Post # 1
I’m looking for a bakery to do my wedding cake and came across an individual who makes cakes out of her home (she doesn’t have a storefront). I’ve heard very positive reviews about her, but became concerned when I went to set up a tasting. Although she has an extensive list of flavors, she would only have white and chocolate available for me to sample.
I know that I do not want either of these flavors and asked if I could request another flavor at the tasting. I was told that if I wanted to sample anything else I would have to purchase an ENTIRE SHEET CAKE! The other alternative would be to wait for a bridal show that she “might” attend in a month or so. Is this common practice with bakers? Should I just write this lady off? What was your experience with bakeries vs. people who bake out of their home? Any help is appreciated!
Post # 3
This is happening because she is a small baker working out of her home. It isn’t time or resource effective for her to make a gazillion flavors for one person who may not even book her since she can’t use the remaining cake for anything.
If you want a baker who will offer you a lot of flavors at a tasting, you’re going to have to go with a bigger operation. That’s the tradeoff for saving money by going with a one-man operation.
Post # 4
I went to 2 tastings, one at a bakery and one out of her own house bakeries. The one that baked out of her house was a million times better. We didn’t get a choice of what to try, just got 3 different types. At the bakery we could try more becasue they had more in stock. It makes sense, you don’t want to bake a whole cake for a tasting, you’d end up wasting so much cake becasue you are def not the only one she’d have to do this for, so I don’t think it’s bad. I’d taste them, I think that if they are way better than other ones you taste than the flavor you want will prob be better too.
Plus if you like the samples and still really want the cake, get a sheet cake for a b-day or somehting.
Post # 5
Thats a little strange. Maybe she isn’t able to make certain cakes in a small form? Like it won’t taste the same? Being that she works out of her house its probably not as easy for her. I would go to the tasting if she’s someone you think you want to work. Chances are if you LOVE her chocolate and white cakes then you will love her other flavors…you can get an idea of how her cakes are, moist enough? Good texture? etc. If you love the plain kind think about ordering a flavored one for an engagement or bridal shower.
If that doesn’t sound appealing you need to go to an actual baker, not an inhome place.
Post # 6
I agree with crayfish. That is what happens when you go with a smaller operation.
We used the most well-known / respected bakery in our town and got to taste 6 or 7 flavors and 3 or 4 fillings at our tasting (along with their famous buttercream frosting).
Post # 7
@crayfish: the private baker we are going with costs more than the bakery…so it’s not always about saving money, but I could not bear to serve so-so cake.
Post # 8
Eh. My cake baker runs her business out of her basement. When we went for our tasting, she had at least a half dozen cupcakes for us to try – her most popular flavors and whatever flavors she had made for weddings that weekend. Plus we requested two specific flavors we were interested in and she had those available for us as well.
I understand this woman runs a small business, but I think she’s being rude and unprofessional. I wouldn’t even bother setting up an appointment with her.
Post # 9
My Maid/Matron of Honor opted for a small out of the house baker in Utah this past March and ended up sorely dissapointed. We had informed her that we were in town only for the weekend and we only got to taste vanilla and marble, other options were as you stated off limits unless we wanted to pay to taste (and wait a week).
While the cake she chose (devil’s food chocolate) was ok it wasn’t as good as the vanilla and marble we had tried. Again it would have been nice to know what we could expect.
As a small operation her standards weren’t quite as high as what I would expect from a large bakery. The fondant was almost two inches think and tasted awful and the cake was crooked! Again as an out of the house baker there wasn’t really a way to leave feedback for other potential brides so it is no wonder we only saw positive feedback.
Just my personal experience, I’m sure there loads out there with successful small bakery experiences.
Post # 10
Like others have posted- the baker may be trying to be economical. We are going with a cupcake shop and while they had 8-9 for us to try, they certainly did not offer their whole menu for the tasting…
Post # 11
That is the policy of that particular bakery. The majority of bakeries do not do that and allow you to taste what you want. I would look elsewhere since this one is not flexible at all.