Choosing the right baker can feel like a daunting task when you’ve already got your hands full with other obligations and interests; from the chapel to the reception hall, to the guest list to the dress. Your hands are full. But at the end of the day, the cake is still part of the memories you’re making and you want to make sure it all flows together beautifully.
You also want to make sure it’s the least stressful part of the planning and that everything works out smoothly. And since this is our area of expertise at Ontario Bakery, we want to share with you the tips we know to make this process the best one you’ve had along the wedding planning adventure.
First of all, be sure to ask your friends and family if they have a trusted baker they can recommend to you. If you’ve recently attended someone else's wedding, and you liked the cake, ask around to see where they ordered from. Just be sure to always go with a baker someone you know personally can recommend.
Once you’ve got your list of recommendations, call the bakeries individually and ask if you can taste samples of cakes and icings. You’ll need to decide on the cake flavor, icing in between layers, and outer icing so this is an important appointment to make.
As you prepare for these appointments, have a folder ready full of inspirational photographs or pages from bridal magazines to bring with you and share with the cake designer. A picture IS worth a thousand words. So, if you have something in mind already, show the baker a picture. It's easier than trying to explain everything in words.
If you have a cake topper picked out already, be sure to bring it with you to the baker. Some cake tops are heavy and may need special consideration or support. The cake topper may look too small or big for the cake you had in mind. The baker can help you with sizing of the top cake.
Once you’re there, make sure you ask the the baker any pressing questions you might have including how far in advance they bake the cake and how far in advance they frost it. You want the freshest possible wedding cake, but not a last minute cake either. Another question you want to make sure to ask is if there are special charges for using decor such as pillars, columns, cake tops, flowers on the cake so you’re not surprised by the bill.
Lastly, and this one is very important, be sure to get all the details about the setup and delivery options and charges. Don’t skimp here. You don't want to send a friend or relative to pick up your cake! Let the professional baker deliver it and set it up.
Follow those guidelines and your cake planning will be both stress free and fun - not to mention delicious! Visit us at Ontatio Bakery if you’ll be wedding in or near Irvine. We have a reputation for delivering exactly what you would expect from the best bakery in the Inland Empire.