A faux cake
That’s right, a fake cake. We promise, nobody will know (except for your happy wallet). Fake cakes are made of soft foam and frosted with an icing-like substance that is made from gum paste and fondant. It looks exactly the same as real cake icing, and in some cases is edible, so nobody will be able to tell the difference. Faux cakes can be rented from just about any bakery and are often custom designed to match your color palette and wedding theme. And the best part is, a rented faux cake will cost you around $300 or less. The top tiers of most fake cakes are real, allowing you to cut the cake with your new spouse and take some home for your anniversary. When it comes time for dessert, the fake cake will be wheeled out and the servers will return with sheet cake.
If you don’t have a preference for the shape of your cake, opt for a square one. This tends to feed more guests because it’s easier to cut out in a grid-like pattern. You get a larger number of servings off of each tier.
Try standard flavors
You can’t go wrong with classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla. Not only are they likely to please your guests’ palates, but they often cost less than premium flavors. Key lime, lemon, chocolate and vanilla cost a bit less than red velvet, carrot or raspberry buttercream.
Buttercream or fondant?
This is a question many couples ask themselves when choosing their cake. If you’re looking for the cheaper option, it’s buttercream. This type of frosting is not only often preferred for its taste, but it’s about one dollar less per slice than fondant. Fondant is pricier because it takes longer to roll out and apply to the cake.
Ask your caterer
Sometimes, your caterer works as a baker as well. Many hotels and country clubs have catering staff onsite that come with a pastry chef. Using this baker is often cheaper than going with an outside bakery. You’ll avoid cake-cutting fees, additional tips and delivery costs, saving you some green across the board.