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Sorry Cake Boss, Buying a Wedding Cake Is a Waste of Money

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Buy a dessert that people want to eat… or heck, skip it all together
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A beautiful multi-tiered wedding cake makes a statement in your reception hall and stuns in photos for years to come. But… can we talk? Your wedding cake is terrible, and no one wants to eat it.

I should confess that I am firmly on Team Pie so perhaps my views are biased, but this also comes from years of catering high-end weddings. Once entrées have been served (and mostly eaten), very few people remain in their seats. Instead, guests mingle, relocate, and generally quit eating. As servers, we’d dutifully deliver slices of cake to each seat only to throw away 75 percent of untouched plates later in the night.

You’re welcome to buy a single tier if you like the cake-cutting tradition, but there’s no sense in wasting upwards of $500 to $1,000 on sad buttercream or fondant (or even worse, a naked cake, which is even drier than the standard fare) for people who won’t even remember to eat it. And definitely don’t feel obligated to buy sheet cake just so that there are slices for everyone.

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Arrange a dessert buffet of your favorite treats and let people graze as they see fit.