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How much does a Wedding Cake cost?

Average Price
£300

How much will I pay for a Wedding Cake?

Looking for the perfect cake to celebrate your nuptials? Read our handy guide to find out how much a bakery or baker will charge to make your wedding cake.

What is a Wedding Cake?

A wedding cake is served at a wedding reception after the main meal. Wedding cakes are a centrepiece at the reception and are sliced by the couple as part of the festivities 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 each having 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. 

How much does a Wedding Cake cost? 

Wedding cakes can be as simple or extravagant as you like, so it’s tricky to say exactly how much you pay as it depends on what you opt for. To give you a rough idea, here’s how much wedding cakes cost on average in the UK: 

Average cost£300
Minimum cost £100
Maximum cost £1,000

What changes the price of a Wedding Cake? 

Wedding cakes are available in a wide range of flavours, sizes and styles. Factoring in 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

Let's take a look at the average cost of a wedding cake based on the type of cake:

Type of wedding cakeHighest average price Lowest average price
Single tier£180£60
Two-tier£300£100
Three-tier£450£180
Four-tier£600£340
Five-tier£1,000£650

If you’re on a budget then a single tier wedding cake will offer plenty of value, starting at just £60. 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 £400. 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

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. You can also have a sponge cake, and the advantages of sponge are that you can add any flavouring to it.

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. A recent trend is ‘naked’ wedding cakes which use barely any icing at all on the outside. 

Location

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. Travel and setup costs should be included in their quote, so double-check this with them before you book. 

Is it worth getting a Wedding Cake?

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. Even if you’re not a fan of traditional wedding cakes, these days there is something to suit all tastes. Plus, wedding cakes are delicious! 

Celebrate your marriage in style with a beautifully baked wedding cake. 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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