Post # 1
Harder than it looks. That is why I don’t understand why our venue advertises itself on having an in-house baker when in reality any random person on duty that day gets the task of baking AND decorating the wedding cakes. You know the guy that chops the vegetables, yeah he could be baking our wedding cake.
I went to a bridal show at my venue (Grand Island Mansion) and they had cakes to sample. They were AWFUL!!! Dry, crumbly and didn’t really have an obvious flavor. Now lets discuss the decor. You know the gel icing you purchase at a local grocery store, you know the stuff that kids use to write loving messages to their moms on cupcakes and cookies…yeah that stuff. That is what they used to design random, runny, sloppy swirls all over their cake in brown (YES BROWN). Also, they refused to do fondant and gave a random excuse which I later learned was BS they just don’t know how.
What right do they have to charge for bringing in a cake when they don’t have a proper baker? They will charge an additional $1.25 per person (PLUS cake cutting) for an outside cake. Ridiculous!
Has anyone else encountered this additional charge?
Post # 4
i agree. cake baking and decorating is not as easy as it looks. if their from scratch cakes are that bad, they should just use a mix. many bakeries use mixes for uniform results and when an average person tastes a from scratch cake, they usually say the cake is disgusting or too dense or too dry…many people grew up on betty crocker cakes that their moms made.
fondant, gumpaste flowers, and piping takes a lot of skills. i once spent an entire weekend piping 100 icing roses to prep for my cake decorating class then i discovered that i was piping them incorrectly. i was going clockwise instead of counterclockwise. i just laughed.
i looked at many venues that push their own in-house cakes. and it is pretty standard for many places to charge a cutting fee. our venue comes with a cake but they let us choose from two professional bakeries.
Post # 5
@malisa0607:they let us choose from two professional bakeries
I would have absolutely no issue with this. I just think a venue has no right to charge an outside cake fee if they themselves do not provide a quality PROFESSIONAL baker. It just seems like a scam.
There was a bride behind me in the tasting line that was aghast at the cake and immediately ran up to change her contract from using their cake.
Post # 6
That’s pretty lame. I would totally try to get out of that provision of the contract. Contracts are made to be negotiated.
Post # 7
that outside cake fee is outrageous.