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WEDDING CAKE FAQ

“How much does a wedding cake cost?”

Our Custom Tiered Cakes start at $200 and go up from there. Custom Tiered Cakes are priced according the size of the cake and the complexity of the design.

The Short & Sweet Cakes start at $160 for a two-tiered, 25 serving cake, and $240 for a three-tiered cake to serve 50.

 

You could also opt for a single, extra-tall 6" tier (a beautifully proportioned tall and narrow cake) for a perfect cutting cake, and fill in with side cakes or cupcakes or other desserts. The 6" single tiers start at $55 and will feed about 10-12, with a simple finish. Custom designed single tier cakes start at $100.

There are lots of different options, so we suggest discussing your budget with one of our cake designers to figure out the best scenario for your event. You can also read more about the Custom Tiered Cakes, Short & Sweet Cakes, and single tiers on our wedding cakes page. 

"Do you deliver?"

We offer limited delivery for cakes, starting at $25 for within three miles, and they are contingent upon our schedule. Please call for more info. 

 

Our cakes are easy to pick up and transport as well, they are boxed securely and include instructions. You should keep them refrigerated until an hour or two before serving.

 

“When should I book the date?”

We require a 50% non-refundable deposit for any of our wedding cakes. If your wedding is in peak season (June through September), we recommend putting the deposit down 1-2 months ahead of time for Custom Tiered Cakes, and at least 2 weeks ahead of time for the Short & Sweet Cakes. We can get booked for some dates, so it's always recommended to book earlier rather than waiting.

 

“When do I have to pay off the balance?"

The balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event date for the Custom Tiered Cakes, and 1 week before the event date for the Short & Sweet Cakes. Single tiers may be paid upon pickup if they are under $75, otherwise the balance is due 1 week before pickup.

 

“When should we set up our cake?”

We usually recommend setting up our cakes about an hour or so before you cut into them, assuming they will be set up inside. This gives the cake a little time to come to room temperature, so it will be a little softer and more flavorful. If they sit out quite a bit longer, they can soften too much, not only risking the structural integrity, but it also makes them a bit trickier to cut and plate properly. We do not recommend setting up any cakes outside in warmer temperatures. We are happy to discuss the optimal delivery and set up time with you, please give us a call!

 

“Do you stay and cut the cake?"

No, we deliver the cake (and any other desserts), and leave the setting up and cutting to your caterer or reception site. We do not provide any plates or utensils, that will also fall to your caterer or reception site. We are happy to provide you with a cake cutting guide to help things go smoothly!

“Do we have to have fondant?”

Nope. We have an exceptionally smooth and satiny buttercream, and many of the designs you see with fondant finishes can be achieved with buttercream, which is usually less expensive and tastier. Please feel free to ask your wedding cake consultant about any designs you have in mind.

 

“I’ve heard about ordering fake cakes to keep the cost down,

is this a thing?”

We actually don’t create fake cakes for any clients, and here’s why: The amount of labor it takes to create a fake cake is actually just the same (if not more), and that is the bulk of the cost of a wedding cake. Re-using a fake cake causes dings and dents and other damage, and they simply don't look as nice as a real cake. We would have to charge the same amount for fake cakes as we would real cakes, so it’s best just to have your cake and be able to eat it too!

 

“Do you offer cake testing?”
We do offer Sample Boxes that you can order for $40. They come with four flavors that you choose from our Tiered Cake Flavors list. Please call to order at least 3 days in advance. Sample boxes are always pre-paid, and we can take a credit card over the phone when you place the order. (We do not credit this towards the purchase of a Short & Sweet or other order.)

You are also welcome to come in and purchase slices of any of the cakes we have in our "slice case", that can be a fun way to try some of our favorite combinations without having to worry about placing a special order. We also have lots of other goodies on hand (like brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and dozens of other choices) if you're thinking about doing desserts other than cake.

"Can we schedule a consultation?"

We do not offer consultations in person, but we are happy to answer any questions via email or phone!

 

“I have a photo of the cake I like, can you do this design?”
We encourage you to send us images and ideas, and we’re happy to give you an estimate based on your photos, and we can adjust the design as needed. Please send any design questions to: Q@sweetlifedesserts.com, and include your name, event date, number of servings needed, and any other pertinent information. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 2 business days.

 

We welcome any other questions you have!
Please feel free to contact us at: Q@sweetlifedesserts.com

Thank you!

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