The cost of a wedding cake in Australia can vary tremendously depending on its size, design complexity, ingredients, and the expertise of the cake designer. You may also see some wedding cakes priced by the number of servings, or you can also take a look a Black Velvet Cakes and our transparent pricing per cake–which ranges from $140 for vintage and aesthetic minimalist cakes to multi-tiered, elaborate designs in the $375 range.
Of course, if you have a custom creation in mind, it may cost more. If you see a cake that you just absolutely must have, show our custom cake makers in Sydneyand we can give you an upfront estimate!
Keep in mind that more elaborate designs, custom decorations, intricate details, and specialty flavours will also increase the cost. For example, wedding cakes with multiple tiers, handcrafted sugar flowers, fondant coverings, and personalised designs tend to be more expensive. There may also be additional costs such as delivery, set up, cake stands, lettering, and toppers.
Here are some common factors that cake designers and bakeries consider when determining the cost:
Size: Larger cakes with more tiers and servings will cost more due to the increased amount of ingredients and labour involved. Make sure there is enough cake so all of your guests get a piece.
Design complexity: Intricate designs, custom decorations, and detailed handcrafted elements require more time, skill, and materials.
Ingredients and flavours: The quality of ingredients used in the cake can impact the cost. (Saving some for later? The ingredients can also affect how long wedding cakes last.)
Decorations and customization: The type of decorations play a significant role in pricing. Fondant coverings, intricate sugar flowers, edible metallic accents, and other personalised design elements often require additional time and expertise, contributing to a higher cost.
Fillings and frosting: What is used for the fillings and frostings can affect the price. More elaborate or labour-intensive fillings, such as fruit compotes, ganaches, or custom-flavoured buttercreams, may increase the cost.
Delivery and setup: If the cake needs to be delivered to the wedding venue and set up by the cake designer, this service may be an additional cost. Factors like distance, travel time, and the complexity of setup can influence the fee. The cake should be staged for maximum visual effect.
Reputation and experience: Cakes from renowned or highly skilled cake designers often come with a premium price due to their expertise, creativity, and craftsmanship.
A wedding cake designer needs to pay attention to detail and make sure it has precise edges, clean lines, consistent decorations, and symmetry between tiers. It's important that the cake also be stable to prevent any collapses or mishaps during transport, setup, or display.
It's essential to have a detailed consultation with your chosen cake designer or bakery to discuss your specific requirements and preferences. At Black Velvet Cakes, we will consider these factors and provide you with a personalised quote based on the complexity and size of the cake you want.
Remember, these are general suggestions, and the specifics of your wedding cake should align with your personal preferences and style! Discussing your vision and preferences with a cake making expert from Black Velvet Cakes will help ensure your wedding cake meets all your must-haves, reflects your unique taste, and matches your budget.