Wedding Cake – Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you deliver and set up our wedding cake?
Yes, we do! We liaise with your venue directly and arrange a time to deliver and set up the cake in its final position (where possible) on the day of your wedding. We highly recommend that we do this as opposed to trying to set it up yourselves as we are used to driving cakes, carrying them, and putting them together. It’s also one more thing we can do for you to take some of the worry and stress out of your big day.
Should you prefer to collect your cake, then this is possible, and we will prepare and pack your cake ready for you with instructions, but we strongly recommend that where possible we do all this for you.
- Where do you deliver to?
We will deliver your cake to any venue in Kent and South East of England except for central London. Delivery within 10 miles of our studio is included in the price of your cake, beyond there, there is a charge per mile for a round trip. Feel free to get in touch and we can easily work this out for you.
- What size should my cake be?
There is no formula that says what size cake you need. I always tell my couples: –
- You can choose to have a cake big enough to feed all your guests.
- You can have a cake to feed your guests and more.
- You can choose a smaller cake that doesn’t feed all your guests.
- Choose a cake that fits your budget.
- Choose a size cake works for your chosen design.
- Are you having a fruit tier (you get more portions from a fruit cake)?
- Are you planning to cut all the cake at the wedding, or do you plan to keep some?
So, I say have a cake the size that suits you and your budget and don’t feel you need to feed all your guests unless you particularly want to. I will let you know at the time of booking how many guests your chosen cake size will feed. What size wedding cake do we need for our wedding? (icedimagescakes.blogspot.com)
- Can I have different flavours for each tier?
Yes, you can have every tier a different flavour. I would suggest that for the larger tiers of your cake you have more usual flavours and use the smaller tiers for more unusual or niche flavours.
- Do you provide cake stands and a cake knife?
Yes, we have a selection of cake stands available to use on your wedding day on a first come first served basis. We don’t charge for the use of our cake stands but we do ask for a deposit and ask for the stand to be returned to us within a few days of the wedding in order for the deposit to be returned. We also have a silver cake knife you can borrow too. Wedding Cake Stands – Iced Cake Images (icedimagescakes.co.uk)
- Can I provide my own cake topper?
Yes of course. Where possible we like to have any cake topper delivered to us prior to the wedding so we can check size and work out how we will attach it to the cake. If this is not possible then we would like a photo of it and can collect it at the venue. We will also advise you of the top tier dimensions to help you with the sizing of your topper.
- Can you decorate a cake that I’ve made?
Unfortunately, due to food hygiene regulations we are unable to decorate cakes that have not been provided by ourselves.
- Can I design my own cake?
Yes, we love it when couples have cake ideas. We can work with you to perfect your design and then make it into your actual wedding cake.
- How much do you charge for a wedding cake?
Wedding cakes are priced on an individual basis depending upon, size, distance to venue and final design. However, there are some guide prices on our website at Price Guide – Iced Cake Images (icedimagescakes.co.uk).
- What flavours do you offer?
We have a large selection of flavours to choose from on our website Our Cake Flavours – Iced Cake Images (icedimagescakes.co.uk)
- Do you cover any specific dietary requirements?
We offer the following dietary requirements only and only for top tiers of wedding cakes: –
- Gluten free vanilla sponge cake
- Gluten free chocolate cake
- Gluten free lemon sponge
- Vegan vanilla sponge cake
- Vegan lemon infused sponge cake
- Eggless vanilla sponge cake
- How far in advance should I book my cake?
When you meet the supplier that is right for you, you should book them, usually with a small deposit to secure your date. I will take wedding cake bookings up to 2 years in advance, and to secure your date a booking fee of £100 is required. It is not necessary to know exactly what you want at this point in time.
You can obviously enquire about your date at any point to check availability and you may be lucky, but once we reach our maximum number of wedding cakes per week / month we are unable to take any further bookings.
In reality most couples book approx. 12 months in advance.
- Do you offer cake consultations and cake samples?
Yes, we do offer consultations either by Zoom/Facetime or WhatsApp or when allowed in person at my home in Ditton, Kent. We love to meet you and discuss your ideas with you and it’s much easier to answer all your questions this way.
We do offer cake samples; you can order these through our website here.
The cake samples are posted out monthly, see our website for more details or can be ready for you to take home or eat during our in-person wedding cake consultation.
- Can you provide samples by post?
Yes, we post out cake samples once a month on a specific date and can be ordered through our website at Wedding Cake Consultations and Tasting Boxes – Iced Cake Images (icedimagescakes.co.uk)
- Can I have fake tiers in my cake, and will this reduce the price of the cake?
Yes, we do offer fake tiers should you wish to have them, and they are great if you want that huge show stopping wedding cake with out lots of extra cake. We can work out which tiers work out the best ones to be fake and sponge to ensure that you get the correct number of portions for your wedding.
However, the cost of the cake is in the decoration, and the costs of the polystyrene dummies is more expensive than you imagine, therefore the cost difference between an actual sponge and a dummy cake is minimal, therefore we only offer a discount of approx. £30 per tier.
- Do I have to have fruit cake?
No, you don’t have to have fruit cake for your wedding cake, most cakes these days are all sponge tiers, or have one fruit tier only. Fruit cake does incur an additional £40 per tier.
- Do I have to have a fruit cake as the bottom tier of my cake?
No, you can have your fruit cake as any of the tiers of your cake. If couples have a fruit tier these days most couples, choose to have the smallest tier for their older relatives who may prefer this.
- Can I have fresh flowers on my cake?
Iced Images Cakes are specialist in beautiful sugar flowers and much to prefer to work with these which are food safe and make a great memento of your wedding. Should you require fresh flowers on your cake, then you should arrange this directly with your florist.
- What types of payment do you take?
We take payment by cheque bank transfer or cash although bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
- How much booking fee do you require?
The booking fee to confirm your booking is £100.00 and is deducted from the final cost of your cake.
- When is the balance of the cake required?
The payment of the final balance is due in calendar month before your wedding date. We ask where possible that you don’t pay this any earlier in case it becomes necessary for you to change your wedding date.
- Are you a Registered Food Business with a Food Hygiene Safety Rating and are you insured?
Yes, we have a Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating from our local council (Tonbridge and Malling) and have Public Liability insurance for £2 million. We also strongly advise when possible that you take out your own wedding insurance as well About – Iced Cake Images (icedimagescakes.co.uk).
- Have you made many wedding cakes?
Yes, we made our first wedding cake in about 1994 and since then we have made 100’s of wedding cakes. Most of these can be found in the galleries on our website.