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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 their collection.

  • Sample the Cakes

    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 event.

  • 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.

  • Return

    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.

 Is 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 beneficial:
  • Cost Affective

            additional savings may include:  
            -no cake cutting charge by venue/caterer 
            -optional delivery

  • 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 moisture.

  • You prefer to show off your beautiful centerpiece longer for guests to ooh and aah over.

  • 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.

  • Why rent a cake?
    Renting a wedding cake is a simply sensible and affordable option for a designer cake.

  • Can I 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.

  • Can I 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!

  • What 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.

  • Will 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.

  • How 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.

  • What 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 forfeited.

  • Do you rent cakes in the event of a cake disaster?
    Absolutely, just give us a call, we are more than happy to help.

  • Do you 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 will apply

  • Sheet cake
    -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.

  • Delivery
    -Transportation fees are calculated per mile from our studio to the reception location.

    -Charges are determined 2 weeks prior to your event.

  • Payment
    -Final balance of order is due 2 weeks prior to your event.
    -Iowa Rent-A-Cake accepts personal checks and money orders.

  • Rental cake damage deposit.
    -A $250.00 damage deposit is due 2 weeks prior to your event.
    -The deposit will be refunded promptly after the undamaged cake is safely returned.

  • Late fee
    -There will be a $25.00 fee assessed for late return of rental cake.

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