Have Your “Fake” Cake and Eat It, Too!
When it comes to wedding cakes, the options are overwhelming. Tall cakes, short cakes, cupcakes, tiered cakes, pink cakes, blue cakes, white cakes! But for the budget savvy bride, how can you have the fantasy wedding cake without breaking the bank ?
Thrifty brides-to-be are finding the solution lies in fake cakes! Artificial cakes made with soft foam or Styrofoam”dummy cakes” are iced over with either edible or inedible simulated icing and decorated as normal. Some are even equipped with hidden compartments to hide a slice of cake for the newly-weds’s cake cutting ceremony. They can be dressed up, dolled up and decorated just as pretty as a real cake without a hefty price tag. Plus, your guests will be none the wiser it’s not the real deal.
Why should you have an faux wedding cake at your reception?
Having a cake that is fully or partially fake, can save your budget up to 70%. With slices starting at $5 and up for a real cake, prices soar to hundreds and thousands of dollars. Imitation cakes retail starting at $50 a tier and rent for as low as $200 for a basic cake which cuts reception costs considerably.
[Tip! If you still want your anniversary top tier, have a real cake made for the top! Many companies also bake real cakes and can incorporate them into the fake design]
Usually wedding cakes are stale because they have to be prepared days in advance. They need time to bake and cool, to be iced and even the simplest designs take hours. After sitting out for a few days, it’s not surprising the cake doesn’t taste it’s best. Instead, serve your guests delicious, fresh baked, soft, moist, butter creamed sheet cake. Fondant looks lovely, but nothing beats the taste of fresh cake and a blanket of velvety butter cream. Simple sheet cakes retail for less than $100 for 100 guests; that’s $1 or less a slice!
Bolder couples choose faux cakes for a chance to serve more unique and creative desserts as an alternative to cake, while still keeping the traditional cake cutting ceremony.
[Tip! You can even buy store bought sheet cakes at grocery stores or local simple bakeries. Anya at Cakes Confidential also does sheet cakes in addition to the lovely faux cakes. You can get two tasks taken care of at one place. Ask if your “fake baker” can do the same! ]
Imitation cakes won’t melt, droop or collapse which is prefect for summer and outdoor weddings. They won’t go bad sitting out in the elements, and won’t attract unwanted pests. Transportation is less of a traumatic experience. The foam can withstand more weight than spongy cake and won’t topple over. Best of all, come the big day there will be no surprises how the cake looks because these cakes can be made further in advance without concern for freshness. Your guests can revel in tasty or unique desserts, and you know that money hasn’t been wasted on a cake that will not be eaten! Faux cakes give the platinum wedding look without the platinum bill. You can have your cake and eat it too! (Sheet cakes, that is.)
Can you tell the difference?