Jean
Super October 2012

Who's doing the "fake cake"?

Jean, on January 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM Posted in Planning 0 33
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I called a potential wedding cake vendor today, and I was both shocked and excited when he offered me this option...

He said he would put together a fake cake (it would have a piece cut out into it that would have real cake that we could do our ceremony with as well as a anniversary topper) and then do a sheet cake. He said no one but him or I would know that the cake was "fake". The cost and savings were fabulous!! He quoted me $275 and we will have both a beautiful "fake cake" and enough real cake to feed 100 people.

Any other brides out there doing a "fake cake"??

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Latest activity by Candace Brockmann, on January 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM
  • theragirl
    VIP August 2012
    theragirl ·
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    I am doing a fake cake but I am going to attempt to do the fake part myself!!! I already have the foam cut out. Next weekend I am going to attempt to make fondant and then cover and decorate to see what it will look like. I may do a couple of different ideas and get other people's opinion. Of course if it turns out to be total crap I will have to re think things Smiley smile

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  • Sandi
    Dedicated May 2013
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    What a brilliant idea! Smiley smile I'm gonna have to remember to ask for that once i get that ball rolling!

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  • FMC
    Master June 2012
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    If I recall correctly Mek Mek is!

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  • Anonymous
    Beginner July 2011
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    Never heard of this! Very smart idea!

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  • mrsdarlin
    Beginner September 2010
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    I was married 9-25-10 and when I first heard about this, I was slightly appalled but then when I realized how much sense it made, I was really happy about it.. LOL, the thing is, my venue included the cake in the price, so I had to be sure to get a breakdown of how much of what I was spending (per plate or as a whole) was going toward that cake to be sure i was getting a decent deal, yaknow? I can tell you from experience, it worked out fine and everyone loved our cake Smiley smile

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  • MekMek
    Master June 2012
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    The bottom tier of my cake is fake well styrofoam. The design just wasn't the same with only 2 or 3 tiers.

    The fake tier was actually my mother's idea. She attended a wedding that served pices from a sheet cake after taking away the "display" cake.

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  • Mrs.Banks(formally Amber E)
    Devoted May 2012
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    Wow Thats an awesome idea it would save soo much money thanks for the idea

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  • Jean
    Super October 2012
    Jean ·
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    It such an amazing and great way to save money that I thought I would share this with other brides Smiley smile !! Even if my budget was endless, I would probably do the same thing...but seeing as we are on a tight budget, I can have the dream cake I want at a fraction of the cost; plus hey, who's really going to know its fake anyways?? Nobody's going to be in the kitchen when they cut it Smiley winking

    @MekMek...you go girl!! How many tiers are you doing?? Are you also doing a anniversary cake on top.?? The guy who is doing our cake said we would need four tiers...three would be fake and one would be the anniversary. Also, how do you know where to cut??? Our baker said there would be a place where we could cut into so we could still do the cake ceremony, but how do you cut if the whole cake looks the same??

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  • MekMek
    Master June 2012
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    Here's our cake.

    Since we are having a DW our bakery has offered to FedEx a similar cake to us in a year but I'm not to sure how I feel about eating 3 to 4 day old cake. So FH and I may just have one recreated at Publix (best inexpensive cake in the South).

    The top 3 tiers are will be served to our guest. In your case I'm sure your baker will indicate the real from the fake. If not that would make for one very funny photo.


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  • Tracy
    Devoted July 2012
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    We're doing it! FH is a great baker and cake decorator (a hobby, lol), but we're not crazy enough to try to bake our own wedding cake to feed 125 people, so we're going to do syrofoam with a piece cut out to put the real cake in, and we're going to buy a load of sheet cake. FH will deccorate the fake one. We also negotiated with the venue to not charge us a cake cutting fee (which is robbery, IMHO), so we're going to have the baker do it if it's reasonable, or do it ourselves. I'd much rather throw the extra money at a quality DJ vs. a pretty cake.

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  • Jean
    Super October 2012
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    @ Tracy...what a great way to fool your guests!!! I will be smiling when the guests eat the cake knowing that the cake they think they are eating is from a sheet cake and not the cake we cut Smiley winking How awesome that FH is a baker!! I would get into trouble living with you guys. I wanna see pictures of the cake he decorates...and I agree; cake cutting fee's are redoncoulous; not to mention all the other fees and grat's they charge!!!!

    @MekMek..I LOVE it!! The flowers make that cake....I'd say Publix all the way; I love me some Publix cake!!!

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  • Carly
    Super October 2012
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    I am doing it too!!!! i am only doing a 2 tier cake tho with the top layer being for FH & I! the rest will be sheet cake! it saves sooo much money!

    my cake will look like this, but instead of snowflakes it will have butterflies


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  • John Ung
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    Let the photographer knows what part is fake...so they don't try to get a macro shot of the fake part. Good idea...

    Who knows,,, I may have comes a cross a few,,, but can't tell Smiley smile

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  • K
    Savvy August 2012
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    I'm doing the fake cake too, i got the idea from a bridal fair i attended. one of the bakers admitted to me that people do it all the time and just don't tell anyone, and all the cakes she had on display that day that looked totally real were all FAKE! i love the idea!!

    @theragirl if you don't want to go through the trouble of making your own fondant they sell it at both micheals and joann fabrics, it's ready-to-use all you have to do is roll it out with a rolling pin and wrap your fake tiers around it. it's extremely easy and there are some helpful videos on youtube.one more tip it's better to get it from joanns because just in case you want to buy more then one box they let you use multiple coupons in one transaction as long as the numbers at the bottom are different on each coupon and they take competitors coupons. i used 10 coupons at once before,love that store. here's a pic of my first attempt at a fake cake i don't like the topper, and a pic of the box of fondant you can buy.



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  • Jean
    Super October 2012
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    Beautiful cakes ladies!! I wish I was that crafty but I'm not Smiley sad I think fake cakes are the way to go!! Who's gonna really know anyways??!!!

    Thank you Jabez Photography for the tip!! I will definately let my photographer know Smiley smile

    I wanna see more fake cake pictures ladies Smiley smile !!

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  • Mrs.Banks(formally Amber E)
    Devoted May 2012
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    Ok so heres my question....if you do a fake cake how do you show you and your FH cut into the cake???

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  • Rubylee
    VIP February 2012
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    Never heard of this but it is BRILLIANT! I'm going to recommend this to my roommate [:

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  • Miya
    Master December 2011
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    This was my wedding cake at my reception at Shangri-la. Only the bottom layer is edible and it was enough to feed my 100 guest and have some leftover to take home.


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  • theragirl
    VIP August 2012
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    @ Kia L. thanks for the tip, we don't have Joann's in Canada, I watched some you tube videos with marshmallow fondant and it doesn't look that difficult( famous last words) that is why I am going to have a cake weekend where I can play around with it. I will post picks as soon as I do it.

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  • Mark
    Dedicated January 2012
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    We wanted to do a few fake layers, but they wanted practically as much to do a fake layer as they did the real layer. Smiley sad

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