Here's a good idea: a Grandville, Mich., bakery has a decorated wedding cakes made of polystyrene that it rents to thrifty brides (or their parents!). After all, how many people who go to weddings really want to eat a piece of cake? Well, I do. But I know I'm in the minority. (Let's hope no one invents plastic mostaccioli or nylon green bean almondine). The Grand Rapids, Mich., Press wrote about the company last week, and now a few wire services have picked up the story. The faux cake costs less than half of the same cake made from scratch, according to the original story.
"They're covered in exactly what a real cake would be covered in -- fondant and gum paste," said Kimberly Aya, owner of Fun Cakes, 2880 Remico St. SW. "The only difference is the inside. Nobody can tell."Using fondant and gum paste, instead of frosting, "makes the cakes durable and reusable," according to the story. But how 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.Seems like a good idea, although I'll miss that cake.