Not every budget will allow for a custom made wedding cake, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a lovely wedding cake.
You can buy plain iced sponges from a supermarket, and decorate them at home with flowers, ribbons and edible glitter. You can spread them out so each table has a cake, or buy them in varying sizes to make your own tiered cake.
Another way to save money is to provide muffins, cupcakes or a tower of truffles. These are delightfully different and cost a considerably less than a fancy wedding cake. You can get a variety of flavors and colors to suit every guest’s tastes. It also easier to distribute them to guests, which could cut down on service costs at your venue too!
If you have your heart set on a wedding cake, you could always contact a local catering college to see if they’re willing to create one for you. It would cost a lot less than a cake ordered from a professional baker, but as the students will be overseen by a professional you’re still guaranteed a good quality cake. It’s also nice to be able to give catering students the opportunity to take on a big job and help them with their portfolios.
If you want a custom made cake from a bakery, and you’re not really willing to give up on that, consider serving it with your meal and cutting down the number of guests who attend. Most bakeries charge by the slice, so having a smaller number of guests to cater for means that you can save a lot of money on your cake.
If you’re worried about evening guests missing out, you could always provide a cheaper, plain cake to serve up with the evening buffet. They needn’t know they missed out on a grander one before.
Of course, there’s always the ‘make your own’ option, but it’s best not to attempt this unless you’re confident in your baking abilities. If you don’t have much experience in the kitchen it can work out pretty expensive to make your own wedding cake, particularly if you have to have a few trials to get it right. If you want something homemade but you’re not that much of a culinary expert, consider asking a friend or family member who is and offering to pay for the ingredients and any extra you can offer.