Questions

I am sorry but I am no longer taking any cake bookings.

The questions below are very useful however and they are all things you should consider or be asking your cake maker when you make a booking so I shall leave them on here for reference.

 

How much will my cake cost?

This is probably the question that is asked most of all, and the one that is the most difficult to answer.  The short answer is that there is no fixed cost or price range – it is different from cake to cake.  All of my cakes are unique, tailored to your design, size, ingredients, dietary requirements and complexity, time and skills required for the decoration.  The price reflects the combination of all of these things.  Modelled figures, handmade ornaments and flowers take time to make and therefore add to the cost of the cake.

If you are interested in a cake, please get in touch and we can have a chat.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a firm idea of the design – I can suggest several options based on a given theme for you to choose from.

Please do take the time to browse through some of my recent cake galleries.

When should I pay for my cake?

Please provide a 50% deposit for all cakes to secure your order. For celebration cakes and cupcakes the outstanding balance must be paid on delivery of the cake.  For Wedding cakes the balance must be paid 2 weeks before the Wedding.

How far in advance do I need to order my cake?

You may order your cake as early as you like.  At the moment I am very busy and finding that I am often fully booked for celebration cakes 3 or 4 weeks ahead. Some weekends seem to book up very quickly.  Wedding cakes should be ordered as far in advance as possible as I like to keep the week free to give my full attention to your cake. Fruit cakes should be ordered at least 8 weeks in advance.  It is sometimes possible to fit in a late cake order though so please do ask!

Where should I collect my cake from?

Cakes should be collected from my home on Forest Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7EE.
Please arrange a collection time with me in advance.

Can you deliver my cake?

Yes, I can deliver cakes and if you’d like I can set-up Wedding cakes or other tiered cakes at your venue. I do ask however that you arrange this at the time of booking.  I’m afraid I do have to charge a bit extra for delivery and my time to set things up.

What flavours are available?

I offer a wide range of flavours of cake.  Here are just a few:

  • Madeira cake with raspberry jam and vanilla butter cream (alternative jam flavours may be available on request)
  • Rich chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream or chocolate ganache
  • Lemon cake with lemon butter cream (made with fresh lemon) and lemon curd
  • Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing
  • Coffee cake with coffee butter cream
  • Rich fruit cake
  • Irish Cream cake with Irish Cream buttercream

Please ask if you have something specific in mind.

Cakes may be coated in marzipan, sugar paste, royal icing, chocolate paste or chocolate ganache and decorated as required.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Where possible I will try to cater for dietary requirements.  I have a lovely recipe for squidgy vegan chocolate cake and for a tasty gluten-free fruit cake.  The standard rich fruit cake recipe contains nuts although these may be omitted if requested at the time of booking.  None of the other cakes contain nuts but I can’t guarantee they are free of all traces of nuts.
I can provide a list of ingredients (including any food colouring used in the icing) with your cake if requested.
All cakes are suitable for vegetarians unless a specific design requires the use of gelatine.  If gelatine will be used this will be advised at the time of booking.
Each cake is baked to order with fresh, high-quality ingredients to ensure that it tastes as lovely as it looks.

How should I store my cake?

Cakes iced with sugar paste (also known as fondant or regal icing) should never be stored in a fridge – the icing will become sticky and the colours will run.  Cakes are airtight once they have been iced and will come in a box.  Please keep them in the box in a cool dry room until you are ready to serve them.

Cakes iced with chocolate should be stored in a fridge.

All cakes are baked fresh to order and do not contain any preservatives.  They should keep for up to 5 days if stored correctly.  Fruit cakes last considerably longer – at least 3 months if kept in a cool dry place.

How should I transport my cake?

Please transport your cake flat on the floor of an empty car boot and take care when driving over uneven surfaces.  If it isn’t possible to carry the cake in the car boot then the box should be placed on the floor of the vehicle, preferably behind the front seats. Please do not place the cake on a car seat as it is likely to fall off and may be damaged.

Is everything on my cake edible?

Where possible all items used to make and decorate the cake are edible and non-toxic.  There are occasions however where I may use some non-edible items.  Some examples are listed below:

  • I often need to use raw spaghetti in models in order to keep their shape. I may also use wire if there is a character on the cake who wears glasses.
  • I often use ribbons to decorate the cakes; these are non-edible.
  • All flowers and leaves are made of edible flower paste and dusted with edible dust; however, most flowers will contain non-edible stamens and will need to be wired and taped to ensure that they look realistic.  If flowers are inserted into a cake then a plastic flower pick would be used.  It is NOT recommended that flowers and leaves are eaten.
  • If you are having more than one tier of cake then I will need to use approximately 4 plastic dowels in each cake to support the tiers.
  • If you would like an ‘explosion’ coming out of your cake, sugar decorations will be fixed to wires which will then be placed into a plastic flower pick and inserted into the cake.

Details of any other non-edible items will be given on collection.

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