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It pretty much goes without saying that every couple wants their cake to stand out and compliment their wedding style - even couples who feel that it’s just a cake, want it to look and taste good. So how can you make your wedding cake special? Where do you start?
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How long have you been in business?
I have been in business, baking and decorating cakes since 2013
Are you a registered business?
Yes. I am registered as a food business with the borough of Southwark since 2013 and have a level 5 Food Standards hygiene rating. I hold a Level 3 Food Safety and Hygiene certificate and have successfully completed a Food Allergy Awareness course.
How are your cakes priced?
There are many factors affecting the cost of our cakes, some of which include the cost of ingredients, delivery and the time taken and skill employed to make your bespoke cake look and taste amazing.
How far in advance do I need to order?
At least 1 month’s notice for celebration cakes and 3 month’s notice for wedding cakes. At times we may be able to accommodate orders at shorter notice depending on our schedule, so please contact us to discuss.
Do you offer cake tastings?
Cake tastings are conducted together with your Cake Consultation, which is booked by appointment for fully iced fondant cakes and buttercream iced cakes of 3 tiers or more and costs £30. They are not conducted for celebration cakes, naked or semi-naked cakes. However, you do have the option of ordering one of our delicious Cake Tasting boxes so that you can still sample our cakes and make sure that you are happy with your choice. Cake Tasting boxes cost £30
Can I have different flavours?
Yes. We offer a variety of different flavours to choose from on our menu, and any combination of these can be used for any one of your tiers.
Can I have fresh flowers on my cake?
You can definitely have fresh flowers on your cake. These can be sourced for you as long as they are food safe, or we can liaise with your florist to provide flowers at your venue on the day of your cake delivery and assemble everything on site.
Do you hire out cake stands and other equipment?
We do have some beautiful cake stands and cake knife sets available for hire. There is a hire fee + a refundable security deposit that is required in advance and at the time of booking. The security deposit is refunded to you in full upon safe return of the hired equipment, provided it has not suffered any damage.
How do I make payment?
Once you have decided on the cake you like, an invoice will be sent to you via email with details of your order and information on how to make payment. We accept payment via Paypal, cheque and bank transfer.
Do I need to put down a deposit?
All deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and are due within 7 days of receiving the deposit invoice.
Celebration cake orders require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total amount and wedding cake orders require a non-refundable deposit of £100.. All short notice orders must be paid in full on ordering.
What is the delivery process?
At the time of order, we will confirm the details of your delivery address.
Deliveries are free of charge for orders over £100 within a 10mile radius of our business and 50p per mile to your venue and back after that, with a minimum spend of £25. Distances are calculated using Google Maps.
Within a week or two of your delivery date, we will contact you and/ or the venue again to confirm all details including the time of delivery are correct. Your cake will be delivered and set up (if necessary) at your venue.
What is your refund/ cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deposits for celebration cakes and wedding cakes are non-refundable.
Wedding cake orders paid in full and cancelled with more than 28 days notice will be entitled to a partial refund of 50% of the total amount paid. If cancelled with less than 28 days before delivery date, a refund will not be issued
Celebration cake orders paid in full and cancelled with more than 7 days will be entitled to a partial refund of 50% of the total amount paid. If cancelled with less than 7 days before delivery/collection date, a refund will not be issued.
For more information on our refund and cancellation policy, please see our Terms and Conditions
How do I store my cake?
Buttercream cakes can be left out at room temperature if eaten within 3 days. It should be stored in a cake box or suitable container to keep it fresh. You can also put it in the fridge to prolong the life span, but ensure it is covered so that the cake does not dry out or absorb any odours from other food.
Fondant iced cakes do not do well in the fridge, because they tend to sweat and build up condensation on the surface, so they too can be left out at room temperature for up to 4 days stored in a cake box, suitable container or simply covered in foil.
If your cake contains any perishable ingredients such as fresh cream, fruit fillings, cream cheese, or any other ingredient that should be chilled, it must be kept in the fridge and eaten as soon as possible.
Can I freeze my cake?
Personally, we believe that cake should not hang around waiting to be eaten, but yes your cake can be frozen. Remove any loose decorations and ribbon from your cake and place in the freezer uncovered for about 4 hours or until completely frozen. Remove from the freezer and wrap securely with plastic wrap and a couple of layers of foil to prevent freezer burn.
