How to order your cake.

November 18, 2020

Most of us order a cake’s occasionally, this may be once or twice a year or for some others it maybe once in a blue moon. It should be a relatively easy process; you know it is just a birthday cake!

Here for the novices are a few things that you should keep in mind before ordering. In school this was called the Five W’s Who, What, Why, When, Where? And How? We were told to apply this to all our projects for a good outcome.

  • Who is the cake for? Is it for you wife, your husband, your brother, sister, son, or daughter? A simple but vital piece of information for the cake maker. Do not assume the cake maker will guess the sex of the recipient especially if the person has a name that is common for both males and females. If you want an inscription on the cake it is important to spell the name out, text or email the inscription.
  • What is the cake for? Is it a big event? 1st birthday, 18th, 21st, 50th. Is it an Anniversary, a Christening, or a Wedding? Ordering a cake for big event may require you give advance notice to the cake maker for the order. Wedding cakes and Christening cakes could require between six months and a few days’ notice depending on how busy the cake maker is, the complexity of the cake or the type of cake.
  • Why are you getting a particular cake? Are you going to buy a Black Forest Gateau, because you really like them, or should you get a cake the recipient likes? Sometimes it may be the case if there are going to be a lot of people, it may be best to get a cake that most people like or tend to prefer.
  • Where are you going to have the cake? You decided to get the cake everyone loves fresh cream, jam, fruit, and sponge. However, when you get to the venue, it is a beautiful hot summers day, there is no fridge the cake is beginning to go off and  to top it off you forgot to bring dessert plates and spoons. Disaster! You could have got the biscuit cake and give everyone finger slices that could be held with a serviette. Do not worry with a little forward planning and consideration these possible disasters can be avoided, but you must plan.
  • When are you going to have the cake? Again, like the above, you can save yourself some money or even heart ache. For example, if you were bringing in a cake to a pub late in the evening for a surprise factor, generally a small cake with lots of candles should suffice. It is more a token and a bit of fun and not many will probably indulge in cake if they are already indulging in alcohol. Often people go to restaurants and bring a birthday cake that is way too big, especially since everyone has already had dessert which was part of the menu deal!
  • How much should I spend on the cake? Well that is up to you! But at least before talking to your cake maker you can decide on your own budget and you can go from there. Most reputable companies have websites with their prices displayed, that way you can do a price comparison.