Choosing your celebration cake for your kids party, Christening or baby shower shouldn’t be hard. Here are some tips to make the process a little bit easier thanks to talented baker Catie of Sweetly Baked Perth
- Make a wish list
Before you meet with your baker, make sure you have an idea about what you like and what you don’t like. Meeting your baker with a list of what you love, what you like and what you would never ever want, helps with clear communication between you and your baker.
Bring with you decoration designs, invites, colour swatches etc that you’ll be using throughout your celebration to help with design ideas.
Keep in mind though, every baker has their own style and set of design skills and most won’t copy a cake exactly, especially if it is another baker’s hard work and ideas.
Not all cake makers are the same. Some can create amazing sugar flowers and fondant creations, while others choose to only work with buttercream.
Ask for pictures of previous work, stalk social media and read the comments, look at the cake-maker’s website and see if that particular baker makes cakes in the styles that you like. Send them through pictures of what you like, and ask if they have made something similar beforehand. They will let you know if it’s something they can do.
Consider your budget! Be realistic about what you can and can’t afford.
You might really want that embellished seven-tier cake, but if it doesn’t fit in your budget, don’t be afraid to ask your baker for alternative suggestions that still give a wow factor. A good cake decorator will make helpful suggestions, while still meeting your cake dreams.
Choose something that YOU will enjoy, not what you think others will like. Most of the time, you’ll end up with leftover cake and you’ll be the one eating it! Double check with your baker if they charge extra for “premium flavours and fillings”. Not everyone does, but it is something to keep in mind.
Most bakers will also offer cake samples/tasting boxes (usually for a fee that is deducted from the total if you go ahead with the order). Take the opportunity to taste cakes and meet with the baker if you can.
- Something Different
Is someone attending your celebration who might not be into cake? Are you not that into cake yourself?
There are lots of alternative on offer if you’re one of those people. You could go for cupcakes, sugar cookies, baked donuts, bite size brownies, dessert cups.
All these things look and taste delicious and will still give you that awe-inspiring dessert table.
Thanks to Catie from Sweetly Baked Perth for these fantastic tips! As you can see from the images above, her creations are gorgeous! If you’re in Perth you can get in touch with her here!