An interesting read for anyone considering having a bespoke Wedding Cake or Special Occasion Cake commissioned, equally for any Cake Designer….
Every once in a while, an article will surface that claims to be cake advice for brides.
Even worse are the articles that say they are budget saving advice.
Many of the writers of these articles know nothing about cakes or the work that cake decorators do.
If you want good advice look for advice from actual cake decorators.
Here are some of the top myths that I feel need to be addressed to help both the bride and the cake decorator.
Myth #1: Don’t let the decorator know your budget.
Some people believe that if the bride tells the cake decorator their budget, the decorator will charge every penny of that budget and not give as much cake.
The fact is that most cake decorators are artists first and businessmen last. A cake decorator wants to make the best cake they can. And most cake decorators would rather give you more for your money than less. In fact, I dare say that most cake decorators undercharge.
But a cake decorator needs to know a budget in order to design a custom cake. Imagine going into a car dealership and telling the dealer that you want a car.
Now imagine the car dealer spending all day showing you Lamborghinis and Rolls Royce just to find out that you only have a Honda budget. Be straight forward with your decorator and they will be straight forward with you.
Myth #2: Wedding cake is more expensive than birthday cake.
Again, this could be the case for some decorators but for the most part, to a cake decorator, cake is cake and the fee is the same.
Where the pricing gets more expensive is in the details.
Wedding cakes tend to be larger and more elaborate. It’s as simple as that.
You can always ask your decorator if they charge more per serving for wedding cakes and if they do, they might have a good reason why. For example, if they add more layers of cake and filling for a wedding cake, it might cost more.
Myth #3: Save money by making your own cake.
Unless you are a very experienced cake decorator and understand what is involved in making a cake, I would highly discourage this.
I would even discourage an experienced decorator from making her own wedding cake.
Wedding cakes require days of work. The last thing a bride needs is the extra stress of making and decorating an elaborate wedding cake.
Trust me on this one. It’s hard enough making a siblings cake. Making your own is not a good idea.
Myth #4: Let a friend or relative make your cake.
There are exceptions to this myth. If you happen to have a friend or family member who is a very experienced cake decorator that is willing to give you a discount, sure.
Just beware of those who claim to know what they are doing and in the end really don’t. There is a website called CakeWrecks that is all about cakes gone bad. The last thing you want is a wedding cake worthy of a spot on CakeWrecks.
I hear all the time, stories of cake decorators getting phone calls at the last minute from brides or mothers of brides who chose an inexperienced decorator. They call in tears over the horror that is their cake and beg the decorator to fix their problem.
At this point, it is too late. The decorator has cakes of her own and does not have the time to drop everything to rescue your disaster.
Before letting anyone make a cake for your wedding, ask for pictures of their work. Make sure they have made a tiered cake before. There is a lot involved in making a wedding cake. Even a very simple design is very complex.
A wedding cake is considered the centerpiece of the wedding reception. Cutting corners is risky. This quote from an article that I read sums up the absurdness of these myths.
“Remember, all cakes are created equal — flour, sugar, and butter — so there’s no need to spend a fortune on one.”
Be wary of articles like these. Clearly all cakes are NOT created equal. That is like saying a dollar pair of flip flops are the same as a pair of Louis Vuittons.
Your wedding cake is a one time purchase. If you want a Louis Vuitton cake, don’t expect a flip flop price. Of course there is an option for every budget. Just don’t risk making these mistakes.