How much advance notice do you need for a cake order?
I ask for confirmed cake orders 14 days before your event date. This is for a few reasons: so that I have time to gather the needed ingredients, make arrangements for your decorations, and to be fair to other clients. I do not have cakes “ready to go” and I cannot make a cake overnight, cakes don’t work that way. Even your grandma needs time for the cake to cool before its iced. Sometimes I can take an order last minute if the stars align, so please ask, but be aware that it may not be possible.
Is there an order minimum?
Yes, the minimum cake order is $75. This is the price of a basic half sheet cake. Most cake orders are more than $75. It is not prudent for me to do orders that only serve 8-10 people, unless your desired cake design requires such a cost. Contact me to see about your cake pricing.
What are your cake prices?
The pricing listed on the Pricing Tab is a general range so that you may get an idea of what your desired cake would cost. Each cake order is a custom design specifically for each client, which is why pricing is customized for each cake. In general, most specialty cakes start at $75, and wedding cakes start at $3.00/serving for buttercream and $3.50/serving for fondant, with a final price quoted once a cake consultation is completed.
Pricing example: The smallest 2-tier cake is a 6” and 8” round (32 servings). Please see pictures in my galleries. With some decorating and fondant work the total cost would be approximately $125 (or about $4.00/serving). I hope this helps you gauge your pricing.
I have a tight budget for my wedding cake, can you help?
Of course! The order minimum is still $75 for wedding cakes. We service any and all wedding cake order sizes. Do not be bashful if you don’t want an elaborate cake or cannot spend a large amount. I don’t mind. We will work together to get to a design that meets your taste and budget for your special day.
Can you do my wedding cake, while I save money on store-bought sheet cakes to feed my guests?
Unfortunately, no. This is just not fair to everyone involved. That’s like one caterer providing the chicken entrée and another providing the fish entrée for your buffet line. When sheet cakes, cupcakes, or additional cake items are needed to meet the buyer’s needed cake servings, the buyer agrees to purchase these items from The Cake Baker. This is requested in fairness to the guests at your event. This way, whether a guest receives a slice of wedding cake or sheet cake at your event, the same cake products are provided by one vendor. Either way, getting sheet cakes to serve your guests will still save you money over a larger wedding cake, so you still get the benefit.
What do I need to know before booking a Wedding Cake consultation?
Once you have a good idea of your expected guest list, your event date, and a few pictures or ideas of what cake design you are looking for, it’s time to book your cake consultation. Don’t worry, we will cover all the other details that will go into your cake to create a specific design just for you during your consultation.
What can I expect during a cake consultation?
Most specialty cake consultations can simply be done over the phone. We will discuss your cake servings, flavors, and final cake design. Wedding cake consultations should be done in-person unless the bride is out of town and the desired cake design is simple. Wedding cake consultations take about 45 minutes long as we will discuss many details about your cake including design, icing, cake flavor, estimating cake servings, set-up, delivery, other arrangements and payment.
What do I provide for my wedding cake?
The bride and groom always provide the topper for their wedding cake, unless it is edible and will be made out of fondant. You may choose to provide your own cake stand if you like. You can also rent one of my cake stands or cupcake towers. We will discuss your needs when confirming your cake order.
I want to order a cake but I’m not set on a design, can you help?
Check out my cake galleries and let me know what your design thoughts are. If we’re stuck, we can always employ Google or Pinterest for help! Do some searching and see what sparks your interest. Email or text me your photos and I can give a rough quote. Also, keep in mind that nothing has to be replicated exactly. We can add, take away, or change anything you’d like. One way or another, we’ll find something that suits your fancy.
Do I have to get Fondant on my cake?
Not necessarily. Even if you find a picture of a cake that is done in fondant, I can likely do the cake in buttercream too. However, some designs simply cannot be done without fondant, but keep these two things in mind. First, my fondant is homemade and made out of marshmallows. It does not taste like the super sugary versions you’ve probably had from other stores or bakeries. Second, there is always a layer of buttercream under the fondant and the fondant can be easily removed when the cake is being served if desired.
Can you do whipped icing?
Unfortunately, no. Whipped icing is a manufactured product, which is why you can find tubs of buttercream icing in stores, but not a truly whipped product. Whipped icing is not advantageous to decorate with either. I make my buttercream homemade with powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla and most people enjoy that it has plenty of flavor and texture without being super sweet.
Do you make smash cakes?
Yes, I can make a smash cake, however, it cannot be the only item in your order. Small smash cakes are time consuming to make, which is why they need to accompany another cake for your event. The only exception is if you are willing to pay the higher cost of ordering only a smash cake. On average, an elaborate smash cake would cost $50.
What forms of payment do you take?
I prefer cash, Paypal, or Venmo. I can also take credit card with a surcharge.
Do you deliver and set-up the cake?
Yes, there is a $40 delivery charge to any client in the local (20 mile) area. Set-up is included in the delivery.
Do you make gluten-free or peanut-free cakes?
Although it is possible, it is not guaranteed. Baking ingredients are manufactured in different facilities and sometimes are exposed to allergens. Although many manufacturing companies follow FDA’s encouragement to mark “May Contains” allergens, it is not a requirement. That is the reason why it is not guaranteed. However, I will do my best to provide a gluten-free, allergen-free cake, if requested. There is an additional charge for this request. NOTE: sugar-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, or vegan cakes are not offered.