Post # 1
We’re going cake tasting next week (yay!). Up until now I was only thinking about how yummy the samples would be, but now realized that there are other factors that are important when choosing a baker.
I’m not sure what they are 🙁
I have a fairly accurate design in mind so the baker should give me a good estimate, which should help me weed out some. And my fiancé should help with taste.
There’s cost and appearance….but what else should we watch out for? What was the winning factor for you?
Post # 3
The chef that made our meal also made our cake, he came with the venue. He’s the chef for their restaurant and they have such yummy food that we trusted him. Plus, we didn’t want the traditional so I wasn’t picky, as long as it was yummy and not wedding cake. I actually went in asking for something like cupcakes… and he suggested a crouquembouche (he’s French). I was so excited about the idea, and it came out even better then I thought it would! He ended up thanking US for letting him make it, apparently clients usually aren’t as flexible in picking their cakes.
Post # 4
I voted price because I didn’t want to pay a baker huge sums of money so we asked my future mother in law who makes excellent cakes. I’m all about taste over looks and I know she makes good tasting cake and I’m sure she’ll do good on the decorating, all her other cakes look good.
She even plans to make us test cakes!
Post # 5
Price – and we got what we paid for. We went with a Publix cake and it looked so bad! It tasted great though! I cant wait to eat it again!
Post # 6
My mom used to make wedding cakes and she is queen of the butter creme. I am really picky on cake moisture and frosting texture. If your butter creme isn’t ivory (real butter creme cannot be white) or it’s the least bit grainy – your out. I actually had a very expensive bakery try to tell me they served me butter creme (sorry, it’s my favorite) it was white and very grainy. I just looked at the guy, grabbed my purse and thanked him for his time after the first bite.
Post # 7
FI’s mom is making our cake and FI’s godmom (who is a caterer) will decorate it.
It’s SUPER delicious and should look beautiful!
Post # 8
I voted price because my mom won a $500 gift card in an auction for a specific bakery that happens to have a really good reputation and specializes more than other bakeries in cupcakes (which is what we wanted) so we’re going with them but mainly picked them at first because with the gift card we didn’t have to pay anything (besides the money she paid but it wasn’t much – around $20-40 for the gift card).
Post # 9
both price and taste–we ended up getting cupcakes from our favorite cupcake bakery because it was half to a third of the price of cake estimates we’d seen, and SO much yummier than the samples we’d tried
Post # 10
Price all the way. We actually were thinking of skipping cake all together because it wasn’t really in the budget and I’m anti-cupcake, but that caused some family drama so I just found the cheapest baker I could. To be honest the taste is just okay. It’s cake. It isn’t GREAT cake. It’s just normal wedding cake that will make my family happy and not cost us a bunch… and thats a-ok with me.
Post # 11
We booked a bakery in Hartford, CT that is very popular and was more affordable than some of the others I found online. My mother and I went and tasted about 5 flavors, picked three for the cake and that was it! I have no idea what happened to it after we cut it – I hope it was eaten! It’s such a blur…
Post # 12
@CorgiTales: Are cupcakes cheaper than a traditional cake? I thought they’d be the same if not more expensive?
Post # 13
We’re getting one 6″ cutting cake and a variety of bite-sized pastries for our guests and it’s turning out to be wayyyyy cheaper than cake. So for us, I was the price, variety and taste. Plus our baker is doing an amazing gluten free option for mister’s sister!
Post # 14
The one downside about using my (fantastic!) caterer is that I don’t get to pick a separate baker – we have to go with theirs. We won’t be having our tasting for a few months, but hopefully it will be as good as the other elements they’ve served us.
But if I were going to choose a baker, i would go by taste, all the way. I’ve had way too many dry, flavorless or damp, overly-sweet wedding cakes in my life already! I’m also an amateur baker and I am VERY particular about what a chocolate cake should be like. 🙂