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#1 LauraTEO

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:14 PM

Hi, i am getting married on coming Nov and looking for wedding cake supplier... as most of them are so pricey... does anyone here can help!!

We are getting married at Geelong/Melbourne..

Thanks heaps!!!

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 05:01 PM

Do you have a Michels Patisserie nearby? We got our wedding cake from there and it was hundreds of dollars cheaper than the equivalent in a specialty wedding cake store.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 05:03 PM

Similar to Beachgurl, we just got ours made at the local bakery and it was significantly cheaper than going to a wedding-cake shop. It might be worth checking out what bakeries you have around you and getting some quotes.

Plus (with ours) we knew it would be good - we'd been getting cakes from this place for years so there was no surprise.

ETA: We didn't have a very complex cake, though - three square tiers with an icing bow on top. I remember, though, that there was a thread not long ago about hiring a fake cake if you wanted something more elaborate, and then just having a slab cake in the kitchen to serve to guests. Maybe that's something you could look as as well.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:20 PM

I'm in QLD, so no help there, but definately have a look around.

We had our cake done by a wholesale place that sold to the public. For four teirs of 'death by chocolate' layer cake (mud cake, white chocolate ganache, mud cake, dark chocolate ganache...) iced with white chocolate ganache, we paid $400.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:42 PM


In defence of cake makers there is a hell of alot of work and cost involved in most wedding cakes. Usually they are mud cakes, which involves kilos of quality chocolate, often they are ganached, more chocolate, and then filo's of fondant.

To make a two tier cake to feed 70ish people for my fil's 60th I easily spent $60 on ingredients alone, let alone the time involved.

In then end it is all about what you want. If you want a simple cake, that is simply cake with ganache, not split & filled or covered with fondant with no decoration then I agree try a bakery or michels. I think this is a great alternative.

If you want an iced, fondant covered cake thenit does cost you.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:49 PM

I know! I couldn't believe the cost of cakes. I only wanted a plain iced one with a band of ribbon around each tier, and the cheapest I could find was almost $300. I might understand the costs if I wanted flowers or other detail but I didn't. In the end, a friend of a friend did it for us. I have no idea how much it cost because our best man and his wife paid for it as their present to us. I do know that she only charged me $30 for a birthday cake for one of my bridesmaids, but then she isn't a professional. Do you have any friends/family/friends of friends who could do it?
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:16 PM

QUOTE(utopia84 @ Jul 7 2011, 08:42 PM) View Post

In defence of cake makers there is a hell of alot of work and cost involved in most wedding cakes. Usually they are mud cakes, which involves kilos of quality chocolate, often they are ganached, more chocolate, and then filo's of fondant.

To make a two tier cake to feed 70ish people for my fil's 60th I easily spent $60 on ingredients alone, let alone the time involved.

In then end it is all about what you want. If you want a simple cake, that is simply cake with ganache, not split & filled or covered with fondant with no decoration then I agree try a bakery or michels. I think this is a great alternative.

If you want an iced, fondant covered cake thenit does cost you.


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Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:46 AM

I agree that it will really depend on how much detail you want. Our cake was my dream cake! We got a few quotes and some places didn't even want to try to recreate what I wanted and still wanted to charge a huge amount. In the end, we found a wonderful cake maker who made the cake exactly as we wanted it and also worked with our florist for the fresh flowers. She charged us at least $150 less than the cheaped quote and the cakes were delicious and her icing work was amazing! She also made two parents cakes so that we could each give one to our in-laws as a gift for welcoming us into their family.

It is very expensive but for us, it was worth the cost! Our top layer also doubled as our son's christening cake.
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE(andersongh @ Jul 21 2011, 07:07 PM) View Post

wedding cakes are sooo expensive!.I feel bad about the price and without good and quality cake ,it doesn't looks nice.My friend suggested me the cup cakes.because its price is very less and these cup cakes are easy to share.


yeah i agree with your views and feel so bad.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 08:17 PM

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 01:15 PM

Not having extensive decorations on your cake will save the baker time and you money.




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Posted 30 July 2011 - 05:47 PM

QUOTE(Mooree @ Jul 27 2011, 01:15 PM) View Post

Not having extensive decorations on your cake will save the baker time and you money.


