GUEST POST - How to Choose Your Vegan Wedding Cake Maker, By The Iced Vegan
15th January 2020
Today, Trudy from The Iced Vegan shares her advice for ensuring that you get the vegan wedding cake of your dreams, not of your nightmares!
I would always recommend using a 100% vegan baker as they will not make silly mistakes when it comes to making your cake and they will understand the issues for structure and fully vegan ingredients. Some bakers will bake a vegan sponge and then use non-vegan decorations (I've witnessed this personally on more than one occasion). Vegan bakers will understand the ethics behind your choices, and be compassionate to not only animals but also the environment.
1. Where possible have a face to face consultation at their premises, this way you will see where your cake is made and some examples of the bakers own work. You will also know if the baker is someone you feel comfortable working with. There is usually no charge for consultations although if samples need to be sent out before booking then a small charge may apply, which should be refunded once you book.
2. Some unscrupulous bakers use other bakers photos and claim them as their own; always check online reviews, hygiene ratings, insurance, etc before booking your consultation, and you can always ask to see the proof. We've all seen those horror photos of what was expected, compared to what was delivered on the day!
3. Approximately 80% of your guests will eat cake so don't feel you need to cater to every guest, especially if it is pushing your budget.
4. Make everyone feel part of your special day and don't compromise on your values. Guests with specific dietary requirements can sometimes feel excluded or an inconvenience to the couple. Your cake can cater to almost everyone in one delicious masterpiece.
5. Read your bakers terms before signing to ensure no hidden extras.
6. Ask if your baker uses cake mixes or bakes everything fresh to order using quality ingredients, also check the portion sizes as these two things can mean a difference in price and very often you will pay just as much if not more for smaller cakes baked from cheaper cake mixes.
7. Don't be pushed away from your design ideas, it may be that your particular baker doesn't have the skills for the style of cake you require and will lead you away from your choices. This is your special day and your cake should be a reflection of your personalities and style. Flavour choices can also be part of this, last year my most popular flavour was Rhubarb and Custard with one couple choosing it for all four tiers of their wedding cake.
8. Try to give your baker a rough idea of budget. It is not for them to exceed or work towards but purely to a guide. This also gives them the ability to advise where you may be able to save money if necessary.
9. Give your baker as much information as possible but especially if there are access issues or very bumpy lanes getting to the venue no one wants a disaster at the final hurdle.
10. Last but by no means least, enjoy choosing your cake - the taste test is a must - and enjoy preparing for your special day!
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