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Have your cake and eat it too?

How much will I regret not having a cake? I want one, but I feel like only for traditions sake. I can't believe how ridiculous the prices are. Anyone know of other options? 
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    I have heard there is a place where you can rent a styrofoam cake that they put a piece of real cake in so you can "cut" it, and then they wheel it away and serve everyone sheet cake. They always take the cake away so they can cut it anyway, so no one will know the difference.

    I can't for the life of me remember what this place was called though...
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    What is more your style?  What types of dessert do you like?  I would try to do something that is uniquely you.  I think it is possible that you will look back and be glad that you did something unique rather than looking back and regretting not having a cake.

    By the way, our cake was about $3/slice which seems expensive I think about the fact that the meal was over $20/person.  That kind of puts it into perspective and $3 doesn't seem all that expensive.  But if you don't really want cake, don't have it!
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    I looked into the styrofoam cake thing, but it turned out that it only cost about $10 cheapr than just getting a regular cake because the main cost was the decorating, not the actual cake batter and they would have to decorate the styrofoam one the same anyway. We ended up getting a smaller, 3-tier cake (I think it served 90) and then got a sheet cake for the back to serve the rest. No one knew the difference. We only paid $300 total, which included delivery and she threw in a 6 inch heart shaped cake for the honeymoon (which we didn't take on the honeymoon, but ate when we got back).

    I was definitely happy we got a cake, but everyone is different. A friend of mine got a cupcake tower for her wedding. That's a super cute idea too. I agree that you should do something that means something to you. Candy buffets are cool too. And here in Western PA we have a cookie table tradition (in addition to the cake). I thought weddings everywhere had cookie tables and it wasn't until I came on theknot that I learned that it's just a Western PA thing haha. 
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    DH and I had a cupcake tower.  We had a small cake on top for the cutting (which we took with us on our HM and ate).  The cupcakes were infinitely cheaper, we would up with WAY more than we needed, and we were able to get multiple cake and icing flavors.  Also, since we provided the decorative cupcake baking cups AND the decorated cupcake tower, there was really no decorating necessary.  We were able to hire a couple ladies from our church to do that AND the groom's cake for like $350.

     
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    I'm not a fan of the cupcake thing. I think it's super cute, just not my style. 

    I don't know. Our wedding is VERY traditional and elegant. Maybe I'll just ask my mom and if they want to get one they can have one! 
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    Hm I would recommend doing one, but maybe just a small one and have sheet cake for everyone else.  That will cut your prices down a lot!
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    Have you looked into big box stores and the grocery store?

    My best friend's wedding cake cost her $37 from Sam's Club and was lovely. I always figured I'd do that b/c a cake is just not that important to me, but I figure I have to have it for tradition. 

    I also know Publix bakeries (a regional chain, so probably not near you) will do them for $50-$75.

    The Sam's Club cake only served up to 50 people, and I think they also had a $50 version that served 80. You could do a sheetcake for the rest if your wedding is larger.
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    I have heard of brides doing ice cream sundae bars, cookie bars, etc. I agree with Lisa, why don't you do something that is unique to FI and you.
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    Cake was important for me.  What I regret is not eating more of it at the reception, but I'd filled up on apps, dinner, and sweet tea!

    I'd though about pie, but I wanted to have the traditional cake cutting and feeding your new spouse.  oh, cutting the cake is harder than it looks!


     
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    After reading this thread, I REALLY want some cake, lol.
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    Oooo the grocery store idea is a good one! I honestly can't remember being at a wedding thinking about the cake... and FI doesn't even like cake! Oh the things we do just for traditions sake! 


    And yes sessions, I am craving sweets too!! 
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    Another option is to see if you can find someone in your area that's just getting started and is building their portfolio. For a baker its hard to charge higher prices until they have an established portfolio of cakes to share with an interested bride. I know a friend of mine, for example, is just getting her portfolio together and rounded out so for the next while she is doing cakes in our area for $100 for a 3 tiered wedding cake as long as she is allowed to take photos of it to use in her portfolio after setting it up. 
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    [QUOTE]Cake was important for me.  What I regret is not eating more of it at the reception, but I'd filled up on apps, dinner, and sweet tea! I'd though about pie, but I wanted to have the traditional cake cutting and feeding your new spouse.  oh, <strong>cutting the cake is harder than it looks!  </strong>
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    Do you have any family friends who like to make or who are into cake decorating or do you have a micheals nearby...i know most micheals offer cake decorating classes and if you find a simple design, you might be able to ask them about giving your info to students who are looking for some practice? We have a family friend who is making a small 2 tier circle cake for us, and then sheet cake for everyone else, and shes super excited to be using what she learned at micheals to decorate our cake! (i think shes taken 2 classes, and has always loved baking)

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    I vote for th grocery store. We looked into our local grocery store bakery and found that their cakes were elegant, professional, and inexpensive! Cake is uber important to us. We decide to go with a bakery and we are spending about $400 on the cake BUT it was one of my priorities. :)

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    What other kinds of dessert do you like? Cheesecake could be a good alternative to cake. I also had cupcakes at my wedding & I'm so glad we did--we ended up with WAY more than we needed, but they were delicious and we had them to eat for like a week after the wedding.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_christian-weddings_cake-eat?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural Wedding BoardsForum:464687ae-7bc1-4360-9aea-999e11f1e1adDiscussion:155d7fd7-1478-4f6d-ad08-6f2ec074b37fPost:94b8eb2c-8cc2-4bc2-afc4-2acce464e5a8">Re: Have your cake and eat it too?</a>:
    [QUOTE]I have heard there is a place where you can rent a styrofoam cake that they put a piece of real cake in so you can "cut" it, and then they wheel it away and serve everyone sheet cake. They always take the cake away so they can cut it anyway, so no one will know the difference. I can't for the life of me remember what this place was called though...
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    There's an etsy shop that sells cakes like that, called APieceOfFake. It's a couple hundred dollars, I haven't been cake shopping yet so I don't know what a whole real one costs.

    I went to a wedding recently where they had just a small cake like the top tier which they cut, and then cupcakes for everyone.
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    My aunt is a cake decorator - she says that she'd rather do a cake than cupcakes any day.  not sure if that's reflected in the price or not, but it makes sense to me. We're doing a smaller cake that my parents are serving at the after party (we are having a lunch time wedding) and FI and I will get a tier to take with us/freeze for our anniversary :) It's whatever you want! Also, our cateror has a dessert (cheesecake) that comes in the package, so check with your cateror too!
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    cake pops?  A friend of mine did that; her mother and sister made them and it was "just enough" cake that anybody needed.

    Hubby and I did a cake but we tried to be really artsy about it....unforunately our cake baker decided she didn't know how to draw about a week before the wedding after months of telling us how she could do it and sending us sketches.......hmmm well; it was a disaster.  I wish we had caused a rukus and asked for our money back.  It was delicious but it was a monstrosity.....I regret not going with a "pretty"cake, but DH has promised to surprise me with a pretty one tier on our 1st anniversary.  Granted, I think most wedding cakes taste disgusting and ours was pretty great tasting, but it looked like a blind 5 year old had an afternoon of finger painting.....I was mad about the cake.
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