Do You Dress Up The "extra" Cake For A Wedding?

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mrsmac888 Posted 18 Sep 2014 , 10:50pm
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Hi.  I'm doing a wedding in a couple of weeks.  The bride ordered 3 sheet cakes in addition to the wedding cake.  I know a lot of you just do very plain, no frills sheet cakes as they will only be seen by the servers.  I want these sheet cakes to not be totally plain and was wondering, do any of you have a simple way of dressing up a sheet cake without spending a lot of time on it?  I had a friend that used to take a bounty paper towel, the ones with the design, and she would smooth it over the top to impress the design onto the cake.  I wondered if anyone has any other ideas. 



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-K8memphis Posted 18 Sep 2014 , 10:54pm
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if i do an extra cake i layer it like i would the tier cake -- typically 4 layers of cake  so all the cut servings are identical -- no decor other than a bottom border maybe 

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AZCouture Posted 18 Sep 2014 , 11:17pm
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Really? Patterns from…paper towels? On purpose? Interesting. No, I don't dress up kitchen cakes (don't make sheet cakes, but I'll make kitchen cakes, which are filled and tall like the wedding cake, sans decorations). Ill put a neatly done rustic icing effect on it, and that's it.

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scrumdiddlycakes Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 12:07am
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AIf they pay for it, sure. Like the other ladies though, I don't do sheet cakes, my kitchen cakes are 4" high layered cakes, a slice of that doesn't risk looking boring on a plate :) No offense to your friend, but I've never been a fan if the paper towel look, I'd suggest running a texture comb quickly over the top if you want a pattern.

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costumeczar Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 12:08am
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Paper towel patterns, just say no. If I did sheet cakes or kitchen cakes (which I don't, the venues generally don't appreciate having people show up with extra stuff they have to store in a working kitchen, and some health departments have rules about having outside food in them to begin with) I'd just pipe a border on the edge or something. Nothing earthshattering.

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maybenot Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 12:39am
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My kitchen cakes look as though they came from the main wedding cake--and I charge the same price per slice.


If it's fondant covered, then the kitchen cake gets fondant, etc. 


I do this because I initially had people who thought they'd be saving a ton of money ordering kitchen cakes.....since I torte & fill those 4" tall cakes, I had no plans to discount them.  Now, people only get kitchen cakes when they need just a few extra servings because the style of their cake limits the size options of the tiers.

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mrsmac888 Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 1:19am
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All very good advice.  Personally, I don't normally do much as far as the kitchen cake goes, I never liked the paper towel look.  Kinda goofy looking, actually.   I'm doing these cakes for a friend's daughter and was just wondering, what do other people do?  I think I'll just pipe borders on top and bottom, score them to show the cut path and call them good. 



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-K8memphis Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 2:46am
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Athat sounds perfect

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cakesbycathy Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 2:51am
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I don't do anything other than ice them.  No border and minimal smoothing.  They are in the kitchen and not meant to be seen.  They are only there to provide enough servings.  I charge less per serving (like half)  than for the wedding cake since it takes me almost no time at all and very little work to do.

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kakeladi Posted 19 Sep 2014 , 10:20pm
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AEverybody has their idea of what looks nice. I like the looks of paper toweling. I've used it often.

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