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How Much Does the Average Wedding Cake Cost?

How Much Does the Average Wedding Cake Cost?

A wedding cake with buttercream, detailed icing, beautiful blossoms, and decorative ribbons is a dream for many brides.  A wedding cake is typically regarded as one of the cheaper things, at any wedding. However, the fancier you go, the higher the cost. To know the price of an average wedding cake, here are some pointers to help you come up with a figure.

  • Typical costs. The cost of a wedding cake varies by geographical location, the baker and the type of cake. Generally, the average price is around $550. Most pastry chefs and bakeries charge wedding cakes per slice. A small-tiered cake in vanilla or chocolate would generally go for about $1.5 per slice. A two or three-tiered mid-range cake with flavors such as lemon poppy seed, carrot cake, vanilla or chocolate coupled with buttercream icing will generally go for $5-$6 per slice. A high-end multi-tiered cake with fondant icing, flavored fillings, sugar decorations, and gum paste can go up to $10 or more per slice.
  • Additional costs. One of the things that makes wedding cakes look truly beautiful is the decorations. Decorations usually affect the per-slice cost. One of the easiest and cheapest ways of decorating a wedding cake is by using fresh flowers. On the other hand, using fondant icing to cover the cake with a satiny shell is the most expensive way to decorate it. It can even add 1$ to the per-slice cost. The same goes for cheesecakes, as well as ones that have dried fruits or nuts. It is worth noting that multi-tiered cakes are typically carried and assembled at the wedding reception by the baker. This is done to prevent cake mishaps. In such a situation, the delivery cost can be $100 or more, depending on the size of the cake and the distance. Some bakers charge a cake-cutting fee. The fee per slice can be $1 or more.
  • Discounts. One of the ways you can remove some additional costs is by asking whether your caterer can also double up as your baker. A lot of catering companies usually have their own bakers. By choosing this option, you will have eliminated the costs of delivering the cake, as well as the cake cutting fees. You can also ask your baker to bake one tier of a real cake, which can be mounted on top of cake tiers. Commonly, these tiers are made of Styrofoam and icing. This way you will have a tall tiered wedding cake, without worrying about the price. If your budget is tight, you can hire a baker who is new to the business. This will give you a chance to bargain and sign a contract quickly.