Venue not doing cake tasting – HUH!?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@ScottsdaleBride:  That is pretty weird.  What if it’s nasty?  I would be embarassed.  Try to push the issue and if they continue to refuse try to get in touch with other brides who were married there to get reviews on the cake.

Post # 5
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ScottsdaleBride:  Our venue didn’t provide cake tasting either but that is because they don’t make the actual wedding cake, they use a local bakery. Majority of the venues where I live do the same thing.  Luckily the bakery our venue uses was 5 minutes away from where we live so we called and ordered sample tastings of all the cake sponges and fillings we were interested in. We did have to pay for the tastings which I wasn’t thrilled about since tech. we’re paying the venue so it should be rolled into the price of the cake (IMO).  Anywho we are so happy we did the tasting because it’s one thing reading from a pc of paper then tasting in person.

Post # 6
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t have one, and neither did 4 friends of mine who were recently married.  

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We didn’t get to taste cakes with our baker, either, and we had a 3-tier, 2 flavor cake!

It was the amazing, though… We got lucky!

Post # 8
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Maybe they can tell you what their most popular cake/filling combinations are?

Post # 9
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I guess it could be weird, but seeing as how a hotel chain is making the cake, I can understand why they do not do tastings.

If you wanted to taste a falvor combination at a local bakery, the bakery could make a 1 tier round cake with those flavors, ley you taste a slice and then sell the other slices throughout the day. A Westin really can’t do the same thing, so they would have to make a whole cake to taste and then not make any money off of it.

I think the best option is just to ask what the most popular flavors are. If it’s a big chain I am sure they have mastered their cake recipes and that all of the flavors taste good.

Post # 10
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ScottsdaleBride:  One of my friends just got married and their venue didn’t do a tasting with them either. I think it’s just luck of the draw on this type of thing :-/ The cake was great, though!

Post # 12
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ScottsdaleBride:  Lol, I definitely do not find the idea of a cake tasting exciting, so we might differ there. It’s just another appointment I have to set up and then leave work early to attend. And honestly, the fondant/frosting they use is far more important than the cake flavor. Terribly sweet frosting (like a lot of grocery store cakes, which I love but 90% of people seem to hate) or way too thick fondant can ruin a cake more than a mediocre chocolate flavor ever could.

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