Thrifty Couple Makes DIY Wedding Cake for Less Than $50

June 26, 2019 Updated: June 26, 2019

A Texas woman’s social media post sharing a do it yourself wedding cake from a budget wedding reception is going viral.

San Antonio wedding consultant Jessica Hoyle-King recently helped her brother Jeremy and his new bride Gosia save money for their honeymoon to Italy by making a DIY wedding cake in April.

The consultant worked with her mother and St Ermins Hotel head pastry chef Jamie Warley, who was Gosia’s brother-in-law, to make the impressive four-tiered cake for under $50.

They used two sheet cakes from Costco that cost $18.99 each that were divided up, frosted with buttercream icing, and decorated on top and the side with $10 flowers from Trader Joe’s.

“The cakes were cut into tiered squares, stacked, re-iced, and arranged a few of the real flowers from the piles of flowers used for decorating … boom a $50 DIY cake,” Hoyle-King wrote on Instagram. “My sister-in-law’s brother-in-law, @chefjwarley was in town from England for the wedding and took their idea of the cheap wedding Costco cake and threw it all together in a couple of hours at the venue the day before the wedding … go follow him.”

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Y’all this DIY cake! It is no secret my bother is frugal…but this wedding took frugality to a whole new level. They bought two @costco cakes, cut them, stacked them, re-iced with buttercream icing, and covered with $10 @traderjoes flowers. Boom a $50 DIY Cake! Displayed on the stand I built using stuff from @hobbylobby …beautiful on a budget! The wedding was fun, but a sigh of relief we can get back to regularly scheduled projects around here. 🙌🏼 . . . ETA: My sister-in-law’s brother-in-law, @chefjwarley was in town from England for the wedding and took their idea of the cheap wedding Costco cake and threw it all together in a couple of hours at the venue the day before the wedding! Go follow him! (Didn’t know he had an IG, or I would have tagged him!). . . #hoylewedding2019 #countryweddingstyle #countrywedding #countryweddings #weddingcake #costcofinds #costcodeals #diycake #diycakes #diycakestand #costcodoesitagain #costcocake #traderjoes #traderjoeslove #traderjoesfinds #traderjoesflowers #hobbylobby #hobbylobbyfinds #hobbylobbyfarmhouse #hobbylobbydecor #hobbylobbywedding #hobbylobbylove

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Hoyle-King even made a cake stand and set up 24 tables for the wedding, which was finally held at Shady Springs Party Barn in Austin.

“All displayed on a rustic looking cake stand made with supplies from Hobby Lobby,” she said.

She described the results on social media as “beautiful on a budget.”

“Y’all this [is our] DIY cake! It is no secret my bother is frugal … but this wedding took frugality to a whole new level,” she said. “The wedding was fun but a sigh of relief we can get back to regularly scheduled projects around here.”

Hoyle-King was not surprised to be asked to perform the DIY work, since she admits her brother and whole family are “very hands on” people.

“[We] save money wherever we can,” she said on Instagram. “My parents have bees and sell honey so we had a ton of mason jars we were also able to use for center pieces. We picked wildflowers on the side of the road, flowers and rosemary from my mom’s garden.”

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My most liked picture! Swipe to see other pictures from the wedding on a budget! My brother and my whole family are very hands on DIY and save money wherever we can. Jeremy and Gosia love to travel (they met while touring Chernobyl!) and wanted to save for their honeymoon (they ended up honeymooning in Rome!) and not spend too much on a wedding. Their flower budget was zero. Their cake budget was “let’s make cupcakes and freeze for the wedding”. Two weeks before the wedding, they handed the wedding coordinator position over to me. With my moms help, we bought a few things from @hobbylobby and used a few things I had in my decor closet in order to bring my vision of a rustic wedding reception to life. My parents have bees and sell honey so we had a ton of mason jars we were also able to use for center pieces. We picked wildflowers on the side of the road, flowers and rosemary from my mom’s garden, and we literally stopped at @traderjoes on our way to the reception venue, @shadysprings to decorate the day before the wedding. I bought flowers for all the bouquets, mason jars for 24 tables, hair flowers, and cake. Trader Joe’s even gave me some greenery that looked a little wilted but I still thought looked pretty. And the cake…I was able to talk my brother into just “getting Costco cakes and throw some real flowers on it”. They ordered two of the $18.99 sheet cakes with cream cheese filling and picked up on the way to the venue before the rehearsal dinner. With the help of Gosia’s brother-in-law, @chefjwarley (who happens to be a chef in England), the cakes were cut into tiered squares, stacked, re-iced, and arranged a few of the real flowers from the piles of flowers used for decorating (About $10 worth). All displayed on a rustic looking cake stand made with supplies from Hobby Lobby. Oh and should I mention they did not hire a DJ and used Spotify on an IPad for the music for dancing? It really was a beautiful reception on a budget! Cake tutorial coming as soon as we get back from vacay! 🙌🏼 #costco #costcofinds #hobbylobbyaddict #hobbylobbyfarmhouse #hobbylobbylove #costcodoesitagain #costcocake

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She revealed no money had to be spent on flowers, and the couple even thought about serving another kind of cake.

“Their flower budget was zero,” she said. “Their cake budget was ‘let’s make cupcakes and freeze for the wedding’ … [luckily] I was able to talk my brother into just ‘getting Costco cakes and throw some real flowers on it.’”

The couple also saved money on entertainment by bringing their own music to the wedding reception.

“They did not hire a DJ and used Spotify on an iPad for the music for dancing,” Hoyle-King said. “It really was a beautiful reception on a budget.”

The couple’s money saved is now being used towards an epic vacation in Rome.

“Jeremy and Gosia love to travel, they met while touring Chernobyl and wanted to save for their honeymoon,” Hoyle-King said. “They ended up honeymooning in Rome and not spend[ing] too much on a wedding.”

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