My fiancée and I are planning our wedding, and after looking over the budget, a traditional cake is just out of the question. Our local grocery store (Wegmans) has AMAZING cakes, I swear by then for every special event, but when I stopped in to ask, they said they don't do tiered cakes.
I priced out sheet cakes, and we would save soooo much money! But we would still like the illusion of a fancy wedding cake. My question is -
If I were to get a 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 sheet cake (12x16, 8x12, and 6x8, respectively) would I be able to stack them myself? At first I thought it would be easier to just get tiered cake stands, but apparently they don't exist for rectangular cakes.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Do I just stack them? Is there a technique? Is it problematic that they'll already be frosted? All I know is that, all 3 cakes would feed 62 people for $58. Can't beat it!
Thanks in advance!
Hi and congratulations!
If you've never stacked a cake before, I would suggest you try to find a stand you can use or go with some round cakes and use the tiered stand. You don't need a traditional cake stand, you can make a cake stand out of anything with fabric draped over it (as long as it's sturdy to carry the weight of the cake).
If you have a lot of time before the wedding, there are many tutorials on youtube on how to stack a cake, but I would definitely do a practice cake to avoid drama on your beautiful day.
I was going to suggest the same as jinkies but maybe use the great round cakes from the bakery you love instead of the not so great sheet cakes.
As the others mentioned, I think I would go with round cakes and put them on glass cake stands. You can find them pretty easily as goodwill, garage sales, estate sales, etc. I'd go for different heights. I think that would look very pretty.
use two round footed cake stands under the bigger cakes - use a footed cake stand under each one if you want - double up the stands when necessary -- really nice footed cake stands are to be found at hobby lobby and pier one for easy prices
if you wanted to be a little creative get upside down pots or milk crates etc and scrunch linens over that and set your cakes on there -- you got this
best wishes to you for your wedding and forever
Thanks everyone! Great ideas! The round cakes aren't an option, they tend to cost more. We have an ice cream sundae food truck coming in addition to the cakes, so our dessert budget is spread thin!
in fact if you got a bunch of the 1/8 sheets enough to make your servings and spread those out on stands or on scrunched linens atop different heights of pots & pans underneath -- and decorate with an edible flower -- that would be actually very pretty
Samisuhoff, I come from a land that didnt stack wedding cakes but used cake stands and I have been to many wedding with square cakes where they have had them displayed on different levels and made it look stunning . Budget weddings can be amazing, mine was and I made the cake my self and it was square.