Roll-Back Pricing On Wedding Cakes @ Wal-Mart

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Redlotusninjagrl Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 9:33pm
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There was a table set up at the entrance of my Wal-Mart (produce side) where the bakery displayed a wedding cake dummy. I wish I would have taken a pic (maybe I will go back-hehe). It was a 10-8-6 stacked buttercream cake. I believe it had a reverse shell border on the edges, some dots on each layer and roses on the top layer. It looked like a stacked birthday cake with all the roses. Anyway, it had a ticket for "Rollback Pricing" and I believe the price was like $137. I am really a hobbyist so I don't do cakes, but I know enough to know that is dirt cheap. It really surprised me. They REALLY should have put a little more thought into the cake design. I just thought some of you would get a kick out of that. Should you have a cheap bride, just let her know that Wal-Mart is having "Roll-Back" pricing on their wedding cakes! icon_smile.gif

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Mensch Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 9:34pm
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Just goes to show you that you get what you pay for!

TamiAZ Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 9:48pm
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This reminds me of a time we were at a grocery store and we were cruising through the bakery dept. A lady was just starting to decorate a stacked cake that was supposed to be picked up in 10 minutes.. icon_eek.gif

I agree, you get what you paid for!!

bakermommy4 Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 9:59pm
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I think that is hilarious...who would have ever thought that the "rollback" pertained to their wedding cakes too...have they no shame at all??

gourmetsharon Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 10:00pm
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That sounds like a good cake for a shotgun wedding!

Can you still buy the shotgun at Walmart too?? Nothing beats one-stop shopping!

disubu Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 10:03pm
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Originally Posted by gourmetsharon

That sounds like a good cake for a shotgun wedding!

Can you still buy the shotgun at Walmart too?? Nothing beats one-stop shopping!




Ha ha ha ha ha!! icon_lol.gif

bakermommy4 Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 10:08pm
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Originally Posted by disubu

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Originally Posted by gourmetsharon

That sounds like a good cake for a shotgun wedding!

Can you still buy the shotgun at Walmart too?? Nothing beats one-stop shopping!



Ha ha ha ha ha!! icon_lol.gif


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laneysmom Posted 20 Jun 2009 , 10:14pm
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It's funny you should mention this. I was just at a supermarket and they had a cake dummy set up advertising for wedding cakes. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen. The BC was yellowed and the large dots were inconsistent, some with big holes in the center. I can't imagine anyone ordering from them on the basis of that dummy.

As I was walking past a very young man was decorating a giant cookie and I was tempted to stop and help him. Never seen anyone hold a pastry bag quite like that. My hubby had to pull me out of there.

cylstrial Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 2:00am
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As I was walking past a very young man was decorating a giant cookie and I was tempted to stop and help him. Never seen anyone hold a pastry bag quite like that. My hubby had to pull me out of there.




LOL! Too funny! Seriously though, they are rolling back the prices on wedding cakes?

all4cake Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 2:02am
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Originally Posted by Redlotusninjagrl

There was a table set up at the entrance of my Wal-Mart (produce side) where the bakery displayed a wedding cake dummy. I wish I would have taken a pic (maybe I will go back-hehe). It was a 10-8-6 stacked buttercream cake. I believe it had a reverse shell border on the edges, some dots on each layer and roses on the top layer. It looked like a stacked birthday cake with all the roses. Anyway, it had a ticket for "Rollback Pricing" and I believe the price was like $137. I am really a hobbyist so I don't do cakes, but I know enough to know that is dirt cheap. It really surprised me. They REALLY should have put a little more thought into the cake design. I just thought some of you would get a kick out of that. Should you have a cheap bride, just let her know that Wal-Mart is having "Roll-Back" pricing on their wedding cakes! icon_smile.gif




I just got back from WM and HAD TO LOOK while I was there. I looked in their wedding book. The 12,10,and 6 combinations were $138....regular price. So, that would be considered cheaper than dirt, eh?

ETA: This thread reminded me to check on their prices. A woman called the other day and inquired about my prices on wedding cakes. After I told her this was her reply..."hmmmmm....uh huh...okay. I just didn't know cakes could cost so much. Wal~Mart has a three tiered one. I don't know what sizes they are but it was $125. I do know that...."

So, even though it was posted, it's quite possible the one in my area rolled back the price to even less than the faded out sticker price in their book. I doubted her word on the $125. But if your store rolled back the price to $137, this one have rolled back to $125.

Wesha Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 3:17am
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Wow, I agree that you get what you pay for. I did not know that Walmart made wedding cakes though.

indydebi Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 3:25am
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I've laughed at the signs on the display cakes that tells a customer how many it feeds. I remember one that was a 6/8/12 (serves 92 per wilton's chart) and there was a sign that said it served 149! My husband kept shushing me as I was saying (pretty loud) "NO FREAKIN' WAY!!!!!!!!!!!"

rharris524 Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 3:30am
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lol...b/c I already think that Wilton's guides are stingy icon_smile.gif

Texas_Rose Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 5:39am
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My sister had a Walmart wedding cake. It was 5 years ago and it cost $105 for a 6-8-12.

It had thin styrofoam plates for supports and push-through pillars. The cakes were 4" high but there was no filling. My sister was not the greatest at setting up a cake and I was not inclined to help, and it fell about 45 minutes into the reception.

funcakes Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 9:20pm
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It boggles the imagination-less than a dollar a serving. That's less than a packaged hostess cupcake costs. Has anyone on here tasted these cakes? Does the customer have any choice in flavor? Our Wall Mart does not have a food section, and I don't shop there anyway.

