This is a very special day, and with all the planning it can also be stressful. The one wedding task that is ALWAYS fun is the cake tasting! What's not to love? Sampling yummy cake, fillings, icings, and combining them for the perfect combination to treat your family and friends. The Gourmet Whisk prides herself on making each wedding cake as individual as you are so you will not be limited to choose from a "wedding flavor menu" or select from a book of preset designs.
A wedding tasting is not required, but it is a good way for us to meet face-to-face and discuss the vision you have for the reception desserts. You may also want a rehearsal dessert, edible treats for the wedding party, or a honeymoon snack pack! You can expect the average tasting consult to last around 45-60 minutes and is traditionally attended by the bride and fiancé, but the Mother of the Bride/Maid of Honor are also welcome. If there are going to be more than three persons attending, please let me know at there is an upcharge for extra taste settings. If it become too difficult to get everyone together for a tasting, let's not stress over that as there will be plenty to take home with you to share.
Groom not a cake fan?
For The Gourmet Whisk, this is not a problem, in fact "no cake" options are becoming quite popular and favored. Cupcakes, cheesecakes, mini-pies, tarts, themed cookie platters, cobblers, or build your own brownie sundae bar. We can step outside the "traditional" box to create something fun and unique for you and your guests.
What to expect
A standard tasting consists of:
5 cake flavors, 3 fillings, and 5 icing options.
[2 full cake samples settings/1 filling-icing setting]
If you want more, I can accomodate that with a small upcharge
$15 for 3 additional samples
$20 for an additional guest cake taste setting
If there are food allergy concerns, i.e., peanut or other food allergies, please communicate this to me prior to our visit.
What to bring to your tasting
Items of inspiration are always helpful in the design process!
Please feel free to bring photos of various cakes that have elements that detail specifics you want for your cake. Other items you are welcome to bring include:
Photos/swatches of the brides dress
Wedding color pallet
List of flower selections
Save the date announcement or a draft of the wedding invitation
Photos of the venue (or web address if they have a web page)
Name & contact information for your wedding coordinator
It is important that you have a very clear idea of your overall wedding budget, and your cake budget in particular, so I can design what will fit your budget.
The photographs you provide are for inspiration only; I make no claims for exact duplication of the work done by other cake decorators.
The deposit will be 25% of the confirmed finalized estimate, reserving your event date and locking your price.
The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable if cancelled within 15 days of your event.
Payout options are available based on your budget. Options can be discussed at the tasting.
Final payment is due 7 days prior to your event.
The Gourmet Whisk will apply the cake tasting fee against the final balance of your contract if you book your cake within a week of the tasting.
All cancellation refunds are subject to a 50% fee; The Gourmet Whisk will retain 50% of the agreed order amount to cover costs incurred to initiate your order if cancellation is within 15 days of the event.
Changes may be made to a wedding order such as cake flavors, serving counts, and design adjustments up to 15 days before your wedding date. At that time, everything must be finalized; No changes to serving count, flavors, or the design after the 15 day point.
Fresh flower orders must be placed within 30 days of the event and sugar flowers must be hand made and assembled within 20 days so any floral changes are not refundable.