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post #1 of 26
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Hello all! I am new to this. My Mom and I are going to make my wedding cake and I need to know if anybody would be kind enough to share a cheap recipe with me. I am trying to keep my cost to under $400 total for the whole wedding. Any help would be fabulous! I am borrowing cake pans from someone in town that my Mom knows through a friend and I don't know if it matters or not but I am doing either heart or square and I need to be able to feed 150 people. Thank you all so much for your help!
Teri
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Getting married 8/9/07
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Teri
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post #2 of 26
you mean a $400 for 150 people, the whole wedding?
If you can pull this one off, is you who needs to teach us!
post #3 of 26
Wow..The whole wedding, flowers, dress, rings, cake..invitations, and everything else for $400???? If you pull this off..you have my most gracious regards..and I want to know how you did it...
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post #4 of 26
Is that how much your charging for the cake? You might want to look up the "White Almond Sour Cream cake." It's really yummy.
Good luck
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post #5 of 26
400 dollars for the entire wedding????? What???????

If you can do it, PLEASE tell me how!!!!

If all you want are cake recipes, you'll just have to work your way thru the recipe section and find what ya like. There are tons of yummy recipes submitted my CC members.
I reccommend using the 'extender' recipe for whatever cake flavor ya chose, it makes a little more cake and makes it taste really moist and yummy!

Good luck!!!
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post #6 of 26
Hi and Welcome, sgtdyersgirl. icon_smile.gif

Here are all the cake mix extender and enhancer recipes:
(Pick the one which best suits your needs.)

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-1953-1-Super-Enhanced-Cake-Formula.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-1599-0-Enhanced-Cake-Formula.html

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-156531-.html
(See candy120's post.)

My favorite doctored recipe is the WASC cake which can be altered in many ways.

Here's the expanded flavors version:

http://tinyurl.com/2cu8s4

Here's a comprehensive thread on making a tiered/stacked cake:

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-2258141-.html

Here's a popular recipe (using the new Crisco):

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-4123-High-Humidity-Buttercream.html

HTH
post #7 of 26
I was just looking up the recipe link for the white almond sour cream cake (WASC)

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-2322-0-White-Almond-Sour-Cream-Cake.html

It is a very good cake and makes a lot as you can see...you don't need a ton of ingredients and it is very reliable. If you don't like almond, you can flavour it with anything else..lemon, vanilla, orange..
I would stick to buttercream icing and filling...you can flavour the filling..a very nice one is to take a jar of lemon curd (Walmart) and mix it with the buttercream for the filling...very yummy and people love it.

HTH..and let us know how you do...
I think it is easier if you find some round pans if you are a beginner...much easier than either a heart or a square..
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post #8 of 26
Agree...White Almond Sour Cream cake with Pastry Pride whipped topping. You'll need cake boards, cover with white freezer paper. You can stack the layers on top of a table covered with a borrowed cloth and elevated the tiers from underneath using milk crates and swirl some .89 cent tulle around the table....

Cake plates from COSTCO or Smart and Final, paper coffee cups, a can of coffee, bottle of creamer, 1 box of sugar cubes, plastic forks....one bunch of COSTCO flowers or flowers from your yard, hawaiian punch or iced tea and 1 canister of nuts.... wear a nice dress from the closet and your invite an e vite online....
post #9 of 26
I had a very inexpensive wedding we held in our back yard. Some friends pulled together and made a cold buffet and a dessert table as well I bought my wedding cake at the local grocery store (before I knew how to do it myself lol) We used paper plates and utensils as well as styrofoam cups and plastic cups. It was fantastic and everyone enjoyed being outdoors. If you really new to decorating I would stick with a really nice double layer cake done up fancy (there are soooo many in the galleries) and do a bunch of nicely decorated cupcakes if you want, or a couple of 9 x 13 cakes so you dont need to get special sized pans, as these are standard sizes that most people have at home. You could use fresh flowers for your topper or even artificial ones. Go to the dollar store if you have one and you'll be amazed at how much money can save. Good luck and congratulations
Darlene
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post #10 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by goal4me

Agree...White Almond Sour Cream cake with Pastry Pride whipped topping. You'll need cake boards, cover with white freezer paper. You can stack the layers on top of a table covered with a borrowed cloth and elevated the tiers from underneath using milk crates and swirl some .89 cent tulle around the table....

