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 Piece of Cake charges $4.00 serving... then we are more expensive 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.
Don't get me wrong, the bakers that say that 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. We just prefer to give a little more and let you pay for a little less. My tip: Always ask what sizes your cake layers will be so that you can accurately compare 2 or more companies wedding cake pricing.
- 6. Where did the name Piece Of Cake come from? Does it have any relation to the 1985 movie, Piece of Cake, starring Harrison Ford and a young Britney Spears?
When you choose any wedding vendor, you should choose a company that gives you peace of mind (it's a big day and you have a lot going on). The fact is, that if you conduct your cake tasting at a Starbuck's and hand over a deposit check, the only way you have to find this person again is likely a cell phone number.
Unfortunately, we get "emergency wedding cake" calls and emails every single month from couples who have had their cake person "disappear" or "quit doing wedding cakes" a week or 2 before their wedding date. Make certain that you do your homework before selecting any wedding cake provider (or any wedding vendor for that matter).
We recommend that all couples search the Restaurant Ratings on the Maricopa County web site and make certain that the baker you are considering is licensed and inspected. If they aren't listed there, they aren't inspected.
- 12. I've noticed that some cake companies say that their cakes are "baked with love" but your site says nothing about baking with love. What up with that?
- 14. I see a lot of companies say their cakes "taste as good as they look", but not you guys. What's the dealio?
- 16. We have a limited budget, and I'm not sure if we can get the cake we want for what we can afford to spend.
- 17. If we get a fake cake for display and serve sheet cakes is it cheaper than having a real entire wedding cake?
If the display cake is fake and you have sheet cakes to feed the 160 guests, here are the steps they now need to take. 1. Buy the 4 tiers of styrofoam for the fake tiers (which cost around $25 for all four) , 2. buy the ingredients for the 160 servings (same amount of guests, so the same amount of ingredients are used) 3. Decorate the styrofoam layers, 4. Bake the sheet cakes, 5. Decorate the sheet cakes (usually done with simpler decorations).
As you can see, due to the Styrofoam layers, the baker actually spends $25 more on ingredients and now decorates 5 cakes (4 fake, 1 real) instead of 4 using this method.
Sure, some bakers have a "We'll give you 3% back if you return it" offer so they can save a few bucks that way (after all they are paying you $9 for your $300 fake cake and that styrofoam would cost them $25 new) but the math still doesn't work out and it is realistically only cheaper if a decorator is more comfortable working with fake cakes and discounts their service based on that. The reason some bakers promote fake cakes is that using fake tiers allows a less skilled decorator to make cakes that look better than they would have if they had to shape a real cake with frosting, which is one of the skills that really separates a pro from a hobbyist.
- 18. Why doesn't your "About us" page give a warm and fuzzy history of your journey into baking like I see on so many other cake company websites? Didn't your love of baking start at an early age because of your grandmother or something?
At the tender age of 3 Mary accidentally baked herself into a pineapple upside down cake and was partially consumed by her older sister while friends and family sang Happy Birthday. Mary's sister may have eaten her pinky toe, but fortunately she didn't eat Mary's love for baking. In 2007 Mary decided that after taking a month of cake decorating classes that it was time to hone her cake skills the only way she knew how... on your wedding cake! Mary also enjoys watching Saved By The Bell, letting her cat walk on her countertops, and creating charcoal drawings of Brad Pitt in a santa suit. Call Mary today for a wedding cake that people will be talking about for years.
I think we'll just keep ours like it is.
Another consideration is wind. If your buttercream cake is sitting outside at any time of year and the wind starts stirring up dirt... you are probably going to have dirt & twig pieces embedded into your cake. With fondant a lot of that stuff will bounce off leaving your cake looking pretty for photos. We recommend fondant for all outdoor receptions because of this reason.
Also make sure you are realistic when you choose a baker. Look closely at their photos for bumpy fondant or craterous buttercream. Just because you think they are nice and they are cheap doesn't mean they can pull off the design you are requesting and make it awesome. That's why we're neither nice nor cheap.
- 26. How come people tell you to stay a kid for as long as you can, yet the moment you do anything childish or immature they tell you to grow up?