The Million Dollar Cake

Hi, I haven’t blogged here in 800,000 years because wedding planning (invitation design, specifically) and life in general has driven me against the wall in the blogging department. I eat, sleep, work, and wedding plan, but now that my invitations are at the printer, I get to blog again. So, howdy. Again. :)

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My wedding budget strategy has been to think of how much I think something should cost, double it, and hope I get a nice surprise when I request a quote from a potential wedding vendor. This has worked well for me, and so far, I get to feel like I’m saving tons of money on our wedding when my quotes are constantly coming back under budget. I loop Bossyboots into our updated wedding costs, and he thinks I’m a genius for saving us all this money.

Cue angels singing.

Recently, I said to myself “Self, you should book yourself a wedding cake. Your wedding is happening in two months, and people will expect cake. I know cake isn’t really your thing, but you are having a wedding, so just get a cake.”

Self is quite wise.

As many bees have revealed…I am not a big cake person. White cake is totally boring to me, most other cakes are a lot of meh, I enjoy carrot cake and yellow cake with chocolate icing. The only cake I REALLY love is German Chocolate cake. Not just any German Chocolate cake: Betty Crocker Super Moist.

$1.98, ladies.

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Don’t judge – $1.98 means more moolah for the fun stuff. My Rue La La addiction won’t enable itself.

Wedding cake is Bossyboots’ thing. He loves cake—I really don’t care. Desserts in general aren’t for me, usually. For our required wedding cake, my only stipulation is that there be no fondant and I want German choco cake happening. For everything else, Bossyboots had carte blanche to go nuts!

We did our bakery research and found our most likely wedding cake vendor. We traipsed right on into our tasting, ready to pick a cake and be done with it. Cost wasn’t even a blip on my radar, because I KNEW I had budgeted a crazy amount of money for our cake. No way would we go over on the quote.

You are smart people; you know where this is going.

So, we sit down and dive right on into the eating. She happened to have some German choco filling that she added to our tasting plate (I had to have my German choco cake!). See below for our array of selections:

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After ten minutes of hemming and hawing (all the flavors were fantastic), we ultimately decided on a three-tier cake:

  • Top Tier: chocolate cake with a cappuccino filling
  • Middle Tier: chocolate cake with a German chocolate coconut filling
  • Bottom Tier: white cake with a fresh strawberry + white chocolate mousse filling (we combined two of the fillings because they really were begging to be friends.)

For decorations, again this was really hard because I just am not a cake person. As long as it doesn’t look like something off a 1980s version of The Sopranos, I’m fine. Bossyboots had more opinions about it, and ultimately he settled on this lil’ number, but in pink:

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Perfect! Just fine, this all sounds great. So… what’s the damage?

A million freaking dollars. …

OK not really, but it might as well have been. I’m someone who always assumes the high end on financial quotes, I’ve been around the wedding industry for several years, this is my second time to plan a wedding, and I just about fell out of my chair, got back in my chair, and then fell out again.

Not known for my diplomacy, my response was… “That is a TON of money for an 80-100 person wedding cake. And I don’t even like cake.”

We thanked her for her time and had a Snappy/Bossyboots family convo in the car.

  • ME: “Bossyboots, I do not want that cake. Can we just have pie instead?”
  • BOSSYBOOTS: “Sure, but that’s weird, and I love wedding cake. Also, I am sick of vendor meetings and just want to get to the party part already. That’s worth a billion dollars to me.” (Bossyboots is quite traditional, as well as a cake lover. He also loves to save money, so the fact that he was ready to book this cake and get to the party meant that he was REALLY sick of vendor meetings. We all know pies at a wedding are not weird, but he’s a man, and most men don’t know about pies at weddings.)
  • ME: “If I agree to this million dollar cake, can you agree to truffle popcorn snacks at our wedding?” (A previous point of contention – he was insisting on sliders+quesadillas; I wanted sliders+popcorn. If you disagree with me, don’t tell Bossyboots. I need to be right on this one.)
  • BOSSYBOOTS: “Done.”

Now let me say, I feel that her price was fair. Fair because she is an experienced baker with a long career. She knows what she’s doing, and I know I can count on her to do a great job and be a true pro. If she were younger… I would feel differently. I was just shocked by the bottom line, and my gut says it’s just a lot of money for dessert.

I am sure you can guess how this ended. We are having a million dollar cake at our wedding. It will be delicious and beautiful, and you Snapdragon wedding guests had better lick your plates clean and go back for seconds! Also, tell Bossyboots that whoever insisted on truffle popcorn at the wedding is a GENIUS.

Did the price of your wedding cake bowl you over? Also, what flavors are you using, so that I can have cake flavor choice regret?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Snapdragon

Location:
Chicago/Dallas
Wedding Date:
March 2012
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    alphagam84 281 posts, Helper bee @ 12:07 pm

    I wasn’t surprised by our quote as I knew the price per peice average in NC is $4-5 which I think is crazy for a cake!!! We’re doing a 3 layer cake with buttercream frosting and fondant ribbon and it’s $450 + $35 delivery fee. Outrageous but the cakes we tasted were delicious and the woman knows what she is doing!

