Flexibility in design choices
Will they “custom-make” your cake based on your individual preferences? This only matters if you have a custom design in mind. Some bakers only offer a few designs while other can look at picture and replicate the design.
Request pictures of their work
Take a look at their portfolio of cakes. Do you like what you see? Does it reflect good workmanship, a steady hand, and creativity? Do you like the baker’s style?
Extra charges or deposits required for pillars, cake tops, or columns
If there are pillars or columns that are rented, ask how much the deposit is and about how and when those items need to be returned. Sometimes if the baker is familiar with the reception site or caterer, they may pick up those items on their own. Sometimes it will be your responsibility to return them. If you’re heading off to your honeymoon, remember to designate someone to return these items to your baker while you’re gone.
Delivery and set up charges
Usually, the set up charge is included in the price of the cake and other times it’s not.
Setting up the cake table
Talk to your baker about how you’d like the cake table to be set up. Usually, they will use some fresh flowers and greenery to decorate the cake table.
Price per serving
For a three-tiered cake, prices average between $2.50 – $5.00 per slice. Price per serving varies based upon the intricacy of the design and flavour of the cake. Elaborate frosting decorations are time and labour intensive, which equals a higher price.
Using Fresh Flowers for Cake
If you’re using fresh flowers for the cake, will they be provided and already be in place or is the florist responsible? Situations have occurred where the bride had paid the florist to provide fresh flowers and decorate the wedding cake, but the baker did not want anyone else to decorate her cake. So, there was a bit of confusion between the two vendors, and the bride essentially paid “both” vendors to decorate the cake. On the flip side, some bakers will tell you that they will not provide the fresh flowers and must be provided by the florist. So, you just need to ask…