Rent A Cake?
How does it work?
Choose a Design
The rental process is relatively easy. You
simply choose one of the pre-designed wedding cakes
from Iowa Rent-A-Cake’s collection. Cakes can be
modified (with limitations) to compliment your
wedding décor and personal taste. Iowa Rent-A-Cake
provides an extensive inventory of sugar paste
flowers, leaves, shells, snowflakes, ribbons,
trimmings, bows and linens that you can select from
to adorn your cake with; you can also provide your
own decorations. Inquiries for custom made rental
cakes are considered; it depends if your design may
be one that Iowa Rent-A-Cake would like to add to
At the consultation we will provide a tasting
package for you to take with you. Iowa Rent-A-Cake
bakes moist and tender sheet cakes full of flavor to
share with your guests. While your wedding cake is
taking center stage at the party the sheet cakes are
behind the scenes being cut and plated. This allows
your centerpiece to be on display longer and a
smoother service of serving cake to your guests. You
may be asking “what about the cake cutting
ceremony?” … Iowa Rent-A-Cake would never ignore
that sweet tradition! The cakes have a hidden
compartment in them where a piece of real cake will
be placed for you and your spouse to share with each
other during the photo moment. After the ceremonial
cake cutting the wedding cake is wheeled behind the
scenes and the sheet cakes are ready to be served.
Reserve the Cake
At the time of your booking Iowa
Rent-A-Cake requires a rental fee. This
ensures that your cake is available on
your wedding date. The remaining balance
of your order and a $250.00 damage
deposit are due 2 weeks prior to your
Pick up or deliver
You have the
option of picking up the rental cake
order the day before the event from our
studio or hiring our services to deliver
and set up.
After the festivities, the rental cake
needs to be returned to us on the
pre-arranged date. We charge a late fee
of $25.00. If the cake is received in
good condition your entire deposit is
refunded. Slight damage to the cake will
result in a portion of the deposit being
forfeited to cover repair costs. If the
cake is damaged beyond repair, the
deposit is forfeited.
it a good fit?
Renting a cake can save you money
in many circumstances. However, there are trade-offs to
renting a cake verses having a conventional wedding cake
made for you. The following lists why you may find it
additional savings may include:
-no cake cutting
charge by venue/caterer
You love the look of fondant but not the
taste, texture or price.
You're not a fan of cake and prefer to
serve a dessert buffet but still desire
a wedding cake for display purposes and
the ceremonial cake cutting.
Your caterer’s price includes dessert.
You're having a smaller reception but
prefer a grand centerpiece.
You're having a larger reception and are
dealing with budget constraints.
You're having an outdoor event; rental
cakes are the perfect solution because
they are unaffected by the weather as
long as they are sheltered from direct
You prefer to show off your beautiful
centerpiece longer for guests to ooh and
You don’t mind your cake design is not
100% original; in some cases a custom
design will be created just for you.
Where are you located?
Our studio is located in
Baxter, Iowa; 30 miles northeast of Des Moines.
We are available by appointment only.
Where do you deliver to?
Can we pick up the cake from your studio?
We deliver statewide … transportation fees are based
on mileage and will be quoted 2 weeks prior to the
event. You may also choose to pick up the rental
cakes; they travel exceptionally well if you follow
the proper handling instructions.
Will you design a custom made rental cake for me?
It depends. Your design may be one we would like to
add to our expanding collection. Generally speaking
we only rent pre-designed cakes. Let’s talk!
Can you explain why some bakeries charge the same or
sometimes more for a Styrofoam cake?
In a simple answer, you are buying a cake verses
renting the cake with most bakeries. The labor and
material to construct and design a custom made
Styrofoam cake is comparable to a real cake, plus
additional cakes need to be purchased to serve your
guests. Iowa Rent-A-Cake is capable of offering you
an affordable designer cake because their costs are
spread out with the number of rentals.
rent a cake?
Renting a wedding cake is a
simply sensible and affordable option for a designer
use my own decorations?
Absolutely, however, Iowa Rent-A-Cake prefers to
have the decorations provided to us. To avoid any
possible damage to the cake we will embellish your
wedding cake with the ribbons, trimmings, cake
jewelry and/or cake toppers.
Can I use monogram cake picks in the rental cakes?
Cake picks may be used on limited designs. One pick only.
use fresh flowers on the cake?
Unfortunately no, the moisture from the flowers damages the fondant coating on your cake rental.
Can I rent the display cake and purchase sheet cakes elsewhere?
Unfortunately, we don't want our name associated with a cake someone else made. Our hard-earned reputation is on the line!
about the cake cutting ceremony?
The cakes have a hidden
compartment in them (located bottom tier and in the
back) where a piece of real cake will be placed for
you and your spouse to feed each other.
my cake look like it has been rented before?
With each rental, Iowa
Rent-A-Cake does a thorough makeover to repair any
damages that may have occurred, modifies the design
if the client requests so, inserts a new protective
lining in the hidden compartment where the real cake
is placed and decorates this section. If you desire,
we will happily send you a picture of your wedding
cake prior to your event.
far ahead do we need to book our wedding cake?
During the peak season it is
advised to book 3 to 6 months in advance, however,
we can accommodate as late as 24 hours before the
event. Once the rental fee, signed contract, and design confirmation has been received your rental cake and wedding date is
reserved for you.
if the cake is damaged?
If the repairs are minimal and easily repairable
(pin holes, dents, etc…), a fee may not apply.
Slight damage to the cake will result in a portion
of the deposit being forfeited to cover repair
costs. If the damage is extensive, the deposit is
rent cakes in the event of a cake disaster?
Absolutely, just give us a call, we are more than
happy to help.
rent cake stands?
We have a number of cake stands as well as cake
servers available for rent.
Rental cake fee (Reserves your wedding date as well)
-3 tier $150.00
-4 tier $175.00
-5 tier $200.00
-Includes your choice of decorations from Iowa
Rent-A-Cake’s inventory. -Additional charges for
specialty sugar paste décor and specific designs
-Starting at $60.00 per sheet.
-Our sheet cakes are 2 layers of cake held together
by your choice of filling or buttercream.
-Serving 50 guests.
-Transportation fees are
calculated per mile from our studio to the reception
-Charges are determined 2 weeks prior to your event.
-Final balance of order is due 2 weeks prior to your
-Iowa Rent-A-Cake accepts personal checks
Rental cake damage deposit.
-A $250.00 damage deposit is due 2 weeks prior to
-The deposit will be refunded promptly after the
undamaged cake is safely returned.
-There will be a $25.00 fee assessed for late return
of rental cake.