I was looking for some advice regarding wedding cakes. I have contacted a few suppliers in the Berkshire area for either a three tiered cake or cupcakes with a top tier cutting cake to feed 80-100 people, the prices are coming out between £300-£400 - with the cupcakes coming out more expensive (and these costs don't include £30-£50 set up/delivery costs). I am not sure we can afford this - are there any recommendations/advice of how to bring the costs down for cakes? I don't have any friends or family who are in the cake business, and I don't want to make it too much work/stress for myself or my partner by making cakes ourselves (plus they would probably be terrible as well!)? Thanks!
May I suggest you go to some local wedding fairs and also ask around locally . The cake makers should offer you cake tasters at their place (not just at the fair) and you can discuss exactly what you want and what you can afford. We have 3 cake tastings this month and will then make a choice from those. Cup cakes are expensive but perhaps you could make those yourself if you are confident. Remember the cake or cupcakes can be baked in advance and frozen so that you only have to do the icing close to the wedding. Good luck.
Hi you can order wedding cakes at Marks & Spencers :)
Either look at M&S. All you have to do is tier them.
Ask a local cake maker and not a specific wedding cake maker. they may have better prices. I did this with flowers and halved my quote.
Marks and Spencer and places do cakes that you can tier yourself. Also look on deal websites like Groupon and things, I was surprised how many local wedding suppliers are on there :)
Marks and Spencers have some beautiful cakes. Very reasonable
Dummy tiers only bottom tier real for cutting
Cheap supermarket cutting bars (cut in kitchen) or homemade ones
We are probably just having some naked Victoria sponges and adding a bit of decoration, however haven't looked at prices for them, but would think they would be cheaper than that. (This will go well with our venue)
Also some people have 3 tiers 2 being fake and one real as a lot of the time wedding cake isn't even eaten.
My 3 tier cake to feed 80-100 was £275 including delivery etc. That was an absolute bargain compared to some! I looked at getting m&s tiers and doing it myself but it was coming out roughly the same price and they were just plain - no decoration. Go to as many fairs as you can. Also check Facebook - that’s where I found our supplier, local as well.
Waitrose have wedding cakes, including tiered iced and naked cakes and cupcakes.
I got my cupcakes from sainsburys, pre-ordered 120 for about £60 and then get a cake from m&s for the top tier xx
I’m having 4 tiers with the bottom being a 12 inch fruit cake, £405 including decoration
Waitrose do three tier naked cakes for about £150
I couldn't beleive the price of cakes! Ours was £450 but it was HUGE but I still fringe at the price a year on is there anywhere nere by that may have catering students? They may be willing to do it low cost or post of your local buy/sell site
I asked on my local Facebook group for recommendations for cake makers and had quite a few recommendations for people in my town. It may be worth doing that. I got my 3 tier cake exactly how I wanted it for only £235 and had 3 different flavours. Another way if you want quite plain would be marks and Spencer’s you could make your own or look on marks and Spencer’s or Waitrose as they do wedding cakes and were reasonable when I was looking x
Waitrose! £150 naked cake, delivered to your venue. Boom!
We went with a cup cake specialist but wanted a ‘cutting cake’ too, she recommended M&S, we had a large round top cake and 100 cup cakes, cost us £150. She decorated the m&s cake to compliment the cup cakes x
M&S do a cake book and you can buy one tier and cupcakes and it’s less than £100
Have you tried jolliffe cake company Facebook page ? .... Based in Berkshire their cakes always look stunning ....
I have more contacts if you need for cakes in Berkshire , let me know ..... = 1 important thing don't use word wedding as the price may drop considerably !!
If there's anyone family or friends that make cakes ask them my fiances cousin is doing ours as a wedding presentv
What about Waitrose as well? X
This was our cake from marks and spencer, £200. One layer fruit, one chocolate and one sponge and was very nice!
I went to cooplands bakers for my cake and it only cost us £220 the cake topper was bought separately from another shop costing £60
Just order a small cake to cut. Then nip to asda,Tesco or marks and spencer and get loads of cup cakes and pop them in a stand x
Some will do a fake cake for display with only top tier actual cake that’s decorated, and keep ur actual cake not decorated to be cut up for the guests out of sight so it works out cheaper
We used an M&S cake with cupcakes from Aldi! Everyone said how lovely they were and cost around £50 for all the cupcakes and main cake! So glad we decided to do our own thing and not spend a fortune! :)
Lots of supermarkets do reasonable cakes.
However I can highly recommend Anns Designer Cakes and I know she caters to the Berkshire area .. her cakes are so delicious and stunning to look at, if you do decide to get one made specially z
Have a look at papercup kitchen. They are based in high Wycombe and the cakes are amazing. We got our wedding cake from there and it was £400 for a 4 tier cake with different flavoured sponge layers and one fake tier. It was to feed 150 people and we had loads left over!!
