"DO I NEED TO ORDER AHEAD OF TIME?"
Preferably - yes. I like to have three week's notice for all celebration cakes and six week's notice for wedding and corporate cakes. This gives me time to design, source and make any embellishments. However, please do enquire, just in case I have a slot available for you sooner.
"DO YOU CHARGE PER SLICE FOR A CAKE?"
No, I don't charge per slice for whole cakes; the amount you pay for a cake is calculated based on the ingredients and equipment used, such as cake boards and boxes etc., plus the time it takes me to make and decorate your cake. I do however charge per portion for cupcakes, cakes pops, biscuits and macarons. Please see my pricing page for details.
"CAN I COLLECT MY WEDDING CAKE?"
Yes, although I offer free setup of your cake at your venue to take the stress away, you can also collect it from my premises. If you do decide to collect, Fond of Cakes will not be held liable for any damage that is caused after leaving my premises. Please see my terms. For this reason and to help provide a seamless service, I do recommend that you allow us to deliver.
"DO YOU CATER FOR PEOPLE ON A BUDGET?"
Yes of course and it's important to me that you get the cake you want at a price that suits you. When ordering a cake, please tell me of the budget that you have in mind and I will work with you to meet your expectations. I will always be open and honest with you about price and can suggest money-saving ideas up front.
"HOW DO I PAY?"
I accept bank transfer or cash. Simply tell me how you wish to pay and I'll send you the details straight away.
"HOW LONG CAN I KEEP A CAKE IN THE FRIDGE?"
Freshly baked chocolate cake will keep well for about one week in the fridge when properly stored; when refrigerating, cover with foil or plastic wrap to prevent the cake from drying out. Please don't put cakes with sugar flowers and topper decorations in the fridge as these will degrade quickly and, once removed, will sweat.
"WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND IN TERMS OF THE USE OF FLOWERS - EDIBLE AND NON-EDIBLE?"
It really depends on what you intend to do with them after your celebration. By choosing sugar or cold porcelain flowers, you'll have part of your day to behold for years to come-perhaps for life if stored correctly. Should you decide on fresh flowers, these can look wonderful, although obviously won't last. So I would think about what your intended purpose is. Did you want a keepsake or are you okay to have flowers that look wonderful on the day, but don't last forever?
DO YOU MAKE TOPPERS FOR CAKES?
Yes, I make toppers out of sugar, edible wafer paper, cold porcelain and polymer clay.
"HOW DO I STORE MY TOPPER?"
You should keep your topper away from direct sunlight, at room temperature (no higher than 22 degrees Celsius); not in the fridge or in an air-tight container. A topper can be kept for many years if kept in good conditions. Placing it in a breathable box will greatly increase its life and avoid unwanted dust. In addition, keeping it in a dry environment will also prevent moisture building up on the surface.
"WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE THE WEDDING CONSULTATION?"
Firstly, it will help the design process if you have some idea of the type of theme you want. If wanting to match the design of your wedding invitations, we can definitely work from here. Minted is a useful site for this and there are others that you can search for. Next, pick up some inspirational wedding magazines or look on Pinterest and Instagram for a variety of ideas. Lastly, feel free to bring alone any fabric that you have picked up from your wedding dress designer.
If you're still struggling, I will work with you to find what you're looking for. Also, read my blog on How to plan your perfect wedding cake. This may help you and hopefully I will see you for your exciting, inspirational and informal consultation.