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A Piece of Cake For Your Custom Party

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Custom cakes can be a fun addition to any party, but there are a few things you should be aware of before approaching your local cake baker.

How much will it cost me?

Be prepared to spend. Custom cakes require a lot of time and skill, and you will have to pay for it. As bakers say, cheap cake isn’t good, and good cake isn’t cheap. Don’t use grocery store prices as a comparison! Grocery stores use flash frozen cake and frosting, whereas custom cakes are made fresh specifically for your order.

If you don’t have the money to afford your dream cake, ask what other options are available. Frequently, you’ll be able to find a variation that is within your budget.

Researching Cake Bakers

Always ask for credentials from a baker. All bakers should be working out of a registered kitchen, and should have the paperwork to back it up. These kitchens meet basic sanitation standards and are inspected by the local health agencies. If you have any concerns, feel free to ask to see the kitchen. If they refuse, don’t be afraid to walk out the door!

When browsing a baker’s Facebook page or website, be sure to ask which cakes were actually made by them. Many of us like to share and admire each other’s work, so some of what you might see not actually be that baker’s work! Be wary of any baker who will not show pictures of their past work.

Start your research early so that you can order early. It cannot be emphasized enough that ordering early will ensure that you get the cake that you want. Bakers make even simple cakes over a period of days because it takes time to allow cakes to settle properly and frostings to set. Generally, it’s better to order two weeks in advance at the very least. This will give your baker time to plan out the cake’s construction, prepare the frostings, and do the more intricate work involved in creating a gorgeous cake. A rushed baker will not create the best cake possible!

Don’t hesitate to ask for a taste test. You want to make sure you actually like the taste! Be sure to specify which flavors you’d like to try when you make the appointment, and specify how many people will be at the taste test.. Bakers want to make sure that you are getting fresh samples, and will need time to get everything prepared.

Tips for Meeting with Your Baker

  • If you have specific dietary or aesthetic requirements, be sure and specify them as soon as possible. This will help your baker create an accurate quote for you, and will cause much less aggravation in the long run!

 

  • It is very important that you be flexible in your concept. Bakers have experience in what is and is not possible in a cake, and are most familiar with their own abilities in terms of execution. Be willing to work with them and ask for their advice. Many times, their creativity will exceed the original concept!

 

  • Make sure you know which venue you will be using for your party before inquiring about a custom cake. Some venues requires that you use an affiliated baker, while others have specific requirements about who they allow to bring food to their location. Your baker will also need to know the venue and its layout so that they can design a cake that will showcase appropriately in its designated display area.

 

While custom cakes may not be for every party, National Party Stationery helps to complete your custom theme.  Our expansive number of invitations and thank yous in multiple themes will fit with the cake you choose to make your party one that will always be remembered. We fit your budget and your needs and look forward to being the icing on your custom cake.

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