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Custom Cakes and Cupcakes

We're here to make dessert dreams come true for everyone, with any budget. Our most common request is for custom cakes, which can be tough to navigate if you're new to the bakery scene. To help you figure out what to ask for, we've come up with a guide: 

 

Step 1: Figure out how big the cake should be

Our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs. A 6" standard cake may not look that big, but it actually feeds between 8 and 10 people! Here are some handy graphics from Iced Gems that show the number of servings per cake size, both round and square:

 

Square Cake Portions Square Cake Portions

 

Step 2: Buttercream or fondant?

Most wedding, high-end, and character cakes are covered in fondant. It's what you see most often on cake decorating competition shows. It gives the cake decorator a lot more flexibility and creative license to create amazing pieces. Fondant tastes similar to marshmallows and requires a great deal of skill to work with, as it is quite delicate and finicky. 

Buttercream is what most cakes are covered with. Basically, it's just a fancy name for standard frosting! You can still create some amazing patterns with buttercream, but you won't be able to make distinct shapes with it. 

 

Step 3: Get creative and personal

Once you know the size of the cake and which medium the cake decorator will be working with, you can decide what kinds of decorations you'd like to add to make your design come to life! Please keep in mind that the more complicated the design, the longer it will take to create. 

 

Timing

Simple cakes, i.e. basic buttercream cakes without a great deal of decoration, can be made with a minimum of 2 days' notice. More advanced cakes will require a minimum of 1 week's notice, and anything involving multiple tiers will require a minimum of 2 weeks' notice. 

 

Pricing

Due to the many varieties of cakes, pricing is hard to generalize. We calculate prices based on the value of the ingredients/materials that go into making the cake and the amount of time it will take us to make it. 

For the given sizes of cakes available, here are our starting prices:

4" 2-layer .......................................... $25.00

6" 2-layer .......................................... $33.50

6" 3-layer .......................................... $40.00

8" 2-layer .......................................... $45.00

8" 3-layer .......................................... $65.00

10" 2-layer ........................................ $70.00

10" 3-layer ........................................ $98.50

12" 2-layer ........................................ $95.00

12" 3-layer ....................................... $115.00

 

Let's Talk!

Every custom work project comes with a FREE 15-minute phone consultation, quote, and confirmation. In order to use this time most effectively, please come prepared with the size of cake or number of cupcakes you would like, some reference photos (Pinterest will be your best friend!), and the date that you'll be picking up your treats. 

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