wedding cake is probably close to the top of the “must have” list for almost every bride when she begins to plan her dream wedding. Sadly, the price of such a cake can be the stuff of nightmares. If the heart is set on such a cake, order it with plain white frosting, undecorated, and decorate it at the reception with fresh flowers.
Always stick with basic flavors and fillings as exotic choices add to the cost of the cake.
Instead of one huge multi-tiered cake, use a smaller one and then as many sheet cakes as needed to serve all of your guests. An added benefit to this way of doing things is that it helps speed along the cutting and serving, and no one will ever know your secret.
Don’t forget that most grocery stores have onsite bakery departments that are full service, and are almost always much cheaper than using a baker.
A trend that’s very popular right now, and much more affordable than a traditional wedding cake, is using cupcakes.Order as many as you need in white paper wrapping, and white frosting. Use a tiered serving dish to arrange the cupcakes. Or you can buy two or three inexpensive white plastic serving platters. Line the platters with white paper lace doilies. Place the first platter on the table. Place three inverted wine glasses at noon, 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock on the platter. Fill in around the glasses with cupcakes. Place the second platter on the overturned wine glasses. In the center of the second platter, place three more inverted wine glasses. Fill the second platter with cupcakes. Place the final platter on the overturned wine glasses and fill with cupcakes.
Use a two tiered cake for the bride and groom to cut at the reception. Order a sheet cake for however many guests will be attending. On a separate table offer guests various toppings for their slice of cake. You can offer fresh strawberries, chocolate syrup, raspberries, sprinkles and whipped cream. Consider offering several flavors of ice cream. It’s fun and festive.
Have a friend, or several friends bake the cake using various sizes of heart shaped pans. Each can be iced in shades of pale pink, pale lilac, cream, and white. The cakes are placed on a table covered with a lace cloth. Rose petals in pinks, cream, and lilac – or whatever colors suit your color scheme are scattered between the cakes.
These tips will allow you to have the cake of your dreams without ruining your budget, and all your guests will know is how beautiful it was.