I did see on tv how cakes like these were baked in a factory and iced by a machine. It was amazing. Not as amazing as watching pastry chefs on FN decorate, but still amazing.

mombabytiger Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 11:21pm
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Suppose you only have $137 to spend on a wedding cake?

kokopuff Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 11:35pm
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$138 is the normal price for a 3 tier cake at my local walmart,so if they rolled back the price to $137 big whoop and it still taste like cardboard! icon_lol.gif

mombabytiger Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 11:47pm
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My point is that maybe some poor little bride somewhere doesn't have the money for a more expensive cake, but still wants something "nice" for her wedding. Not everybody has $600 or so to pay for something better. Should they then get nothing? (And I'm by no means defending the lousy Walmart cake!)

patticakesnc Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 11:55pm
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People can get a decent cake for their budget. I didn't go to Walmart or a Supermarket. I had a bakery make my cake. It was probably the best cake I have ever eaten....hate to say it, but I don't even know what she did..I have tried to duplicate that taste and can't.

But it was $100 for this cake. And I got married in 99, so I know the prices are a little different but it wan't that long ago.
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cakedesigner59 Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 11:57pm
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Just shoot me now. Walmart is more expensive than I am. I'm doing my next wedding cake (in August) for $2 per slice, with handmade pearls and monogram. I have no business doing this...I absolutely freeze when pricing cakes, like a deer in headlights. I have set prices, but I never stick to them. I know you all will just want to shoot me, especially CostumeCzar.... I'm putting on my kevlar vest now.

abra526 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:01am
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When I got married 6 years ago I wan't into caking at all yet. I will admit that I looked at those Walmart cakes because me and my husband were 20 years old, and paying for everything on our own. Even then, I could see how cheap they looked, and thank goodness my Step mom offerred to make my cake dirt cheap. (my dad had just married this woman and I had no idea she even did this as a profession). She save us by making a 3 tier ivory Gift box cake with a royal blue cascading ribbon. Thank Heaven for family!

auntmamie Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:05am
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Originally Posted by gourmetsharon

That sounds like a good cake for a shotgun wedding!

Can you still buy the shotgun at Walmart too?? Nothing beats one-stop shopping!




You can in Vermont!!! icon_lol.gif

But you can't get the cake here - this WM isn't a SuperWM.

m_luv Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:11am
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Originally Posted by mombabytiger

My point is that maybe some poor little bride somewhere doesn't have the money for a more expensive cake, but still wants something "nice" for her wedding. Not everybody has $600 or so to pay for something better. Should they then get nothing? (And I'm by no means defending the lousy Walmart cake!)




this is exactly what i was thinking

my_4_dumplins Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:15am
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I checked out the wedding cake dummy at our Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago and I was amazed at how beautiful it was. Cornelli lace, very beautiful swags, and the roses were perfect. I guess it all depends on how much training and experience the decorator has. I have been checking weekly to see what new designs they have and I have seen some cakes that are comparable to the cakes I have seen here. One cake had some Lilies of the Valley and Bachelors buttons made of buttercream and I had hubby take a pic with his cell so I could try to copy it. If someone had them copy that particular design on their wedding cake it would be one amazing cake! As far as flavor goes, my sister got a birthday cake for me from there in Feb. and it was a marble cake...some of the most moist, delicious cake I have ever had. I think any bride with a low budget (or like I was when I got married NO budget)would be getting a fabulous deal by buying a Wal-Mart cake.

gourmetsharon Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:26am
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We used to have a lady at our Safeway who did absolutely beautiful cakes. If you asked her for something not in "the book", she would do it personally and it would be stunning. She was a real asset to that store. She retired about 2 years ago and I miss her. Boo hoo!

So maybe you can find real talent at a Walmart or somewhere else just because they needed a job.

jimandmollie Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:36am
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Originally Posted by auntmamie

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Originally Posted by gourmetsharon

That sounds like a good cake for a shotgun wedding!

Can you still buy the shotgun at Walmart too?? Nothing beats one-stop shopping!



You can in Vermont!!! icon_lol.gif

But you can't get the cake here - this WM isn't a SuperWM.




I live in West Virginia and here at our WalMart you can buy the cake, the shotgun and probably find the groom as you are checking out! (I should know, mine is from the tire and lube section!) icon_lol.gif

auntmamie Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 1:06am
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Originally Posted by jimandmollie

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Originally Posted by auntmamie

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Originally Posted by gourmetsharon

That sounds like a good cake for a shotgun wedding!

Can you still buy the shotgun at Walmart too?? Nothing beats one-stop shopping!



You can in Vermont!!! icon_lol.gif

But you can't get the cake here - this WM isn't a SuperWM.



I live in West Virginia and here at our WalMart you can buy the cake, the shotgun and probably find the groom as you are checking out! (I should know, mine is from the tire and lube section!) icon_lol.gif




That takes the cake! (Pun intended)

Unlimited Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 4:23pm
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Originally Posted by gourmetsharon

We used to have a lady at our Safeway who did absolutely beautiful cakes. If you asked her for something not in "the book", she would do it personally and it would be stunning. She was a real asset to that store. She retired about 2 years ago and I miss her. Boo hoo!

So maybe you can find real talent at a Walmart or somewhere else just because they needed a job.




Or would have worked there for free because they truly enjoyed doing something creative with their talents!

rharris524 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 5:37pm
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Quite frankly, if I hadn't eloped, I'd probably have gotten my cake from Publix (grocery store). I wouldn't have had time to do it myself and it was all I could have afforded

lamariposa Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:16pm
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I couldn't afford an expensive cake when I got married in December. The caterer only charged me $2/serving and they charged me for number of people instead of per serving of the actual cake. It wasn't exactly what I wanted...it was SUPER SIMPLE but it sure did taste GREAT!
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