The cost of delivering and setting up a tiered naked wedding cake at your venue.

Bonjour lovelies,

A few couples have asked me how most cake designers calculate their delivery and set up costs. So I wanted to write this blog post to explain how it was being done. I hope you’l find it helpful.

I think naked cakes cannot just be dropped off at the venue, they need to be set up and decorated there and then, the main reason being the cake, being uniced will dry out if left out too long same applies to the fresh fruit and flowers we use for decoration. Secondly, it should be placed in its final spot and not moved about after set up.

As you can imagine, weekend or not, driving around London can be tricky (all that traffic and all those restrictions!) so it takes us approximately 3 hours to get to the venue, deliver and set up a naked cake. Obviously, it has to be reflected in the price.

So here is a recent one. Such fun!

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Cutting and placing the flowers on the cake.

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Placing the fruit and dusting with icing sugar.

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Placing the cute toppers (awww). So Mr French Made, what do you think?

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Adding the final touches. Tadaaaaaaa!

A bientôt!

Lau xxx

How much does a wedding cake cost? Your wedding cake and your budget

Bonjour! It has been a while. Too busy baking beautiful cakes for lovely couples this wedding season ;). Today, I would like to talk about how to choose your wedding cake according to your budget.

WeddingFirst, let’s not forget that wedding cakes are real artistic creations individually designed by your cake maker. It is bespoke and made to order to meet your personal requirements. Of course, the price is primarily determined by the cost of the ingredients and size of the cake but also the level of decoration required and the time spent on it.

Here are a few points you may find useful to understand how your cake is priced.

  • The choice of covering.

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You can usually choose between buttercream, cream cheese frosting, fresh cream, chocolate ganache, royal icing fondant icing, marzipan etc… Fondant icing and marzipan tend to be more expensive due to the original price and time spent one it.

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                                               Photo: Paola De Paola

Naked cakes should be cheaper as they require less work but it does depend of what decoration you wish to go for. Summer berries are quite costly, even more so in the winter!

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                                   Photo: Urban Bridesmaid Photography

  • The choice of decoration

The possibilities are (almost) endless, lace, ribbon, sugar flowers or figurines, fresh flowers or fruit. Again, price and time spent will determine your final quote.

  • The choice of structure and height.

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Photo: Paola De Paola

You may go for a single, 2/3/4 tiers etc…

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The height of each tier could be standard (approximately 3”), higher (4”) or double (6”). Obviously, The higher the more expensive as more ingredients used, time spent and materiel such as cake boards and dowels.

So ask yourself the question, do you want a tall cake to impress but not necessarily one that caters for all your guests?

Why not add fake, polystyrene tiers that will add to the height. These are cheaper than a real one.

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  • The choice of the shape.

Classical shapes are square or round but there are also other possibilities such as oval, heart-shaped but be aware that fancy shaped will add extra cost especially if it requires a special baking tin.

  • The cake topper

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                                             Cake topper: Genefy Playground

Sugar flowers or fresh ones. couple figurines, wooden initials. Try Etsy.com, they have a fantastic range of toppers. Personalised or not.

Voila. A bientot!

Lau xx