How to book your wedding cake

Firstly, congratulations on your engagement!

With seemingly so much to do and organise when planning your wedding it can be quite overwhelming; knowing what to do and at which stage can feel like a bit of a minefield.

I remember when my husband and I first started planning our wedding (we got married in 2008), we tried to be really organised and get as many of our suppliers booked, or at the very least spoken to, really early on, like 2 years prior, so that we knew how much everything would cost, and I bet we’re not alone.

However, when it came to searching for our cake maker, our experience didn’t get off to the greatest start. The first supplier we spoke to felt it was too early to start talking about our cake – now as a cake maker myself I kind of understand where they were coming from, they just didn’t explain it very well, and as an excited bride and groom we didn’t know what the process was and just wanted someone to guide us. Just to be clear from the start – it’s NEVER too early to talk to me about your wedding and your cake!

So here’s my guide to booking your wedding cake and the steps you can expect to go through in your planning…

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Step 1 – Confirming Your Date

I mean it when I say it’s never too early to speak to me about your wedding cake. Once you have confirmed your date, get in touch to check availability with me. I limit one wedding booking per date so that I can devote my full time and care into each wedding cake, and so I recommend booking at least 9-12 months in advance, more in peak summer season. I already have some dates booked 2 years in advance!

Not only does this give the best chance of availability for your date, but it will ensure that nothing feels rushed and we have plenty of time to working together to design the perfect wedding cake for you.

I am happy to give you a guide price for any cake prior to booking, and your date can be secured with me for just £100 deposit, which is non-refundable or transferable.

If you would like to sample my cakes prior to booking, taster boxes are available for £25, collecting from me in Lincoln, or postal options are available too.

If you have your date confirmed, get in touch today.

Step 2 – Design Consultation

Around 6-8 months prior to your date, I will invite you to meet for your final design consultation where we can discuss the finer details for your design.

By this time, you will probably have settled on your colours or theme and style for your wedding, your flowers and any other styled elements, that we can use these details to ensure your cake design fits in too. You probably have a better idea on your guest numbers too so I can advise on the best size of cake to serve your guests and after our appointment I will sketch out your design for your approval before we go any further.

Step 3 – Flavours

At your design consultation, I will give you a sample box of cake flavours to take away and enjoy at home. This will include 6 of my most popular flavours for you to try, but you can of course choose a flavour from any on my menu.

Step 4 – Payment & Delivery

Once we have confirmed all of the details from the steps above and you are happy with your design, the final balance payment will be due 4 weeks before your wedding date. Once that is taken care of, you can relax knowing everything is taken care of and I am dedicated to you and your wedding. I only take on one wedding per date to ensure my absolute attention and care for your cake.

I will deliver and set up your wedding cake at your venue, liaising with the venue, florist if needed, and any other supplier, to ensure everything is perfect. The only thing for you to do is to enjoy your magical day and looking forward to cutting and tasting your wedding cake!

Get in Touch

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your dream wedding cake with you.

June – Cakes of the Month

June – Cakes of the Month

I really do love creating your special cakes for your celebrations, whether that be your wedding cake, your child’s birthday cake, or even some cupcakes to treat a loved one; I love the feeling of knowing my cakes will put a smile on yours and your guests’ faces.

June saw the reopening of The Cake Queen kitchen after lockdown – thank you to all of my customers and followers for such fantastic support!

Here are just a few of my favourite cakes from the last month:

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer, or cake maker, in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your cake with you.

18 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Cake Maker

18 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Cake Maker

Ok, so the title says wedding cakes, but some of these questions relate to any cake that you are considering ordering.

Where to Start

These questions may seem really obvious, but when you’ve got a lot to plan sometimes it’s easy to forget some of the simple stuff…

  1. Are you available for my date?
    I told you some of these would seem obvious. there’s nothing worse than having your heart set on a particular supplier and then finding out they’re not available for your date. My advice is to book your wedding cake at the latest 6-8 months before your wedding, but for peak wedding seasons you should be looking at 12 months in advance!

