Wedding Cake Dollars And Cents
Wedding Cake Dollars And Cents
Abbey Zegar (Executive Pastry Chef, Sugar & Spice Cakes) gives expert video advice on: How can I save money on my wedding cake?; Is it OK to have a smaller cake just for the photograph?; What are some wedding cake alternatives? and more...
What will add the most cost to my wedding cake?
The fastest way to create a costly wedding cake is in the design, the decoration, and the filling. The more elaborate the design, the more costly the cake is. The different flavors of each tier of the cake will make it more costly. Ingredients like ganache and fondant are costly.
How much can I expect to pay for each slice of my wedding cake?
Typically, a slice of wedding cake could cost from $10 up to $20. Then you have to take into consideration the cutting fee that your reception site may add to serve the cake to your guests.
What is the most expensive type of frosting for wedding cakes?
The most expensive type of frosting for a wedding cake is typically the fondant frosting or the marzipan frosting. It can add between three to five dollars to your per slice price. This is because marzipan and fondant are very labor intensive and the ingredients used to make them are expensive as well.
Is it OK to have a smaller cake just for the photograph?
It's okay to have a smaller wedding cake just for the photographs, because typically you would have sheet cakes in the kitchen to be served to your guests.
What type of wedding cake feeds the most people?
Typically, a square or rectangle cake feeds more people. They're cut evenly, whereas with the round cakes, you have to cut off the sides, and the cake slices don't look as even when you serve the guests as they would on a square or rectangular wedding cake.
Can I just decorate the smallest, top layer of my cake?
You can decorate just the top layer of your cake. It focuses on the top; for example, if it is fresh roses and then a very simple but elegant design on the way down as you look through the cake. So yes, you can absolutely design just the top and still make the wedding cake very elegant.
Are edible fakes more expensive than the real thing when decorating my wedding cake?
Edible fakes are more expensive than the real thing because it takes time and labor to create something from nature. For example, pulled sugar to wrap around your cake to make it look like ribbon is more costly than buying a ribbon and wrapping it around your cake. Or, creating roses from sugar dough or sugar paste takes more time and effort than it does to buy fresh roses and place on the wedding cake.
What are some wedding cake alternatives?
Wedding cake alternatives can be cupcakes decorated nicely, or pettifores, or sorbet served at the end of the night, or individual cakes that look like miniature wedding cakes.
Do certain ingredients in the wedding cake cost more than others?
Certain ingredients do cost more in the wedding cake. Let's say that you want to soak your cake in liqueur; that could be costly. Let's say that you want ganache as a filling in your cake; that could be costly as well. Fresh fruits are costly, too, depending on the season of your wedding.
Do some bakers use cheap ingredients in wedding cakes when they shouldn't?
Unfortunately, some bakers do use less expensive ingredients or not quality ingredients in their wedding cakes. To assure yourselves that they're not, make sure that you ask your baker whether or not they use fresh ingredients when making a wedding cake.