wedding cake design process

You will find some useful information below with regards to the process of designing your perfect wedding cake.

Availability

For wedding cakes, there is never too much notice. In general, we recommend securing your cake as soon as possible after you confirm your date at your wedding venue. Ideally, we need as much notice as you can give, our diary is open for 2019/20 & 2021. We regularly take bookings up to a year or two in advance, in particular, our diary fills up very quickly between May and September. I offer a personal service to each of my clients, taking on a limited number of commissions each month. Sometimes I can take on commissions at shorter notice. 

Initial consultation

After getting in touch I can supply you with an initial price guide based on your guest numbers, cake size, and decoration detail or please see price guide below. This can be done via email or telephone. You can then secure your booking with a £100 'save the date' deposit, this means you are firmly booked in my diary and can carry on with the rest of your wedding planning. 

Design and Tasting

Once your £100 deposit is paid and closer to your wedding date once you have picked your colours, flowers etc, you can come along for a complimentary design and tasting consultation for two which usually lasts up to an hour. During this meeting, we can discuss your wedding plans in more detail, there will be a small selection of display cakes, magazines, and books for inspiration. I will also have a selection of our most popular flavours from my menu for you to try.

After your consultation, I will prepare a final proposal detailing your quotation, drawings, cake flavours, delivery details, stand hire and any other requirements. 

Consultation without commitment

If you would prefer a complimentary design and tasting consultation prior to securing your wedding date we can arrange a consultation. If you cannot make it to a consultation the design process can be conducted via email or by telephone.

If you are unable to meet in person at one of my wedding cake consultations, then subject to availability, I can arrange for a wedding cake sample box of my most popular wedding cake flavours to be sent to you via 1st class post or alternatively collect form Fay's cakes, then the design process can be finalized via email.

Samples boxes are charged £15 & £4.95 p&p per couple.

If you could please fill out our consultation questionnaire at the bottom of this page once your appointment has been made and prior to your appointment.

Booking and payments

In order to secure your date, a non-refundable deposit of £100 is required. An invoice will be sent to you. Please note that no dates are held until this payment has been made. The remaining balance is payable 6 weeks prior to delivery/collection of your cake. We will send a reminder 7 weeks before your wedding date. Please note that cheques are not accepted.

Delivery and set up to your venue

When you order your wedding cake from Fay's cakes, you can relax in the knowledge that we will always deliver and set it up on the morning of your wedding. This ensures that your cake arrives in the condition it leaves Fay's cakes kitchen. A fee will be applied for all deliveries, this will vary for each venue and is dependent on the distance from Fay's cakes. We always advise at time of booking the cost of delivery. 

Delivery & set up is from £30

Pricing

Every wedding cake is designed and created to a bespoke standard and therefore our prices vary depending on the complexity of the design. The following price guide is an average price for a simply decorated cake. Final prices will be dependent on size, flavours and any further decorations such as sugar flowers, stencilling, lace/piping work, edible sequins/glitter, and edible leaf.  

1 tier from £170, Feeds Approx. 40

2 tiers from £265, 60  

3 tiers from £360, 100-120 

4 tiers from £455, 180

5 tiers from £550, 200

3 tier naked cake starts from £295, 100

Prices below are for white or ivory plain iced cakes with choice of berisford satin ribbon. 

1 tier £115, feeds Approx. 40

2 tier £210, 60

3 tier £305, 100

4 tier £400, 200

Kitchen cutting cakes from £55 (Only available with an order)

Sugar flowers from £10 - £££

Cupcakes from £3 (increments of 12)

Prices above are based on our most popular flavours, Vanilla, Light chocolate & lemon sponges.

You will be sent a final quotation once your cake has been designed. If you have a budget in mind then please let us know, this means that we can then design a cake within your budget. Don’t worry if you are not sure of your budget as several design ideas will be put forward with a range of prices for you to choose which option you like the best.

Stand hire

We offer cake stands for hire from £20, a deposit is required at time of booking.

(Only available with an order)

Food safety and allergens

We hold a certificate in Level 2 Food & Safety Hygiene and hold comprehensive public liability insurance. We are also registered with the local Environmental Health Authority.

Please note that all our cakes contain dairy products and are made in a kitchen where nuts are used.

Baking

All of our cakes are made fresh to order and baked as close to your wedding day as possible, we always bake from scratch. We always use high-quality ingredients and only ever use free range eggs, each cake is filled with your choice of fillings (see cake menu below) and coated in a layer of vanilla buttercream then covered luxury sugar paste. we always use Fairtrade were possible.

Terms and conditions

There are certain Terms & Conditions that apply when you place an order with Fay's cakes. When you receive your invoice after your deposit is received, we also send a copy of our Ts&Cs. If you would like to read our Ts&Cs before committing to booking please contact us for a copy.

Cake menu

Please note that all our cakes contain dairy products and are made in a kitchen where nuts are used.

Flavours

Vanilla sponge filled with strawberry or raspberry jam & vanilla buttercream

Lemon sponge filled with lemon curd & lemon buttercream

Light chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream

other fillings for the light chocolate cake *salted caramel & buttercream, *Chocolate hazelnut & buttercream

Orange zest sponge filled with orange buttercream

*Chololate orange filled with orange buttercream

*Fruit cake covered in Apricot Jam and covered in almond marzipan

*Rich chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream

*Red velvet filled with buttercream

*Coconut & lime filled with creamy coconut & lime buttercream

*Carrot cake filled with vanilla buttercream

*Sticky toffee filled with caramel sauce and caramel buttercream

*= Additional charge

Cake sample box

If you are unable to meet in person at one of my wedding cake consultations, then subject to availability, I can arrange for a wedding cake sample box of my most popular wedding cake flavours to be sent to you via 1st class post or alternatively collect form Fay's cakes, then the design process can be finalized via email.

Samples boxes are charged £15 & £4.95 p&p per couple.

consultation questionnaire

Please only fill out the form below once you have a date and time set for a wedding cake consultation.

If you would like to arrange a consultation date and time please use the contact us form. 

It would be helpful if you could fill out the consultation questionnaire below prior to coming along to your appointment.

Consultation questionnaire