It’s highly unlikely you will ever spend as much on a cake in your life as you will on your wedding cake. For that reason, it’s crucial that you get the very best for your money. Make sure you’re getting the best deal and the best cake you can buy by asking your baker a lot of questions. Don’t worry about seeming too inquisitive, you can never ask enough questions when you’re spending hundreds of dollars, and a good baker will have no trouble complying with your requests.
Ask whether they offer any cake testing services. A cake tasting is the best way to determine what flavors you want, as well as giving you a chance to see the quality of cake the baker provides. Be worried if they won’t let you sample anything! A decent baker should understand the importance of ‘try before you buy’.
If you have your heart set on a particular cake you’ve seen in a magazine, ask your baker if they’d be able to recreate it. They may not, but they may be able to customize a cake to make it look similar, or incorporate certain aspects of the design.
Make sure you see a portfolio of cakes that the baker has previously created. You can learn a lot about the baker’s style and see how creative they are when it comes to wedding cakes.
Inquire about when the cake will be made. It should be made with enough time to correct any mistakes, but the sponge shouldn’t be made more than ten days before the wedding. The icing should be made about two days before, to ensure it is as fresh as possible.
Ask if they offer a delivery and set-up service, and how much extra this will cost. If they have a professional service, it may be safer to trust them with the delivery of your cake to the venue, rather than attempt to transport it yourself. Your caterer may not be willing to take on the set-up of your cake if you haven’t ordered it through them, so take advantage of the baker’s offer.
Find out if there are any additional charges, such as pillars, cake toppers or a baseboard. These may be waived if you provide your own, so it may work out cheaper to do that. If you use the baker’s items, you may have to return them. Check if there are any extra charges in case of damage, or if it’s a returnable deposit which you could get back if you take the items back as you received them.
Once you’ve decided on a baker and negotiated these points with them, it’s a good idea to get it in writing and have your baker confirm what’s written by signing it. This will help if you encounter any difficulties later on.