I've listed below a few pointers to explain what's included (and what is charged extra) when you place an order for a cake from my kitchen. Standard quotes for bespoke designs include:
Either victoria sandwich or chocolate fudge cake
Freshly handmade using quality ingredients, and including a filling of buttercream and jam (with vanilla sponge) for victoria sandwich, or vanilla buttercream for chocolate fudge cake. If you have a special request, let me know (it may be possible, but may cost a few £ extra). Dairy free victoria sandwich is available (few £ extra).
Covered with professional quality sugarpaste icing
Sugarpaste icing gives a smooth finish, and seals in the moisture in cakes, enhancing their 'shelf life'. Finishing details are fixed onto the cake with royal icing. I do not use raw egg white in my royal icing, instead I use dried albumen based powder, which has the same effect and is safe to eat.
Decorated to create a finished piece
Dependent on the design, this may consist of sugarpaste cut outs, a handmade cake topper, hand moulded figurines/objects, royal icing piping, sweets...the opportunities are endless. Also included is your choice of message - this is sometimes limited by space on the design you choose (but I can advise on that one). Most people like to include a 'Happy Birthday' and the recipient's name somewhere....
The cost of the cake board is included in the price. If you are careful how you cut your cake, the board can be reused for your homemade cakes.
IS NOW INCLUDED as standard for cake orders. A specialist cake box (food grade, and with lid) is provided free of charge, essential if you will be travelling with your cake, storing it for a few days until the special day, or presenting the cake as a gift. The cake is protected from dust, sunlight and curious little ones! Although, please bear in mind, it doesn't protect from the effects of heat (don't put it on a windowsill on a sunny day!). Upgraded packaging (to a corrugated card cake box, for use with wedding cakes, for example) is available at extra cost.
The standard quote for a cake DOES NOT include candles / sparklers. If you choose to include these in the finished design, I will include them in a coordinating colour and add 25p per candle onto your balance (for a standard straight or 'rope twisted' style candle). This can be a more economical method, as you don't have to buy a whole packet when you only need a few. Other novelty candles are available, such as champagne bottles, however these will cost a little more.
The standard quote DOES NOT include delivery. I would request a pick up from my home in Dronfield at a pre-arranged time. Alternatively, I can deliver the cake (by prior arrangement) to an address of your choice within a 20 mile radius of Dronfield S18 1WB at an additional cost. Delivery is charged at 40p per mile, to include the return journey.