Frequently Asked Questions
Almost all couples are faced with similar questions about wedding cake size, variety, cost and lead time.
The following information should help to answer some of these questions…
When should we consider researching and booking the wedding cake?
It is important to book your cake around 9-12 months before the wedding date. This allows time to fine tune some of the elements for your cake such as: sugar flowers, artificial flowers, specific requirements for your design.
As you get closer to 6 months before the wedding date you will find it more difficult to find a cake decorator who is available.
Will you make a cake to my design or do you only make your own designs?
A Little Cake Place aims to create bespoke cakes for our clients. The means that we will work with you to create a design that includes your own design ideas. Our Creative Director, Caitlin Mitchell, will provide suggestions on how to capture the intended tone and design to suit your wedding within your budget.
Alternatively, you are welcome to select from our various cake designs which you will find in our gallery or bring along a images of your preferred design.
What deposit is required?
A Little Cake Place requires a minimum deposit of $80 or 20% (whichever is greater) of the agreed quote. Full payment is due 2 weeks before the date of the event.
What payment options are available?
A Little Cake Place accepts Direct Debit, Cash, EFTPOS, Mastercard & VISA payments with no extra charges. All Premium, Platinum, International or Union Cards will incur a 2.5% surcharge. AMEX payments are not available.
What is the difference between the Dessert Portion and Treat Portion sizes?
Dessert portions are usually used when the cake is to be served as dessert and Treat Portions are an aside to the dessert. Treat Portions are common if your catering package includes dessert.
Can I have a different flavour for each tier?
Yes, you can! A Little Cake place does not charge for different flavours on each tier. Couples who want their cake served as dessert often choose different flavours to provide for alternative drop desserts. View our full Flavour Range.
How much should I budget for?
There are many factors contributing to the cost of a cake including the size of the cake, the complexity of the design, whether delivery is required, whether you need a kitchen cake or if the caterer charge for plate-age. There are some savings to be made by having a square cake. During your private consultation our Creative Director, Caitlin Mitchell, will discuss your design and be able to provide a quote at the end of the consultation.
We will endeavour to keep within your budget, where possible and provide advice on how this can be achieved.
Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
We are able to cater for Gluten Free persons. Please note our Gluten Free cakes are made with 100% Gluten Free ingredients, but they are not baked in a 100% Gluten Free environment. While we take a great deal of care to prevent cross-contamination, our Gluten Free cakes may contain small traces of Gluten. As A Little Cake Place is primarily sugar craft, lactose free, sugar free and vegan cake options are not available.
A Little Cake Place recommends that the wedding cake is made to the standard recipe and that Gluten Gree cakes are made in a small size and decorated as a mini wedding cake.
Can I taste the cake prior to the wedding?
If you would like a design consultation A Little Cake Place holds cake tastings and consultations by appointment only. A deposit of $50 is required to secure the booking. The deposit is redeemable on your cake order.
How many tiers will I need?
This is dependent on the number of guests, how the cake is to be served and if the top tier is to be kept for the first anniversary. Sizing can be discussed during your consultation and dummy cakes can be used to create the preferred look if cake is not required.
The following table will help you decide on sizing of the cake:
|Cake Size||DESSERT PORTION||TREAT PORTION|
|Square||Round & Oval||Square||Round & Oval|
Can you deliver the cake?
We can deliver and set up across SE QLD and can also arrange for interstate transport upon request.
The delivery fee varies depending upon the distance to the venue, please see our pricing page for guidelines.
Should you wish to collect the cake and deliver privately, the client or selected representative will become responsible for packaging, transportation and setup.
What factors should we consider when making our choice?
Prior to the consultation, consider the following questions:
- How many guests are attending your wedding?
- Would you like to serve the cake as a dessert or treat portion?
- Are you keeping the top tier?
- What special dietary requirements do you have?
- Do you need the cake delivered?
- What are your five favourite flavours from our Flavour Range?
Please bring the following to your private consultation:
- A photo of the wedding dress and/or grooms suit;
- Examples of your colours scheme and the venue decorations;
- A copy of the invitation or bonbonniere;
- Any other theme or design ideas for your wedding.
How long will the cake last?
Fruit cake will keep for years when wrapped in glad wrap and then alfoil and kept in an airtight container. It does not require storing in the freezer. Mud cakes will keep for up to 14 months if wrapped in glad wrap, sealed in a contained and frozen.
Sugar flowers/decorations are not to be stored in the fridge or freezer due to the high humidity. They are best kept in an air tight container.
When do we cut the cake?
If you are serving the cake as dessert some couples cut the cake immediately upon entering the reception or shortly after the first course. If the cake is being served with tea and coffee, it can be cut into small treat size portions and served by the attendants or left on the coffee table for guests to take.
Alternatively the cake can be packaged and distributed by the couple or the attendees.
Can I have fresh flowers on my cake?
QLD safe food handling practices recommend that fresh flowers are not placed directly onto or in the cake. Fresh flowers can be arranged by the client, however A Little Cake Place takes no responsibility for the use of Fresh Flowers on cake designs. Any contamination caused by the use of fresh flowers on the cake design is the responsibility of the client. Where a third party, for example a florist, is involved A Little Cake Place will co-operate and provide necessary information about the design. A Little Cake Place will endeavor to ensure the fresh flowers are placed on the cake as per the discussed design where possible, however it is ultimately up to the client or their chosen third party to place the flowers on the cake.
Can I provide sugar flowers or sugar figurines to be used for my cake?
A Little Cake Place provides complete designs where all sugar work required is produced by A Little Cake Place. A Little Cake Place will not accept any sugar work provided by the clients including, but not limited to, figurines & flowers.