Working on a tight budget, a San Antonio woman turned to Sam’s Club in 2019 for her wedding cake.
Laura Fragoso Hiller, 28, needed to be mindful of wedding costs because she was having two receptions — one in San Antonio and another in Mexico.
“We were looking for cakes, and the cheapest we could find was $500 for 50 people, and we couldn’t do that,” Hiller said.
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A friend suggested purchasing a cake from Sam’s Club. At first, she was hesitant because she was imagining a pre-made decorated cake and wanted something more elegant.
With ideas from Pinterest, however, Hiller decorated the cake to her liking.
Hiller, who works as a product designer for websites and is a wedding photographer, shared her cake hack on TikTok on Saturday and has received over 2 million views since.
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“Sam’s Club makes three-tiered cakes that feed about 75 people and costs a little less than $70; the price is fantastic,” she shared in the video.
Several brides have already shared their wedding cake ideas with her, she said.
Hiller told her followers to order a plain white layered cake and ditch the store’s decorations and frosted flowers. She said adding store-bought flowers from places like H-E-B or Trader Joe’s would beautify the wedding cake.
In the TikTok video, she said Sam’s Club does a poor job advertising their cakes, so many of their customers may not know that they can buy a three-tiered cake that you can turn into an elegant wedding cake.
One of the three-tiered wedding cakes Sam’s Club offers on their website.
Sam’s Club website
Hiller’s social media post caught the attention of Sam’s Club.
“Gonna look past the advertising and floral jabs because the cake tip is legit,” the store’s official TikTok account said in response to her video.
If you need to serve more than 75 people, Hiller said to purchase a normal white sheet cake and have the venue staff pre-cut it. The smaller decorated cake can serve as the “display.”