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My parent's 50th anniversary is in July. We finally found a place for the dinner.

I'm in charge of the cake. I had an idea of a tiered cake with fondant figues of the family, the house
they have always lived in, my mom's MG when they were first married,and the ugly green station wagon my dad made her get to be more domestic. my dad's long years of being in marching bands in parades playing the baritone, etc. my mom getting a college degree in her sixties, etc.

It seems customized cakes are around $250. That's a lot. I'm still unemployed (anyone need a librarian or really great researcher?) so that figure is a little high.

So any suggestions on a cake for less than $250? Or just really great -tasting cake that looks vaguely like a wedding cake because I don't think they had a special cake for their wedding.

Areas: Wayne - or diameter of 20 miles around.

Thank you.

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  1. To do a cake like that, it sounds like you are going to be a lot higher priced. Try Belmont Bakery in No Haledon (or perhaps just plain Haledon)- it's on Belmont Ave. They do amazing work and they are probably one of the cheapest around. I can't think of the name of the woman who does all the work but Sarah or Michelle comes to mind.

    1. Depending on how many people, your $250 estimate may be in the correct ballpark. I just ordered a fondant cake for a party and was told the per person cost is approximately $3 - $3.50 per.

      1. I've also used the Belmont Bakery....they do great custom cakes. I always found that they have very fair prices and their cakes are pretty, tasty and not too sweet. Good luck with your job search...these are crazy times.

        1. As someone who once had a custom baking business, you are asking for a lot of work but for little money. You may want to rethink your cake and scale it back a bit. I'm just being honest.

          Wishing you luck in your cake and job search. :)

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          1. re: ttoommyy

            "you are asking for a lot of work but for little money. You may want to rethink your cake and scale it back a bit"

            My thoughts as well.
            Go for a simpler plan and the most delicious cake you can afford. I'm sure your parents will be delighted with whatever you choose.

            1. re: Tay

              You are right.

              I'll take any bakery suggestions for a tasty cake around the wayne area.

              1. re: Tay

                May I add that if you choose a simpler design, many bakeries are equipped with the software that would allow you to bring in family photos and have them transferred to edible paper that can then be incorporated into the cake. That may be your best bet.

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  Great idea!

            2. Another idea would be to go to BindiUsa on Minnisink Road in Totowa and set up a buffet of absolutely the finest gourmet dessert cakes. Or Marc's Cheesecake on Valley Road in Clifton could help you with the ultimate in the world's best cheesecakes and decadent brownies. You would be serving first class desserts at a much lower cost to you....just a thought since you are on a limited budget.

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              1. re: maryanne06

                maryanne
                I've been looking for a Bindi distributor. Do they sell to the public? Can you provide more specific location info?
                Thanks!

                1. re: Tay

                  according to the Bindi site, the location in Totowa is an outlet store. I love Bindi myself!
                  http://www.bindiusa.com/contactus.asp

                  1. re: mschow

                    I'll have to check it out..
                    Thanks! :-)

              2. Close to Wayne probably 10 mins. She customizes desserts and cakes. I highly recommend.

                I have used Fairie Cakes on numerous occasional. It is excellent.

                http://fairiecakes.webstarts.com/

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                1. re: bifpocaroba

                  Fairie Cakes are wonderful but I think I recall they were pretty expensive.