Post # 1
I contacted about 5 bakers in the area, and one of them wrote back saying that bridal tastings are $25 and they include 3 samples for 2 people, and a consultation. What? I have to pay!? Or I could purchase a cake piece for $4.00 each. Do all bakers charge?
Post # 3
Our bakery the first 3 flavors were free, then anything after that we had to pay for but we had huge pieces (edible Incredibles in Reston Town Center, Reston, VA)
Post # 4
I did not but yes it’s more common than you think. I kinda think it’s ridiculous. If I had to pay for a cake tasting I moved on.
Post # 5
Whaaat? Maybe it’s an area by area thing but I had a party of 4 total at my cake tastings and didn’t get charged at any of them (3 total) I assumed that when they’re trying to make a several hundred dollar sale they were willing to take the hit on freakin’ 5 slices of cake!!
Post # 6
Really!!! No. That sounds totally insane. Go with one of the other 4.
Post # 7
We had the first three flavors free, and others were like, $3 each, which I can totally see the point in. Paying for a cake tasting with any flavors seems obnoxious to me :(.
Post # 8
Yep… One the bakeries we’re looking into wants $30 for a tasting and consultation. Unfortunately it’s at the top of our list, so we’ll probably end up forking over the money for it.
Post # 9
Nope, entire cake tasting of 8 cake favors and 8 fillings was free
Post # 10
Nope didn’t have to pay, but it is fairly common.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
Didn’t have to pay. Had 9 different combinations of cake/icing/filling to taste for free.
Post # 12
Our bakery charged $25 for the cake tasting but if we decided to book them, the fee was waived. They probably charge it so that they know the potential clients are serious and not just in it for some free cake.
Post # 13
We had a free one-hour consultation and tasting. We tasted two flavors that we requested as well as their most popular flavors and whatever the baker happened to be making for weddings that weekend. We tried at least six or seven flavors total.
Post # 14
We visited 3 bakers.
baker 1 – we got 3 combos of cake/filling to sample for free. If we wanted to sample a premium flavor, it would cost. If we wanted to try more than 3, it would cost.
baker 2 – the sampling is done w/a full 6″ round iced cake. The first was free. Any 6″ round “sample” after that is $15. We bought an extra round for our first tasting (worked out great because we could bring the cakes home for family to try, too). Then, we had a family weekend to sample a possible dinner menu so we ordered 2 more 6″ rounds for the family to enjoy after dinner to get the full effect (so another $30 total). This is the baker we decided to go with, so the $ was totally worth it. $15/6″ round is essentially paying cost-for-ingriedients. So it was a good deal.
baker 3 – about 2 dozen cupcakes of different flavors for free. No icing, no filling.
There was one baker we decided not to visit because a tasting was $50 (even though it went toward the final cost of the cake) and we had to have all of our cake decisions made (flavors, decoration, etc.) at the tasting. We were not willing to spend $50 on a one-shot that we weren’t 100% on. Since this baker works out of a restaurant, we went there for lunch and ordered 2 slices of cake to sample for waaaaaay less than $50. While they were good, we were quickly able to rule out the baker.
You just have to evaluate what you get out of the cost for the sampling. Some cases may be worth it and others won’t be. If you’re trying to sample from a bakery or restaurant (or even a baker who sells their goods to local places), go and order some dessert on your own instead as part of a sample. Take some friends so you can get a few cupcakes or slices of cake and you can all sample different flavors. We did this to find a place to provide desserts for the hospitality suite in the hotel.
Post # 15
nope ours was free. They gave us (and there were I think 5 of us there) these massive cupcakes in all of the cake flavors, and a separate pallete looking thing of all of their different fillings and frostings so we could try our own combos. But some places do charge
Post # 16
No…we tasted at 2 places. One let us sample 6 different cake flavors and 6 different icings with free drinks as well (milk, red bull, sodas, tea, water). The other place (a grocery store) let us taste 4 different cakes/icing combos.
Both times we went we had 4 people (us and our moms) and it was free for all.