Placing a custom cake order is very exciting! This week, we’ll offer tips to make the process as smooth as possible.
- Know your audience. If your event is primarily for adults, you can choose differently than if it is mixed ages or all children. Children may not appreciate your Dulce de leche, whipped cream torte with roasted pecans and a white chocolate glaze! Also, consider allergies to nuts and gluten-free considerations. Perhaps, consider a two-tiered cake with two, separate, distinct flavors…hmmmm…interesting thought!
- The size of your crowd. Ten? Fifty? Remember our cutting tips? Often slices are cut larger than “serving size”, which results in fewer available slices than anticipated. Also consider last minute RSVPs. Try to overestimate, and you won’t go wrong.
- The design. Consider both the theme of yourevent, as well as the color scheme of the decorations. Your beautifully designed cake should complement your celebration. Consider the size of the room, as well. You do not want your cake lost in the grand scheme of things! Be ready to discuss your ideas with your designer. Also, feel free to browse the web to provide examples of designs you like. Your cake designer will work with you to insure your cake blends with your style, décor and event.
- Plan ahead. Place your order well in advance. Once you place the order and your cake is in the bakery schedule, there will be plenty of time to plan design and decorations.
- Budget. Yes, I saved the best for last. Big dreams, grand ideas, lofty budgets! Custom cakes are a luxury item and prices are based on the amount of work and detail of the design. The price of a custom cake can cover a large price range and that is why it is important to have a target budget and be upfront about what you are looking to spend. Ask for photos and perhaps, drawings, with the elements you are considering. Once you have all of the information, remember what is important to you and what you realistically wish to spend. Once you receive your quote, you can add or remove design elements to fit your needs and budget.
- Manage stress. Planning any event can be stressful. Try to lessen your stress by planning ahead, knowing what you want and yet, being open to new and innovative ideas. Make a list and bring it with you when discussing your celebration. Insuring everyone is on the same page, will help make the planning less stressful and you will have time and energy to enjoy the excitement of planning your special celebration.