I have a bride that is interested in having a tiered cake with only the bottom tier edible and serving the rest from sheet cakes. How do you decorate these? Just plain or do you put individual designs on the pieces? I ws thinking plain to not call attention to the fact that it isn't from the actual wedding cake. Just wondering though! TIA!
Over in "How do I' forum another post brought this answer from leahs:
Sheet cakes = 2" tall cake, no filling, iced, but not pretty.
Kitchen cake = layer cake, with filling, iced but not pretty, no decorations. Neither displayed.
sheet/kitchen cakes are not the same as the wedding cake (in my book) unless they pay the same price! A kitchen cake is 2" tall w/o filling, iced & bordered only, to be cut into 2x2x2 pieces.
Now if they want to pay for a two layer, filled cake so the pieces look like the wedding cake serving (1x2x4) then you fancy it up
If she want the guest to think they are actually getting a piece of the wedding cake then they need to be 2 layers and decorated to match the tiered cake. If not then see what her budget is and go from there. Does she realize that a dummy cake is just as expensive as a real tiered cake? It takes just as much icing and decorating time as a real cake and the dummies cost about the same as cake mixes used for real cake.
tiggy2 is right. If she wants part of her cake non-edible, does she realize THAT part of the cake NOT free?
My FAQ page actually runs the numbers to show them how much MORE they will pay for fake-cake-+sheet-cakes as opposed to just a whole "real" cake.
2" cake, filled, no frill icing with boarder.....plain sheet cake price.
Some brides are on a tight budget.....The requests are usually for a smaller presentation cake and sheet cake or cakes in the kitchen...no one will see it except for the cater....the cater's seem to like it because they can have the cake already sliced and ready to serve.
And yes the pay for the presentation cake, fake or not at the wedding cake prices.
The kitchen cakes I have made are like a regular cake...4" in tall so that you can have a filling...so it looks like it's not a sheet cake. Just ice it...no decorations...
I am making the wedding cake for my brother's wedding in March. I will be doing like baycheeks1. 4" tall cakes, filled and iced but not decorated. That way the sheet/kitchen cake will be the same serving size as the tiered cake 1x2x4. Once it is cut you don't really see the decorations on it, it becomes a matter of taste - cake and filling.