Custom “RedBull” Cake, Photo courtesy Cakediva-nyc- Charmaine Jone

The popularity of over the top and whimsical cakes that only your fantasies would allow are all too real these days.  The major players in this field have been in televised competitions, highly visible magazines, major newspaper articles and published books. When ordering a custom cake, there are a lot more  “Cakers” to chose from than the  “Cake Boss”.

 “Cakers” are a group of people who enthusiastically design over the top cakes for a living while others are hobbyists and fans of cake decoration who get together amongst themselves in clubs or cake societies to change the world of cake design by teaching or sharing ideas different from the average baker. If you are in the market for an exceptional, customized cake then a “caker” is who you need to make your fantasy cake come to life.  Keep in mind, a “Caker” needs to have a clear vision of what you want, so I have outlined a few things to make your first custom cake meeting go smoothly.

Custom Bustier Cake, Photo courtesy CakeDiva-nyc- Charmaine Jones

Know Your Budget….the more  decorated your cake, the more it will cost. Be realistic about your budget. Be careful, don’t have  champagne taste with a beer budget. Making sugar flowers for a cake is very time consuming so you may want to use real or silk flowers to save money . You can also save on the delivery fee if you pick up the finished cake yourself. But beware, after it leaves the hands of the designer, YOU are responsible if anything happens to it.  Sometimes, it is best if the cake delivery and assembly are left for the professionals especially if it is a wedding!.

Is There A Theme For Your Event?...Is there a theme to your cake design, certain colors, flowers, shape, motifs, textile design?  Do you want your colors on the cake to match the venue? Do you want a building landmark to be depicted maybe the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal?  All details to think about and to be discussed.

Allow Enough Time For Your Design To Be Executed...Customizing a cake takes time. Good cake designers are in high demand and sometimes orders are taken on a first come first serve bases and some designers may have a limit to the jobs they can take on per week. If possible customers book a year in advance. When you book a customized cake a non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the date and the balance is due a month in advance. You usually know the date of the wedding. The birthday comes around the same time every year. In the case of a wedding there may be a registry. Check to see if the wedding cake is on the registry, if so you can help pay for it by contacting the cake designer and letting them know what your intentions are.

Make Sure That Everything Is Written Down On A Contract and that you get a copy of it. To obtain a copy of a full executed contract  you will need to leave a deposit. The more expensive the cake the more specifics are included in the contract.  The contract of specifics you will also include a sketch of what you expect the piece to look like.

I hope these tips are helpful. Now go and dream up your fantasy cake for your next big event.

Charmaine Jones a.k.a “ CakeDiva” has been baking customized cakes for over 20 years. She has appeared on countless television shows including The Today Show, ABC Eyewitness News, The Food Network, MTV, Who’s Wedding is it Anyway and WE TV’s Cake Wars. Her client list includes Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon and Beyonce. To contact CakeDiva click here


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August 13, 2012

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  1. Lora

    August 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Of course I love this post. Love the Cake Diva!