It takes a surprising amount of time to create a cake, from picking the design, to making the cake, decorating it, and delivering it. Not to mention all of the things that need to happen to run a professional business and kitchen – buy ingredients, wash up, buy equipment, manage accounts, pay for a website.
The easiest way for me to still create fairly priced luxury cakes is to keep it simple. I’m not here to convince you to spend more than you want to, I’m here to help you design the best cake I can for the budget you have. So we’ll start with your budget and a rough idea of what you’re looking for (cake, cupcakes, treats) and explore the options. For cupcakes and treats, I have a minimum order value of £55, and for cakes, it’s a minimum of £125.
For cupcakes and treats, £55 will usually mean 2 or 3 different items, like 2 boxes of 12 standard cupcakes, or a box of 12 standard cupcakes + a box marshmallows, or a box of 12 mini cupcakes + a box of cookies + a box of meringues.
For a cake, £125 is around the average price for a simply decorated semi-naked cake to serve 25 people. It will be filled/covered with an indulgent swiss meringue buttercream and topped with fresh fruit and/or dried edible flower petals. For a more extravagant semi-naked cake, with a torched meringue top, fresh flowers, fruit, fruit compotes etc., the price will be closer to £145. Chocolate ganache cakes start from £135 and fondant cakes start from £160.
I don’t charge differently for wedding cakes, so if you’d like some more detail on pricing, especially for tiered cakes to serve 50+ people, the pricing information on my wedding cake page will be really helpful. For all cakes, delivery will start to increase the price quite quickly, however, delivery to postcodes in GU14 and GU15 are my lowest at £0-10.
I don’t charge extra for different flavours, so it’s a really simple process to order – you contact me via the enquiry form, let me know some details (like date, delivery location, cake/cupcakes, # servings and budget), and any other notes like the flavour and decorations you’d like. I’ll then reply to you letting you know what’s possible with your budget and other details. I often give you a couple of options too. If you’re happy, you’ll confirm any other details and let me know which option(s) you liked, and I’ll draft up a formal cake specification for you. This is the same as all of my wedding couples receive, so it’s a very professional and thorough document. It will show you your cake design, your celebration details like date and delivery location, size/servings/flavour of your cake, and let you know when payments are due and how to pay. As soon as you’ve paid your initial deposit, your cake is fully confirmed in the diary!