    My diary is open at least 12 months ahead and I welcome all enquiries, no matter how far in advance.

  2. Are you a registered food business with a food hygiene safety rating?
    Another important question, but less obvious. Any professional cake maker will be registered as a food business with their council and have a food safety certificate and hygiene rating, and will have no problem in sharing this with you if requested. Mine 5-star rating and other certificates are proudly shown on my social media pages too.

    This will reassure you and ensure that you are hiring a genuine, professional wedding cake supplier.

  3. Did you make all of the cakes shown in your portfolio?
    I only display pictures of my own cakes with you so that you can see the quality of my own work and my style; but it can be known sometimes for other cake makers to show examples of cakes they could offer to give you an idea; asking this question will confirm that you are seeing their own work.

About Your Cake

  1. How big should our cake be?
    One of the first questions I will ask you as your potential cake maker, is “how many people would you like your cake to serve?” I can then advise on the size required to suit this number. I will also work with you to consider your design shapes and the different portions these will allow too. Your budget could also be a consideration for the size of cake too, so be honest with your cake maker and you’ll be able to work together to find the right options.

  2. What flavours do you offer?
    You don’t just want your cake to be remembered for the way it looks, you want it to taste great too and maybe offer something a little different in terms of flavour. Most cake makers will offer more than just the usual vanilla, lemon and chocolate so don’t be afraid to ask – I offer an extensive range of flavours and am happy to give a full list to all of my customers to choose from. See my blog post about choosing your wedding cake flavours.

  3. Can i have a different flavour in each tier?
    This is something I actively encourage so that you and your guests can try different flavours – although it can make choosing difficult if you’re only allowed one piece! Whilst most wedding cake makers will offer this option, not all will surprisingly, so do ask.

  4. Do you offer cake tasting?
    Most cake makers will offer samples to brides and grooms ahead of the big day, although is usually more commonplace after booking. If a taster is offered before booking with the supplier you will often have a fee to pay which is sometimes deductable from the final balance if you go ahead with your booking.

  5. Do you use buttercream or sugarpaste (fondant) icing?
    Some cake makers specialise in either buttercream finished or sugarpaste covered cakes. A lot, like myself, offer both. There are lots of different textures and designs available using both, but if you have your heart set on one in particular, check with your supplier that they offer that option just to make sure.

  6. Do you offer gluten free, or any other special dietary requirements
    If you want to cater for any specific dietary requirements, such as vegan or gluten free, you must ask your cake maker if they offer this option.

Other Questions

  1. Do you offer edible wedding favours?
    Biscuits, macarons, cakecicles, cake hearts and cake pops all make great wedding favours and are treats that I can offer with my service.

  2. Do you offer tray cakes for the kitchen to cut and serve?
    If you’re on a tighter budget and can’t afford say a 4-5 tier masterpiece, one option would be to have a smaller cake for display and ask your cake maker if they can offer you cutting cakes for the kitchen to serve in addition. These cutting cakes are usually sheet cakes which are still in your flavours, but without all of the extra decoration and so can be a cost saver.

    If you discuss your budget honestly with your wedding cake maker, they can advise what options would be available.

Pricing and Payment

  1. How much deposit do you require?
    Most wedding cake makers will ask for you to pay a deposit to confirm your order and then pay the balance closer to your wedding date. The deposit amount varies from maker to maker, so do ask.

    I unfortunately cannot hold any of my dates without a deposit paid, but once this is received I confirm back to you and ensure that my time is blocked out for you so that I can give your wedding cake my full attention and care deserved.

  2. When do you require full payment?
    Again, this date can vary from maker to maker so it is important to find out. Some suppliers will ask for payment within 30 days of your wedding, others a little closer.

  3. Can I pay in installments?
    Couples will often ask me if they can pay in stages during the build up to their wedding – it eases some of the financial pressure and doesn’t leave them with a big bill to pay off to all suppliers as their wedding day nears. I am happy to accept payments in installments.

