(Closed) Charging For Cake Tasting??!!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think they do it to make sure people are serious.  I had one place tell me it was a $50 flat fee for unlimited tastes and they take it off the cost of your cake. I still don’t like the idea- what if I just legitimately don’t like your cake?  I can’t even taste the cakes because they don’t offer gluten free cake at any bakeries locally- so we ended up just going with a friend of a bridesmaid who I trust.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

As a Pastry Chef that specializes in wedding cakes, I don’t think everyone understands the work that goes into this.  They still put in the work to bake the cakes in loafs for your tasting. Also, I thought it was pretty standard that if you get your cake from them the charge goes towards the cake. You would probably be surprised at how many people don’t come to the appointment and now you wasted money. They actually teach you in school to charge for the appointment. What ends up happening is people go to multiple bakers to pick their brains for ideas and then go to the cheapest person. It’s somewhat like needing insurance I suppose. Another thing to think of is the person that has a specialty shop that’s charging is most likely doing so because they use good quality ingredients. It should make you worried about how cheap the other person is getting their goods that they aren’t charging.

I don’t mean this in a demeaning or insulting way if that’s how it’s coming across.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MandyCakes: Thanks for that info!! I was wondering the same myself, except our pastry chef said that if we go with her, the taste test we got charged for would be put towards our cost for the cake/cupcakes.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our bakery charges a fee of $25 which is waived if the couple chooses to book with them. Honestly, I don’t think it’s ridiculous at all. They have to put in the work to prepare multiple different cakes and multiple different fillings so why shouldn’t they atleast get paid for time invested into that should the couple choose not to book? If they were asking for an exorbitant amount then that would be one thing but I didn’t have a problem going into our tasteing knowing we would possibly have to pay $25. 

I’ve actually heard of people going from bakery to bakery just to get free cake. I don’t blame bakers for charging to protect themselves. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Ryansgirl: You’re welcome. Like I said, I’m pretty sure that’s standard. Otherwise, I would be upset too. I guess all I’m trying to say is, if a new restaurant opened up in your city, you wouldn’t go there and say “I’m here to try your food and if I don’t like it, I expect not to be charged for it.” A bakery is the same thing especially if they are using good ingredients.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m pretty surprised they’re charging for tastings.  We tasted several caterers and a couple of bakeries and were never charged for food.  While there is no doubt a lot of work and supplies that go into preparing to host a tasting, I feel like that’s part of the business…

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I paid $100 for our catering tasting (for 4 people), and it seems like no one’s charging for cake tasting, which I find a bit odd.  I think any more than $20 is kind of too much to charge though.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had to pick 2 different cake and fillings before our appointment. At the appointment she had full size cakes for us to tr y and take home so our families could try them as wel. I think they were $10 each. I was surprised when she told me how much ahead of time but when I got there and saw the size of the cakes it all made sense.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had to pick 2 different cake and fillings before our appointment. At the appointment she had full size cakes for us to tr y and take home so our families could try them as wel. I think they were $10 each. I was surprised when she told me how much ahead of time but when I got there and saw the size of the cakes it all made sense.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I think paying for the tastings is completely understandable. After all, if you don’t pick them, you are just using their time and money. Plus, what if you have friends that are getting married and you tell them that you went to such and such bakery and weren’t impressed. I think that it is fine to charge. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree. I also think that it is reasonable for bakeries to charge a “taste fee” just to make sure that you are seriously considering them to be your vendor. And if the taste fee goes towards the cost of the cake if you do go with them, then all the better.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s totally reasonable to charge a tasting fee, or people will just be stopping by for free tastings all the time whether they’re planning a wedding or not.  My cake vendor charged us $25 for the tasting, and if we booked, that $25 went toward our order…and I thought it was perfectly reasonable.  I think that people would abuse it if it was free…

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it is perfectly reasonable to charge for a tasting.  A lot of work goes into them.  For my cake tasting, we were given 8 different cake flavors and 6 different fillings to try.  That’s a lot of ingredients and prep!

Plus, every one I’ve ever heard of credits the cost of the tasting to the cost of your cake if you go with them.  So unless you go to multiple bakeries, it is still essentually free.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our cake tasting was free. He gave us a full box of 10 flavors in mini cupcakes. He offers 55 flavor options at the shop! In case you dont like the first round of samples he will give you another sample of flavors.  My second sample was a mini bundt cake and it was also in a nice box. All of this was free of charge.

I love his presentation, and the fact that he wants to make sure you are getting what you want. The way he did the samples helped us make our decision in choosing him as a baker.

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