Planning a wedding? Even during the age of COVID, where you’re limiting the amount of guests who can attend, a dream wedding can still be insanely expensive. In fact, according to the latest Real Weddings study from The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. was $33,900 in 2019. Yikes.

Surprisingly, one of the largest expenses when hosting a wedding is the price of your wedding cake. Yep, even a cake with just a couple tiers can still cost you upwards of $500!

Luckily, there are ways to cut down on the cost of cake and still have a gorgeous memorable dessert that you can serve at your wedding—and it’s all thanks to Laurie Shannon, aka The Icing Artist. Her cake decorating videos on her YouTube channel have gotten so much love, but a recent tutorial she posted has really sealed the deal.

In her latest video, Laurie shares her secret on turning a sheet cake you can find at the grocery store into the lavish looking wedding cake you’ve always envisioned for your special day.

“Wedding cakes are the most extravagant cakes there is,” she explained in the video. “[So] I thought, what is the least extravagant? And that’s a slab birthday cake at a grocery store. So can you take one and turn it into the other?”

She was certainly up for her own self-inflicted challenge. But even the pros can run into some trouble. After buying her sheet cakes and removing all of the frosting, she soon realized that the sizes were completely off from what she originally thought.

Yet still, even this kind of mishap is no match for the Icing Artist herself. By simply shrinking her tiers, she was able to move forward with her plan. Crisis averted!

From there, you will not believe your eyes with how Laurie is able to pull off this (at least, what we thought was an) impossible feat. When we say the final result is stunning, believe us: It’s immaculate! And to think, she spent just a mere $20 on misshapen grocery store cakes. (One of them even fell on the ground after she bought it!)

Don’t believe us? Check out her video on how she turned these sheet cakes into a’s dream wedding cake—and how you can do the same!

Wow! Isn’t this amazing? What do you think of making your wedding cake using this technique? Do you know anyone who’s done something like this before?