Choosing a wedding cake can be a big deal! Let’s face it, we’ve all had bad wedding cake at some point and no-one wants their cake to fall into that category. I promise you it doesn’t have to be that way! So how do you know what to choose? And more importantly, who to choose?
Read on for my top tips on choosing a great cake maker who will make you the cake of your dreams:-!
First things first…
Before reaching out to any cake makers you need to nail down the main details of your wedding. Have your date selected and venue(s) booked, have an rough idea of guest count and have your budget worked out. Cake prices vary depending on size and design complexity but also based on the skill and experience of the maker. They can range from $3-$15 or more per serving. You need to have your budget worked out so that you can approach the cake makers who fit into it.
Next ask around for personal recommendations and referrals.
Venues often have a preferred vendors list. Also ask your other vendors, photographers and planners are on the frontline of every wedding and see everything! When asking any venue or vendor for a referral, please also ask why they recommend them. Do they love the vendor’s work and professional work ethic or is it because they are getting a kick back? (It happens).
After you have some recommendations, it’s time to do some research.
Visit the cake maker’s website and check out their portfolio. This will give you an idea of their general style, but most importantly their skill level. You should also find information on their process, menu and basic pricing information. Like what you see? Head on over to Instagram and follow the those on your shortlist.
Check your cake maker is licensed and insured.
Many cake decorators work out of their home, without the proper health department licences/inspections. For liability reasons your venue will most likely insist on a licensed cake maker. This is often overlooked but it’s important to check. You don’t want an unlicensed vendor being turned away from the venue and taking your cake with them!
Once you have your list narrowed down to a few choices, it’s time to reach out to them.
Many have forms on their websites, or you can send an email. Often we are unable to answer the phone because we are either decorating someone else’s dream cake. Of course when making your short list, don’t forget to include us!
Now things get more fun!
You want to make sure their cakes taste as good as they look so it’s time for a tasting! If they got back to you and you liked what you read, go ahead and schedule a consultation and tasting. They may charge for the tasting, but often they will credit it back to you when you confirm an order.
Don’t expect to taste their entire menu at the tasting.
It’s a representative sample of their menu to give you an indication of the quality of their baking. If all cakes you tried were delicious, it’s a pretty safe bet that all their offerings are equally as good.
Make sure you are clear on all of their policies.
Delivery and set-up fees, amendment and cancellation policy. Can you rent a cake stand from them? If so, what is the return policy, etc etc.
At this point you should (hopefully) be feeling pretty confident about your choice.
|You have received recommendations, made sure they have the appropriate licenses, checked out their portfolio and have a feel for their overall style and the quality of their work, you have sampled their baking, had a chat about design concepts and have an idea of what the cake will cost you (they won’t be able to give you a exact quote until the design is finalized). Hopefully all your boxes have been checked and you are now ready to pay them a deposit. Most reputable bakers get booked up 6 months in advance, even longer during the peak season, so once you have found someone who is a good fit, lock that cake maker in.|
Hopefully you found this information helpful and you are now feeling empowered to start your Wedding Cake shopping. I look forward to hearing all about your wedding plans and hope to have the opportunity to design and bake you The Quintessential Cake.
Photos: Alexandra Lee Photography