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Can this be true- 5 Star Hotel Wedding Cake????

post #1 of 26
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A friend of mine told me she attended a wedding, 200 guests, at a 5 star hotel locally. She said when they went to serve the wedding cake, it was a dummy cake covered in fondant. When the bride and groom went to cut the cake the person from the hotel pointed to where they should cut the cake - which she said was the only piece of real cake in the entire dummy cake. After cutting this real piece, the dummy cake was taken to the back and two tiered buttercream cakes were cut and served. I'm only asking because I've heard of dummy cakes and having cakes in the kitchen to cut and serve but have you heard of a real piece of cake inserted into one of the dummy tiers for the bride/groom? It just sounded a little strange to me but maybe that is how it is done.
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post #2 of 26
I've heard of that...it's so absurd!
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post #4 of 26
Yes its true. i work in a 5 star hotel, and this is something a lot of hotels do. (our hotel makes our cakes 100% edible, so no dummies here) hehe. But i've been to sister properties and this is what they do.
post #5 of 26
This is the blog about the place that makes some of them.

http://blog.cakesconfidential.com/
post #6 of 26
Not sure how people think this is more economical. You still have to design it, and still make the other cakes. I've read way too many forums and bakeries websites; that tell you to charge more for dummies.
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post #8 of 26
I agree with CupQuequito. I'm not sure how using a dummy cake is cheaper unless the decorator has several premade ones that are rented and then returned for other brides to use. I think using dummy tiers to give the illusion of a bigger cake is ok, but I'm not into this dummy wedding cake thing.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by Vanessa7

I agree with CupQuequito. I'm not sure how using a dummy cake is cheaper unless the decorator has several premade ones that are rented and then returned for other brides to use. I think using dummy tiers to give the illusion of a bigger cake is ok, but I'm not into this dummy wedding cake thing.



That's what's happening lately. You rent them for around $125 for a 3-tier to $250+ for a 4-tier. Then you return them. They're premade and you can find one that matches your style.

They're even saying that these don't collapse, they'll look just like you want them to look (since you've seen them beforehand) and some people even say that the sheetcakes will be freshly made for you and so they'll taste more delicious to your guests, as opposed to a cake that has been to the freezer and then probably back to the refrigerator, etc...

And so brides are told that one of their biggest worries would be taken care of and they won't have to stress about it.
post #10 of 26
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Wow, I had NO idea this is how some people do their wedding cakes today! I too thought it would be more expensive and I never thought a 5 star hotel would do that (it was the hotel that did the cake because they required it if the reception was there). Well, I learned something new today. thanks for the information.
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post #11 of 26
I don't know why, but I'm offended by the idea of a rented cake. Is it surrounded by rented flowers? Is the bride wearing a rented dress? Is the rest of the food rented? There must be a market for it though.
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post #12 of 26
My cousin was going to use a dummy cake with the one real slice in it and then have sheet cake in the back to serve. But she decided in the end to have a real cake. I had never heard of it till she mentioned it.
post #13 of 26
This has been around for many many years.. They would be made out of royal icing on stryofoam and royal or gumpaste flowers. "back in the day LOL" no fondant at that time. They would rent them out and serve the sheet cakes, usually each slice of cake would have a rose bud or detail to personalize. When I went to Wilton School in Chicago (many,many years ago) I had the honor of going to Mr Wilton (son's) bakery and watch him make a pulled sugar cake (unbelievable experience) he had many dummy cakes for rent and said it was the norm in that area.
post #14 of 26
Ha - this is funny because I stumbled into Duff (Charm city cakes) in Philly one day, yeah just stumbled into him. We were talking and I mentioned that I had a quote to create a unique cake and the Bride and Groom just wanted two slices of cake to cut into, so I was to create the entire (rest) of the cake out of whatever to save (them) money. Duff mentioned that in Japan they have been doing this for years. They have these huge elaborate dummy cakes where they place two slices of cake for cutting- and they are rented. My reaction - Really, what's that cost! Sorry, my mind started spinning - unfortunately, the bill collectors only take $$, so I actually thought that was an interesting idea - but never did it. But, I guess that is becoming a big thing here in the states as well. Everybody's trying to find ways of saving a $$$ - that's life I guess. Take Care - Cakesmith.
post #15 of 26
In Ecuador, where my sister makes cakes, a wedding cake is not important at all. They usually don't appear in wedding photos. There's no "ceremony" of cutting the cake. Most of the time, there's a fake one as a decoration on a corner (most brides don't even bother ). They do candy buffets with homemade truffles and other small pastries.

But, each person invited to the wedding gets to take home a little box with wedding cake on it, usually fruit cake (don't know how that got to be). So a person who makes "wedding cakes" over there will actually be in charge of making a sheet fruit cake of some sort, putting a 1.5" by 1.5" in each tiny box (naked cake, no frosting or fondant), tying it with a ribbon, etc... times 200. A lot of work, but not that stressful.
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