How much notice is needed?
It's never too early to pencil in a date! Everything is made to order so a minimum of 7 days' notice is required, but it also depends what's already booked in. Just drop me a message or give me a ring to check availability and we can take it from there.
What flavours do you do?
My most popular flavours are
Vanilla sponge with seedless raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream
Dark chocolate sponge with dark chocolate buttercream
Lemon drizzle sponge with lemon curd and lemon buttercream
Try mixing and matching the sponges and fillings below to create your perfect combination!
Lemon drizzle (like lemon but with added lemon syrup drizzle)
Fillings (with or without buttercream):
Seedless raspberry jam
Salted caramel sauce
Buttercream (any flavour from the list below)
Coverings for buttercream cakes (and fillings for any cake):
Cookies & cream
*NEW* White chocolate ganache
Coverings for fondant cakes:
I use homemade white chocolate ganache to seal a sponge before the fondant covering. It creates a wonderfully smooth finish and a firmer foundation for decorating - and it also tastes amazing! The choice of fillings for your cake is as above.
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! My trusted Kenwood mixer is worth its weight in gold.
Occasionally, I may source a sponge from a top local bakery to allow me to focus on the design and finish of an order. This may be because of an unusually hectic week or if large dimensions are required (if the tin is too big for a home oven, the sides will dry out before the middle is cooked). The bakery supplies cake decorators nationwide and have an excellent reputation. If you have strong feelings either way, just let me know! My objective is always to achieve the best end result possible in look and taste.
How do I store my cake?
Keep it in its box at room temperature, away from sunny windows or radiators. It is 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. This must be mentioned at the time of ordering as it will affect the quote and availability. A full list of ingredients is available on request.
How do I pay?
Once we have more or less agreed on a design, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your cake in the diary. The design can still be tweaked after this, though, up to about two weeks before collection day (changes may incur additional costs if they require additional time or materials).
The balance is payable prior to collection and I will of course always send you a picture of your finished cake first!
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.