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How do you feel about making fake wedding cakes for brides?  

post #1 of 71
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I get so irritated when brides want to get a fake cake with a cutting piece and sheet cakes in the back.

why do they do this??? someone is telling them that it is cheaper that way and you can save money.

Don't you still have to buy and decorate the styrofoam? I just don't get it.

 

How do you feel about it and what do you charge for fake wedding cakes?

 by the way, they do want to get the sheet cakes from me also.

 

is it just me???

post #2 of 71

I don't make wedding cakes, but if I did, I'd charge MORE for a styrofoam dummy cake because I want my cake to be eaten and it is NOT cheaper to make one.  The decorator is still having to form the decorations!

post #3 of 71

It's not a savings.  The standard is to charge 80% the cost of a real cake AND the full cost of the sheet cakes.

 

Now, if you have a completed dummy that you want to rent to them, maybe they can save a bit, but they have to take what you have so no custom colors, flowers, etc., and they have to pay a refundable damage deposit.  If it's returned with significant damage, then they lose that too.

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Now, if you have a completed dummy that you want to rent to them, maybe they can save a bit, but they have to take what you have so no custom colors, flowers, etc., and they have to pay a refundable damage deposit.  If it's returned with significant damage, then they lose that to

 

right! there are hotels in Japan that have fake cakes with one space for a fresh slice and the rest in the back. but the bride doesn't get a custom design. 

 

not sure where they think the savings is.

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right! there are hotels in Japan that have fake cakes with one space for a fresh slice and the rest in the back. but the bride doesn't get a custom design. 

 

not sure where they think the savings is.

 

IMO- it's not really about savings when this happens in non Anglo-Saxon countries..it's more so about wedding cakes are not truly part of their culture to have/eat/serve wedding cake (especially in Asia)- so it doesn't have the same importance as it does to people in Canada/UK/USA/NZ/Australia etc etc...but it's trendy now and becoming more popular worldwide so a lot of brides are now wanting it- sort of.  

 

So a fake cake will do for them and just take a photo of slicing one piece of it...for the photos mainly.

 

I went to a wedding in the south of France last year...and they did the same thing..it's a new trend there as well- to have an actual Anglo-Saxon style wedding cake (instead of the croquembouche)....and boy was I disappointed to see that dusty mile high cake come out with the sparklers shooting off it's side... and nobody was served cake at all...it was just for show. 

post #6 of 71

Around here there are a few places that charge a lot more to cut a stacked wedding cake than a kitchen cake. My dad is getting married next week, and it would cost them $3.50 per slice to have a stacked cake cut, but a kitchen cake is only $1.

I just did a wedding last week at a different location that was similar, $4 for a stacked cake, $2 for kitchen ones.

All the sudden that $300 cake is costing you $600+, it ticks me off when venues do that sort of stuff.

 

I've had a couple cakes that I insisted on doing dummy/kitchen cakes simply because the design was so complex. Priced out though, it's more expensive.

 

I think some bakers do it cheaper because stacking cakes scares them? 

post #7 of 71
Maybe a r eason to order is that the cake needsnto be refrigerated until swrved but they still want to display during the whole reception
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post #8 of 71
Thread Starter 

I will do a kitchen cake for $2.50 per slice and my wedding cakes start at $5 per slice, but my dummies are also begining at $2.50 per "slice".  i charge 50%, not 80%, so basically, it is the same price whichever way they go, not cheaper. I saw an article in a very nice wedding magazine and in the article by a well known, big city wedding planner, she said to save costs, get a kitchen cake and a dummy wedding cake, it could save you hundreds of dollars.....baloney!
 

post #9 of 71

It's partly copy writers. People who write copy for magazines, blogs and websites have got to write copy. Many don't really care whether the content is accurate - they just want it  to be believable and entertaining to their audience.  And with this sort of thing they want to have the audience think they've learned something.

post #10 of 71
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There is not much work in a kitchen cake and there is construction, and decor in a wedding cake. that is why it is more for the stacked cake.

kitchen cake is plain, that's it.

post #11 of 71
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It's partly copy writers. People who write copy for magazines, blogs and websites have got to write copy. Many don't really care whether the content is accurate - they just want it  to be believable and entertaining to their audience.  And with this sort of thing they want to have the audience think they've learned something.

 

I agree wholeheartedly!  Especially articles on how brides can save big money on their wedding day.  I have had inquiries about "fake" cakes and I tell them my price is the same as real cake.  We all know the flour, butter, and eggs aren't the biggest cost, it's the time and expertise.  The styrofoam cost more then the raw cake ingredients.

post #12 of 71

I think a new cake flavor is in order here for everyone's pricing list...  Styrofoam. 

post #13 of 71

I have offered fake tiers for people wanting a more grand cake, but I wouldn't do a whole fake cake. Part of the artistry is that it is deconstructed and eaten, imho.

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post #14 of 71
I'm getting married next year, even if I wasn't I've been known to go through Bridal magazines to see new cake trends. A gf of mine bought me that Bridal Bargains book (they make Baby Bargains, etc.) and it's plastered everywhere as a way to save money! It's the craziest thing I've ever heard of, thankfully it's not something I have been asked to do, I suppose I would do it if a customer asked but only if I was also preparing the sheet or 'kitchen cakes' simply because I wouldn't want my name or design associated with a Walmart sheet cake. But it would cost them more, not less, especially if it's a large wedding. It's more to transport & more hassle.

I am more than happy to work within someone's budget, I just wish the media would catch up. That's the last thing I would recommend to someone who needs help scaling down the price.
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Too funny Nora's mom!!!
 

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