Photo Credit: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography 

Photo Credit: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography 

Creative confections allow the future Mr. and Mrs. to show their style. At times, style can cost you more than you may want to spend. To get the beautiful and delicious cake you desire, you may need to sacrifice a few aspects to offset the larger price tag. These alternatives are a helpful way of keeping your cake budget in line while still receiving a gorgeous outcome.

It is no secret that vanilla and chocolate are basic flavors. Choosing one of the two for your wedding cake is an excellent practical choice. More complex flavors like carrot cake will cost more per slice, which in turn will hike up the cost of your cake. If your heart is set on a premium flavor such as key lime pie, select that flavor as one of the smaller tiers to your cake and stick with a traditional vanilla or chocolate for the larger tiers. The same rule applies for the cake fillings. A raspberry buttercream filling will be a cost-effective selection rather than a chocolate-hazelnut mousse.

Photo Credit: Svetlana Photography 

Photo Credit: Svetlana Photography 

A decorative cake may be too pretty to eat but for the price, the entire cake will be gone by the end of the night. A detailed design to the sweet treat will increase the labor costs of the baker, adding to the price tag. When searching for a baker, during your consultation, ask what decorative alternatives they can offer you that will make a delicious looking cake but cost less.

Adding sugar florals to your wedding cake can create a gorgeous display. However, these sweet add-ons are additional hours your baker has to spend on your cake. Those labor costs will increase with the amount of time it will take to produce a cluster of these sweet blooms. If you are adamant on using sugar flowers to decorate the cake, choose calla lilies instead of labor-intensive roses or peonies. If you are not keen on calla lilies gracing your cake, fresh stems are an economical alternative to the manmade florals. Notify your baker that you would like the cake left bare for a few fresh blooms to be placed on the tiers. This simple substitute can be a help when trying to slim down the cake price.

Photo Credit: Mint Photography 

Photo Credit: Mint Photography 

If you are a Pinterest bride, you have most likely seen the latest wedding cake trend, the naked cake. A naked cake skips the frosting on the exterior part of the cake exposing what is below the fondant or buttercream layer. Not adding the outer frosted layer saves the baker time and materials they would have otherwise needed to cover the entire cake. Instead of choosing a buttercream frosting for the cake, sandwich the tiers with a premium filling to add flavor. To decorate a naked cake, cascade a few fresh flowers down the side and add a few barriers to the top for a relaxed look.

Adding more tiers to the cake will also add more dollar signs to the price. Single layer cakes are ideal for budget conscious couples. Order a single tiered cake from your baker for a few traditional cake-cutting photos. For the single tier cake option, guests can be served a slice of sheet cake from the kitchen. To dress up a single tiered cake, have your baker place decorated styrofoam tiers on the bottom to give the illusion of a multi-tiered cake. Once the cake goes back in the kitchen, our friends and family will not know they are actually eating the sheet cake.  Many brides and grooms offer other dessert options to their guests like cupcakes or slices of pie if they know their attendees are not big cake eaters.

Photo Credit: Jenna McElroy Photography 

Photo Credit: Jenna McElroy Photography 

Have you tried any of these cost cutting cake tips? If so, what did you think? How do you feel about the naked cake look? Well, whether if you are a naked cake fan or not, we would love to be your wedding and reception venue for your special day. Ma Maison has an elegant juliet balcony in The Great Hall to showcase your amazing and appetizing wedding cake.