Stored like this, a buttercream cake will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month and a fondant iced cake up to 3 months. A day before you are ready to serve, loosen the plastic wrap and foil and allow the cake to defrost in the fridge.
If you have any other questions, that have not been answered in this post, please do not hesitate to ask by dropping us an email or giving us a call.
There have been so many cake artists, bakers and sugar crafters that have inspired me over the years and motivated me to continue on my cake journey, always striving to be better and do better. I have managed to whittle it down to 5 of my inspirational cake artists and each one of them has their place for different reasons.
1. Think about your budget
Fondant iced cakes, elaborate designs and sugar flowers all look beautiful on a cake, but take note that any or all of these elements will no doubt increase the cost of your cake. Dummy cake tiers whilst a really good idea to add height and grandeur to your cake design, will not reduce costs by much. The reason for this is that the dummy tiers still have to be decorated in harmony with your cake design and will take as much time as it would to decorate a real cake. So it is more to do with the time taken to decorate rather than the cost of the cake itself.
2. Choose the flavours YOU like
It is so important to make sure that you are happy with the flavours of your cake because you want it to be enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons and not because one person loves fruit cake!
Choose the cake flavours that you like and not what everyone else wants. We offer Cake Tasting Boxes with 3 of our most popular flavours (with the option of additional flavours), so that if you loved every single flavour you tried, you could go ahead and have a flavour for each tier!
3. Consider your cake design AFTER you’ve made wedding style decisionsOnce you have decided on the main wedding style decisions such as the venue, wedding dress, colour scheme and flowers, then it is a good time to think about your cake design. This is because you can draw on each of these details to help decide on what sort of cake you’d like and feel would compliment your style.
In the end, it is your wedding and every decision you make should be one that will make you both happy. Whilst there is nothing wrong in wanting your guests to be happy too, it should not detract from what you want or be at the cost of your own happiness. When you look back on this special moment, you want it to be filled with pleasant memories you'll remember forever!
What I love most
I love making happy clients and seeing their faces light up when they see their hard earned cash and ideas transformed into cake. On the occasion where I am not present to see their reaction, their kind words more than make up for it. So many of my customers have expressed such heartfelt gratitude for my talent and hard work, that it has almost brought me to tears. I love reading their experiences and seeing the images they send through of their happy occasion. It’s just amazing and humbling to know that I was chosen to be a part of such a special time in their lives.
What I love least
The worst part of my job is delivering the cake. If I could click my heels and turn up at the venue, that would be perfect, but seriously, delivery is the worst part of my job as there are so many things that could go wrong. Driving in Central London can be a nightmare! If you’re not negotiating pot holes, you’re having to avoid random, crazy drivers. Either one can literally ruin a cake, so I make sure I take extra precautions during delivery like leaving early, using non-slip mats, protective packaging and transporting cake tiers separately to assemble onsite.
For the most part, I really enjoy what I do. I am so grateful for it, as there are not many who can say that they are doing a job that they love. Whilst there are aspects of my work that I love the least, it’s always worth the effort.
My inspiration for cake designs come from anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes they pop up when I least expect it and force me to scramble for the nearest pen and paper to jot it down. I love classic designs and vintage fashion...
The foundation of my business has always been built on the desire to make people happy with cake and whilst this is still true today, I felt the need to analyse and revisit what this really means for me as a cake artist and most importantly the impact it has on my customers.
As much as I love baking, when I do get some spare time I try to spend it with close friends and family. I enjoy spur of the moment road trips with my husband and two children to beautiful and interesting places in England especially when the weather is favourable. I think I am at my most happiest when the sun is shining, I’m eating great food and surrounded by my favourite people.
I was super excited but acutely aware of my inexperience, honoured yet determined to make the couple happy. What am I talking about? I am talking about my first ever commissioned wedding cake.
If 2020 has taught us anything it is to cherish and appreciate the ones we love, look after our health and wellbeing and practice more acts of kindness. In light of this, we think that in 2021, we will see two camps emerging from a Covid-filled 2020 that postponed many hopes and dreams.
"Baking and cake decorating is my passion, making happy customers is my goal." - Bianca