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The Planner's Corner

Was That Cake Real?

It’s true! you can have your cake and eat it too, by faking it! And the best part is no one will ever know.  I know you may feel uneasy about renting a wedding cake, however, if you have champagne taste on a beer budget then this may just be the way to go. 
You will still be able to cut the cake in front of everyone; however, when it’s time to serve the cake, the caterer or whomever you designated to cut the cake will remove the faux cake and wheel it to the back and the (actual cake that will be cut) sheet cake will be cut and brought out to be served.  Same decorations, same icing, but at a much lower cost.  The best part is that none of your guests will ever know unless you tell them. 
This trend is on the rise. However, people have been doing this for quite some time.  It’s the next best thing that has happened for couples on a budget.   How many times have you been to a wedding or an event with an elaborate cake that was to beautiful to cut?  Was it real or fake?  If they did not cut the entire cake in front of you (or other guests), then guess what? It could have been fake. 
Has this happened to you? You (and everyone else) were having a great time at an event, as you were dancing or mingling with other guests, you saw people leave the party but they left without their slice of cake.  I’ve heard people say, “That’s  a lot of cake they are going to have left over.  I wonder what they are going to do with it.” Why waste money when you can go faux?  This would eliminate the waste of money or cake. 
Side bar:  This would only happen if there were no one in place to oversee the cutting of the cut.  Hire a planner or coordinator to oversee items like this.
There are many reasons why someone would have a faux (fake) cake.  Let’s explore of some them below:
  • Many brides who choose artificial cakes do so because they want the tradition of a wedding cake but do not want to serve cake to their guests. This is often the case when a bride is serving a special dessert as part of the meal.
  • Brides often cannot afford their dream wedding cake, but can certainly rent one for a fraction of the cost.
  • Artificial cakes are perfectly suited to outdoor weddings - they will not droop or melt in hot weather and bugs are not an issue. 
  • Faux cakes are visually identical to real cakes. They are still covered in real fondant icing and are decorated just like a real cake.
  • If you are not serving your cake as dessert you should consider a faux cake. Real cakes are often left uneaten if used as part of the evening buffet. Many brides have reported that most of the cake was not eaten at the end of the evening. With a faux cake you will not have unnecessary waste and expense.
  • Faux cakes are also light and easy to move around, although the icing and other decorations may be just as fragile as a real cake. 
  • Faux cakes are a way to afford a cake that is larger than you actually need. You are able to have that six storey masterpiece for a fraction of the cost. 
  • Faux cakes still allow you to have a traditional cake cutting ceremony.  
  • Faux cakes allow you to view your cake exactly as it will appear before your wedding.  There will be no surprises with a fake cake.   
But it’s sill Fake
Fake cakes, however, aren't all fondant and flowers. In the end, they are fake, and pulling out a couple of stashed slices from a secret compartment will never be as romantic as a traditional cake cutting.  It shouldn't be a big deal for most brides (after all, what's a good ceremony without a few props?), but it could be embarrassing if someone discovers the truth. It probably won't happen, but wedding guests can be unpredictable -- especially if there's an open bar -- so you can never be sure. However, the risk is minimal, and if you're a budget-conscious bride having to make some tough choices, a fake cake could be the perfect solution to your wedding-planning woes.  For more information about fake cakes, visit http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/fake-wedding-cake.htm

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