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    Serena, Guest @ 12:27 pm

    Advice that you need to take: Order cake for 40% less people than you have RSVP. So if you end up with 100, just order cake for 60. Trust me, you won’t regret the choice (and the $$ saved). And if you are worried, bring a couple of your favorite pies to serve along side the cake. I have cake for 50 and 75 mini cupcakes- every single cupcake was eaten, but I did have slices of cake remaining. I have 125 guests.

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    Serena, Guest @ 12:28 pm

    Sorry, that should have said had cake for 50 and had 125 guests!

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    knvprincess143 1036 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    We are being “trendy” and having the over done cup cakes. I know many brides are sick of this but it was an easy choice for us…they are affordable. We are doing 100% of them red velvet becuase it is delicious.

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    ajswedding 11 posts, Newbee @ 12:36 pm

    We went to a local bakery that has been in the community for decades. We got an awesome price ($365) because they do more than just cake. I was super excited for the price because like you i cant imagine spending a fortune on cake. I want cupcakes because my sis make awesome cupcakes! He wanted cake. The one thing he insists on from the guy how doesnt even like sweets! Go figure… The cake tastes amazing too by the way. Red velvet, banana nut, and strawberry shortcake. Each there own layer of couse hehe

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    raccoon 308 posts, Helper bee @ 12:46 pm

    All of your choices sound so, sooo good!
    I’m still being surprised by the cost of everything wedding related.

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    kamiie 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:48 pm

    my wedding cake was super expensive from an experienced and well known cake maker…and a big dissapointment. It was pretty, and tasted pretty good, but DEFINITELY not worth what we were charged. It should have been A LOT bigger, and more elaborate.

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:49 pm

    I was wondering were did you go?
    We agreed not to have a cake cause well.. it not that important, but a friend offered to pay it so I guess we’re having a cake. =P

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    hersheykiss2087 275 posts, Helper bee @ 1:00 pm

    We’re getting a single tier wedding cake and a groom’s cake shaped like a pizza! enough cake for about 50 people… which will work just fine since we’re only expecting about 20 guests! the damage? $105 plus free delivery. i don’t think that’s too bad.

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    Lexy 404 posts, Helper bee @ 1:03 pm

    So I’m doing cake/croquembouche/cookies/macarons for 150 people and it’s coming to roughly $500. Which is a lot. It probably would have been about the same if we did just cake but I, like you, don’t really care for wedding cake.

    So we got three small cakes for display/cutting and for people who like them and then the other desserts because I want them. Yay for compromise!

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:06 pm

    Hahaha I am just laughing at the million dollar cake. We actually got the cake for a reasonable price, it’s the flowers that are making me fall out of my chair. Repeatedly.

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    mssnapdragon 716 posts, Busy bee @ 1:12 pm

    @Coffee cup: Well, I’m not going to say because she’d probably be mad at me. But I will say that our tasting was A+ delicious. I am just a Scrooge.

    @Coffee cup: Into the vortex of life, Coffe Cup, the vortex of life!

    @hersheykiss2087: Wow, $105… I am now crying into my oatmeal! That’s a great price.

    @TinyTina: Thankfully our flowers came in on budget – my booty can only take so much falling out of my chair.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:23 pm

    I secretly loved when Mr. P got to the ‘book it already’ mentality of wedding planning, made life much easier. Your cake sounds delicious, and well worth the price since Bossyboots will love it.

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 4:22 pm

    Mmmmm we are doing our cake tasting in January. Luckily for us, the package we have with the banquet hall includes cake, so we won’t have to worry about it being a million dollars (or any dollars!) :) Which is great for me because, like you, I am not a big cake person, but the FI definitely loves it! Totally want to try white chocolate now after your post.

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    almostmrsc 240 posts, Helper bee @ 6:24 pm

    Have you ever made the “better than almost anything” cake recipe that is usually on the german chocolate cake box.. if you could, just make that by the pan and have someone scoop it out with some whipped cream. Seriously, it’s amazing.

    mmmm… cake.

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    nina, Guest @ 5:10 am

    Our cake was something like $100, plus $20 for delivery for about 60 guests. it was yummy, with pinapple-mango filling, and eggless (!) for my vegetarian husband. yet somehow they made that cake so soft and moist….

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    colli459 875 posts, Busy bee @ 5:25 am

    We were shocked at the price of our wedding cake! We went in for a consult with a local company and for 65 people they wanted $600.00! This included their $100.00 delivery fee… Then we were going to go with a vendor that was less expensive and now we have found out is going out of business… Cake is a headache…

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:34 am

    Um, chocolate cake with cappuccino filling? Can I come to the wedding to have a slice of that? Mmm. Half of our wedding cake was chocolate cake with Kahlua creme filling, so perhaps I’m biased…

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:06 am

    @Miss Snapdragon: Hahaha well I hope you had a great time.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:03 pm

    Self needs to book a cake, too. Your wise self has inspired me.

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