|Ordering & Pricing Information
|Frequently asked Questions
|Q. How long before the wedding should I book my cake?
A. Booking is always subject to availability so we recommend as soon as you know for a Summer wedding as some of
our Brides book up to 18 months in advance. Bank holidays are ALWAYS busy.
Q. What happens once the cake is finished?
A. The majority of our cakes are collected by either the Bride & Groom or a family member between 1 - 2 days
before the wedding (subject to design). The cake is packed in sturdy boxes with complete instructions for storage and
assembly of your cake and a photograph to give to the wedding venue/co-ordinator.
If you would like us to deliver and set up your cake (locally only), for a fee, we can arrange for a cake designer to do
this for you (subject to availability)
Can you deliver my wedding cake to the venue for me?
A. Yes, subject to availability. If you would like us to deliver your cake (locally only), we can arrange for a cake
designer to do this for you (subject to availability) We can deliver locally, some areas free of charge, slightly further
afield for a small fee to cover costs. (Price on application/subject to availability). Don't leave this until the month
before, as we are usually then unable to add on a delivery.
Q. What if I am not local to you and would like to order a cake?
A. We prepare the cake for collection. All fruit cakes can be collected one week or more before the wedding, cakes
with sponge or chocolate tiers one to five days before the wedding (subject to design). We pack the cakes in special
delivery boxes and provide a photograph of the finished cake along with assembly instructions for you to give to the
venue staff. We also make sure that the initial design can withstand the travelling.
Q. When can I come in to book my cake?
A. You can come to our Studiowhere you can view our cake display with the latest designs, browse our photograph
albums and collect/fill in order forms. Please ring first to organise it as we could be up to our elbows in chocolate or
icing when you arrive! We also hold one open day per month on a weekend to help busy working people fit in
appointments. See our booking cakes page for more details.
(We regret that we are unable to offer consultations in July or August as it is so busy unless by special arrangement.)
Q. Can I book via the internet?
A. Yes, subject to availability. Please E-mail first to check any queries you might have. Download the order forms
available on the Order Form page, print out, complete and return together with the deposit indicated and we will send
you back a copy by way of confirmation or return via E-mail and pay with Paypal (remember to print out your form
and receipt for your records)
Q. Can I have fresh flowers on my cake to match my bouquet?
A. Yes, certain designs lend themselves perfectly to this. However, we now use clear acetate beneath the flowers to
avoid contact with the cake surface. We will liaise with your florist to ensure a match but we prefer to arrange the
flowers ourselves. We obviously need to ensure that the flowers are used safely. Unfortunately, the most popular
foliage is ivy which is toxic. We use a good quality silk replacement for the ivy. We will take every precaution to keep
you and your guests safe on your special day.
If you also want toxic flower varieties and are worried about safety, we can also offer silk or sugar as an excellent
Q. Do you use fresh cream in your cakes?
A. We prefer not to as quite often the cake is placed in front of a window, and they are always on display for the
whole of your wedding day. Cream and hot weather is a very bad combination.
Q. Could we have a cheesecake Wedding Cake?
A. We don't recommend it, again because they are on display for so long and cheesecake should be kept in the fridge.
Q. Can I mix my flavours of cakes?
A. Yes, of course. We do recommend that the fruit tiers be placed at the bottom, but if you use a stand such as the
chrome stands on our Cake Stands page, then you can choose which tier goes where.
We offer fruit, sponge, lemon sponge, or chocolate cakes with filling choices of Jam and Buttercream, Vanilla, lemon
or chocolate buttercream, chocolate fudge or lemon curd.
Q. What if I have my own idea for a design?
A. That is no problem, our Louise design was originally designed by the Bride. I was supplied with a beautiful sketch
and asked to reproduce it. We do however, not re-create cakes designed by other cake makers. The best person to
produce a design is the person that designed it.
Q. I would like to keep the top tier, is this possible?
A. Yes, if you have fruit and the top tier is on its own board. If it is an American Stacked-style cake then we don't
recommend it as the icing is disturbed when you remove the top tier. However, as people aren't generally only waiting
9 months before starting a family anymore, we recommend eating it while it is fresh and contacting us with your good
Q. How long will my cake keep after the wedding?
A. If a tier is on its own board and has not been cut, Chocolate - up to 5 days, Sponge - 5 - 7 days and Fruit - up to 3
months. However, if a cake has been cut then we advise you to eat it quite quickly. Fruit cake can have a layer of
greaseproof followed by a layer of foil to seal the cut edge and be placed back in the box, but we don't recommend
more than a couple of weeks, Chocolate and Sponge go stale very quickly when cut. They could however be frozen
for up to 6 weeks. Ask us for details when booking. (Stacked cakes don't keep as long as the icing is disturbed when
tiers are removed and air is introduced into the cake).
Q. Can I eat my sugar flowers?
A. If you are having sugar flowers wired into a spray or bouquet then although made from sugar, they are no longer
edible as wires are inserted into leaves and petals as stems. The flower paste and edible colours used to make them
are edible, so ask for an unwired arrangement if you would like to simple cut through the cake to serve. (However,
the special paste used to make the sugar flowers dries very hard, so wouldn't be very pleasant to eat.) See our Rose
Brocadedesign for an example. However, most of our Happy Couples prefer to keep their sugar flowers as a
momento of their day.
Q. I don't live in the UK, Can I order a cake?
A. Unfortunately not, we cannot export cakes, sugar flowers or modelled figures. Really Sorry. A good website to
go on to get links for Cake companies in the US is www.cakesbydesign.com For other countries, we recommend
purchasing a copy of Wedding Cakes: A Design Source magazine from Squires Kitchen www.squires-group.co.uk
which shows hundreds of cake designs and lists cake decorators from all over the globe.
Q. Do you produce written instructions for your cakes?
A. Currently, we don't. There is a plan to produce some for sale on the internet, the details will be published as and
when these become available. Any cakes which have been the subject of an article in Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine
or Wedding Cakes a Design Source, can be found on the press page of our website, and the back issues of the
magazine (if still available) can be purchased from Squires Kitchen.
|Dragons & Daffodils Cakes
65a Pantygraigwen Rd,
Tel: 07872 037832