A wedding cake invoice documents the total costs associated with providing a cake to a couple for their wedding celebration. Unlike standard birthday or celebratory cakes, wedding cakes involve a significant amount of labor. They are often only prepared by bakeries and individual bakers specializing in making this type of cake. In addition to creating the cake, bakeries often provide cake tastings and supply accessories such as stands and utensils for the main wedding event.
Many couples strive to have as unique a wedding as possible because it is such a special time for all those involved. Among the theme, outfits, and location of the wedding, the look of the cake is often a manifestation of the couple’s personality and preferences. To offer as unique a product as possible, bakeries provide a wide range of options allowing the couple to select the cake’s size, ingredients, and style. The most common pricing factors involve include:
- Number of tiers
- Design / color / shape
- Delivery time
Wedding cakes cost anywhere from $300 to $700, although extravagant wedding cakes can easily cost upwards of $1000. A cake is typically priced relative to the number of servings (or slices) it will provide. To account for extra servings, cakes are either increased in diameter, height, or a combination of the two.
How to Safely Transport a Cake
After all the hard work that goes into creating a wedding cake, the last thing a baker needs is to have their creation smudged or destroyed due to poor delivery planning. To safely deliver a completed cake (disassembled or assembled) to the wedding location, keep in mind the following tips:
- Pre-stack the cake tiers + insert dowels to ensure structural stability
- Chill the cake in a refrigerator for a minimum of one (1) day
- Turn the car’s A/C on high
- Add an anti-skid mat to the vehicle
- Drive safely and take turns very slowly
If the above is followed, and the cake was baked correctly (not under or overcooked), it should have a smooth, trouble-free trip to its final destination.