Cake plates from COSTCO or Smart and Final, paper coffee cups, a can of coffee, bottle of creamer, 1 box of sugar cubes, plastic forks....one bunch of COSTCO flowers or flowers from your yard, hawaiian punch or iced tea and 1 canister of nuts.... wear a nice dress from the closet and your invite an e vite online....



wow, i'm impressed with the brainstorming! while not my idea of a dream wedding, i agree, this can be done without breaking the bank, you'll just have to be aware that you'll need to make do with what you have, and if you dont have the ability to pay for it, you need to do without. your wedding most importantly is about GETTING MARRIED to someone you love. make sure you come back and let us know how you did it all.

i also agree on using round pans instead, its much simpler for a beginner. you can buy a wilton 4 pan set for $30 from michaels, and use their %40 off coupons that are typically in the paper every other week, so for about $18, you've got some good pans.

size chart servings

6 " - 12
8" - 24
10" - 36
12" - 54
14" - 70ish
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by darcat

and do a bunch of nicely decorated cupcakes



better still. no special sized pans needed! i would recommend buying a wilton 1M tip (for a big swirl of icing) http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=630393
for about $2, and an icing bag (a few dollars) . you can purchase a cardboard or styrofoam tiered cupcake stand (inexpensive- check ebay or your local cake store) and use fresh flowers in stock from walmart to decorate the tray.
post #12 of 26
I agree with the suggestion to do an 8" 2 layer cake and then decorate the cupcakes to coordinate. It is very popular right now and if you are doing them yourself it will be less stressful.

I do have 2 other suggestions for you:

1. Do small 2 tiered cakes for the guests tables for centerpieces. This way you can do regular size cakes - or even do a 6" 2-layer - and take care of coming up with table centerpiece ideas.

2. I have a friend whose daughter was married on an 800.00 budget and the grooms favorite dessert was pie - didn't matter what kind or flavor - he just loves pie. So they did a very basic small 3 tiered cake with fresh roses as the only decoration -- but then they had a huge buffet of freshly baked pies of all flavors - chocolate cream, peach, apple, coconut, and so on. On top of that the brides great aunts all pitched in and made the pies for them!! It was great and everyone loved the pie.

Also - if you are looking to purchase real flowers be sure to check you local Sams -- they definitely have the best prices on real flowers - some have to be special ordered - but they are very reasonable.

Be sure to post pictures and keep us updated!!

And welcome to CC
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Happy wife to Kevin - for 29 years and counting!
Blessed with Elana & Andy - daughter & son-in-law -- and Daniel & Kaitlyn - son & girlfriend!!
It's a great life when you love the ones your children love!!
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post #13 of 26
I think it is great you are doing this on a budget. Make 3 -4 cakes, cover in white buttercream . Use some simple fresh flowers for decoration. Use the borrowed round pans. You can get the directions of how many cups of batter for each pan from this site. If you place 3 differernt heights of boxes then drape some fabric over them you can place the cakes on them. I think you can make it look real pretty. You can sprinkle some flower petals around the fabric. You will get a 3 tiered look with this set up.
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post #14 of 26
A few more thoughts ...make sure you have or borrow a camera.... don't forget some napkins....and you'll also need a free ceremony/reception area...the rings if you don't have them already will likely need to be charged for dealing with next month. If someone is loaning you the reception area are the guest standing or sitting? if they are sitting you may need to cover a few more tables and sprinkle some rose petals. You'll need to have someone assigned to cut and serve the cake and maybe a sign in book. You may be able to pull this off! You will need to see what the minister charges also and marriage license. You could borrow a CD player and play some background music.

You may need a go over your planned budget but

I have gone to weddings before where the bride and groom requested the guests to bring pot luck fare as their gift also.

Wishing you happiness....
post #15 of 26
The "pot luck" or " pitch in" is a good idea.
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