The Cheap Chic Couple

(Or How To Enjoy The Finer Things In Life Without Breaking The Bank)

Have A Gifted Friend Make Your Wedding Cake January 16, 2008

cheap-chic-debbiescastlecake.jpgIf you’re on a tight wedding budget, consider having a gifted friend or family member bake your wedding cake.

Perhaps it’s because we’re big fans of Ace Of Cakes on The Food Network, but it’s no surprise that when it came to our wedding cake, we wanted it fun and quirky, so we decided on a madhatter cake.

When we were doing our cake sampling, a lot of the bids we were getting for a madhatter cake to feed 80 guests was in the high $600 range. While we have a reverence for the artistry that goes into making a wedding cake, and respect for the fact that these bakeries do have a sizable overhead, that price range would throw our $7,000 Cheap Chic Wedding Challenge budget out of whack.

We were pretty lucky that over the Christmas holidays, I bumped into an old friend, Debbie Cordova. Years ago, she had baked a beautifully simple yet elegant wedding cake for someone at work, and it had been absolutely delicious. We had even commented on the fact that she should have her own bakery instead of doing property management.

Debbie still hasn’t opened her own bakery liked we urged her to do way back then, but from the pictures she sent me, it looks like she’s kept honing her craft all this time. We can’t wait to try her cake samples, and have her do our wedding cake because we know it’s going to be fantastic.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a Debbie of your own, here are a few more tips to consider:

  • I’ve heard that Albertsons actually makes a pretty decent wedding cake (although you’re probably going to be limited to what designs they have available, design-wise).
  • You may also want to consider getting a small cake just for the cake-cutting, and get sheet cake (in the same flavor as your smaller cake, of course) to serve guests.

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