How much notice is needed?
The question I'm most often asked! It simply depends what is already booked in the diary. As a very general rule, a fortnight is usually enough and a week is usually not, but some weeks book up quite far in advance. It's never to early to pencil in a date!
What flavours do you do?
Choose a sponge, a filling and a buttercream covering (fondant cakes still have a layer of buttercream underneath). The way it tastes is just as important as how it looks! If in doubt, you can't go wrong with a vanilla sponge, rasberry jam filling and vanilla buttercream covering for a traditional 'birthday cake' crowd-pleaser.
As for cakes, but often made without a filling because there's enough happening on the top!
Vanilla, chocolate and coffee work best with the chocolate/candy melt coatings.
If you can't see the flavour you'd like, just ask - I might be able to help.
1. Choose your sponge:
Chocolate & Guinness
Carrot (not suitable for fondant cakes)
2. Choose your filling:
Seedless raspberry jam
Salted caramel sauce
Buttercream (any flavour from the list below)
3. Choose your buttercream covering:
Fondant cakes still have a layer of buttercream underneath the fondant to smooth out the crumbs and to help keep the cake moist.
How is my cake made?
I bake regularly - this means that your cake will be fresh for a good few days after you collect it. I always use free range eggs in my cakes and real butter in my buttercream! Sometimes I also need a bit of help from a top local bakery, either for particularly large orders or to squeeze an extra one in to a busy week - their cakes are used by top decorators all over the country so being able to call on them gives me added flexibility without compromising on quality results. If you have a preference, though, just let me know when you're ordering - I won't be offended either way! The buttercream is always my homemade version, though ;)
How long will my cake last?
Fondant cakes: at their best for about the first three days after collection and still enjoyable for up to a week.
Buttercream cakes: at their best for the first couple of days after collection and still enjoyable after four.
Cupcakes: best eaten within 24 hours but still enjoyable for another day or two.
Cake pops: perfectly enjoyable for up to about 5 days after collection.
How do I store my cake?
Keep it in its box at room temperature, away from sunny windows or radiators. It's happy in a cool garage but not in the fridge.
What about allergies?
Lots of designs can be made to suit particular dietary requirements. I am unable to cater for severe allergies because a home kitchen cannot provide a sterile environment, but I am happy to work to 'free from' recipes separately to other orders. A full list of ingredients is available on request.
How do I pay?
Once we have settled on a design and you are happy to confirm your order, I will ask for a 50% deposit. This can be paid either by bank transfer, Paypal or cash in an envelope. The balance is payable prior to collection by any of the same means. I will of course always send you a picture of your finished cake first!
The deposit is non-refundable in most circumstances, because I will be purchasing materials specific to your order and turning down others if the diary is full. However, I understand that plans can change, and I will always try to accommodate a change of date or change of cake style if time allows. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you think there might be a problem.
When do I collect?
We will arrange a suitable time for you to collect your cake from my house in Gamston (NG2). I don't offer a delivery service as such, but I can sometimes help if you're stuck! Just ask.