Questions To Ask The Cake Baker
Published: 06 Jul 2007 - in cakes
Selecting the right person to bake your wedding cake is very important to ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for in a wedding cake. Depending on who you choose to bake your wedding cake, you could considerably reduce the cost of your wedding cake too. Here are some questions to ask prospective wedding cake bakers, which will help you in making the right choice.
Ask for a Tasting: Ask the confectioner if they are willing to offer you a tasting before you order the wedding cake. Many bakers will let you taste the various frostings used for wedding cakes, and some will even go as far as making a small groom's cake for you to taste.
Ask about Custom Cakes: Find out if the baker can design a cake from your design or from a picture. Also ask if they charge any extra fee for such a service. These questions are important only if you want a custom designed wedding cake.
See the Portfolio: Ask the baker to show you a portfolio or pictures of wedding cakes that they have previously made. This will help you to determine if you like the baker's style and also give you an idea about their creativity.
Cake Preparation: Ask the baker when they will be baking and icing your cake. Although this is done days in advance, you still don't want your wedding cake to be baked more than 10 days prior to the wedding. The icing on the cake should be done no more than 2 days before the wedding, as this ensures the freshest of cakes.
Delivery and Set-up: Ask the confectioner if they only deliver the cake or do they even set it up. Caterers do not like the added responsibility of setting up wedding cakes that have not been ordered through them. Also inquire if there are any additional charges for setting up the cake.
Additional Charges: Ask the bakers if they are going to charge you any kind of deposit for items such as cake tops, pillars, or columns, which will have to be used and returned to them. Also inquire about costs if you fail to return the items in their proper condition.
Once you settle on a particular baker, put down everything in writing and have them confirm it so that there is no room for any confusion later on.