I really agree with u. If someone doesn't want to cost much money on her wedding cake, the best way is to reduce the decorations on the cake.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:28 PM

so....as a former bride, I can see your side. B/c you are on a budget, yet you want to be able to share a delicious and beautiful looking cake with all your guests. I was in exactly the same position. I wanted something beautiful, different and delicious but I only wanted to spend a certain amount....and that wasn't over $350 - after all it was "JUST A CAKE".

Now...

as a cake decorator and baker let me tell you this....you get what you pay for. If you only want to pay $100, you're going to get a cake that tastes and looks like you only paid $100. And by all means there's nothing wrong with that.

FYI - here's some steps that go into creating your perfect cake. I am currently quoting on an engement cake and here's the very basics:

DESIGN: 2 tier, fondant covered, heart embellishments, ring topper, ribbon (this isn't including a lot of other sundry items that will be used).
SIZE: bottom tier - 12", top tier - 10".
FLAVOUR: bottom tier - chocolate mud cake; top tier - white choc & raspberry mud
GANACHE (for torteing and filling and creating beautiful clean lines) - 3kg for each cake
COST OF GANACHED CAKES: (includes baking and all ingredients) $397

I haven't even gotten to the cost of covering, decorating, transporting and any labour costs. My VERY rough estimate was - at minimum - $450. Once I finish the quote with all the elements involved then she will have a final cost. I am now expecting it to be more along the lines of $550.

Anybody who thinks "it's just a cake" is welcome to come and spend the week in my kitchen watching me create "just a cake". And if you think you can do it for cheaper and look the same, taste the same...go ahead and try.

Having the perspective from the 'other side' I am appalled at my previous attitude when I was a bride. I now know just how much time and effort goes into making your cake look and taste divine and is a showpiece that hopefully people will talk about for years to come.

Rant over.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:29 PM

QUOTE(varkat @ Sep 10 2011, 09:28 PM) View Post

so....as a former bride, I can see your side. B/c you are on a budget, yet you want to be able to share a delicious and beautiful looking cake with all your guests. I was in exactly the same position. I wanted something beautiful, different and delicious but I only wanted to spend a certain amount....and that wasn't over $350 - after all it was "JUST A CAKE".

Now...

as a cake decorator and baker let me tell you this....you get what you pay for. If you only want to pay $100, you're going to get a cake that tastes and looks like you only paid $100. And by all means there's nothing wrong with that.

FYI - here's some steps that go into creating your perfect cake. I am currently quoting on an engement cake and here's the very basics:

DESIGN: 2 tier, fondant covered, heart embellishments, ring topper, ribbon (this isn't including a lot of other sundry items that will be used).
SIZE: bottom tier - 12", top tier - 10".
FLAVOUR: bottom tier - chocolate mud cake; top tier - white choc & raspberry mud
GANACHE (for torteing and filling and creating beautiful clean lines) - 3kg for each cake
COST OF GANACHED CAKES: (includes baking and all ingredients) $397

I haven't even gotten to the cost of covering, decorating, transporting and any labour costs. My VERY rough estimate was - at minimum - $450. Once I finish the quote with all the elements involved then she will have a final cost. I am now expecting it to be more along the lines of $550.

Anybody who thinks "it's just a cake" is welcome to come and spend the week in my kitchen watching me create "just a cake". And if you think you can do it for cheaper and look the same, taste the same...go ahead and try.

Having the perspective from the 'other side' I am appalled at my previous attitude when I was a bride. I now know just how much time and effort goes into making your cake look and taste divine and is a showpiece that hopefully people will talk about for years to come.

Rant over.


Thank you! As a fellow decorator nothing drives me more crazy then people questioning my quotes because "It's just a cake" No it is not just a cake! It's is a week out of my life dedicated to your amazing wedding cake, hours of prep, baking, ganaching, covering. They are soooo costly because they cost a lot to make and require hours of work, if you don't want to pay that's fine go to the cheesecake shop.

My rant over.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:46 PM

I paid top $$ for my wedding cake from a very well known Sydney cake specialist and wasn't very happy with the taste of the cake itself on the day (although it looked exactly as I wanted it).

I found out later that they outsource the cake itself and decorate it in house. I'd double check that they make AND decorate it and I'd make sure the cake you taste is exactly the same as the cake they give you on the day.
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