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Frequently Asked Questions
 
Cake Tastings

How much are cake tastings?  The fee for a cake tasting and consultation is $35. This covers the cost of the cakes and fillings we make fresh for you on the day of your tasting.  The fee is credited towards your order.

How far in advance should I schedule a tasting?  We suggest scheduling a tasting six months in advance of your wedding reception. We recommend scheduling even earlier for popular weekends like Labor Day and New Year’s Eve.

What days do you offer tastings?  Tastings are by appointment, Tuesday through Sunday.  Please keep in mind that weekend appointments are limited during the wedding season (May-October) because we are busy giving our full attention to wedding orders already placed.

How does the tasting work?  You will be able to taste a variety of our cake and filling flavors.  We will also spend time talking about the style of your wedding and your vision for the cake.  Please bring anything that might be helpful for design inspiration – your invitation, floral theme, bridesmaid dress colors, etc.  A proposal with your flavor selection and design specifications will be sent to you via email after your consultation.

The Cake

Can we have more than one flavor?  Yes! We do not charge extra for multiple flavors, so you may pick a few combinations of cake & filling, or you can keep it all one flavor. A few things to keep in mind is service of your cake. If you are setting out the cake for guests to help themselves, having multiple flavors can be a fun way to present dessert. If you are serving your cake as a course, keep in mind guests will not choose their flavor, the cake will be served as it is cut.

Do we need to have fondant?  It all depends on design. There are certain things that can be done only in fondant, and there are certain things that can only be done in buttercream. There are some designs that we can achieve in both formats. We use a very high quality and great tasting fondant that stays soft even after sitting out for a few hours at your reception. We do put a full layer of buttercream under our thinly rolled fondant, so you are not missing out on any of the delicious icing.

We want a naked or semi-naked cake, will you see the cake & filling?  This is a very popular trend right now, and a common question. We will put a dam of buttercream around each layer of filling so you will not see it on the outside of the cake. You will see the cake, so this is a good thing to note while you are deciding on flavors.

What tier do we cut into during the cake cutting ceremony?  Most couples will cut into the bottom tier since it will be the easiest to access. Think about what flavor of cake you would like to cut into & eat during the ceremony.

Can we save our top tier?  Absolutely. We have a few options for this tradition. The first option is to have your caterer save the actual top tier of your tiered cake, we will just need to factor in additional servings to your overall total to account for this. We will leave a box with the venue for taking the cake home. For the second option, we can send a 4” cake with the tiered cake to the venue. This will come already boxed and wrapped, ready for the freezer. The third option would be to give us a call before your 1st anniversary and we can make a fresh 4" tier for you.  

What size cake do we need?  The possibilities are endless.  On the backside of this card you will find some of our most popular tiered cake sizes and the number of servings they include. There are SO many options outside of these examples and we can talk through that during our follow-up consultation. We do offer sheet cakes in addition to our tiered cakes, this gives you the option to have all of your servings in the tiered cake, or to do a smaller tiered cake and supplement with sheet cakes.

We have 100 guests, do we really need 100 servings of cake?  It depends. If you are serving cake as part of a coursed dinner, you will need one slice per guest. If you are setting it out and having guests help themselves to cake, then we typically suggest servings for 70-80 percent of your guest count.

How big are the cake slices?  Wedding cakes are sliced banquet style – meaning the servings are different than you would provide when cutting a birthday cake at home.  We size our cakes to accommodate slices that are 1”W x 2”L x 3-5” H.  The height can vary depending on the design of your cake.

Can my cake be displayed outside?  Yes, your cake can be displayed outside but we don't recommend having the cake in direct sunlight or temperatures above 75 degrees.  We are not responsible for the condition of cake following set-up at an outdoor venue because outdoor conditions can be unpredictable (hot or cold temperatures, uneven ground, humidity, blowing wind, insects, etc.).

Can you accommodate food allergies?  We use peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, corn, eggs, and gluten in many of our recipes.  We cannot guarantee the elimination of cross-contamination because we use shared equipment in a single kitchen.

Ordering

How far in advance should I order my cake?  We are a small studio and only take a limited number of wedding orders each weekend to make sure each cake has the time and attention needed.  Therefore we recommend confirming your order 3-6 months in advance.  Some weekends are more popular and fill up early while some weekends are less popular and allow us to take last minute orders.  So don’t hesitate ask if your date is available.

Pricing & Payment

What is the price of your cakes?  Our tiered cakes start at $6 per serving for buttercream or $7 per serving for fondant.  Premium flavors and complex designs will increase the cost of your wedding cake.

Can you work within my budget?  Of course!  In fact, it's very helpful for us to know your budget in advance to ensure we keep our design recommendations within your budget.  We use a systematic and honest approach to pricing so you can be assured that we won't inflate the price of your design.

When is payment due?  An initial 50% deposit is required to secure your date.  The remaining balance is due two weeks prior to your wedding.

Is the deposit refundable?  If your order is canceled within two months of your scheduled event the deposit is not refundable.

Delivery

Do you deliver?  Yes, and we strongly recommend this. Delivery fees start at $50.00 within a 10 mile radius of our Chicago location. One of our cake designers will accompany the cake to the venue to set it up and make sure it is in perfect condition before leaving the site. Set up can include arranging flowers & stacking/finishing larger cakes.

When will the cake be delivered?  We work directly with your caterer or event planner to determine the best time to deliver your wedding cake.  That’s one less detail you need to worry about as your big day approaches!

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