Thanks to all for all of the help and guidance along the way. I made it through the wedding with the centerpiece cakes. There were 13 tables, and I ended up making 15 centerpiece cakes (just in case) and one 3-tiered cake for the bride and groom to cut for pictures. I ended up doing a variety of flavors: chocolate, white with raspberry filling, red velvet, chocolate, banana, strawberry, and lemon. I was also a guest at the reception, so it was rather neat to see how everyone responded. The hotel took the cakes right before they were to be served, to cut and plate them, and they just served them randomly. Everyone was passing plates and trying all of the flavors. It was a lot of work (mostly a lot of planning), and fortunately, I have a Chevy Suburban, so transport was a breeze!
Thanks again to all who offered suggestions and tips from experience. I surely do understand now why these cakes tend to cost more...they are a lot more work!
Thanks for looking!
that's freakin' awesome!!!
I know that the whole cake as a centerpiece is a PITA, but I LOVE the idea!!!
You did a VERY nice job of producing a simple and elegant product. I LOVE the flowers and the contrast they produce against the white cakes.
WOW! Congrats..... you did a GREAT job......
Your cakes turned out great. I think they are a great idea but dread the day someone calls me to do one.
WOWZA! That's a lot of cakes. Kudos for pulling that off so well!
Thanks for the kind replies, and despite the work that it took, I think I'd to do it again!
those look great! I passed up the opportunity to make centerpiece cakes, but she wanted 30 of them as well as a wedding cake .. lots to do when you just do this as a hobby!!
These cakes look great. Good job!
You did such a wonderful job, The cakes are beautiful.
I love the colors of the flowers. You deserve all the praise!!!
The all look great
BTDT.....know how muchwork it is. I hope you got paid enough
You really did an outstanding job!! Those cakes look great! Wow, what a feeling of accomplishment you must have now! It mush have been thrilling to watch everyone share and sample your handiwork!
They look great! I love the variation in design and flavors!
What size were they? Very cute!!
Congrats they lool great
Those look great. I really like how you varied flavors. So much better at a wedding I think so everyone gets what they want.
Great idea!!! I think they look really beautiful.
Did you have to go hunting up cake plates to put them on...LOL...
Looks like everyone enjoyed the different flavors, too.
i LOVE them! i also love the idea of it.
a few ?? if you don't mind... was it a total PITA? were the cake stands all the same? did they supply them? where'd they come from?
Thanks again everyone for the kind comments...
The centerpiece cakes were 6" and the main cake was 14", 10", and 6". The tables either sat 8 or 10 people, and the instructions that I gave to the hotel staff was to cut the 6" cakes very generously instead of the traditional wedding cake sizes, since there was so much cake. So, I think they cut 8 nice size rectangular cuts from the 6" (discarding the rounded sides), and there was still plenty for seconds if anyone wanted any, and for the hotel staff to have cake.
The original thought for the cake plates was to borrow 13 cake plates from family and friends, but then it would have been more hassle trying to return them, so I suggested to the bride (and I think the inspiration came from here) to go to the dollar store and get 13 plates and 13 sundae glasses. The sundae glasses were turned upside down and secured to the bottom of the plate by use of glue dots (I am big on re-purposing things), and they worked out wonderfully. ...and the bride now has 13 glass plates and 13 sundae dishes to add to her collection.
Yes, it was a lot of work, but with a suggestion from someone here about the importance of planning, I didn't go crazy that week (and it also helped that the bride wanted a very simple design, so as to allow the cake to compliment the flowers (or the flowers to compliment the cake).
Thank you for sharing such great design and idea, I really loved the idea of plates and sundae glasses. I'm making 30 centerpieces cakes in 2 weeks, and more peolpe are asking about them so I was wondering if there was a nice (and cheap) cake stand.
i was going to ask about the cake stands. they turned out very pretty.
well done! that must have a been a lot of work.
What a neat idea! Your cakes look awesome and it sounds like everyone enjoyed them. Did the guests know you made them?