  4. What is your cancellation policy?
    No one envisages having to cancel their wedding day (well at least not until Covid-19 anyway, sad times), but it is important to understand your rights should this happen – when is the cancellation cut-off and are there any financial consequences?
Starry night wedding cake
Navy and gold, starry night theme wedding cake.

On the Day

  1. Will you deliver our cake? And is there a charge?
    Arranging the logistics for your cake will also be discussed. Your cake maker will need to know where your venue is, what time your ceremony is, and if there’s anything special they need to know about the venue (is it a marquee, for example). Most wedding cake makers will deliver your cake and set it up at your venue, but don’t assume this is always the case as some do not. There most likely will be a delivery and set up charge included in your price.

    I deliver throughout Lincolnshire and Newark and will discuss your venue location with you on enquiry so that I am able to include delivery and set up in your quote.

  2. Do you supply a cake stand and knife?
    This is also a question for your venue as most venues can supply a cake stand and cake knife, although it may not be the style that you would like. Some wedding cake makers also have their own stands available for hire too. Should you wish to source your own, please do discuss with your cake maker too as there may be things to consider such as the weight, or size of cake it can support.

  3. Will you leave a cake box for us to take any leftover cake home with us?
    For my own wedding day, we had decided to save the top tier of our three-tier cake for our at home family lunch the following day. We weren’t leaving for our honeymoon until later that evening so had a little gathering with my Auntie, Uncle and cousins who had travelled to be with us, so it was the perfect interlude if you like. Our cake maker knew that this was our plan from the start and so we were able to instruct the kitchen not to touch it, and instead box it and give it to us the following morning.

    If you would like a box leaving for something like this, it’s worth asking. Your cake maker may suggest, as I would, giving you one in advance so that the venue do not misplace it on the day, otherwise the kitchen will most-likely cling wrap it for you.

Contact The Cake Queen, Lincoln

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your dream wedding cake with you.

Choosing Your Wedding Cake Flavour

Choosing Your Wedding Cake Flavour

Choosing the flavour for your wedding cake is arguably as important, if not more so, than the design of its exterior – afterall, you want a cake that you’ll remember for years to come, not just for how it looked but for how it tasted too.

Gone are the days when fruit cake was a must for your wedding cake, and now you can choose from virtually any flavour. So where do you start?

What Do YOU Like?

First of all, ask yourself “what flavours do I like?” It is your wedding and everything about the day should reflect you and your partner instead of trying to please everyone. So unless you love vanilla cake with vanilla filling, don’t feel you have to choose it just because it is a crowd-pleaser.

Consider Unusual or Seasonal Flavours

Some flavours are considered more seasonal than others, such as strawberry or blueberry flavours in summer, or cinnamon and gingerbread in winter.

I also encourage my couples to select a different flavour for each tier of their wedding cake – this gives you an opportunity to try something a little different, such as a tropical coconut sponge with passion fruit filled tier, along side perhaps an indulgent chocolate and salted caramel tier, and still offer a crowd-pleasing vanilla cake.

Here are a few of my favourite unique flavours:

  • Lemon sponge with lemon and elderflower filling
  • Vanilla sponge with strawberries and cream buttercream
  • Coconut sponge with passion fruit filling
  • Chocolate sponge with salted caramel filling
  • Apple crumble sponge with cinnamon swirl buttercream
  • Vanilla sponge with raspberry ripple (just like the ice cream) filling
  • and so many more…!

Have a Tasting Session

Once you have an idea of what you would like, speak to your cake maker about a taster session. These can be done face-to-face, or what I like to do is give my couples a sample box to take home and enjoy together and make their final decision in their own time and comfort.

I hope that’s got you thinking and your mouth watering for an exciting cake flavour!

Give Yourself Enough Time

Don’t forget that cake makers can book up sometimes a year in advance, often longer during peak summer seasons, so don’t leave it too late to start your search – I know I hate having to turn brides away because I am unavailable for their date.

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your dream wedding cake with you.