How much does a wedding cake cost? That's almost impossible to answer in one sentence, since the price of a cake depends on so many different elements--but as a general rule of thumb, our custom designed wedding cakes start at $10.00 per slice (buttercream) and $12.00 per slice (fondant), and most of the cakes we make fall within the bracket of $10.00-$16.00 per slice. We have a minimum order of $750 for custom wedding cakes. (Scroll down for less expensive options)
Can we come in for a tasting? If you wish to order a custom designed cake, we offer a private tasting and consultation, by appointment, at our bakery in Petaluma, where you will have the opportunity to spend time looking through our portfolio of work. Sally Ann will listen carefully to your ideas, and talk you through all the possibilities for your wedding cake. This consultation and tasting for two people usually lasts about 45 minutes to one hour, and is arranged by appointment only. There is a fee (per couple) of $50.00, which will be credited toward the price of your cake if you order with us.
We're not having a fancy wedding, but we still want a delicious cake! Is there a less expensive option? Yes! Our Sweetheart Cakes Collection offers a simpler way to order your cake--no muss, no fuss! Please note that we do not offer private tastings and consultations with this option. However, we do regularly hold Open House Tastings, when you can stop by and sample our cakes for $5.00 per head, or pick up a sample box for two ($10.00) to enjoy at home. In the Sweetheart Cakes Program, delivery is available for 3-tier cakes only. To see a photo gallery of our Sweetheart Cakes, click here
Are Sweetheart Cakes made to the same specs as Custom Designed cakes? Yes, absolutely. All of our cakes, bar none, are made from scratch, by hand, with love. Same recipes, same care, same taste.
Where is your store? We do not have a retail storefront; we operate from a commercially licensed kitchen in Petaluma. As soon as you make your tasting appointment, or order your cake, we'll send you directions.
When do we need to book our date? Our calendar fills up fast, and early, each year. In general, you should plan to book your wedding cake three to six months in advance of your wedding date; in any case, you should secure your date on our calendar as soon as you have your venue booked. We limit the number of wedding cakes we make on any one day, so that we can give each one our undivided attention from start to finish. If you plan to order a custom designed cake, and wish to reserve your wedding date before you can come in for your consultation, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will do so; all the details can be worked out later.
We love the look of your cakes, but we're too far away to come for a tasting--what now? No problem--we love helping out-of-state couples! We can arrange everything by email, and if you're able to come in for a tasting once you arrive in the Bay Area, all the better. Or you can delegate a local friend or family member to come and taste our cake (it's a terrible job, but someone has to do it, right?) In any case, you can rely on us to provide you with a cake that tastes even more delicious than you had hoped! If you're looking for reassurance, just read our reviews on Yelp or Wedding Wire.
Are you licensed? Yes, we are licensed by the State of California, and our kitchen is regularly inspected by the Health and Safety Board.
Will you freeze my cake ahead of time? No--we will bake your cake fresh, from scratch, by hand, with love, a day or two before your wedding. Sometimes this means finishing cakes late into the night—but that’s all part of our commitment to you!
What about delivery? We will personally deliver and set up your custom wedding cake at your venue, as close to the time of the wedding as is practical. Delivery charges start at $75, and are based on distance and time involved. At this time, we are not able to ship our wedding cakes to other parts of the country.
Do you make wedding cupcakes? Yes, we do--our cupcakes are always a huge hit! We can customize the presentation to match your colors; we'll set them up for you in a beautiful tiered arrangement, with a small "cutting cake" on the top tier.
I'm gluten intolerant . . can you make me a cake I can actually eat? Yes, we have developed some delicious, moist cake recipes for those unfortunate enough to suffer food allergies, so you, too, can have your cake and eat it! N.B. Because baking gluten free requires us to alter our baking schedule, we charge a one-time supplement of $35.00 for gluten free orders.
Do you use shortening in your cakes or frostings? No—we use only fresh, locally produced butter. For this reason, we can’t offer you pure white butter cream frosting, but we can promise you it will be scrumptious! (and a delicate shade of ivory). If you would like a pure white frosting, we recommend our delicious fondant icing (read about fondant here).