The cake

I was wondering, when looking for a wedding cake, what are peoples opinions on the supermarket ones? Our wedding budget isn't a massive one, so I'm just wondering where costs could be cut down slightly.

Part of me refuses to spend a massive amount on the cake, as I could decorate it myself, to cut costs. But I'm also wondering if it would be acceptable to enquire about a cake from a bakery or cake maker and just mention that it's for a birthday, or I plan to decorate it myself (as I'd just be wanting a 3 tier plan cake)

I was wondering what everyone else's thoughts are on this?

 

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  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride

    Hey Laura, I am the same as you and we might indeed go for a supermarket one - I have seen that M&S or Waitrose really have great reviews both for wedding cakes and flowers so it's something to think about definitely!

    xx

  • Laura349Laura349 Posts: 996 New bride
    QueenD wrote (see post):

    Hey Laura, I am the same as you and we might indeed go for a supermarket one - I have seen that M&S or Waitrose really have great reviews both for wedding cakes and flowers so it's something to think about definitely!

    xx

    I've had a look at the M&S wedding cake... I worked out it would be £96 for a 4 tier cake! Then i'd decorate it myself. Which is a fraction of the price compared to a professional shop. I'd love to be able to have a cake specially made if we had the budget, but sadly we don't

  • Victoria197Victoria197 Posts: 720

    Now I had this same thought but for different reasons and did quite a bit of research to find the best options. In the end we are using two bakeries to make one cake.

    So check out Sponge.co.uk, ready decorated but they do mini sponges as well so you could have a tower of these.

    http://www.craftcompany.co.uk/cake-making/ready-made-cakes.html

    and finally http://nudecakes.co.uk/ all had good reviews and longish shelf lives.

  • Laura349Laura349 Posts: 996 New bride
    Victoria197 wrote (see post):

    Now I had this same thought but for different reasons and did quite a bit of research to find the best options. In the end we are using two bakeries to make one cake.

    So check out Sponge.co.uk, ready decorated but they do mini sponges as well so you could have a tower of these.

    http://www.craftcompany.co.uk/cake-making/ready-made-cakes.html

    and finally http://nudecakes.co.uk/ all had good reviews and longish shelf lives.

    Thanks Victoria197 i'll take a look! A nude cake may be a good option too, as my h2b isn't a massive fan of icing!

  • LucykinsLucykins Posts: 701

    I would definitely have looked into M&S cakes but we've been lucky enough to have an aunt making one for us for free.

    Whilst beautifully decorated cakes are amazing, at the end of the day it will just get eaten and I'm sure there are better uses of budget.

    I'm not sure about lying to a supplier but if it's undecorated and they aren't delivering to the venue they'd never know I suppose. You could ask for a quote for a 'family party' I guess, then once they'd quoted you they wouldn't have much grounds to increase the price if you later mentioned it was a wedding.

  • Laura349Laura349 Posts: 996 New bride

    Lucykins we thought about asking my h2b's brother in law about making the cake, but my h2b doesn't want his sister or brother in law at the wedding so it may be a little awkward! lol.

    wed172B i'll have a look at waitrose! :)

  • LucykinsLucykins Posts: 701
    Laura349 wrote (see post):

    Lucykins we thought about asking my h2b's brother in law about making the cake, but my h2b doesn't want his sister or brother in law at the wedding so it may be a little awkward! lol.

    wed172B i'll have a look at waitrose! :)

    Haha that would be very awkward!

    I don't know how our cake will turn out (she's a good baker but some are decorated better than others) but as long as it tastes good I'm happy! 

  • LucykinsLucykins Posts: 701

    Just saw this site recommended on a wedding blog - they do nude cakes that you can decorate yourself - http://nudecakes.co.uk 

    Here is the blog with the people who had a cake from there - http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/blush-navy-diy-tipi-wedding-at-home.html 

  • Rachael116Rachael116 Posts: 150

    We're having M&S cakes - they do small taster cakes at about £8 each so you can try them and decide on flavours. We're having sponge for 2 tiers and fruit for one too.

    Our florist is doing a spray for the top and we're going to change the ribbon on them. Should be quite easy to do day before the wedding 😳

  • wed172Bwed172B Posts: 1,258

    I've just had a look at nude cakes, i originally wanted a naked / semi naked cake but i just couldnt see the point in spending hundreds on cake i can bake myslef. So then i thought about baking it myself but we need to do alot of set up for our venue so with this as well baking my wedding cake would of been too much pressure but nude cakes seems like it might be a good middle option and i love the flavour choices from sponge.co.uk . . . choices choices 

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