What Makes This Cake Cost $20 A Slice?

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Jamie Miles
jamie miles the knot honeymoon expert
Jamie Miles
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Jamie Miles is the Editorial Director of SPY.com and an E-Commerce Director for Penske Media Corporation.
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It may be tempting to blow your budget on pricey splurges, (like this $15,400 Pnina Tornai gown) but remember, it's free to look! This cake from Sylvia Weinstock is just gorgeous, but it comes at a price. We asked the cake genius what it takes to create such a beautiful four-tiered confection. Find out below!

Photo: Devon Jarvis/ Featured: The Knot Blog

Devon Jarvis

From start to finish, a team of 17 people— including a baker, carpenter, icer, flower sculptor and decorator—is required to make this cake.

Weinstock uses buttercream exclusively, which is trickier to work with than fondant and requires a steadier hand.

One sculptor spends a solid week making 100 of these big sugar flowers.The colors for the flowers are either already mixed into the sugar dough or painstakingly hand-applied by a separate artist.

Total price tag: $20/slice

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