Depends how set on cake you are we bought 84 donuts from Krispy creme for less than £60.
Try skipping fruit... fruit always seems to be more expensive. Also I’ve decided to have 3 single tiers instead xxx
I've just bagged a deal of £225 for a 4 tier cake, any design and any flavour sponge, 60 favours (Welsh cakes or short bread). Look out for good deals!!
I agree, if you can't get an amazing mum (like mine!) To bake your cake, M&S is hard to beat. Then order your own very personal topper! I ordered our motorbike topper, then my husband painted it the same colour as his bike! You can reduce the price and make it personal which will mean so much more to you both at the end of the day. X
We had a 3 tier game of thrones themed cake. It cost us £240 inc delivery and setup found a wonderful lady on fb and nearly a week on we still have cake left xx
My mum bought a Marks's cake (which was lovely) and then cutting bars! So have smaller beautiful cake to cut, then have cutting bars hidden out back and ask your venue or the bridal party to cut it up and serve it :)
We were going to have M&S cake until I found they no longer have carrot cake and appear to have reduced the choice of cakes to fruit, vanilla sponge or chocolate. Now going to have our cake made.
My cake was from marks and Spencer’s £249 and fed 140 people. It was the most delicious, moist cake ever!!! I can’t recommend them enough. They do a good range of styles and prices too. Here’s a pic of mine - I added the bunting and flowers myself xx
What about cheese cake (like three or four tiers of different cheeses) and cut and serve it up for evening snacks with chutney and crackers etc...
Marks and Sparks (coming form someone who works for a wedding venue)
Cake pops can be a cheaper method too. It's what we are currently looking at
Definitely look at the m&s cakes, we were going to go there but then my brilliant mil made our cake... also some supermarkets e.g Sainsbury's do wedding cakes too. Xx
Luckily we have roped a friend of a friend in for us, as we were quoted over £400 by a few and there is not a chance in hell I could justify paying that much for a cake. When looking at my venue's photos on Facebook, one wedding had 2 caterpillar cakes which I thought was cute. Probably wouldn't have served everyone but a tray cake would work for that. You could get a dummy cake, with one real tier for the cutting and then serve up tray cake. Supermarkets are also getting in on wedding cakes. I hope you find one that works for you. xx
You could also look on sites like Groupon or wowcher for vouchers towards cakes sometimes get some good ones
We did krispy kremes and just a top tier (a giant donut made by me out of fruit cake) for slicing on top. Not one was left x
Don't tell them it's for a wedding. I bet the price will half. You can always add extra decorations yourselves x
Have a look at Marks and spencer they do a create your own and for a 4 tier cake its £106 you can then decorate it with cake flowers from eBay I got mine for £18
A suggestion for you to keep costs down if you are going to a cake maker. Dummy cakes (fake decorated layers) give the illusion of having a bigger cake. Have top tier of real cake for 'the cutting of the cake' and have a cutting cake, plain, jist covered with icing, to cut up to give to guests. Xxx
M&S. Really good cakes. Plain ones you can decorate a bit yourself.
Waitrose do lovely wedding cakes too
Marks and sparks and also Waitrose sell wedding style cakes, they come plain, so would be easy to add a ribbon and/or sugar flowers to the top x
I did a fake cake polystyrene covered with icing then bottom layer from m and s then got their cutting bars x
I gave up making cakes & cupcakes as sorry but a bloody lot of work,time & ingredients go into making them.
Waitrose do wedding cakes
had our cake made by a friend he's not a professional and has never made a wedding cake but we bought all the decorations and he made it perfect only cost us the price if decs find a friend who is good with cooking and go from there our cake was perfect. although you do need to trust them with what you want good luck xx
In my experience as a bride and as a wedding guest, no one hive a hoot a boy the cake as long as it looks the part for photos. I real wouldn't spend too much as it'll only sit in a corner and most of it will likely get binned. X
I got 2 big chocolate cakes from morrisons & 2 kids cakes. Then a family friend made a cake for us to cut and keep just for us. It only gets eaten at the end of the day so i never saw the point in spending hundreds for it to be eaten within 5 mins
I got mine from Waterfields the pie shop! It was a 3 tier cake to feed 180 for £170 and it looked stunning and was lovely to eat too, we also hired a stand off them which was a £50 deposit which we got back x
We paid 355 for our cake in 2015 including topper (made to look like us) and delivery. It was 8 tiers (thinner than most based in design) and ridiculously large, we were shocked when we saw it. It was 8 different flavours, bottom fruit and made to too like a pile of books based on a picture we had seen/ and paid £1 per cup cake too. Look for small town bakeries close by and ask for quotes. They tend to be cheaper if they don't advertise at wedding fairs.
