How to Order Your Cake
Photos above courtesy of Matthew Land Studios
STEP ONE: BROWSE OUR PORTFOLIO AND TAKE NOTE OF OUR PRICING GUIDELINES
Honey Crumb Cake Studio creates cakes for weddings, birthdays, and all other special occasions. Broadly speaking, we offer two services:
1) Completely custom-designed cakes
These cakes are entirely unique and are designed specifically for your event [see our custom wedding cakes here; see our novelty/sculpted cakes here]. Our minimum order for custom-designed cakes is $400. Pricing for custom cakes is determined by the number of servings provided, and by the amount of skill and time required to create the artwork. You can expect the price of a custom cake to match the price per plate of an exquisite dessert in a fine dining establishment (i.e. $10 per serving and up).
2) A collection of pre-designed cakes
These are chosen from our catalog [see the pre-designed collection of Classic Cakes here]. Our minimum order for pre-designed Classic Cakes is $245 (for a two-tiered cake). Three-tiered cakes in this range begin at $365. Full pricing information for this range can be found here.
STEP TWO: CONTACT US TO DETERMINE AVAILABILITY
May through October is peak wedding season for us. If your event is taking place during peak season (even if it's not a wedding), it's best to get in touch with us as far in advance as possible. Our calendar may be fully booked if you wait too long!
If you're seeking a completely custom cake, the cake design process typically begins four to nine months before your event. Depending on our schedule, we can work with less lead time than this (i.e. 1-3 months), so please do send us an inquiry.
If you're seeking a pre-designed cake from the Classic Cakes range, one month of lead time is ideal -- but if our schedule allows, seven full days' notice is workable. We can check availability for you as soon as you send us an inquiry.
STEP THREE: DESIGN & TASTING
The more you can tell us about the type of event you're planning, the better. Theme, color palette, ideas or inspiration for the cake design -- fill us in!
We can chat over email or phone to establish the initial specifications for your cake. If your cake serves more than 50 people, and if we have enough lead time, you may prefer to come in for a personal consultation.
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.
Our menu of cake and filling choices is a list of our all-time best sellers. 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.
You may bring up to two additional guests with you to the tasting, and we provide enough cake for 2-3 people. 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.
For those with hectic schedules, or for those ordering a cake to serve less than 50 people:
If it's tricky for us to pin down a mutually convenient date for your in-person tasting -- or, if your cake will serve less than 50 people -- 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).
STEP FOUR: SECURE YOUR DATE
After the tasting, we temporarily reserve your event date on our calendar for 7 days, as a courtesy. Once the courtesy hold has expired, we require a 50% retainer payment to confirm your order -- for all orders of more than $245. For cake orders of $245 or less, payment in full is required upon booking.
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 the retainer.
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).
STEP FIVE: BALANCE PAYMENT AND FINAL CONFIRMATION
The balance payment for your cake is due two weeks before the event (if your order is more than $245). We typically check in with you around this time to confirm your final guest count, so that we can make adjustments to the size of the cake if necessary. Once we've received your balance and you've confirmed the final logistical details (e.g. delivery time), we are all set! The only thing left to do after that is to enjoy your cake, and delight in all the compliments you'll receive on it from your guests.
A NOTE ABOUT DELIVERY:
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.
Not all cakes can be delivered personally by us. Certain orders are pickup only (in which case, the cake would be carefully packaged by us, and we would provide thorough instructions for handling/transporting the cake). Please contact us for more information.
During peak wedding season (May through October), 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.