Cake pricing?

Having not met with a baker yet, I'd like to know a general price of a wedding cake. Our reception will have around 150 people. We were thinking a round buttercream cake with minimal decor and one or two flavors. (Like Mrs. Lily's: http://www.weddingbee.com/author/miss-lily/ scroll down down doooown.)

What do you think I can expect to pay for this? I was also considering getting a cake for 100 servings and possibly doing the foam layer. I was really hoping I could get a decent cake for about $300, but seeing several local bakeries starting at $6.50/slice, I may be dreaming.

TIA!
Posted on November 11, 2007 at 6:52 pm
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As anything in the wedding industry, pricing can vary. Most cakes I've come across have been in the $6-9 per slice (per person). Most commonly in the $7-8 per slice range. Then always be sure to find out if they charge a service/delivery/set-up fee in addition to their per slice price. If they do, I would try to negotiate that. Don't give up. Keep looking. There's always a vendor willing to negotiate!!!
Posted on November 12, 2007 at 3:31 am
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Im in LA, but I have looked at cakes for about the same number of people...the first place we went to quoted us about $700....and we were like okay...I think that is reasonable...but then we went to 3 more places and each of them quoted us about $400....and the cakes were all really good...and all 4 places were willing to deliver for about $50....and all were willing to work with our design...

My suggestion is that you look at smaller bakeries that may not have websites cause you can get a good deal there and they really good you great customre service....

Another option is that Vons and Ralphs...(or whatever your grocer is) makes really good cakes as well...we tested one out there as well...they quoted us about $300. the reason we didnt go there is cause they dont deliver...but maybe yours will..
Posted on November 12, 2007 at 3:58 am
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Hi there,

I agree with pp that the prices can vary widely from $4 to $40/slice, depending on the baker and your design. My sister-in-law used Carolyn Wong, and she found her prices to be reasonable. Another option is La Farine, which makes really good cakes. Both these vendors' prices start at $5/slice, but you could do a smaller display cake and then have sheet cakes for serving slices.

http://www.carolynwongcakes.com/Contact.htm

http://www.lafarine.com/weddingcakes.html

Also, a number of other brides on the knot board have used Neldam's. Their pricing is very, very reasonable, but I've never tried their cake, so I can't say whether it's good or bad

http://www.neldamsbakery.com/weddingcakes.asp

Hope this helps!
Posted on November 12, 2007 at 4:42 am
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I'm getting my cake from a Taiwanese bakery and my cake for 150 will be around $300. Their pastries are lighter and more moist than most others I've tried. If you're in the Los Angeles area, there are many bakers in Arcadia, Alhambra, etc. The one I'm using is JJ Bakery in Arcadia.
http://www.jjbakeryusa.com/

Thankfully, they actually speak English. I can't guarantee that about other places.
Posted on November 12, 2007 at 5:57 am
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$6.50 X 150 people = 975!!! that's not including delivery/set up! crazy! I think you should check out Albertsons, I think it's like $2.50 pp. My cousin had them make her cake for the wedding and it was so good and looked very nice. also, remember not everyone is going to have cake or doesn't like it. I have seen a lot of cake left over at weddings. Maybe bring the number down just a bit...like to 130 people. But that's just me because I know my family...they will be at the bar and cake and beer don't mix. :)
Posted on November 12, 2007 at 9:47 am
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I don't know how much it costs as we got our cake as a gift from our good friend who is a pastry chef (yeah, we are lucky). But I know that we had a lot of cake left over, basically the entire lowest layer (of 3). We had 80 guests but I think maybe 50 ate cake, if that...
Posted on November 12, 2007 at 12:52 pm
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We are in the process of looking for a cake baker as well and the best deal that I have found so far is a small Mexican bakery called Pasteleria La Mixteca in Sonoma. They do not have a website and are a small operation but my parents said that it was the best cake they have ever tasted and that they can replicate any style of cake that you want. Buttercream cakes are $2/person and fondant/chocolate ganache is $4/person. I have yet to taste the cakes, but the prices are unbeatable!
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 7:21 am
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I am getting my cake from Jaqki's Cake Creations in North Hollywood. It is for 100 people with fondant and only $450. I know for buttercream frosting it was going to be about $2.50/per slice. I checked out another baker and they were going to charge me $1100 for the same design! Your best bet is to look around. Also, see if your reception venue has any referrals. That I how I found my baker.
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 7:42 am
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So it looks like getting a good bargain is going to take some searching -- but I'm used to it by now! Thanks everyone for your help. My FI thought my $300 was nuts, so I bumped it up to $400. But inside, I still want it at my mark! Besides, all the brides I've talked to said they only got the ceremonial bite of their cake!
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 7:42 am
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Also, how about doing cupcakes instead. We were thinking of that because a dessert is served after the main course anyway.
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 8:47 am
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I've actually found wedding cupcakes to be just as expensive as a cake. I think the plan with this is to save a cake cutting fee, but my venue doesn't have one. Also, FI is very traditional. I asked him to consider a Coldstone ice cream bar but it was a no-go.

It's the beginning of compromise, I tell ya! :)
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 12:21 pm
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Moemarsita... if cost is a major issue, here is an idea that might be more cost effective.

You could have a small single layer cake for you and your new hubby to cut that is all decked out. Then you can have a large sheet cake for your guests. The caterers can slice the sheet cake and them serve them to your guests. Your guests will never know since they will not see the sheet cake.
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 12:32 pm
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I was hoping to not resort to it, because, who really likes sheet cake. But then again, I can't remember any wedding cake that I've had. So maybe sheet cake is the way to go.
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 1:27 pm
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I know what you mean about not really wanting to do that, but that may be the route to go if cost is really an issue.

Also to cut cost on a regular wedding cake, you can use buttercream frosting instead of fondant. Fondant tends to be more expensive. I hope this helps a bit. :0)
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 2:29 pm

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