What sort of wedding cake are you having for your wedding? Fruit cake, sponge cake, fancy wedding cake, simple wedding cake? Cupcakes even. Are you buying from a shop like Marks & Spencer (who do very good deals by the way) or buying from a bakery which could cosy you more but at least it will all be done and arranged and delivered for you.
You could even get a friend to make your wedding cake. Pick someone reliable of course and a trial is recommended. Rather than a cake cupcakes for weddings are popular nowadays and alot easier to deal with. No cake stands or over the top decorations.
High street wedding cake
M&S is perhaps the most obvious choice and they do do a good cake and at a good price compared to bakeries.
Gorgeous and for four tiers at about £125 it’s a bargain wedding cake. Make sure you factor in the cost of decorations as well though as fresh flowers in particular can be pricey. You will need a cake stand as well though most wedding venues will let you borrow or hire these. This cake is available in sponge or fruit and you can mix and match the layers.
You could use ribbon or feather boas between the layers to cut the cost or get edible sugar petal flowers or false flowers instead of real.
This classically elegant cake can be ordered in your own combination of tiers. Available in either all butter fruit cake covered in marizpan and soft icing, or all-butter sponge filled with buttercream and raspberry jam and covered in soft icing. There is a delicate design around the top of each tier. Can be ready for collection in just 7 days. Individual fruit and all-butter sponge tiers are sold separately so you can tailor the cake size to match your requirements. Tiers come in 4 sizes: small, medium, large and extra large.
Delicious! Classic Chocolate Rose Cake covered with a double layer of chocolate flavoured soft icing and decorated with a cascade of soft icing roses, this stunning three tiered cakes makes a beautiful table centrepiece. Available as a chocolate or sponge cake. Chocolate and sponge cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection. Vegetarian chocolate. Priced at £199 it is a good priced wedding cake considering it is already decorated and you need do nothing else with it. It look stunning as it is. This is also available in white chocolate with white chocolate decorations
This stunning two tier cake is perfect for any celebration. Delicious all butter fruit cake is layered with marzipan and hand finished with two layers of royal icing and decorated with soft icing decorations.
Priced at £75 this wedding cake serves 90 people and is ideal for a smaller wedding party. It is also a lovely design and with purple being so popular for bridesmaids it is sure to fit many a wedding colour scheme
This stylish black and ivory cake is simple and stunning – finished with delicate flower stencils and beautiful monochrome ribbons this is bound to get the guests talking. Each cake comes on its own cake board and should be stacked using the included dowel rods. Decorations however are not included.
Chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection.
Costs £199 to £219 depending on whether you have layers of sponge and / or fruit. Serves 140 guests. With the unusual and striking design it is easy to copy with your own slim black ribbons or any colour slim ribbons to suit your colour scheme. Copying this sort of design the additional decorations costs would be small and would need no further decoration
Simple and stylish and perfect for adding your personal touch. This beautiful white wedding cake can be selected in 3 or 4 tiers and costs around £219 depending on tiers ordered. Available in vanilla sponge, chocolate sponge and fruit cake
Each cake comes on its own cake board and should be stacked using the included dowel rods.
Sponge and chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection and fruit cakes can be eaten up to 14 days after collection.
Flowers not included so you need to buy your own decorations but a top bunch of flowers should not be too pricey as opposed to flowers between each layer.
4 Tier Meadow Assorted Cake
This delightful cake is inspired by a summer meadow full of flowers and butterflies. With different designs on each tier this really is a special cake for your perfect day. Sponge and chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection. Fruit cakes can be eaten up to 14 days after collection. Each cake comes on its own cake board and should be stacked using the included dowel rods. Flowers not included.
Price £249. Serves 168
Button Wedding Assorted Cake
Covered in white soft icing (fruit cake also has a layer of marzipan). Three-tier set of cakes available in chocolate, fruit or all-butter sponge, or as a combination of all three. Each cake comes on its own cake board and should be stacked using the included dowel rods. Flowers and braids not included. Contains: Nuts, cow’s milk, eggs, soya, wheat and gluten. Sponge and Chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection. Fruit cakes can be eaten up to 14 days after collection.
Priced at £219 it serves 150 wedding guests. Note you need to purchase your own flowers and ribbons.
