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Business offers chance to rent fake wedding cake
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
By Cami Reister
GRANDVILLE -- Wedding to-do list:
Rent the hall -- check.
Rent the tuxes -- check.
Rent the cake -- check?
That's right, a new Grandville business allows couples to rent decorated Styrofoam wedding cakes for less than half the cost of the same cake made from scratch.
"They're covered in exactly what a real cake would be covered in -- fondant and gum paste," said Kimberly Aya, owner of Fun Cakes,
Aya, 50, fully intended to bake and decorate beautiful cakes for her Fun Cakes customers, and she still offers that service. But brides kept looking for ways to save money.
"They kept asking for the fake cakes," Aya said. "I had never heard of the idea."
Fake cakes are not new, but renting them out is fairly novel.
Susan Lobsinger and her partner opened Rent the Cake of Your Dreams in
But the trend is emerging.
"We're growing all the time, and people are recommending us," Lobsinger said.
Mary Brown, manager of Cakes Plus on
"It was happenstance. It's not something that we do," she said. "But I don't see why not. It probably would be good business.
"I'll be interested to see how it goes."
Aya did her research and launched cakerental.com in March. Working in fondant and gum paste as opposed to traditional frosting makes the cakes durable and reusable, she said.
"That frosting will last forever," she said. "I keep them all covered up in plastic bags to keep them all dust free."
She ran into Aya at a bridal show. "I had told her we had wanted to do a small cake, inexpensive but creative, with sheet cakes in the back," said Kreuger, a graphic designer who will wed Rudy Fleminger in September.
"She told me about this idea to do fake cakes, and I thought it was brilliant. ... I could have the cake of my dreams and still stay in my price range."
Kreuger said using a cake from Aya, paired with inexpensive sheet cakes,, she will spend about half what she would have spent on a full-sized real cake.
"That's saving us a ton of money," she said.
Mary Brown of Cakes Plus says an a typical three-tier cake serving around 100 guests costs an average $200 to $250. Sheet cakes cost far less.
Another bride getting married this fall also was pleased with the price.
Aya charges $100 to rent a fake cake in stock, or $150 for a custom design.
"I was going to do something really simple and small until I found this," said another bride-to-be Erin, who asked her last name not be used to guard her secret.
"I'm going to try to go a little incognito on the fake cake until afterward."
So, what about the cake-cutting ceremony?
Aya has a secret spot on the cake reserved for one real slice of cake for the bride and groom. It is slipped into place, at the base layer and under the fondant sugar paste frosting.
"So they can cut that at the ceremony and feed each other wedding cake," she said.
And normally, the cake then is wheeled to the kitchen to have it cut and served. So guests don't need to know the rest of the cake was fake.
Jennifer Lee, a wedding consultant in
"A lot of times people do not need a huge cake, but they want the impact of a large cake, so this is a nice way of doing that," she said.
"Once the guests all figure it out, I'm sure it will lose its appeal a little bit. But I hope it doesn't."
I am actually considering this option! Has anyone else done this?