Post # 1
We’re getting married in GA, about 4 hours from where we live in NC. So, next month we’re taking our kiddos there for a week of swimming, hiking, horseback riding & visiting with FI’s family….
Anyway, while we’re there I booked cake tastings with two different bakers. Both were recommended by Future Mother-In-Law and by our dinner venue.
One baker says she will let you taste the 1st flavor for free, and after that it’s $20 per flavor because she bakes an actual 6 inch cake in that flavor & you get to keep the leftovers.
The second baker charges $25 for “two flavor combinations”, but then in her email said if we book with her the day of the tasting by paying 50% deposit, there is no tasting fees.
The thing is, both have a list of like 20 different flavors, plus fillings, icings, etc…. How are we supposed to choose just one or two flavors at each place to taste & then decide on? I’m thinking this could cost us a small fortune, just to figure out which person to use!
Also, Is it normal to be charged for tastings?
Post # 3
I was not charged anything for any of my tastings, that sounds odd to me.
Post # 4
I went to two different tastings, and I wasn’t charged at either. I had about 5 different cake options and 10 different frosting/filling options at each tasting. Only one place let me bring home the leftovers though.
Post # 5
Wow, I’ve never heard of anyone charging for a cake tasting before! I think that’s kind of crazy, to be honest. 🙁
Post # 6
Wow, that is hard… I don’t know how to choose, except to pick the ones you think you will like the most.
We didn’t have to pay for our tastings. We ended up only going to tastings for one baker, but they have open tastings for everyone and have 8 types of cakes and fillings available at each tasting. We probably wouldn’t have picked the flavors that we did if we didn’t taste them first. We went to tastings three times before we made our final decisions on which flavors to choose.
I think you should try to find some different bakers. If they are charging for tastings, they will probably be super expensive for the cake. If you aren’t on a strict budget, they might work for you, but if your budget is strict, I would explore other options.
Post # 7
Ours brought out a sample plate with 16 flavors at no charge. They were small slices, but plenty to tell what we liked. They even offered us free beverages during the tasting :-).
Post # 8
Gosh, I’ve never heard of paying for cake tastings before. We got 4 huge pieces from one place for free, and 10 small slices for tasting at the other. We were asked to pay for some of our catering tastings, and took that as a reason not to book with them.
If you are definitely interested in both vendors, i would make sure that if you book them, you get the amount of the tasting put towards the final cost of the cake. (IE you pay $25, you get $25 off the cake price) Good luck!
Post # 9
We did two tastings and din’t get charged for either. The first did two types of cake with about 5 diff fillings, the second did 4 sigle serve cakes.The second (one we booked) even offered us coffee to go with the cake and let us take the extras home.
Post # 10
I’ve never heard of having to pay for cake tastings! We were given two of each flavor they had (I think there were like 8 or 9 flavors) with a little buttercream icing on top.
Post # 11
thats steep – even here in DC they usually charge a flat fee of 20-25 per tasting with unlimited types of combos, you just have to tell them what you want….
Post # 12
Yikes! I knew it was steep to pay for the tastings, but if no one else has paid for tastings, then I really feel like we’re getting ripped off!!!
I’m wondering if I should just keep the tasting with the baker that doesn’t charge if you book with her? That way, we may be able to taste a larger variety & not have to pay.
But, what if we don’t like her cake? They we run the chance that we’ll have to pay a small fortune to her & still not have a cake. What to do? What to do?….
Post # 13
Living in NYC, everyone charges for a tasting… but if you go with that company, they usually put what you spent towards the bill.
Post # 14
@Miss Pizzelle, thanks for making me feel a little better. The bakers I’m looking to deal with will be mostly servicing Atlanta, GA, which I guess would be somewhat comparable to NYC. I’ve checked out a couple of other baker’s websites, but it’s still hit-or-miss, with some charging for tastings & others not charging at all.
Post # 15
I’m in metro Atlanta, and I didn’t have to pay for any tastings! That does seem kind of steep. Unfortunately I have no good advice 🙁
Post # 16
It seems pretty typical here in the NL to pay for tastings. I think I was quoted between 20-30 euro per tasting and it went to the price of the cake if you booked them.
The first and only baker that we went to (this was the only baker that specialized in buttercream frosting cakes) gave us a small platter with about 8 or 10 different cake/frosting options that are her most popular choices.
When I asked why so much for the tastings (and I asked a few other bakers), it’s because you have to make up cakes and batches of frosting especially for the tasting. You can’t really have things pre-made unless someone else had requested it for the day or they’re booked solid in tastings and can make a large batch to cover all of it. Makes sense to me.