£249 and serves 100
Dark Chocolate Plaque Wedding Cake
This beautiful, modern four-tiered chocolate wedding cake is topped with milk chocolate ganache and chocolate sprinkles, and finished with elegant dark chocolate plaques. We’ve styled the cake by adding fresh fruit to show you how to personalise it to your wedding theme. (Fruit shown is not included.). You may choose to stack your Daisy Pearl Four Tier Cake using pillars and dowel rods or polystyrene blocks (not shown – available in selected stores). Chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days…Also available in milk chocolate
The cake to really give the wow factor! This decadent four tier chocolate cake is smothered in chocolate ganache and hand finished with ribbons of chocolate. Cake comes fully assembled with dowels included. Chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection.
£249 for 100 people
Romantic Pearl Cake
This sophisticated can be ordered in either white or ivory soft icing. Available in either all butter fruit cake covered in marzipan, all-butter sponge with buttercream or chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache. Or you may choose a combination of all three. Contains: Cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, gluten Flowers and decorations not included Each cake comes on its own cake board and should be stacked using the included dowel rods. Sponge and chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection
Make a statement with a simply stunning four-tiered chocolate wedding cake, topped with milk chocolate ganache and white chocolate sprinkles, and finished with milk and white chocolate curls. The cake is styled to show you how to personalise it to your wedding theme by adding fresh fruit. (Fruit shown is not included.) Chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection.
£249 for 100 portions
The cake to really give the wow factor! This decadent four tier chocolate cake is smothered in chocolate ganache and hand finished with ribbons of chocolate. Cake comes fully assembled with dowels included. Fruit not included. Chocolate cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection. £249 for 100 people.
Looks fab with blueberries as shown or raspberries or strawberries
Don’t forget your cake boxes!! You can find these at or Amazon wedding cake boxes
Alternatives to wedding cake
More popular and cheaper than a traditional cake are cupcakes for a wedding. You don’t even need to buy specialized wedding cakes for this one. Any that take your fancy can be used and they are easy to make and deal with-ie you only need arrange them on stands that overall they can be more cost effective
36 Mini Assorted Cupcakes for £18!!
Delicious, moist mini cupcakes, available in an assortment of three flavours – Vanilla sponges decorated with vanilla frosting and suted with edible glitter; vanilla sponges decorated with strawberry frosting and dusted with edible pink glitter; and chocolate sponges topped with belgian chocolate frosting and flakes of chocolate. • 18 Vanilla mini cupcakes. • 9 Strawberry mini cupcakes. • 9 chocolate mini cupcakes as pictured but you can also buy in different variations.
Cake stand not included so you will need to buy or hire one.
48 Glitter Vanilla Cupcakes
For a shimmering centrepiece, choose these vanilla sponge cupcakes with a generous topping of vanilla frosting and a sprinkling of edible glitter. (cake tower not included). Contains: Cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, gluten. Sponge cakes can be eaten up to 5 days after collection.
Costs £48 for 48 cupcakes hence £1 per cake. You’ll also need to get your own serving trays and any decorations. Again though easy to deal with and transport to the venue and set up. Also no need for a traditional cake stand.
Cake Cutting Bar
In addition to your cake, you may need extra pieces to accomodate additional guests. You can order a separate bar or bars for this purpose. The additional bar/s are 34cm x 9cm and are iced as described below but are not decorated or personalised. A rich chocolate cake filled and covered with chocolate ganache. All butter sponge filled with buttercream and raspberry jam. Fruit cake with vine fruits, nuts and cherries laced with brandy. You could use a number of these as alternatives to traditional wedding cake as well. They are easy to decorate and personalise and you can easily have these iced with wording or pictures for something really different
Cost: £14 to £17.99 and serves 22 people per bar
Cheese Wedding Cake
A wedding cake with a difference, made from 5 tasty cheeses: Goulds Cheddar, Farmhouse Red Leicester, Farmhouse Double Gloucester, Blacksticks Blue and Ravens Oak Goats Cheese. Contains: Cow’s milk, goat’s milk. This product will keep for at least 2 days from the date of collection. Collect order in 7 days from ordering. Serves 100 and costs £150.
You will need to get the additional decorations being the fruit: grapes and apple. Be careful the apple doesn’t go brown though!
Make your own wedding cake (or get someone to do it for you!)
Really wedding cakes are only basic cakes it’s all the decorating and stacking that make then look complex. If you or someone you know feels confident in the kitchen then give it a go. A trial is recommended beforehand though and make sure you make the cake a day or so in advance.
Need a helping hand? Try this cookery book from Marks & Spencer at £8. You only need your ingredients and a healthy dose of time to get you on the way.
Feeling virtuous as well as creative? This book is packed of amazing gluten, wheat and dairy free cakes. Hardbook and Kindle versions available at £11.99 and £4.99 respectively.