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Apparently these wedding cakes are taking off in the USA – especially with the economy on its downward swoop. These towering confections are as mouthwatering as they are ornate. But here’s the rub: they aren’t real!
That’s real icing; but the “cakes” within are made from foam. A couple can rent out a cake such as this one for their big day, then return it to the cake rental company when their wedding is done and dusted. I’m not sure if the wedding guests are supposed to know when the cake is fake: it seems kinda cheap to broadcast the fact, but wouldn’t you feel a little uncomfortable if the cake was on a stand or table, with people cooing over it, if you were keeping schtum about it not being real? Maybe that’s just me – but I take my cakes very seriously, I’ll have you know.
So, are you wondering what happens when the “cutting the cake” ceremony rolls around? Well, these cakes all come with one bona fide slice of wedding cake, slotted into a triangle-shaped slot in the polystyrene. So you can cut into your cake with all of the pomp that the occasion calls for – and if you so choose, your guests are none the wiser! The cake is whisked away; backstage another (cheaper) cake is cut into squares that are then brought forth, for your guests to take away with them. Neat, huh?
The company that does these cakes is called Cake Rental.com – and it is doing so well right now that it is about to roll out a franchise operation.
It’s true that wedding cakes cost an arm and a leg. The best wedding cake I ever saw was some years ago in Harvey Nichols, and it was made by a Glastonbury company called Just Scrumptious cakes. I recommend that you visit their website and check out the Kissing Fairy Castle cake, if only to gawp.
Amazing, isn’t it? Sadly when my own wedding rolled around, a cake of this magnitude wasn’t really accounted for in the budget. So my own thrifty wedding cake solution was to make my own: a four-tier affair with fruit cake on the bottom, then chocolate cake, then banana cake – plus a little diabetic cake on the top for my dad. Marzipan, white fondant icing and sprays of multi-coloured, lifesize sugar rose cascades.
Yes, I was mad. Although the bright side was that I was able to channel all of my madness into this crazy cake and thus avoid the Curse of Bridezilla. Bridesmaid dresses? Pah! I was too busy having sleepless nights over edible pigment powders and dowel supports.
No, I wouldn’t do it again in a million years. Even now, the dreaded word “sugarcraft” makes me shrink into my swivel chair.
Wedding season is approaching, so if you have any additional suggestions for thrifty wedding cakes, please share them!