(Closed) Was anyone charge a fee for cake tasting

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ouch- that seems steep!  We had a big wedding though, so I suppose that could be why we weren’t charged a tasting fee.  Oh, we did cupcakes too- there’s no way I could narrow down my decision to only a few cake flavors!  I think we ended up with 6 different flavors of cupcakes- they were a huge hit, everyone loved them!

I know there’s a bakery in Fredericksburg that is supposed to be amazing (Paul’s Bakery I think), and there’s a place in Richmond called Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe that doesn’t charge for tasting, but they do charge a fee for mileage to travel outside of Richmond- depending on how far north you are they might be an option as well.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends on where you live and what type of place you go to. I paid $25 for tasting as well

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am in the process of looking for a cake and I have have come across a few vendors that charge for tasting.  The highest I have seen is $20, but if you go with them it gets credited towards my purchase. I think it is there way of preventing random people from scheduling a tasting.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wasn’t charged for a tasting at all. The baker came to my house with her samples and still didn’t charge us anything.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have seen some vendors that charge for tastings and some that don’t. I think it just depends on the vendor.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ours was free, but we were only allowed to try 6 flavors. If we wanted to try additional we would have had to pay a fee.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wasn’t charged at all and I had both my parents, my husband, and my Mother-In-Law with me. $25 seems like a lot for just tasting some cake.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is becoming a lot more common, although it’s fairly common that the vendor credits you back your tasting fee once you make a purchase. If the vendor is not offering that credit back, I think it is reasonable to request it. I also think it’s very reasonable for a vendor to charge a tasting fee, to help ensure that only serious potential customers take up their time and product resources.  When I worked in an old country inn that did a lot of weddings, I was shocked at how many free tastings we did that never turned into actual bookings, not because our food quality or prices weren’t where they were supposed to be but because the potential bride and groom were having tastings with 4 or 5 different vendors!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it depends on what you plan to spend with that baker. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

Our cake tasting was free, as was our menu tasting.  There was no stipulations regarding to number of guests, either.  I’m not sure if this is normal or dependant upon where you are located.  Our wedding is pretty much all-inclusive so that may be a factor too.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have to pay $20 for mine.  And it can only include 3 different cakes/fillings.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours was free.  I guess I can understand it if they apply it to your total cost.  But you better like the cake then!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@fuentesbee:  We’re only having about 50 people and we weren’t charged for any of our cake tastings (we did 3). 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m in the preliminary online research stage on my cake, but I’ve found that some charge a fee, but then apply it to your order.  I suspect it’s to avoid people coming in for free cake.  If a place charges and applies the cost to your order, I’m fine with it.  But if they charge and don’t apply it, I plan to look further.

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