Planning a wedding can be a daunting task for the mind and the wallet. Cutting corners in some areas may not be feasible, but with the cake, there are plenty of ways to save more than just a buck or two.
Enlist Some Help
Chances are you know someone who can bake. Maybe that person is you, or it might be an aunt or a friend of your soon-to-be mother-in-law's. Ask around, and you might be surprised at who has a knack for creating towering confections. Sometimes the baker might give you the cake as your wedding gift, but paying only for his or her supplies will save you money as well.
The Cupcake Cake
A lot of the cost in creating a wedding cake comes from the ornate decorations and piping that are on it. Save some of that cost by going with a cupcake cake. Some brides create an array on their cake table by making a design from different colored frosting, while others use cake stands to vary the height. Even a few shoe boxes or other small boxes can be hidden under a fabric tablecloth to create an interesting display of the small cakes.
The Donut Cake
This cake is one not often seen but is one that guests talk about for weeks after a wedding. Donut cakes are generally arranged on some type of platform in varying heights. This platform can be made of many materials from plywood and dowel rods to plastic forms used for wedding cake tiers. The donuts can then be simply capped with a wedding cake topper of your choice or covered with materials such as fondant or icing.
The Fake Out
The Fake Out involves using a representative cake from a private baker or bake shop. Many bakers have "fake" cakes they will use either in their shop or during bridal shows to allow brides to see their work. These cakes can be made of plastic or cardboard with icing on top. The icing shows the baker's ability to pipe, stencil and otherwise create the cake of the bride and groom's dreams. When having a fake cake done, place a piece of cake somewhere in the construction. For example, for a tiered cake, place a cut-out in the bottom layer with a ribbon or special flower nearby. This indication will let the couple know where the cake is for the traditional cutting. After the photos, the cake is whisked away, and sheet cakes are brought out to serve the guests. For the couple's take-home cake, the baker can make a small round cake in the style of the fake-out.
The Smaller Side
This is a variation of The Fake Out. The only difference is that the fake cake is replaced with a smaller cake that is all real. The guests are still served a sheet cake.
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