Wedding Frequently Asked Questions
Please find the answers to some of the most common questions that we get asked.
What size wedding cake do I need?
You need a wedding cake large enough to ensure that each guest
receives a slice. At your consultation we shall calculate the size of
wedding cake you need to give you the number or portions required
without you having to pay for excess cake. Please see the guide below to assist you in your decision.
I only need a few tiers but I like the look of a bigger cake?
you only require a smaller cake for your wedding but like the look of a
larger piece then we can add dummy tiers to your own cake to make your
cake look bigger.
When do I need to book?
Overall the earlier you book the better. We work
on a 1st come 1st serve basis and certain dates fill up quickly, once
you have paid a deposit the date is secure. In a bit of a pickle/short
on time? get in touch and we will see what we can do for you. We can take bookings up to 2 years ahead.
Can I mix the flavours?
Yes. Each tier can be a different flavour and because each tier is
supported by dowels, you do not have to have fruit as the bottom tier!
Do you offer a consultation?
For wedding cakes Tess's Cakes offer a free no obligation consultation where you
come and meet with me at our home, providing a friendly and personal
service. This is an opportunity for you to peruse our resources and
try some of the delicious cakes available to you whilst working on a
one to one basis to create your perfect wedding cake.
Can I use fresh flowers?
course. Using fresh flowers on a wedding cake looks beautiful and we
suggest that we liase with your florist to ensure an exact match.
Can you colour match?
If you can provide swatches of materials I can colour match your
wedding cake as close as possible
What colour cupcake cases do you use?
As standard we use a silver case but should you require a different colour then please do ask.
Do you make the Bride and Groom figures?
Yes. These are hand made by Luca and are made to resemble you as
closely as possible if you wish. If you can provide pictures of yourselves and
descriptions of the wedding outfits we can do the rest.
What icing do you use?
use both Sugarpaste and Royal Icing. Royal icing can only be used on
our Rich fruit cakes, so if you would like a Royal Iced cake in any
other flavour then we can produce for you a Royal Iced dummy cake, and
provide you with kitchen cutting cakes in the flavours of your choice.
I have got a tight budget what can I do?
We can produce for you an entire cake made using polystyrene dummies and then we can supply for you kitchen cutting cakes.
When and how do I pay?
50% deposit is required at time of booking and the balance payable 3
weeks before your wedding. Preferred method of payment is by Cheque made
payable to Carl Travers and sent to 130 Hawthorn Ave, Colchester, Essex,
Do you deliver/Can I collect?
Yes. We always deliver our wedding cakes in the morning to ensure that
they arrive in plenty of time for your big day. Delivery and set up
free within 15 miles of CO4 3SJ after that we will charge £0.75p per mile(round trip) for this delivery service.. Please contact me for a quotation if
is slightly further afield. If you wish, you may collect your
wedding cake but delivery and set up is recommended. Once your cake
has been collected it is no longer the responsibility of Tess's cakes.
Do you hire Cake stands and knives?
Wedding cake stands and knives
are available to hire. The price for these are £25 and will be added
ontop of your
quote, if you do not require then please let us know. A £65
security deposit is required and this shall be reimbursed once the
stand and knife have been returned. These should be returned
within 96 hours of your function, failure to do so or damage to the
stand and/or knife will result in the loss of your full deposit. We do
not hire out our cake knives
without a stand.
ordering your wedding cake, the size you choose will depend on how many
guests are attending and whether the cake will be served in coffee or
dessert portions. Below is a rough guide to portion sizes.
Coffee portions are typically served 1" x 1" x 3" deep
Dessert portions are typically served 1" x 2" x 3" deep
Cake Round Round Square Square
Tiers Coffee Dessert Coffee Dessert
6 & 8 60 45 100 60
4,6 & 8 80 40 110 50
6,8 & 10 120 70 150 90
4,6,8 & 10 150 75 170 100
6,8,10 & 12 180 125 290 160
4,6,8,10 & 12 220 130 300 170