Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Cake Ideas

5/24

There’s a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go.

In addition to the cost savings, I’m open to my options after we’ve had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to respond to my emails — like over a month slow and once she did reply, she shared that we would need to pay $50 for a tasting … say what?!?! The second encounter was an underwhelming tasting with a very nice baker who instructed us to meet her at a sushi restaurant near her job to try out her cakes … huh?!?! Third, we made an appointment to taste cakes while we were in the town that we are getting married in (an hour away from where we live) and when we arrived they had no record of us being scheduled.

We did manage to have one successful cake tasting! The options were delicious and I am about 60% sold on moving forward with the baker. The 40% of doubt is based on the fact that she has not yet sent over a quote and we last met with her over a month ago.

Is it just me or are all of these signs pointing me in the faux direction?

We LOVED each and every option…just waiting on the quote!

My experience with faux cake designers has been drastically different.

 I identified three on Etsy and promptly received a reply after I inquired about each of their services and sent a picture example of the design of my wedding cake. I narrowed down the search to one potential vendor and she has been patient as I sent over a series of questions about how this faux cake process works: Will I need to assemble it when it arrives? What if it breaks during shipping? Does it have a knife slit so that we can stage our pictures? … and the list goes on and on.

As with all of my decisions, the most economical and seamless decision will be my solution.

What cake options are you exploring? Have you considered a fake cake?

  • 1/9

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    As I mentioned in my first post, I’ve planned to make my own wedding cake. I realize this is not an easy undertaking, and have been warned by multiple friends that this could add additional stress to my wedding day. DIYing is awesome, but making a cake is something you have to do basically the day before and can end in multiple disasters. However, I am a huge baking geek. I love coming up with new and exciting recipes. For me, baking is my “thing.” It’s my creative outlet. It relaxes me, so hopefully that will offset the additional stress. For me to make something beautiful and unique all on my own for my wedding day, something I can share with my husband and my closest loved ones … it’s just very meaningful.

    While my self-taught cake decorating skills are still a work in progress, I feel like by then I might be able to make something pretty damn good. My freehand buttercream isn’t too bad, as seen below in last year’s Easter cake:

    Holly's DIY easter cake

    And my creativity and punniness is on point, as seen in Evan’s last birthday cake (if you can’t tell, it’s supposed to be shaped like a pint):

    Holly's DIY birthday cake for her fiance

    I know it’s not on par with something a professional would do … yet. So, I did what any grown-ass woman would do with a goal: I took a class!

    Here’s the Disney-princess themed cupcakes I made after my first class (with fondant):

    Holly's disney princess cupcakes

    Not bad, right?

    Since then, I’ve been practicing and watching online tutorials as well and have invested in some good quality tools and gear such as a cake turntable. My plan will be to bake the layers a few days before the wedding, freeze them and then do the assembling and baking on-site the day before. I won’t put pressure on myself to do anything too crazy extravagant, but something I can be proud of. Plus, my fiance has eaten every baking success and disaster that has happened so far in our relationship and no matter how badly I fail, he insists it still tastes good. So long we can still shove it in each other’s mouths, I’m happy.