A wedding cake is an important icon in your day. And boy oh boy, there are lots of mouth watering flavors, options, and styles to choose from! Don’t be intimidated though, we have equipped you with the questions to ask your wedding cake bakery.
1. Bakeries are only able to fill a certain number of orders per weekend, so make sure and ask about dates and if they are available.
2. What flavors and fillings are available?
3. How far in advance do I need to place the cake order? How much is the deposit?
4. Ask if the bakers are available for a cake consultation.
5. Ask about how the bakery prices the cakes. Pricing can be based on sizes, flavors, per slice and design.
6. When is the full balance due?
7. How will the cake get to the reception site? and is there an extra charge for delivery?
8. Talk about the tradition of saving the top tier, and how they approach this.
9. Ask if the baker is supplying the cake stand, cake knife and server and if there are extra charges for these items.
10. Some brides prefer alternative and additional options like cupcakes. Ask your baker if they offer these services.
10. Also ask about the reputation of the bakery. Ask how long they have been in business, how many weddings they have done, and even references if needed!
In case you are cake-clueless, here are some key words that you should know before you meet your baker!
Buttercream is a delicious butter based (surprised?) frosting. It is sweet and rich and has a silky texture! But since it is made of butter, it has a tendency to melt in extreme heat so it is not recommended for outdoor summer weddings.
Fondant depending on the type of fondant, it can be rolled and draped over a cake or poured over a cake as a liquid. Fondant gives a cake a smooth, professional appearance, and keeps the cake moist longer.
Ganache is an incredibly rich heavy chocolate icing that can be poured over cake or used as a filling.
Marzipan is an almond and sugar paste used to ice cakes and can be sculpted into a variety of shapes for decorations. They are typically brightly colored and very sugary.
Piping is a technique used to create intricate patterns and shapes with buttercream icing from a pastry bag.