Wedding costs can easily spiral out of control, but one easily place where you can save cash is on your wedding cake. While the average couple spends £331 on their wedding cake, according to Bridebook’s 2019 wedding report, the confections available at supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Tesco offer a budget-friendly alternative that are equally impressive. Whether you're looking for a traditional fruit cake, an on-trend naked cake or want to switch things up with a cake made entirely out of cheese or even pork pies, you'll find them all for under £250.
Traditional wedding cakes:
Marks & Spencer white Vogue wedding cake
How elegant is this white iced wedding cake? There's something for everyone here, thanks to a different flavour on each tier; fruit cake with a layer of marzipan, all-butter sponge with buttercream, and chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache. Each tier is covered in white icing and has been decorated with white ribbon to add a subtle decorative touch. Serves 100. £199, available at M&S.
SHOP: White Vogue wedding cake, £199, Marks & Spencer
Waitrose Fiona Cairns undecorated three-tier wedding cake
Add a royal-approved touch to your wedding day with a three-tier cake from Fiona Cairns, who created Prince William and Kate's wedding cake in 2011. This elegant design features one tier of rich fruit cake covered with marzipan, a middle tier of golden sponge with raspberry jam and buttercream filling, and a top tier of chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream, all covered in ivory icing and decorated with dots. Serves 80-100. £199, available from Waitrose.
SHOP: Fiona Cairns undecorated 3-tier wedding cake, £199, Waitrose
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Marks & Spencer build your own modern wedding cake
The traditional iced cake is given a delicious modern update with this option from M&S. Choose from red velvet chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting or sponge cake with buttercream and raspberry jam, both decorated with royal icing. You can buy the tiers separately to make the cake as small or large as required, with the icing making a great blank canvas to decorate yourself should you wish. From £14-£50 per tier, available at M&S.
SHOP: Build your own modern wedding cake, from £14, Marks & Spencer
Contemporary wedding cakes:
Waitrose triple chocolate heaven 3 tier wedding cake
This is every chocolate-lover's dream! This rich chocolate sponge cake is covered with chocolate fudge icing and a combination of dark, milk and white chocolate buttercream hand piped into roses. Yum! Serves 95-105. £229, available from Waitrose.
SHOP: Triple chocolate heaven wedding cake, £229, Waitrose
Marks & Spencer Colin the Caterpillar wedding cake
If no birthday or celebration is complete without a Colin the Caterpillar cake, your wedding day shouldn't be either. Everyone's favourite cake critter has been given a smart makeover for his own big day to Connie, with each dressed in wedding attire, adorned in confetti and matching gold rings. Each cake serves 40 and costs £50. Available from Marks & Spencer.
SHOP: Colin the Groom wedding cake, £50, Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer naked vanilla wedding cake
Naked wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular, and this confection from M&S is an ideal way to incorporate one into your big day on a budget. This three-tier all-butter sponge cake is filled with buttercream and can be decorated to fit your theme with anything from fresh berries to flowers. £125. Serves 42. Available at Marks & Spencer.
SHOP: Naked vanilla wedding cake, £125, Marks & Spencer
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Sainsbury's decorate your own Madeira cake
It may be intended as a general celebration cake, but this Madeira cake would be ideal for a wedding, if you want to show your creative side by adding your own decorations. Each tier serves 14 and would look great topped with edible flowers or a cake topper to suit your theme. £6.50 each, available at Sainsbury's.
SHOP: Decorate your own Madeira cake, £6.50, Sainsbury’s
Marks & Spencer shimmering hoop wedding cake
Talk about a showstopper. This stunning chocolate wedding cake looks seriously impressive thanks to the chocolate icing and white and pink decorated hoops that cover each of the four tiers. Serves 110. Costs £249, available at Marks & Spencer.
SHOP: Shimmering hoop wedding cake, £249, Marks & Spencer
Savoury wedding cakes:
Tesco Finest cheese celebration cake
There's something to suit all tastes on this Tesco celebration cake, which features tiers of Coastal Cheddar, Red Leicester, Blue Stilton, Wensleydale with cranberries and blueberries, and St Endellion Brie. Better still, it's a bargain at £30. Weighs 2.9kg. Available at Tesco.
SHOP: Tesco Finest cheese celebration cake, £30, Tesco
Marks & Spencer tiered celebration pork pie
It may not be to everyone's taste, but this three-tiered pork pie will certainly be a conversation starter among your guests. This could be even one to offer at your evening reception, with three large pork pies to serve between 30-40 guests. £99, available at Marks & Spencer.
SHOP: Tiered celebration pork pie, £99, Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer cheese celebration cake
A good option to serve at your evening reception, this cheese celebration cake will go down a treat and features five different cheeses – from goat’s cheese to Double Gloucester – with enough to serve 90-120 guests. £160, available from Marks & Spencer.
SHOP: Cheese celebration cake, £160, Marks & Spencer
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