Batter on a Budget
Five Ways to Get Wedding Cake Under $5 A Slice
SEEK A SMALLER OPERATION
Memories of your grandmother’s amazing chocolate-chocolate brownies are proof: you don’t need to have a fancy storefront to be a talent in the kitchen. Read the stories of established bakers and most started out with mixing bowls of batter in their own homes.
Rebecca Underly of Del Ray Cakery agrees, “I am a home-based business so my prices are slightly lower. If I had a storefront the prices would be significantly more.” Consider ordering a smaller cake from a beginner baker and then rounding out your presentation with a menu of their sweets (often more manageable than crafting an impeccable cake to feed 200).
“Dessert buffets have become popular for that reason. You can have a small wedding cake for the traditional cutting, but make all of your guests happy by providing a variety of different desserts that have many different flavor profiles,” adds Glass.
“Do it yourself,” urges Diane Duarte chief creative officer and co-owner of Duff’s Cakemix in Los Angeles. Yes, you can. Or at least, maybe your talented aunt or brother is up to the task of making your wedding cake for you. (It could be one of the most thoughtful wedding gifts you get on your Big Day).
Admittedly, Duff’s Cakemix, a new do-it-yourself bakery in West Hollywood, goes the easiest route: they provide the already-made cake, then you design and apply the handiwork to decorate the one of your dreams—at a price point you can’t help but fall in love with.