My daughter gets married soon. I’m SUPER excited. Yet I’ll confess that all this planning, envisioning, entertaining, decorating is beyond my comfort level. I will be glad when this is all over and I can relax…and write.
One of the last things we crossed off our list was getting a wedding cake. That seemed easy enough—and I was looking forward to something being a little more affordable…and cakes are simple, right?
Imagine my chagrin when my daughter calls to tell me she can’t get a cake with the budget I set for her. It’s impossible. Wah, wah, wah…and so it goes. When she tells me the price of the cake she wants, I about had a heart attack.
“What is in that cake?” I asked her. “Gold dust!”
Seriously! Or diamonds. Something expensive, because I know how much flour, eggs, sugar and oil cost. I’ve made cakes before. Granted, my cakes don’t turn out like this:
They look more like this.
Yet, the same basic ingredients are in both, and I’m sure if I took my time and tried SUPER hard, I might get closer to looking like the first few pictures. But I’m usually in a rush and just care that it tastes good (and it always does; sugar helps with that).
If I charged someone for a cake, I’d feel bad charging them $10, thinking I was ripping them off. But I’m hear to tell you that Wedding Cake Makers (or chefs, or whatever you want to call them) don’t charge $10 for a cake. They don’t even charge $50 or $100 for their cakes. Wedding cakes cost anywhere from a ‘cheap’ (and I say that very sarcastically) $200 for a smaller one to $800 or more.
Can I hear a YIKES! from the audience?
Does anyone besides me think that is a little ridiculous? The ingredients in a cake are very simple and can be bought in any random Walmart. All I have to say about the price of wedding cakes is Holy Moly.
But I have learned a valuable lesson from all this craziness.
Forget college. Forget encouraging your kids to get a higher education so they can be a lawyer, doctor, or engineer. That is money and time wasted as far as I’m concerned now. Invest in a cake decorating course instead. Have your kids (or yourself) learn how to make sugar flowers.
These pretty puppies can cost $40 a piece to be made for a wedding cake. ***We will NOT be having any sugary flowers on my daughter’s cake. Real flowers are much less expensive. And that is just insane!
But seriously…invest in learning the fine art of wedding cake decorating and your child (or you) will be making more dough (no pun intended) than the lawyers and doctors you meet who carry around a college loan as high or higher than their mortgage.
Just saying. In fact, I’ve been tempted to learn how to decorate cakes myself. But it’s too late for this wedding. Dang! And I’m afraid I would just eat all the sugar flowers I made if I learned how to do that. Maybe cake decorating–as lucrative as it seems to be–wouldn’t be a good fit for me. I like sugar too much and it would be hard to give away sugary, yummy creations–even for $800. (Well, maybe it wouldn’t be THAT hard. Hee hee)
Have a good day…and dream of cakes made out of gold dust! I know I am.