For those uninitiated in the ways of the fake wedding cake, here’s an excerpt:
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?
Since then, the trend for fake wedding cake looks to have taken off in the UK too – because I’ve started getting emails from readers who want to know where they can buy one!
I’ve searched long and hard, but can only find one specialist supplier: The Faux Wedding Cake Company in Lancashire, UK, who rent out fake wedding cakes from little as £99.00.
If you don’t live anywhere near Lancashire, there is another solution: go and ask at your local cake decorating / sugarcraft shop. Not only do a lot of them sell moulded polystyrene “cakes” – known as sugarpaste dummies – but many also provide cakes to order. If they don’t, they will know someone who does…
If you know of any other companies who do this, please let me know in the comments – I am sure that a number of readers will be grateful.