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What Questions You Should Ask Cake Designers + Bakers

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We all agree, your wedding cake should taste goodlook good and turn heads at the same time, not forgetting your dress. So, to make sure you have all three and nothing less, make sure you work with a baker/designer who is able to capture the essence of your personalities, tastes, and styles in your cake. You want your guests to remember everything about your wedding, cake included, long after your wedding day.
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Remember, you can take your time booking the cake, even waiting until the final months before your wedding date. So, don't rush into ordering your cake until you are sure about everything, from your style to the designer/baker. Below, we have curated a few questions that will help you to get started. 

The 10 Questions to Ask Cake Designers & Bakers

  1. Will the designer create a custom cake, or are there specific styles to choose from? Look at photos and actual cakes, if possible. (Bring pictures if you have a custom cake style in mind)
  2. What ingredients are used - fresh or puree, Italian buttercream, farm-fresh butter, kosher? (This may or may not be crucial to you, but the better the ingredients, the better a cake will taste! It could also cost more.) Ask for a list of cake flavors and fillings.
  3. How far in advance are cakes prepared? (The closer to your wedding date the better.)
  4. Is there a baker and a designer, or does one person do the entire cake, from batter to sugar flowers? How many people work with the designer? (You’ll get an idea of the time it takes the shop to put out a cake. Whether it’s a single person or a team of people, however, should have no bearing on quality.)
  5. How many wedding cakes does the shop do a weekend? (This will also tell you how many time the shop puts into each cake)
  6. If you want to garnish your cake with fresh flowers, will the cake designer work with your florist, or are you responsible for procuring the blooms?
  7. Are cakes priced by the slice or by the cake? Are different flavors or filings priced differently? Will there be extra labor costs if the cake is one of a kind or complex? (Ask for a price list.)
  8. Does the price include the top cake tier, or is it extra?
  9. Is the baker licensed by the state health department? (Very important)
  10. Does she or he deliver? How much does it cost? (If the cake is large, delicate, or complicated, the extra cost is worth it.)
Related: (previous post) 9 Cake Designs That We are Loving

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