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Wedding Cake FAQs!

Wedding Cake FAQs!

Wedding season is coming, it’s right around the proverbial bend! If you are having a wedding this summer, this is the perfect time to talk about wedding cakes. Or if you’re planning for a later date, this is a good time to gather information so you’ll be ready!  Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

 

“How much does a wedding cake cost?”

Our Custom Tiered Cakes start at $6 per serving, but there are always several options for feeding a large group of folks.

For example, our Custom Tiered Cakes start at $6 per serving, with a 40 serving minimum. So if you are feeding 70 people with a tiered cake, your cost would start at $6 x 70 servings for an estimate of $420. But you could also order a smaller cake, perhaps to feed 40 ($6 x 40 = $240) and supplement with a small sheet cake (30 servings for $50), for a total of 70 servings for about $290.

We also have budget-friendly cakes (called Short & Sweet Cakes) that are smaller, easy to transport, and have simpler, pared-down options to keep them easily affordable.

There are lots of different options, so we suggest discussing your budget with one of our cake designers to figure out the best scenario for your event. You can also read more about the Custom Tiered Cakes and the Short & Sweet Cakes on our wedding cake page. 

 

“When should I book the date?”

We require a 50% non-refundable deposit for any of our wedding cakes. If your wedding is in peak season (June through September), we recommend putting the deposit down 2-3 months ahead of time for Custom Tiered Cakes, and at least 2 weeks ahead of time for the Short & Sweet Cakes.

 

“When should we have the cake set up?”

We usually set up our cakes about an hour before you cut into them, assuming they will be set up inside. This gives the cake a little time to come to room temperature, so it will be a little softer and more flavorful. If they sit out quite a bit longer, they can soften too much, making them a bit trickier to cut and plate properly. We do not recommend setting up any cakes outside in warmer temperatures. We are happy to discuss the optimal delivery and set up time with you at your consultation, or give us a call!

 

“Do we have to have fondant?”

Nope. We have an exceptionally smooth and satiny buttercream, and most of the designs you see with fondant finishes can be achieved with buttercream, which is usually less expensive and tastier. Please feel free to ask your wedding cake consultant about any designs you have in mind.

 

“I’ve heard about ordering fake cakes to keep the cost down, is this a thing?”

We actually don’t create fake cakes for any clients, and here’s why. The amount of labor it takes to create a fake cake is actually just the same (if not more), and that is the bulk of the cost of a wedding cake. We would have to charge the same amount for fake cakes as we would real cakes, so it’s best just to have your cake and be able to eat it too!

 

“Do you offer cake testing?”
We do offer consultations for Custom Tiered Cakes, which include a box of take-home cake samples with the purchase of the cake. We will create a custom-ordered box full of cakes and fillings for you to take home after your consultation, to enjoy at your leisure, and you get to choose the flavors. We require a $50 consultation fee, payable in advance, to book the consultation. We credit that $50 towards the final payment of your Custom Tiered Cake, so they become free after your deposit is received. Please call to schedule.

We do not offer consultations and cake samples for the Short & Sweet Cakes. However, you can order a sample box to pick up from our patisserie for $30. Please call to order at least 2 days in advance. Sample boxes are always pre-paid, and we can take a credit card over the phone when you place the order.

You are also welcome to come in and purchase slices of any of the cakes we have in our "slice case", that can be a fun way to try some of our favorite combinations without having to worry about placing a special order.

 

“I have a photo of the cake I like, can you do this design?”
We encourage you to send us images and ideas, and we’re happy to give you an estimate based on your photos. Please send any design questions to: q@sweetlifedesserts.com, and include your name, wedding date, number of servings needed, and any other pertinent information. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

We welcome any other questions you have! Please feel free to contact us at: q@sweetlifedesserts.com, thank you!