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How much does a Wedding Cake cost?

Average Price

How much will I spend on a Wedding Cake?

Want a wedding cake that makes a statement but unsure how much a baker will charge? Read on to find out how much you’ll pay for a professional wedding cake for your big day.

What is a Wedding Cake?

A wedding cake is traditionally served at wedding receptions and is sliced by the couple as part of the celebrations of the day. Wedding cakes were originally served as a symbol of good luck.

Compared with a regular cake, a wedding cake is much more decadent. It can feature various tiers and be made from any number of ingredients. Traditionally, wedding cakes are made from fruit with a marzipan icing to finish. However these days it’s possible to get a wedding cake in any construction or flavour of your choosing. For example, a sponge cake made of several layers with different flavouring and colouring.

Ultimately, a wedding cake should embody the personalities of the couple. It is there to be enjoyed as the guests raise a toast so should help create that sense of celebration.

What’s the average cost of a Wedding Cake? 

A wedding cake can be simple and sophisticated or extravagant and over the top, so it’s hard to know how much you’ll spend as it depends on the type you go for. Here’s a rough estimation of wedding cakes based on prices across Australia: 

Average cost of a Wedding Cake
Average cost$550
Minimum cost $100
Maximum cost $1,000

Factors influencing cost 

Every wedding cake should be unique to reflect the couple tying the knot. Narrowing down the theme of your wedding can help narrow down what type of cake to opt for. Here are some other price points to help you decide: 

  • Type of wedding cake 

  • Cake size 

  • Cake design 

  • Cake mixture 

  • Cake finish 

  • Location

Type of wedding cake 

Type of wedding cakeHighest average priceLowest average price
Single tier$300$100
Two-tier $325$180
Five-tier $1,000 $600

If you’re on a budget then a single tier wedding cake will offer plenty of value, starting at just $100. This is also ideal for smaller weddings as you won’t have as many guests to feed either. On the other end of the scale, five-tier wedding cakes can cost as much as $1,000.

The price could be higher if the cake is adorned with crystals and other luxurious touches. Ultimately, the cost of your wedding cake will depend on the size, it’s construction as well as the finish. As every company will have a particular price structure the costs will vary. 

Cake size

The size of your wedding cake should reflect the number of guests who will be attending. Taking 100 guests as an example, you would need a cake with at least 3 to 4 tiers, which would cost around $650. Your wedding cake maker is going to need this information beforehand so that they can advise on the type of size you’d need as a minimum. It’s possible to have several tiers to your wedding cake, though this will come at an increased cost compared with something more simplistic. 

Cake design

Your cake needs to be big enough to feed all the guests at your wedding, so the more guests, the more you’ll pay! The design of your cake is where you can have fun injecting your personality. You also have the option to keep things simple, or even incorporate the overall theme of your wedding. Intricate wedding cake design will be more expensive, not least because of the extra time it would take someone to do. This would include elements such as extensive fondant fabric effects, piping designs or similar hand-painted details. 

Cake mixture

Thinking about the base of your cake is important too. Traditional wedding cakes use fruit that needs time to mature, which may incur an additional cost compared with other mixture types. If you’d rather keep it simple why not opt for a sponge cake? It acts as an ideal base for adding additional flavours!

Cake finish

From marzipan to royal icing, buttercream to ganache, there are many options for your wedding cake! The finish of your cake will make a huge impact on both the visual presentation but also the cost. Similar to the cake design, the more intricate finishes will be more expensive to complete. If you’re looking for the latest fad, then a ‘naked’ cake, with barely any icing on the outside, is a fancy new trend. 


As your wedding cake maker will be responsible for delivering and setting up your cake at the venue, keep in mind the location. If you hire a baker that is some distance from the venue, this will cost more versus hiring someone local. It’s always a good idea to confirm with your baker from the outset whether travel and setup services are included in the overall quote. 

Is getting a professional baker for your Wedding Cake worth the cost? 

The choice of whether to have a wedding cake made is ultimately up to you. However, for most couples, a wedding cake is the showstopper of the reception. Wedding cakes are also steeped in tradition and are something your guests will also look forward to tucking into after the formality of the ceremony. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, why not consider getting a savoury wedding cake, such as a tiered cheese tower? 

Top off your marriage with the wedding cake of your dreams. Whether you fancy a traditional fruit cake or even a chocolate cake, you can find local bakers to create your wedding cake masterpiece with Bark. 

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