Wedding Prices: Cake
Have your cake and eat it too - how much should you be paying for a wedding cake?
Most of the focus is on the cutting, but wedding cakes should look good too, and taste even better! As the UK’s #1 Wedding Planning App, we’ve collated the kind of key info you need when budgeting for your cake. Have a look in our directory too to find your perfect cakemaker. Bon Appetit!
Bridebook’s Ballpark Figure:
£500 can get you:
A wedding cake with three tiers and decoration of your choice. The decorations can be gorgeous sugar flowers, lace applique, a cake topper or anything else your heart desires!
How many tiers do I need?
The number of tiers your cake has will depend on the number of servings you want it to produce. Here is a pretty nifty chart of different tier cakes and how many servings they will produce. Remember, that the larger your cake, the higher its price, but also, the more people it will serve!
30 Servings – Two Tier – 6″ / 4″
70 Servings – Three Tier – 8″ / 6″ / 4″
120 Servings – Three Tier – 10″ / 8″ / 6″
130 Servings – Four Tier – 10″ / 8″ / 6″ / 4″
210 Servings – Four Tier – 12″ / 10″ / 8″/ 6″
*Servings based on slices measured: 1″ x 1″ x 4″
Wedding cake prices increase with the amount of sugar decorations that you decide to have, so think carefully before decorating each layer with twenty sugar blooms! A ready-made sugar flower, sold separately from the cake can cost £6.75 and bespoke flowers like peonies and roses for crowning the cake can add another £30-40. Many couples choose to decorate their cake with real or plastic flowers, both of which save a considerable amount of money and look absolutely amazing.
Bespoke vs Store cakes:
A bespoke cake will cost more than one from a large store, due to the amount of time the baker will need to design and then bake the cake. Store-made cakes are made in large batches, at the quickest speed possible and are left frozen before they are bought, whereas bespoke cakes are made with a lot of love and care, deliciously fresh for your wedding day. While bespoke cake prices vary, the more intricate sugar work goes into it and the more tiers it has, the more expensive it will be. Here is a rough price guide for bespoke cakes depending on size and level of decoration:
Number of Tiers Price Band 1 Price Band 2 Price Band 3
2 £250 – £280 £280 – £350 £350 – £400
3 £300 – £350 £350 – £450 £450 – £600
4 £400 – £450 £450 – £550 £550 – £750
Price band 1 refers to cakes iced with simple decoration and edged with ribbon.
Price band 2 refers to cakes that require additional decoration (like flowers and toppers).
Price band 3 refers to cakes that are decorated with lots of royal iced pipework and/or sugar flowers.
Now, the more slices you can get out of a cake, the better the price per slice is, meaning the more you save (Ka-ching!) You can get more slices out of a cake if your slices are square, as opposed to round, similarly, fruit cake, though slightly more expensive than sponges, will produce more slices because of its rich flavour.
When it comes to choosing your cake flavours, you can save some pennies by improvising with differently flavoured tiers. Some things to keep in mind: rolled fondant and marzipan will cost more, as they take more time to smooth and can tear easily if not applied properly. Similarly, fruit cake is more expensive than other flavours, due to the number of different ingredients it includes, and chocolate is slightly more expensive than vanilla, due to the ingredient pricing!
Another factor that can affect cake price are dummy layers. These are perfect if you want a 5-tier cake, but only need 70 servings, as a fake layer can add drama and extra height, without the need for a filling. The layer itself doesn’t cost a lot (£5.46 for 12” from cakecraftshop.co.uk), but the decorating price will differ based on your cake-maker and the level of detail.