How much does a wedding cake cost?

How much does a wedding cake cost?

Accurate and up to date wedding cake prices and types of wedding cakes. Learn how wedding cake prices are made up and how to save on a cake. 



Everyone has a wedding cake. It’s a nice and sweet tradition. They are usually big and gorgeous which explains their high price. The average price for a wedding cake is $500, while most couples spend around $300-$700. 



How is the wedding cake price composed?

Wedding cakes come in different sizes with different decor elements. You can choose to have a cake with sugar flowers, fondant details, many tiers and unique shapes which will influence the cost. There are different flavors, icings, toppings, which also change the wedding cake price. 


What is the starting price of a wedding cake?

Depending on whether you choose a fondant (sugary paste-like icing, better choice for a summer time) or buttercream (less expensive but is more likely to melt) covered cake, the price will vary. A slice of fondant wedding cake costs $5, and a buttercream one is at $4 per slice but this varies a lot. 


What’s included in the cost of a wedding cake?

First of all, you will have to pay for all the materials that will be used in your cake. The bigger the cake, the more materials used, the higher the price. You will also have to pay for the baker’s work, and for your unique design if you need one. Some cake bakers even include the cutting utensils with the cake so you don’t have to figure this out on your own. 


What types of desserts do wedding cake bakers offer?

A lot of couples choose to have another dessert aside from the wedding cake. You may choose to have cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, pies, pastries, doughnuts, and many more. In the South it’s also a tradition to have a groom’s cakes, you are more than free to experiment with their shape. 


When should I hire a wedding cake baker?

Hire a wedding cake baker in advance as they are tend to be booked up quickly. Six weeks prior to the wedding would be great. Choose the one you have already ordered something from or use your friends’ recommendations. If neither works for you start by reading online reviews on wedding cake bakers around you, select a few to interview and taste their cakes. 


How can I save money on my wedding cake?

You don’t have to give up the chance to have a gorgeous wedding cake on your big day just because of its cost. You can use some tricks to help you have it at a lower price. 


First of all, make it simple. Don’t overuse the expensive decorations and details. Buttercream or fondant covered cake without the decorations will cost you less but will still serve its purpose. 


Secondly, you don’t have to make your wedding cake huge. You can have other desserts in addition to the cake. Bigger cakes are harder to bake and more expensive.


Also, if you really want flowers on your cake, talk to your florist about decorating the cake with fresh flowers instead of the sugar ones.

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