The Truth About Fake Wedding Cakes…

June 22, 2023

Downtown Des Moines Wedding Planning

…And Why They Won’t Save You Money

Here’s the deal – you may have heard about the hype surrounding cardboard wedding cakes or fake wedding cakes made of cardboard and/or styrofoam. The idea behind these cakes is that they contain just one piece of real cake for the ceremonial cutting, while the rest of the tiers are non-edible. The promise is that opting for a fake cake will save you tons of money. But let me tell you, that’s far from the truth.

Fake wedding cakes don’t actually save you money. 

You see, the majority of the cost of a cake from a professional cake vendor is not in the fluffy cake itself. It’s in the cost of decorating, the expertise and professional experience, and the supplies required to create the cake. The sugar and flour used to make the actual cake are just a small portion of the overall expense.

If you decide to go for a fake cake, you’ll still have to pay for the supplies to make the fake tiers, in addition to the normal cost of having a professional decorator work on it. Moreover, you might end up dealing with the aftermath of the mess you present to the decorator. After all, crafting a cake out of non-edible materials is not something they usually do. They have spent years perfecting their craft and serving people with delicious and beautiful edible cakes. Asking them to create a fake cake can be seen as degrading their expertise.

On top of that, they can be a huge hassle. 

Imagine spending your time, which is already limited while planning a whole wedding, trying to figure out how to cut styrofoam just right so it doesn’t break off into a billion annoying tiny pieces. And that’s not all. You also have to work with the material to form a circular shape, which can be quite challenging. It becomes even more convoluted when you realize you need to cut a “slice” to insert the real cake.

And here’s another thing to consider: once the fake cake is decorated, you’ll have to remember exactly where that real slice is. Otherwise, when it’s time for your photo opportunity, you might end up slicing into the chunky, brittle styrofoam. Instead of dreamily feeding your new spouse a piece of cake in front of your guests, you’ll find yourself stopping to pick out tiny styrofoam pieces. Not quite the romantic moment you envisioned, right?

So, let’s just stick to having a real, DELISH cake!

Overall, it’s clear that opting for a fake cake is not the money-saving solution it’s often portrayed to be. The cost of decorating and the expertise of the cake vendor far outweigh the expenses of the actual cake ingredients. Additionally, dealing with the logistical challenges and potential mishaps of a fake cake can add unnecessary stress to your wedding day.

So, when it comes to your wedding cake, it’s best to stick with tradition and invest in a professionally made, delicious, and edible masterpiece. Your taste buds and your guests will thank you for it. Say no to fake cakes and yes to a truly delightful wedding experience.

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