Tips to cut your costs for your special occasion cake.

 

Thinking your budget won’t stretch to your dream?

We are here to help in any way we can so check out these Tips

1.  As you begin to conjure up your cake, the number-one rule to keep in mind is that it’s the labour — the time spent constructing, icing and detailing — that determines most of the cost, not the ingredients. This isn’t to say that size and shape don’t come into play: They do.

2 Create the effect of a larger cake by separating each layer of cake with thick, decorated non-cake layers — such as styrofoam squares wrapped with glittering fabric — to turn your three-tier into a six-tier  cake. You’ll get the effect of a super-pricey cake for about half the cost.

3. Go smaller.  choose a smaller, two- to three-tier  cake for your display and cake-cutting, and then have a non-decorated, non-stacked sheet cake in the kitchen from which your servers will cut most of the guest slices. This can save you 50 percent.

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4 Create a deconstructed cake.When you display each of your standard-size  cake tiers on different platters and pedestals side by side, you cut out the costs of stacking and decorating a grander tiered cake.” This stratergy can save you money as stacking and set up at venue ate added costs.

5. Re-think mini wedding cakes for each guest table.The amount of labour involved in mini cakes can raise costs.As a general rule one-quarter the size equals four times the cost.

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6 Go square. A square cake will usually feed more guests, since it’s easier to cut it in a grid pattern and get a larger number of servings from each tier.

7 Shaped/ sculpted cakes are notorious budget busters.For example carved to shape cakes can take three days to make,They also require extra layers that get carved away in the sculpting process, adding up to large expenses in ingredients and in labour-intensive decorating time.

8.Simple cakes sporting an image on top made from edible sheets Or  topping the cake with a toy motorcycle or other fun item can cut costs by alot.buying the toy yourself cuts it even more as bakers have to buy licenced items but you can buy the cheapest you can find! Having hand modelled edible figures are time consuming so not a cheap option for a simple birthday cake.

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9 At a wedding or large formal gathering many reception sites charge a per-slice cake-cutting fee that can range alot from £1 to £8 or more per slice. Some sites will charge this fee if you bring in an outside baker’s cake, and some charge it even for a cake they’ve provided. Since £3 per slice for 150 guests equals £450, this is one charge you should always try to negotiate out of your agreement.

10.Standard flavors cost less than more unusual “premium” flavours.vanilla, chocolate, lemon cakes cost a bit less than red velvet and carrot or fruitcake vanilla buttercream flavoured simply with vanilla bean, lemon or chocolate saves you alot of cost.

11.Choose rustic style buttercream frosting over fondant, The extra effort that goes into rolling out and applying fondant accounts for the price bump.

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12.Choose standard flavors for the largest tiers, and premiums for smaller tiers to save 10 to 40 percent. And stick to two flavors and fillings, as is often standard. More flavours = more cost

13. Edible pearls are easy and inexpensive, a cake covered with icing “pearls” is an elegant touch.

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14. Bigger sugar-paste flowers make an impression for less. intricate bloom designs  cost more. Sugar-paste anemones and peonies are popular budget-friendly accents. Limiting yourself to one bold sugar-paste flower on the cake lowers the cost by 40 to 50 percent.

15. Hand-piped lacy designs are pricey.

16. Encircle cake layers with ribbon, which takes only seconds to apply.
Affixing a brooch to the front of a ribbon wrap for sparkle on a plain cake is both classy and less money!

17.Instead of sugar-paste blossoms, embellish your cake with fresh flowers and save up to 40 percent.

18.A smaller, elegant cake surrounded with a selection of cupcakes can be a simple, cheaper, option.

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19. Still want that cake but still worried of the costs? Don’t stress… Your deposit secures the date and the balance isn’t due until 7 days before delivery/ collection for birthday / celebration cakes(4 weeks for wedding cakes)  so the earlier you order the more time you have to save, you can even pay us bit by bit during that time, with no extra costs, helping you stretch that budget even further!

(Inspired by bridalguide.com)

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