Your baker should work with you to create a magnificent cake that matches your individual style, personality and wedding decor. When you go to visit a baker, there’s more to do besides just tasting cakes! You need to consider and discuss with your baker the following:
• Your style and preferences. Bring pictures of cakes that illustrate a particular style, element or decoration you like.
• Your budget.
• Is the cake going to be the only dessert served? You want to choose a cake or dessert that will compliment your menu.
Order your wedding cake as soon as possible or at least two to four months before your wedding. It’s always better to book your vendor as soon as possible and then finalize the details closer to your wedding date.
Questions to Ask Your Baker
• Flexibility in design choices – Will they “custom-make” your cake based on your individual preferences? Unless you want your baker to replicate a particular cake, all wedding cakes should be custom made.
• How the cake is made – Some bakers may use packaged cake mixes while some use all homemade ingredients. Either one of these should not be the issue. What you need to ask is “What is the source of your ingredients? Are your ingredients fresh or frozen?”
• Request pictures of their work – Take a look at their portfolio of cakes. Does it reflect good workmanship, a steady hand, and creativity? Do you like the baker’s style?
• Extra charges or deposits required for pillars, cake tops, or columns – If there are pillars or columns that are rented, ask how much the deposit is and about how and when those items need to be returned.
• Delivery and set up charges – If your baker is close by, there may not be an additional delivery charge. Some may charge $35-$60 for delivery. Usually, the set up charge is included in the price of the cake.
• Setting up the cake table – Talk to your baker about how you’d like the cake table to be set up. Usually, they will use fresh flowers and greenery to decorate the cake table. However, flowers should be used in moderation because you don’t want the flowers on the cake table to draw attention away from the cake.
• Price per serving – For a three-tiered cake, prices will start at $3.00 per slice. Depending on the type of cake, its ingredients, the design, etc. some cakes may be as high as $10.00 per slice. Also, the butter cream style is usually less expensive than the rolled fondant style.