Working with a Baker
You and your baker have a special relationship. You both know that the wedding cake is often the centre of attention at most wedding receptions and you should both do your best to ensure that you are on the same page in terms of a
Begin by making appointments with different bakers and review their portfolios. Most bakers have photo albums full of pictures of cakes that they have designed. Not only do you want the cake to look good, but you want it to taste good as well. A good baker will have samples of cake, icings and fillings for you to try. Sample their work before making a decision. You may also want to visit several bakeries for tastings of their cake and then decide on the one you like the best.
What the Baker Needs from You...
After you have found the right baker, be prepared to provide the baker with what they need to know in order to serve you. This includes:
- The room décor, if you have pictures of the components you will be using provide copies to your baker.
- The ceiling height – This will determine how tall your cake can be if you are going to have multiple tiers.
- The general room temperature that the cake will be displayed in. This will help you and the baker determine if the cake will have to be refrigerated during the reception prior to serving. You will also need to let them know if the reception is outdoors as different icings may be required.
- The linen colours
- The wedding-party colours
- The floral scheme including flower types and colours
- The formality of your wedding
- The number of guests
- The names and phone numbers of the caterer, the florist, the wedding planner and the reception site manager.
- Very clear directions to the reception site
- The time the cake must be delivered and assembled by.
Be certain that if you are required to sign a contract, the contract spells out the arrangements exactly the way you want your cake including flavours, ingredients, decorations and the date and time of delivery. You should also ask if there are additional charges for pillars, cake stands, fountains and other decorations that are going to be used for the cake display. Some reception sites may also require that you pay a cake-cutting fee and you will need to be certain you know this fee beforehand.
Cake orders should be placed at least six to eight weeks before the reception. If you are using a popular baker during the popular wedding months, you may need to place your order several months in advance. If you are getting married on short notice, consult a bakery about your needs and many will be able to help you out.