#1 Opt for buttercream
Think wedding cakes and fondant creations probably come to mind. While great for that smooth, flawless finish, fondant requires more ingredients and time to create. For couples on a budget, skip the fondant and go for buttercream, which is the less expensive choice most of the time.
Wow your guests with the inside of the cake instead. Think scrumptious, uncommon flavours like salted caramel, Earl Grey, Speculoos or Valrhona chocolate that'll get guests wanting seconds! Cake: Butter Studio/ Image: Her World Brides
#2 Go naked
To further cut the cost, go for a naked cake. Aside from evoking rustic charm, it also requires less buttercream, work and time on your baker's part, which translates to more savings for you.
#3 Fresh picks
Love sugar blooms? Be prepared to shell out extra cash for them, since they can get pretty labour-intensive. Our tip: Opt for fresh fruits or flowers instead. If you're going for fresh blooms, make sure they're pesticide-free and food-safe. If you really do want gumpaste flowers, either go for ones with lesser details, or have one or two statement flowers as a topper, instead of a cascade.
Samantha and Tuan's strawberry cake at the dessert table was polished off in minutes at their whimsical wedding at Chijmes.
#4 Top it
Eschew flowers and fancy decor altogether for a fab topper, if you can get it cheap. Better yet, make it yourself to give it a personal DIY touch. There are tons of free printables online - think banners, and buntings, which you can print with your names and wedding date. Then, attach it to two wooden skewers, and you've got yourself a cute cake topper!
#5 Tone down on the piping and tiers
The taller the cake, the more you'll have to fork out, since cakes with more tiers require more effort in assembling. Likewise for piping.
#6 Double duty
If you have a smaller reception, you can consider skipping favours. Instead, have you wedding cake slice up and packaged so your guests can bring them home as wedding favours.
#7 Fake it
If you're not distributing the cake to your guests, then there's no need for the entire cake to be real. Instead, opt for the first two tiers to be real, so you have something to cut it into, and the rest of the tiers can be dummies aka styrofoam.