Choosing your wedding cake maker can be surprisingly complicated – after all, creating a cake masterpiece to match a couple’s style, budget and tastes is harder than you’d think! This handy guide can help you pick the best wedding cake baker for you…
Be sure they match your style
These days, there are wedding cakes to match every couple’s style, from traditional tiers in royal icing to intricate sugar flower creations, and rustic naked cakes to modern drip designs in new flavours. When looking at your local wedding cake bakers, be sure to look through plenty of pictures on their portfolio, not just one or two, to be sure that they have experience making the kind of cake that will suit your wedding style. This is particularly important when it comes to complicated sugar work or custom designs!
Bear distance in mind
We generally recommend looking locally for your wedding cake, as transportation costs (and potential complications) can easily start to mount up the further afield you go. Wedding fairs are a great place to meet potential cake makers, especially if they’re taking place at your chosen wedding venue. This way you can see examples of their work, taste any samples, and chat to the baker in person in a low-pressure environment.
Check availability and reviews
Before you get your heart set on a certain baker, it’s always worth checking out two things: their availability and online reviews. Many bakers will have testimonials on their website, but it’s better to take a look at a more impartial source for reviews (such as Guides for Brides) to be sure that you’re getting the full picture.
Once you’re happy with your baker’s reviews, you’ll need to check their calendar or drop them a line to see if they’re available on your date before you start discussing prices and styles. We recommend choosing your baker around 6 months in advance, but if you’re marrying in peak season or on a weekend, you may want to start the search earlier than this, as good suppliers will get booked up quickly!
If you, the groom, or any of your guests have dietary requirements such as a gluten-free, nut-free, vegan or diabetic diet, then it’s worth making sure that this is a request that your chosen cake maker can accommodate early on. We recommend that you have a separate, clearly-labelled cake made up for guests with dietary requirements, rather than including a special tier or layer in your regular cake, to avoid cross-contamination.
Consultations and tastings
Before you book your wedding cake maker, you may want to visit them for a consultation or tasting. As exciting as this is, be sure you have the major details sorted (such as the venue, date, flowers and budget) before you visit your baker, as all these elements may affect your chosen style. Take inspirational images of cake styles you like, along with details of your flowers and colour scheme, with you on the day to help your supplier get an idea of what you’re looking for.
You may also get a chance to taste some cake flavours of your choosing. Some bakers will charge for this, but often the price is taken off your final cake order if you choose to go ahead with the supplier. Whether you get to try them on the day, or you’re given mini cakes to take away with you, we recommend you don’t go into it too hungry so you can be objective!