I'm paying £325 for cup cakes, a 6 inch top cake, delivery and set up and a stand to display it all on.
M and s cakes are decent priced. You could even get three tiers (just plain white used) for just over £50 and decorate them yourself. We're considering doing this
Tesco cupcakes! Seriously - £5ish for about 15 and they're lovely. We decorated ours with chocolate hearts and had small iced fruitcake to cut xx
M&s!! We are ordering a 3 teir m&s cake for about £200 and that would defo feed 80-100 people :)
A lot of people have a single tier of real cake to cut and the other tiers are dummy (some kind of material decorated with icing to look like a cake) with a sheet cake in the back to cut up and hand out. Cupcakes can work out more expensive (each cake has to be decorated individually),and also the shape of the cake matters - a square (some sizes of heart shaped) cake will feed more people than a round cake
Where in Berkshire r u
Try m&s xx
Try ur local collages see if they have anyone will to make one while training x
Zanhurst Bakery in Sandhurst. Shes doing my wedding cake for my wedding amd she has been brilliant from start to finish and very reasonably priced
I have had several brides this year buy M&S cakes & decorate with flowers. My bride spent around £100 on this cake and I decorated it for her. You could ask your florist to do the same x
We got ours from m&s. Great value!
We had m&s cake. It was fantastic and all the guests loved the chocolate cake. Well worth a look. X
I live in Reading and we used vanilla spice company
Jo Parke at elegant tiers. She did an incredible job, had so many flavours and she did us a cutting cake too to save costs. Of every supplier she was by far the best!!
Same, M S and decorate yourself. We had an engraved glass topper made with our names and the date.
We went to our local bakery on the high street, a beautiful cake for £120 and helping small businesses which was important for us. X
Make ure own I make cakes what were you looking for ? X
Can't beat a Markies cake! We had 3 tiered spent £12 on decorating it and came in at just a little over £150‼️
You can buy some plain cakes from M&s or the lager Sainsbury's, then order some decorations of the internet, cake tippers, icing flowers etc and put them on yourself. xx
Advertise on your local facebook selling pages. I found a lady went to her cake tasting evening an have ordered a 3 tier cake with diff flavours for 185. 100 deposit rest next month x
Naked cakes are much cheaper x
Christie is amazing and reasonably priced!
Just an idea, but could you get intouch with a bakery college and ask students who are wanting to build their portfolio up?
Ya make your own cup cakes
Naked cakes are much cheaper.. we had this for our wedding and it was huge! Cost us £225. We also had a separate small square cutting cake that was iced just for my husband!
Costco do personalised cakes at very good prices they also do a red velvet, chocolate fudge, sponge and carrot cake may be worth a try. Me and my partner have booked a 3 tier heart wedding cake with 3 tier of sponge and an extra cake with fruit in to be served separate for £220 feeding 140-160 but that is in the Birmingham area.
https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/shop/search?defaultSearch=None&searchTerm=Wedding cake&canonicalURL=/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=Wedding cake&defaultSearch=GR
Cheese...costco do a number of options, ours cost £180, and we spent approx £40 on crackers and chutneys (you can get cheaper) - the bonus is that you can use it for any buffet, and also nibbles at the end of the night-our venue decorated ours! Good luck!
If you love Colin the caterpillar cake I think these are a really fun idea, £50 each and they feed 40 people so you could get a matching bride and groom to feed 80 for £100. http://www.marksandspencer.com/connie-the-bride-pre-order-available-from-23rd-february-2017-/p/p60094637?extid=ps_gglpla_FoodToOrder_804418003_41610502026&s_kwcid=AL!2750!3!193139428746!!!g!372477050060!__EFKW__&device=m&cvosrc=ppc shopping.google.Food To Order > Wedding Cakes > Wedding Cakes&cvo_pid=41610502026&mcptredirect
Alternatively as someone has already mentioned M&S do the traditional tiered cakes which you could decorate yourself. My cousin did this and just decorated it with simple hessian ribbon and sunflowers and it looked lovely.
i would look on facebook sometimes you get people that do them in their spare time or can very reasonable. I am lucky that someone we know is doing ours for £275 as i got quoted £600 for the one i want which i think is digusting just say the word wedding and it doubles. ive heard M&S do lovely cakes?
I second M&S, plus you can still personalise it by getting a custom cake topper, for a margin of the price. Something like this
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/488278758/custom-mr-mrs-cake-topper-mr-mrs-cake?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=glitter wedding cake topper&ref=sr_gallery_2
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