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It's one of the most important days in your life. You've got the minister, the reception venue set, and the wedding dress picked out. Once everybody eats it's time for the age old tradition of the cutting of the cake. Before people get into the swing of dancing and partying they all want to try a little slice of the cake. It's the most expensive baked good you'll ever buy in your life so enjoy it. The modern day wedding cake is as much a work of art as it is food. You can spend as little or as much as you'd like. It's up to you.
Wedding Cake Prices
An inexpensive, one layer cake will cost $3 to $5 per slice. For a wedding of 200 people it will cost $600 to $1,000 for this cake. You can still get an amazingly tasty cake for this price; as well you should for that much money. The main area a cake like this will be lacking is the aesthetic appeal and the wow factor. Once the cake is sliced and put on plates there will be no difference. However, for the scrap book they're will just be a less fancy cake in the photo. If taste is the most important thing to you and a multi-tiered, fancy cake isn't then you could be very happy with a cake in this price range.
The average cake has two or three tiers. The most popular flavor is still chocolate and most people go with a buttercream frosting. Per slice, the cost calculates out to $5 to $7.50 per slice. The average cost of a two-tiered wedding cake is $1,000 to $1,500. That cost is based around a wedding guest list of 200 people, the average amount of guests at a wedding.
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It will cost $7 to $10 per slice for a fancy wedding cake. This will afford a gorgeous cake, almost too beautiful for eating. This will afford you fancy cream fillings, nuts, fresh fruits, plenty of fondant decorations, and fresh flower decorations (if you like those). For a wedding with 200 people it will cost $1,400 to $2,000.
How much does fondant icing cost?
Fondant icing is a popular cream confection used to decorate wedding cakes. It includes a gelatin and food grade glycerin. It gives a wedding cake a smooth, satiny texture and appearance. There are a few good examples of fondant cakes here at this fancy cake website. As you can see by some examples fondant adds a great look. It will raise the price of the cake by about $1 per slice!
Some caterers charge a cake cutting fee. Be sure to ask about this. This fee can add up to $1 per slice. There can also be a cake setup fee of $50 to $100. This is common with very tall cakes that need to be set up on site.