My wedding cake clients ask me a lot of questions. And I’m glad… it’s my job to answer them. About Wedding Cake Prices, Wedding Cake Details….But there are some things people assume because someone else told them that’s the way it is. Have a read of these to save you some time when booking your cake…
WEDDING CAKE IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BIRTHDAY CAKE
False. I calculate my costs by first taking how much I need to live, my ingredients, my time and my worth. If I make a three tier birthday cake or a three tier wedding cake with the same specification and delivery and set up, the cost will be exactly the same, regardless of the occasion. Fact!
YOUR CAKE NEEDS TO BE KEPT IN THE FRIDGE
Noooo!! What country do you live in? Most of the time, let’s be honest, the UK isn’t the warmest. Cakes with fondant icing never ever need to go in the fridge, for the record. And actually, some decorations can be ruined by the fridge. A buttercream cake will need to be put in the fridge while your cake maker is making it and if it is a particularly hot day, it’s best kept in the fridge until transporting where possible, but cakes don’t melt generally. The only thing to think about is not to leave a cake in direct sunlight or a particularly warm spot for a long day. But, please don’t ever store your finished cake in the fridge.
WEDDING CAKES COULD COLLAPSE WHILST BEING TRANSPORTED
Wedding cakes aren’t a joy to transport. I prefer to deliver cakes as individual tiers, or for really tall wedding cakes, a couple of tiers at a time, and then stack at venue where possible. When this isn’t possible, correctly stacked cakes won’t just collapse. For some reason, this never makes it less stressful on the day of delivery. I suppose it’s the worry of not being able to see that cake in the back of the car when you have to brake or turn quickly…don’t get me started on potholes! We have lots in Yorkshire! It’s the hand-made sugar elements of your wedding cake that are at the most risk…these babies are fragile, especially sugar flowers, and we have spent hours and hours lovingly creating these to adorn your special bespoke wedding cake. Luckily any wedding cake maker worth their salt will bring some extra ones along for the ride, together with an emergency repair kit to guarantee your wedding cake is as perfect as it was promised. City wedding cakes have an added stress when it comes to delivery… Parking isn’t fun or cheap and neither are parking tickets
YOU HAVE TO CUT THE CAKE JUST AFTER YOUR SPEECHES
You don’t HAVE to do anything! It’s your wedding! How full are you during the speeches usually? I remember the last wedding I went to, having to excuse myself and go to the loo because I Had stuffed my face so much I couldn’t keep my eyes open. So maybe it’s an idea to push that cake cutting back a bit, until everyone has come back to life after lunch. And it’s something to save for those evening guests too. Plus a great thing to serve to people once they’ve had a few drinks. What about an evening cake and cocktail hour? Or a fruit cake wedding cake to serve after hours with liquers and cigars? Maybe whilst they are enjoying a fireworks display or seeing you off on honeymoon.
IT’S CHEAPER TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING CAKE YOURSELF
Please don’t! For your bank balance, it may be. But let me tell you a story. I got into wedding cake making by deciding to make my own. I don’t regret it. But I wanted to do it properly. So I taught myself, invested in equipment, practiced at home, made complete disasters and learned the hard way. The fact is that when all your relatives have arrived from all over Yorkshire, Manchester or Cheshire, somewhere in the UK or anywhere in the world, to spend some time with you and you just feel like enjoying a glass of prosecco, you will be in the kitchen finishing your cake and worrying about transporting it to your venue. If you pay for a wedding cake and you give that responsibility to your cake maker, that’s one less thing to worry about on the big day. Plus, that way you can steer clear of any cake disasters!
YOU MUST HAVE FRUITCAKE AS THE BOTTOM TIER BECAUSE IT’S THE HEAVIEST
Fruitcake is heavier than sponge cake, yes this is true. But if your wedding cake maker knows how to stack a cake correctly, there will be no collapsing whatsoever, as the internal structure of the cake will do it’s work no matter what cake is on the top.
DESSERT TOWERS ARE CHEAPER THAN A STACKED CAKE
Stop right there! I’m afraid not. It depends on the amount of detail involved again. Some small desserts involve a lot more detail work than bigger cakes and can end up costing loads more! Especially Iced Miniature Cakes, that’s a whole other story! And stacked towers of cupcakes and miniatures take a long time to assemble and set-up at your Wedding Venue, often with a tight timescale with lots of guests milling around and other wedding suppliers doing their thing in a confined space, so no, definately a myth!
YOU HAVE TO USE THE CAKE STAND YOUR VENUE PROVIDES
Again, there are no rules- do what you want! A lot of venues offer a very traditional cake stand and knife. If you’ve chosen a super modern design for your wedding cake, this just wont work. It’s with asking your cake maker if they offer a stand that will compliment you cake as a part of their service. We always make a point of asking about the cake stand. We can offer a multitude of bespoke wedding cake stands that will set your wedding cake off perfectly and give it the all-important height required to deliver the luxury element to your Yorkshire, Manchester or Cheshire Wedding.
In addition to the above, we personally always include, design, delivery, set-up, staging, accessorising and everything else in-between. We’re here to make sure you get the Wedding Cake of Your Dreams!