THE BEST CAKE
For the best party!
A cake made just for you
I love to create cake (and cookie and cupcake...) designs that are customized to you and your event. If you wish, part of the design process includes a sketch of the planned cake. This is a great way for us to communicate with each other about what to expect and to decide on the details. Sometimes one quick sketch is all it takes, sometimes there is more than one drawing. If you prefer to have me design the cake with general instructions from you so you don't have to worry about the details, we can do that too.
Inspirations for your cake can come from a dress, a theme, plates and napkins, a piece of jewelry, a book, a place, a profession or hobby, a piece of art, a color, or some other favorite thing(s). You can also share your event invitation with me, that's often inspiring. If you've seen pictures of cakes and want to show me what you like, that can be helpful in catching your vision. (I prefer not to duplicate cakes exactly, tell me your favorite elements.)
How much or how little
How many people would you like to serve? Does your crowd generally eat dessert, or will some choose to pass? Consider if you'd like some for yourself for later or to have the cake devoured. If this is an open-house style event, do you want to show off the cake for most of the event and save it for a few, or cut it early and share it with all?
The size of a serving of cake is a 1"x2" piece. It is fairly petite, and since I mostly make my cakes tall (4 layers of cake and 3 layers of filling) most people find it to be just the right size, especially if other desserts are being served. You can certainly order a cake that serves more or less depending on if you'd like larger or smaller slices.
Here is a chart showing how many servings each size and shape of cake would provide. You can choose a single-tier (not stacked) cake or play around with combinations of sizes for a multi-tiered (stacked) cake to get your ideal number of servings. Or let the design of the cake ultimately dictate how big or small it ends up.
So very delicious
What good is a beautiful cake if it isn't delicious? The way it delights your taste buds is as important as how it delights your eyes. That's why I make my cakes from scratch, bake them fresh, layer them with delectable fillings and cover them with yummy frostings.
Perhaps you have a favorite cake flavor and know just what you want already. Perhaps you saw my cake menu and so many choices sound so delicious (I know, it happens a lot) that you can't decide. I am working on a way to be able to make cake-tastings something I can offer regularly. Right now my descriptions are how to "taste" my flavors before you get your cake. All my cakes are very tasty. (If I may say so myself. Sometimes I just have to sneak a little here and there.) Some people have even said I bake love right into them. ❤ You can order a bigger cake with more than one flavor.
Show it off
If you're going to order a custom cake, why not show it off on a cake stand that will help it rise above the table? I have a varied collection of cake stands that you can choose from and rent from me. (Cake stands are a bit of a weakness for me, I think they can be be a thing of beauty all their own.)
Renting a cake stand is just $12. I do ask for a separate $30 deposit that you will get back when you return the stand to me in good condition. You don't even have to order a cake to put on the cake stand! If you need a few extras for your event, I'm happy to arrange that with you.
If you choose to use your own cake stand or a special platter, you can bring it to me ahead of time and I can build the cake on it for you. (The size of the cake and the size of what it is displayed on need to coordinate.) If you prefer not to use a cake stand or platter, I'll create a cake board to compliment the cake that you can dispose of.
How much notice I need
Delivery or pickup
Cutting and serving
The design complexity of your cake is a factor in how much notice I ideally need to make your wish come true. My schedule also gets booked quickly, so the sooner you contact me the better.
6 weeks or longer is a good amount of time for me to really plan for and make your cake (or cupcakes or cookies), especially if I need to order special ingredients, specialty tools or other supplies for your cake, or to try new recipes or techniques if needed, or prepare various aspects of the cake ahead of time (such as hand-sculpted sugar flowers, or making fondant). I can generally accept cake orders 4 weeks in advance, and I prefer more than 2 weeks notice. (I do ask for payment in full 2 weeks before the event.) In some short notice cases I may need to simplify the design. I will probably not be able to accept orders that are 1 week or less away, though you can inquire.
How much time does it take me to make a cake? I get that question a lot. The answer is, it depends. Different cake flavors and fillings and icings take different amounts of time to make. The bigger the cake and especially the more tiers, the more time the cake takes. The shape of the cake makes a difference in how much time it takes to frost, and if the cake is sculpted into a 3D or other custom shape, that certainly takes more time. The finish on the cake may require more or less time depending on the overall feel of the cake. The custom design work certainly varies in the time it takes to make. Hand-painted images, or hand-sculpted figures, or hand-sculpted sugar flowers take more time than piped flowers or cutouts for example. A cake may take several hours, or it may take several days - not counting the preparation ahead of time.
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How much it will cost
What people are saying
This is often the toughest question to answer. So many factors go into the price of a cake and other confections. The amount of time, skill, and special ingredients play a part in determining how much a cake costs. Hand-sculpted sugar flowers are going to cost more than piped buttercream flowers for example. Piped flowers can be fairly quick to make, whereas sculpted flowers can take significantly more time and skill. A specialty carved cake will cost more than a basic cake shape. When we design your cake I will need to figure a price and give you a quote. Sometimes I can give a price fairly quickly, other times I need to work out the details first.
Here's how to get a basic idea of what your cake will cost. I start by charging $3 a serving for cakes, cupcakes (mini are $1.50) and cookies. Then, depending on the design and decorations the price goes up from there. So, to figure out the base (starting) price of a basic cake, check out my serving size chart above and multiply the servings of the cake by $3. Add in my marshmallow fondant for 25¢ a serving.
For example, if you would like to order an 8" round cake that serves 24, multiply $3 by 24 and you'll find that size cake starts at $72. Fondant is 25¢ a serving, so it's $6 (25¢x24) to perfect that 8" round with my marshmallow fondant, to bring the cake to $78. Then the design comes in to play. If you'd like special custom decorations (most people do when they order a custom cake!) the cost of that will be added to the $78 base price. On average these come out to be somewhere around $30. In this example your custom designed, baked fresh from scratch, showcase of a cake would be $108. You can choose to show off your cake on a cake stand and rent one from me for $12.
I do have a minimum order amount of $60. Baking and making frosting and work goes into making edible art, whether I'm making something big or something small. If your small order works out to be less than that, I'll round up to $60. Thank you for your understanding.
When and how to pay
I ask for a non-refundable deposit of half the total order amount at the time the order is placed. The other half is due 2 weeks before the event. (Of course you can pay in full when you place the order, half is non-refundable.)
I accept cash, CashApp, Paypal, credit/debit cards (via Paypal invoice (by email) or in person) and checks.
LET'S DO THIS!
So excited to get started
The best way to order a cake or confections is to contact me! Here are some options:
I usually need a little time to work up a quote for you, and so I may not be able to do that right away on the phone.