Wedding cakes are insanely expensive. They can cost upwards of $300, and that’s depending on how many tiers you want. They’re a lot more if you want the enormous, flowery creations you see all over Pinterest. But one frugal man decided he didn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for his cake, so with the help of Costco, Trader Joe’s and Hobby Lobby, he and his family created a gorgeous DIY wedding cake for only $50.
Jessica Hoyle-King, a lifestyle and design Instagrammer who runs the account @cottagefarmhouse, shared a picture of her brother’s gorgeous multi-tiered white wedding cake covered in flowers, and her post about this incredible $50 cake has since racked up more than 5,000 likes. Not only is this a brilliant way to save money, it’s also tasty — Costco sheet cakes are absolutely delicious.
“We created a beautiful wedding cake out of two white Costco cakes, with cream cheese filling, for my brother’s wedding recently,” Hoyle-King told ABC News in an interview. “Basically we cut them into squares, stacked them with homemade buttercream frosting and then threw some flowers on it from Trader Joe’s.” The cost in the end? “I think we spent less than $50-ish total,” she said.
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Y’all this DIY cake! It is no secret my bother is frugal…but this wedding took frugality to a whole new level. They bought two @costco cakes, cut them, stacked them, re-iced with buttercream icing, and covered with $10 @traderjoes flowers. Boom a $50 DIY Cake! Displayed on the stand I built using stuff from @hobbylobby …beautiful on a budget! The wedding was fun, but a sigh of relief we can get back to regularly scheduled projects around here. 🙌🏼 . . . ETA: My sister-in-law’s brother-in-law, @chefjwarley was in town from England for the wedding and took their idea of the cheap wedding Costco cake and threw it all together in a couple of hours at the venue the day before the wedding! Go follow him! (Didn’t know he had an IG, or I would have tagged him!). . . #hoylewedding2019 #countryweddingstyle #countrywedding #countryweddings #weddingcake #costcofinds #costcodeals #diycake #diycakes #diycakestand #costcodoesitagain #costcocake #traderjoes #traderjoeslove #traderjoesfinds #traderjoesflowers #hobbylobby #hobbylobbyfinds #hobbylobbyfarmhouse #hobbylobbydecor #hobbylobbywedding #hobbylobbylove
Hoyle-King’s brother and his wife wanted to save as much money as possible for their honeymoon to Rome, and she agreed to be a financial and design consultant for their wedding. When she learned they planned to bake cupcakes (for 150 guests!) in order to save money, she told them to ditch that plan and head straight to Costco.
They picked up two giant sheet cakes for $18.99 a pop and about $10 worth of flowers from Trader Joe’s. The bride’s brother-in-law, who is the head pastry chef at London’s St. Ermin’s Hotel, helped them cut, rearrange and frost the cakes, then decorate them with a variety of flowers. They put the four-tier cake on a stand from Hobby Lobby, and the rest is history.
“Everyone thought it was amazing,” Hoyle-King told Fox News in an interview.
Is anyone else wondering if they had leftovers?