How To Budget For Your Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are not just cakes.  They are a work of art that are central to the celebration of your marriage. Our cakes consist of tried and true recipes, delicious buttercream icing, cake boards, dowels, fondant, decorating tools, days of work preparing, planning, sketching, designing, admin hours working with the client, delivering the cake, and making sure it's absolutely perfect before Bite Me Bakery steps away.

Here are some rough estimates for the following cake styles and sizes:

Naked Wedding Cakes *starting at*
3 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" = 80 servings x $5.50 = $440.00
4 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" = 90 servings x $5.50 = $495.00
4 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" = 136 servings x $5.50 = $748.00
5 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" = 146 servings x $5.50 =  $803.00
5 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" - 14" = 218 servings x $5.50 = $1,200.00
6 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" - 14" = 228 servings x $5.50 = $1,254.00
*please contact us for other cake sizes*

Buttercream Wedding Cakes *starting at*
3 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" = 80 servings x $6.50 = $520.00
4 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" = 90 servings x $6.50 = $585.00
4 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" = 136 servings x $6.50 = $884.00
5 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" = 146 servings x $6.50 = $950.00
5 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" - 14" = 218 servings x $7.00 = $1,525.00
6 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" - 14" = 228 servings x $7.00 = $1,596.00
*please contact us for other cake sizes* 

Fondant Wedding Cakes *starting at*
3 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" = 80 servings x $7.50 = $600.00
4 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" = 90 servings x $7.50 = $675.00
4 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" = 136 servings x $7.50 = $1,020.00
5 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" = 146 servings x $7.50 = $1,095.00
5 tier: 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" - 14" = 218 servings x $8.00 = $1,745.00
6 tier: 4" - 6" - 8" - 10" - 12" - 14" = 228 servings x $8.00 = $1,825.00
*please contact us for other cake sizes*

Serving size: All of our cakes come a standard 4.25" high.  They contain three layers of cake and two layers of filling/buttercream.  Our cake servings are based off of 1" x 2" x 4.25", the serving amounts are all dependent on how the cake is cut.

For couples who are having a fairly large wedding (200+), a budget friendly option may be to do a smaller cake - 3 or 4 tier cake - and then have sheet cakes in the back to feed the additional guests.  Our sheet cakes come a standard 3" high and contain two layers of cake and one layer of filling/buttercream.  
Pricing for our sheet cakes are as follow:
Quarter sheet cake, 54 servings = $150.00
Half sheet cake, 108 servings = $300.00

* NOTE: False tiers are always available to add height to your cake, however, please keep in mind that decorating these false tiers are just as time consuming as decorating the cake itself, so although we can provide this service, understand that there is definitely still a cost associated with this option.

What Exactly IS Cake Insurance ?!?

Every now and then I have potential clients inquire about 'cake insurance' ... and God bless, in 7 years of having my business nothing dramatic has ever happened.  However, I found this neat article that kind of explains 'cake insurance' a little better:

http://cateritsimple.blogspot.ca/2009/07/what-is-this-cake-insurance-thing.html


What is this "Cake Insurance" Thing?

Thanks to a few shows on TV, brides are asking about getting “cake insurance”. Evidently, the way it’s depicted on TV, a bride pays for “cake insurance” and if something happens to her wedding cake (car wreck while enroute, drunken best man falling into the table, etc.), the baker magically appears with a duplicate cake to save the reception from total ruin!! Wow! What a concept.

I’m in conversation with hundreds of cake designers across the country every single day via a cake decorators’ website, and so far, no one on this site has ever heard of “cake insurance” other than seeing it on TV.

Let’s not confuse “cake insurance” with “wedding day insurance” …. two totally separate things. Wedding Day Insurance covers expenses for the bride and groom if the photographer or caterer doesn’t show up, or if the wedding has to be canceled or postponed due to military deployment or illness or death (not due to change of heart!) and deposit money for venues, etal are reimbursed to the couple.

Cake Insurance, according to what we see on TV, guarantees the bride a fully decorated wedding cake within (dare we say?) “minutes” of the original cake being demolished! (A pretty awesome feat in itself when you consider it takes days to make a wedding cake.)

So let’s ask the question: what exactly did the bride pay for?

A friend of mine contacted one of these TV shows to find out what this was all about and got this explanation: the bakery bakes the same size and flavor cakes and keeps them on hand in the event of a disaster, like a collapsed table or a drunken uncle that falls into the cake. Then if/when they get the call, they can assemble a replacement cake of the same size and flavor with minimal to no decorations, and a new cake is whisked into place within the hour.

So the bride paid, not for “insurance”, but paid for a 2nd wedding cake to be made.

If the wedding goes off without a hitch (as 99.9% of them do), then the baker has the extra money collected for “cake insurance” AND a spare cake that can be sold later.

(Hmmmmm ….. let me think about this …. Could this be a great secondary income for me? Nah……I don’t think so!)

But brides …. Don’t fall into the “latest trend trap” and think you HAVE to have this. Think about all of the weddings you’ve been to, and that your mother has been to, and your grandmother has been to. How many of THEM had a cake demolished? I come from a large family and with all the weddings we've been to in our lifetime, none of us have ever seen a cake disaster that would justify "cake insurance".

It must be something that happens with regularity ONLY on “unscripted” (?) reality shows!


Debi Brim can be reached via email at info@cateritsimple.com

THE SWEET BITE: A Cake Tasting Event

THE SWEET BITE: A Cake Tasting Event


We are hosting a cake tasting event on Saturday, January 28th at BASH Event Studio: 1927 Avenue Road (just south of the 401). This 'open house' event will run between 2:00 - 6:00 PM, so come whenever is most convenient for you. 

Tickets for this special tasting event are now available for $10/person, which will include coffee/tea and delicious samples of the various desserts we offer! In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet representatives from other wedding related services - and all are welcome! When you book Bite Me Bakery for your upcoming wedding, you will receive $25 OFF the list price, as well as a 10% discount OFF your wedding cake and dessert order.    


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cake-tasting-party-tickets-4483937578  

 

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