PRICING, TASTINGS, and DESIGN PROCESS
Photos above courtesy of Alexandra Knight Photography
Honey Crumb Cake Studio creates cakes for weddings, birthdays, and any other special occasion. We are skilled at working with buttercream, fondant, marzipan, ganache, and modeling chocolate as exterior mediums, which means the sky's the limit with regard to the cake designs we can execute.
We have a $250 minimum for all custom cakes, and a $95 minimum on pre-designed cakes. We do not ship our cakes out of state, and we sell our sugar flowers and other hand crafted cake decorations (e.g. sugar figurines) only to clients who are also ordering a cake from us -- not on their own.
It is important to us that your cake be exactly what you want. We limit the number of orders we accept for each week, so that we can give every cake the attention it deserves. As a result, our calendar fills up quickly, from May through September in particular. We recommend that you make an appointment for a cake consultation (or order your take-home tasting pack) as soon as you’ve secured the date and your venue. A 50% date reservation fee is required to confirm your order.
We do not offer in-person consultations for cake orders of less than $250. However, you are welcome to sample our cakes, and can do so by ordering a "to go" tasting pack for pickup from the bakery.
LEAD TIME - If you're seeking a fully custom-designed cake, it is ideal to start the planning process six to nine months before your event. We can work with less lead time than this, depending on our availability, so please do send us an inquiry. If you're seeking a simple, classic cake for your event, you'll want to take a look at our pre-designed Classic Collection. We can produce these cakes with much less lead time (ideally one month -- but if our schedule allows, seven full days' notice is workable!).
DESIGN PROCESS - First, we want to hear more about what you're planning: the type of event, whether you have a theme or color palette in mind, and any ideas or inspiration you have for the cake design. The vision for your cake can be established via phone or email, or you may prefer to come in for a personal consultation (if we have enough lead time). For custom cakes, the design process typically involves a digital sketch of your cake that is emailed to you for approval (or revision) after we have received your retainer payment. For pre-designed Classic Cakes, the design process simply requires you to choose your exterior finish (and trim color, tier shape, flower type/placement -- if relevant) from the range. Either way, once the design has been finalized, we send you an order confirmation in PDF to save for your records (and to pass along to your event coordinator, florist, etc).
FLAVORS - We offer an abundant and exciting menu of cake and filling choices. Off-menu/custom flavor requests are available at extra cost. We will gladly offer suggestions for cake flavors that would appeal to your guests and complement the season or overall feel of your event.
TASTINGS - In-person tastings are held at our beautiful studio bakery in Lower Queen Anne. For your tasting, you can choose three cake flavors from our menu for $35 (add $15 if you'd like your three samples to be gluten-free or vegan). If you'd like to sample more than three flavors, add $15 for each additional sample.
We provide enough cake for 2-3 people, and we recommend that you double up on cake samples if you wish to have more than 2-3 people at your tasting (though we've found that the more guests you have at the tasting, the less productive the design process becomes). At the appointment, you'll be able to browse our portfolios and find inspiration for your cake. We'll use the time (45-60 mins) to explore the possibilities and create some digital sketches of the design. Please feel free to bring along images, style boards, swatches of your colors, mockups of your paper goods, and anything else that may inspire a beautiful and unique cake for your event.
If you have a hectic schedule or it is otherwise tricky to pin down a mutually convenient date for your in-person tasting (OR if your cake order will not meet a minimum of $250), then we can prepare a "to go" tasting pack for you to pick up from the bakery with five days' notice. The fee for our take-home tasting packs is the same as our in-person tasting fee (see above).
PRICING - Your cake is priced on the basis of how many people it needs to serve, and on how intricate the design is. You can expect the price (per serving) of our custom cakes to match the price per plate of an exquisite dessert in a fine dining establishment (i.e. $10 per person and up). Please note that certain minimums apply (e.g. depending on where your cake needs to be delivered -- see below). If you have simpler requirements, our Classic Cakes range may be the perfect fit. This is our collection of pre-designed cakes with limited customization, starting at $95.
DELIVERY - We offer delivery and setup of all our cakes if the order meets a minimum of $400. Our delivery fee within Seattle city limits is $80. For venues outside the city, the delivery fee is based on mileage from our studio (calculated using Google Maps). Some cakes require more intricate setup/assembly on site, which may add to the delivery fee. We will discuss this with you during the design phase. Please note: During peak wedding season, if your cake delivery requires ferry travel or your venue is more than 50 miles from our bakery, the minimum cake order is $1,500 -- excluding the delivery fee.