Saturday, March 29, 2008

Wedding cake sizes... what gives???

I recently added a bit about this on our FAQ page, but since it comes up quite a bit, I figured I would blog it too.

Wedding cake sizing can be a real point of confusion for couples when meeting with different cake companies. I mean, if you order a cake that "serves 100" from one company, it's going to be the same size as a cake that "serves 100" from another company.... right?

Umm... no. Unfortunately, this is where some couples can end up paying more for less if they don't do some research. To some cake shops, a 3 tier cake that consists of a 12" round, 9" round, and a 6" round, feeds 100 guests. Based on the serving chart that we use, those same cakes feed just 84 guests. Yep, you read that right. You can order the exact same size cake from 2 different companies and one will charge you for 84 servings and the other will charge you for 100 servings.

If the 100 serving place is $3.50 a serving and the 84 serving place charges $4.00 serving... then the $3.50 per serving place is cheaper....right? Not so much. (84 servings x $4 = $336, 100 servings x$3.50 = $350). And now you know how a $4.00 per serving cake can be less expensive than a $3.50 per serving cake... even for the exact same size cake.

Don't get me wrong, the bakers that say that say a 12-9-6 configuration feeds 100 guests aren't trying to screw anyone, they are just using the industry standard Wilton serving chart to calculate their servings... most bakers use it... but not everyone.

My tip: Always ask what sizes your cake layers will be so that you can accurately compare 2 or more companies wedding cake pricing, you may be surprised.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Charm City Cakes invaded by droids...

For a while now, our friends over at Charm City Cakes have been referring couples to us that contact them requesting cakes in AZ (it's a bit outside of their delivery range). It took us long enough but we decided that it was time to throw a little love their way.
Typically, as a cake shop, if we want to say "thanks"... we send a cake (duh)... but what does cake shop send to thank another cake shop?

A trash can, obviously :)

If you have been into our shop, you have definitely noticed the coolest trash can in the world sitting next to our water cooler and since the Charm City staff are a bunch of Star Wars freaks, we knew getting them one of their own was the perfect gift:

As you might expect, they love it (seriously, who wouldn't)! Duff told me that they have a pile of lightsabers in the bakery and that R2 found a home next to them. (yeah, it probably looks cooler than ours just sitting next to a water cooler, but you have to admit... that's a pretty sweet water cooler... I'm just sayin').

I should mention, they just started shooting season 5 of Ace of Cakes, If you don't already watch it, you should. Seriously. It's a lot of fun and they are really a great group. .. and at the very least, if you watch it you may see a sweet trash can.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Back at the Show!!!!

After a 2 year hiatus from the Bridal Fashion Debut, we have signed up for the upcoming June show. We've always had fun at the shows (well, sans the whole setup and cleanup part) so we figured attending the smaller June show would be a fun way to get back into it. (plus we are always fully booked for January, so there's no way we can make time for that one)

We picked a booth along the "Fashion Show wall" next to our friends from Villa Siena (, so make sure you stop by to say hi and eat some cake!

New to the Blogisphere

Every blog needs a first post... and this is it.

I'm not sure why we need a blog and I am pretty sure that having one is going to get me in more trouble than not having one, but here it is anyway.

If you got here from our web site, then you know who we are & what we do. We make cakes! Usually wedding cakes... sometimes other stuff.

So I guess that was that, first blog entry outta the way. Phew