Myth of Faux Cake vs. Real Cake Unveiled

Many places you look online state that faux cake is cheaper (sometimes half) of the cost of a real wedding cake. The only time I have found this to be true is if a faux cake is at 60 or 50% of the total real cake cost. I have yet to find somewhere that gives such a discount, but if you do, please inform me so I can inform brides that are on a tight cake budget. Now, I have found one way that a faux cake can be cheaper and that is if your reception hall or caterer doesn't charge for cutting of the sheet cake. Many places charge for this, service so this is something to ask your reception hall and caterer.

First of all, what is a Faux Cake?

A faux cake is made with styrofoam. It is decorated with Perma Icing or Fondant. Since a faux cake is just styrofoam it is lighter than a real cake. Many cakes you see in Wedding Magazines are faux cakes. This is because faux cakes are easier to transport to a photo shoot. Another reason is because faux cakes are easier to fix in case of damage during the transport of the cake via airplane or another shipping method. For example the whole cake won't collapse! As many decorators would love to be at these photo shoots most are not able to because of their full time job decorating cakes for couples, this is why many cakes are shipped and used with styrofoam in Wedding Magazines.

Can you decorate real cakes like faux cakes?

Yes! If you are going with a talented baker, most cakes designed as a faux cake can be replicated to be a real cake.

Isn't it cheaper to get a faux cake and serve sheet cakes at the event?

Not really. Here are some reasons why it isn't really cheaper;
It takes the same amount of icing to decorate.
It takes the same amount of time to decorate.
It takes the same level of talent to decorate.
It takes more supplies to bake and decorate.

So why choose a faux cake over a real cake?

Couples who are having a smaller wedding (30 guests or less), will decide to do the bottom tier or middle tier a faux cake so they still have the visual of a larger wedding cake without the waste of a real cake.

So what is the real price difference?

Some decorators do give a discount if you decide on a faux cake. Usually 10-20 percent. That doesn't mean the end cost is cheaper and you need to make sure to run the numbers (or have the baker run the numbers with you). This is the only way to know if it really is more cost effective for you. Here are some examples at different price points where the faux cake is at 80% of the real cake cost (a 20% discount). I based the sheet cake prices on half the cost of the real cake cost, this is standard pricing in many custom bakeries. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact me.

CAKE TO SERVE 100 AT $4.00/Serving
For 100 Servings: $320.00
Sheet cake for 100: $200.00
TOTAL COST FOR FAUX CAKE PLUS KITCHEN CAKES: $520.00
Tiered wedding cake to serve 100: $4.00/serving x 100 = $400.00

CAKE TO SERVE 200 AT $4.00/Serving
For 200 Servings: $640.00
Sheet cake for 200: $400.00
TOTAL COST FOR FAUX CAKE PLUS KITCHEN CAKES: $1040.00

Tiered wedding cake to serve 200: $4.00/serving x 100 = $800.00

CAKE TO SERVE 100 AT $3.00/Serving
For 100 Servings: $240.00
Sheet cake for 100: $150.00
TOTAL COST FOR FAUX CAKE PLUS KITCHEN CAKES: $390.00

Tiered wedding cake to serve 100: $3.00/serving x 100 = $300.00

CAKE TO SERVE 200 AT $3.00/Serving
For 200 Servings: $480.00
Sheet cake for 200: $400.00
TOTAL COST FOR FAUX CAKE PLUS KITCHEN CAKES: $880.00

Tiered wedding cake to serve 200: $3.00/serving x 100 = $600.00

CAKE TO SERVE 100 AT $2.00/Serving
For 100 Servings: $160.00
Sheet cake for 100: $100.00
TOTAL COST FOR FAUX CAKE PLUS KITCHEN CAKES: $260.00

Tiered wedding cake to serve 200: $2.00/serving x 200 = $200.00

CAKE TO SERVE 200 AT $2.00/Serving
For 200 Servings: $320.00
Sheet cake for 200: $200.00
TOTAL COST FOR FAUX CAKE PLUS KITCHEN CAKES: $520.00

Tiered wedding cake to serve 200: $2.00/serving x 100 = $400.00