Thursday, June 17, 2010
Getting the Cake of Your Dreams Part 7: FIND A BAKER
There are thousands of bakers out there, the problem is finding the one that is for you. You want someone who is open to your ideas and capable of delivering what you're looking for within your budget. If you have a catered wedding often the caterer will know and recommend several bakers. Some reception sites may require you to use their sources, so know what the rules are. It’s a good idea to meet with more than one in order to make the best decision.
Always do your research before setting up appointments. Look at his or her website, Google them, and check around for recommendations. At the meeting there is lots to discuss: time and place of the wedding, degree of formality, style and colors, what your gown is like, and any other important details. Will the cake baker create a custom cake, or are there set styles to choose from? Feel free to bring pictures of cakes or swatches of fabric you like and that show exactly what colors you prefer. If you like a particular photograph from the baker's portfolio, make sure it represents work done by current staff. Ask for a detailed sketch of the cake you finally design with your baker. Go with a baker who not only is able to deliver the cake you want but one that you are comfortable with. Also, make sure they want to be part of your special day, instead of just wanting your money. Get a feel for which one fits you best then go for it.
The cake should be ordered as early as possible (4 to 6 months before the wedding, with some nationally recognized bakers requiring almost a year in advance). However, many brides don’t have this sort of lead time and will need a baker who can work more quickly. When you think you've met your match, book the baker with a deposit.
The baker should feel like this is their cake that they will be seeing on their special day. If it’s just one of a dozen cakes that weekend and not a special priority, then perhaps you should move on. This is more than just a piece of cake so your guests have a pretty dessert, it is the centerpiece of your new beginning!