Post # 1
This weekend FI and I tasted cakes at a well known local bakery to do research for our wedding cake. It was so fun! The cakes were delicious, and I was surprised that it was all complimentary. We will probably go with them but do want to make an informed decision. Now I’ve found a few more bakeries to try, but because of the initial experience, I was surprised that some places do make you pay for the tasting.
I think we’ll end up with a classic cake flavor, but I wonder what unusual flavors people have had for their wedding cakes. Poppyseed was tasty and distinct, but kids and other picky eaters might not be fans.
What cake tasting experiences or observations have others had?
Post # 2
Not a baker, but if I was, I would charge for tasting for the very reasons you stated in your post. Ingredients to make a cake are expensive (especially quality ingredients) and who doesn’t love free cake? By charging a tasting fee they can weed out the looky-loos and cover the costs to make the cake. Most places will put tasting fee towards the cost of the cake if you decide to book with them anyways.
My favorite cake combos would be chai spiced white cake, filled with a vanilla mousse, white Bailey’s Irish cream cake, filled with a vanilla Bailey’s Irish Cream mousse. Or pretty much anything not chocolate, lol.
Post # 3
i have yet to encounter anyone that charges a cake tasting fee. there was one who required a fee to make the appointment and its refunded if you make the appointment. im glad they were all complimentary.
Post # 5
We had to pay for our tasting, but it was basically buying the cupcakes to taste. We booked them, so the amount we spent went towards the overall cost.
We had a strawberry champagne jumbo cupcake for cutting, and then did mini cupcakes for everyone else. We had raspberry french toast, Patron margarita and chocolate peanut butter.
Post # 6
We had two food tasting. The first one charged us a $5 per person for trying only like 3 cupcakes each. The cup cakes were so tiny. The lady didn’t even frosted the cupcakes instead she just put a big blob of frosting onto the cake. I’m not a big fan of frosting so it wasn’t really a pleasant experience. The second one gave us two actual cakes for free. Guess who we end up choosing to bake our cake? The second one. Her cakes not only look amazing but taste amazing as well. I can’t wait for our wedding day in July just so I can eat yummy cake. We are just doing french vanilla with fillings.
Post # 7
My FI and I had three different cake tastings. Two were complimentary and the third had a fee for the tasting. But as a PP said, quality ingredients cost money, and since we ended up choosing that baker the fee was deducted from our total.
The first tasting that we had was a commercial bakery. They had a sample box ready for people to taste that they keep in the freezer. They had 6 flavours in the box, so you didn’t get to choose any additional flavours. The cake was good, but you could definitely tell it was frozen.
The second baker provided cupcakes of the flavours that we chose (2 of each) to try. They were okay. We tried each one, but it was average cake and neither of us wanted to finish any of the cupcakes.
The third baker who we ended up choosing had tasting presentation. She asked us to pick two flavours to try and she picked the third flavour. Two were presented in cupcake form and the one was in the traditional wedding cake slice format. Even though we had to pay for the tasting with her, she had a great presentation, really listened to what we wanted with the cake and honestly had the best cakes of the three.
The flavours that we ended up picking were chocolate with raspberry filling, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.
Post # 8
We did not pay for our tasting. The baker had some cupcakes of sample flavors and we picked a flavor from there. We went with plain old vanilla because the baker’s vanilla cake was scrumptious. She told us that many couples choose special flavors and their cakes are barely touched, so vanilla was an excellent choice.
I would choose cheesecake or chocolate cake if I didn’t chose vanilla. However, my husband doesn’t like cheesecake and many family members do not like chocolate cake. I have to think of my loved ones too right?
Post # 9
We didn’t do a tasting but our cake is going to be tiramisu flavour with boiled icing. We wanted an interesting cake flavour and fi loves boiled icing so it is a must have.
Post # 10
craigslistgirl: It was easily my favourite part of planning! I would like to be a professional cake taster. I’m awesome at it. 😛
We tried 8 flavour combinations (complimentary) after paying our deposit. We also get free stuff each time we go in.
small tier – lemon sponge and vanilla buttercream
middle tier – apple spice cake with cinnamon buttercream
largest tier – marble sponge and chocolate buttercream
We figured of those 3 flavours people should like one. And the rule is that the bride MUST get apple/cinnamon. Because its ah-mazing.
Post # 11
We went to pretty much every bakery in the area. Only one made us pay, and it was quite a lot (like 80 bucks), so we decided to skip them (they are a well noted bakery, but they one time made my sister the most awful birthday cake, so they weren’t a huge contendor for us). For some reason bakeries had a hard time making what we wanted, which led us to SO many. I live out of state, so I did this with my mom when I flew in for a visit. It started off as really fun, but was exhausting in the end. All the bakeries offered us a huge piece of cake and they watched over us as we ate it. We felt terrible to not eat it all, but we got a super sugar high. I felt nauseous towards the end of the day… haha.
Post # 12
craigslistgirl: We went cake tasting this weekend! One place was $40 for a generous tasting (there were about 12 different cakes to try!) and the other place didn’t charge. I think we are going to end up going with the place that charged for the tasting because the cakes were much better and tasted better. It will be about $100 more to go with that bakery but I just feel like the cake is much better quality!
Post # 13
I highly recommend cake tastings and at more than one bakery if possible. I went to two and both were complimentary. The first one served six different slices that were previously frozen but tasted good. The second vendor presented cupcake versions that were baked the same morning and they were so much better. Pricing was comparable but the better bakery was much much better.
Until you can compare one vendor to another, it’s very hard to tell which one to choose.
Post # 14
Lapetitemaimai: I agree. We tried cakes at 3 places. The first one, which was the one I posted about, was the best and the one we chose. The second one wasn’t too bad, but the third one was not good at all in terms of cake quality and service despite being somewhat well known for their wedding cakes where we live.
Post # 15
Our tasting was free. We met up with our baker at a Starbucks and she brought us a variety of slices. They were all delicious, and since she’s a small business owner and we wanted to make things easier for us (no more scheduling/driving), we booked her immediately.
She’s making us a small cutting cake and 178 cupcakes: vanilla, chocolate caramel, carrot cake and red velvet. Classic flavors! The chocolate caramel is amazing!!