HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >

Discussion

Fake wedding cake trend?

a couple of weddings i've been to have opted for a fake wedding cake instead of the real deal......basically styro forms covered in icing.....and then a cheap slab cake is ordered from a bakery to hand out to guests.. Even get pictures taken "cutting" the fake cake. Has anyone else noticed this trend? I know weddings cost a lot of money and people view this as a cost saving measure.....but as a baker, it bothers me for some reason.

Thoughts?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Most of the wedding cakes I've tasted have been vile, and in those cases I'd have happily applauded the "cutting" of the faux cake.

    Then again, I see nothing wrong with celebrating a tasty sheet cake instead of a towering stack of frosted styrofoam.

    1. Is this fake cake especially made for each wedding, or is it a "rental"?

      3 Replies
      1. re: scuzzo

        fake cake per wedding...i do know of one that was offered for re-use for another wedding. And to clarify, the insides are fake, it is finished with real fondant or what not, and i'm guessing, tossed post-wedding.

        1. re: scuzzo

          I've seen both instances, with one "real" layer for the cutting ceremony. After it is cut the whole thing is wheeled off and slices magically appear out of the kitchen.

          I think either is tacky, if you can't afford a fancy cake, don't have one. A tasty simple one will work well and make a better impression than a fancy faux cake your guests will quickly figure out they are not eating.

          1. re: scuzzo

            Actually ,in China no wedding cake on the wedding, at least i not seen the cake , and i think probably , most expensive cake is most delicious .

          2. I think I understand where you're coming from. A fake wedding cake is misrepresentation. Personally I had a real cake -- however, my wedding cake wasn't super expensive. I can understand why people cut corners to make their budget.

            The cake cutting ceremony is tradition. The cutting of the wedding cake is supposed to symbolize the couple sharing their first task by breaking bread. It does seem a bit odd cutting into a hunk of styrofoam.

            2 Replies
            1. re: Miss Needle

              Yes, i agree there's alot of tradition associated with a real cake, which is what i would prefer. When my sister got married, my mother made the actual cakes, which were fruitcake as per local tradition, and mother-in-law actually decorated the cake. My sister froze the top little layer, and used it at my eldest neice's baptism party (and you'd never have known it was frozen). I think sometimes people also do this for an anniversary . It is also a fun tradition, that after the wedding cake is cut and divided, single women take the slice home, under their pillow, and that night you dream of your husband to be !! I know there are other's associated with the wedding cake slice, that i can't recall.

              Just seems to me, if you're not having a real wedding cake, why bother to pretend you have one..as above, celebrate the tasty sheet cake instead.

              1. re: im_nomad

                What you are saying is a very old tradition and common years ago.
                Never heard of a faux wedding cake in my life before now.
                Maybe if people didn't spend 5,10 or 30 grand on the wedding,they could afford the cake.Never heard of a dessert table either as someone said,the cake is the dessert.

            2. Seems bizarre to me. Fake cake? Sounds like a case of getting swept away with what folks think a wedding is "supposed" to be and losing sight of what's really happening.

              Maybe if one doesn't wish to pay for a limo they could have someone make a cardboard cutout shaped like one and paint on the details, then attatch it to whatever car is actually being used. Aluminum foil or a wire coat hanger could be used to create a fancy hood ornament. Possibilities are endless.

              All of that said, however, I suppose folks should do what they want to. I just feel bad that they think they need to do such things. There is no shame in doing with what you have.

              5 Replies
              1. re: fern

                "There is no shame in doing with what you have."

                My sentiments precicely!

                1. re: mamaciita

                  I have no intention of having cake at my wedding next year. Neither of us like cake much and the posing while cutting thing is terribly cheesy. During our discussions of how we want the wedding to be, we prioritize. What is more important: dinner or dessert? Dinner! What is more important: guests or band? Guests!

                  So we're inviting more people and having musician friends perform. We're focusing our money on the dinner and keeping the dessert simple. And we're serving beer and wine only in order to pay for our siblings hotel rooms. It's all about what's important to the couple.

                  1. re: mojoeater

                    you could have it all if your family or friends chip in and make the food and the cake, there are alot of ways to save money throwing a wedding and being able to have it all.

                    1. re: cakebaker611

                      That year actually turned into this year and we are finally getting hitched! And I still don't want cake. Just don't like it.

                2. re: fern

                  Having a large number of bridesmaids and groomsmen can really add to the cost of a wedding. Perhaps wedding planners could provide department store mannequins, appropriate dressed, who would be wheeled up the aisle, choo choo train fashion. Their smiles wouldn't look much more forced and faked than those of most wedding attendants and they'd certainly behave themselves with more decorum than what I've seen at certain wedding receptions.

                3. it not an entire fake cake because sometimes the layer that they actually cut has a wedge of real cake. but then again these styrofoam cake can cost as much as the real thing.

                  but i don't think it is going to catch on really quick. haven't heard many wedding boards talking about actually having it. even though they talked about the option.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: vttp926

                    I have a couple that is interested in one however, I'm trying desperatly to convert them to a real one, I'm a home baker and can bake them a magnificent cake for what a bakery wants to make the faux one !!!