Fancy That Cake F.A.Q.’s
What flavors do you offer?
Below is a list of the cake and filling flavors I offer currently:
Cake flavors: French vanilla, vanilla almond, chocolate, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, red velvet, strawberry, lemon, amaretto, peanut butter, fudge marble, butter pecan, confetti, carrot, spice, banana, coconut, pumpkin spice… if you have a favorite flavor, but don’t see it on this list, just ask, and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂
Buttercream-based filling flavors: vanilla, vanilla almond, cream cheese, chocolate, cookies-n-cream, chocolate chip, raspberry cream, strawberry cream, lemon cream, cherry cream, blueberry cream, mint, mocha, hazelnut, peanut butter, banana, cinnamon cream, salted caramel…
Fruit (jam) fillings: strawberry, raspberry, lemon, cherry and blueberry
Do you offer cake tastings?
Yes, I offer cake tastings for wedding cake orders over $400. Tastings are by appointment only. I charge $50 for cake tastings. That includes cake in your choice of three flavors (you also get to choose four filling flavors to try with your cake). You can have up to six people total attend the tasting. I can accommodate more people and/or more flavor choices, but there will be an additional charge.
Why do we charge? It is simply because I am not a bakery, but a custom cake business. Therefore, cake must be baked and filling prepared for each tasting I host.
Will you cut and serve my wedding cake at my reception?
Sometimes we do cut and serve wedding cakes. What do you get? You get me and my husband, two professional cake hackers 😀 We will bring all the platters and cutting utensils, etc., that is needed to disassemble and serve your cake. (We do not provide plates or utensils or napkins or to-go containers.) If you are willing to feed us… and if you are willing to pay the $100 cutting/serving fee, then we will cut and serve your wedding cake at your reception. There are a few more criteria that need to be met. The reception venue must be within a 30-mile radius of Fancy That Cake, and the order must be over $400 total.
How much do you charge for your cakes?
This is a very common question, but as my slogan states, “As Unique as You Are,” so is the answer! This is truly a custom cake decorating company with custom pricing. Currently, base price for any cake is $4.00 per serving. Fondant or buttercream makes no difference in price as I use whatever medium I need to get the look you want. But tier shape, the number of servings, and how the cake is decorated will affect the price. All prices are based on how much time I think it will take me to create your custom, edible work of art!
Please feel free to call me (573-200-6428) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me a bit about the cake you have in mind. If you can tell me how many servings you would like, and any information at all about how you want the cake decorated, I’m happy to give you a free price quote.
Do you have a minimum (starting) order price?
Yes, I have a base price of $200 for any cake order. Base price for 3D/carved/sculpted cakes is $350 and base price for all “wedding” cake orders is $400. These prices do not include materials or sales tax and/or delivery fees, so those charges would be extra, if they apply. Each cake is priced individually based on the size of the cake and/or the complexity of the design. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about how much something will cost. I’m always happy to give you a free price quote.
Why is there a $400 minimum for “wedding” orders?
This is a new policy for Fancy That Cake as of 10/3/2022. It doesn’t mean that I will not make a small wedding cake. But I don’t do tastings and I don’t deliver for regular cake orders (e.g., birthday cakes, shower cakes, anniversary cakes, etc.), which are typically less than $400. And so for wedding orders that are less than $400, I am not offering tastings, delivery service, or cake cutting service anymore.
Do you require a deposit to book a cake date?
Yes, I require 50% down, but on larger orders or orders that are placed more than six months out, that is not always the case. Please keep in mind that an order is not “official” until a down payment has been made. So if you are sure you want Fancy That Cake, then get your deposit paid as soon as possible to save your date. I have never backed out on an order once a down payment has been made.
What is your cancellation / refund policy?
You can cancel your order at any time, up to one week before your event. However, the down payment is non-refundable. The down payment is used to save your date. Once a particular date is full, I will turn away any and all additional business, because there is only so much work I can take for a particular week. Please contact me ASAP if you believe you will be canceling. Date changes will be handled on a case-by-case basis; changing a Saturday due date to a Friday or Sunday pick-up is usually no problem, whereas changing to a different week or even month or year may be handled in almost the same way as a cancellation.
Do you offer delivery and how much do you charge?
Yes, we deliver! We (that is me and my hubby) deliver wedding cake orders that are $400 or more, and occasionally I will deliver cakes for other occasions if the cakes are exceptionally large, expensive and/or pose some other challenge to the customer. If you have a special request for delivery, just ask. I’m not saying I’ll do it every time, but I do try to take most things on a case-by-case basis.
For wedding cakes, though, I recommend letting me deliver. The charge is usually negligible, and it’s always better to leave me the responsibility of making sure your cake arrives at your reception in perfect condition.
Delivery fee anywhere in Jackson, MO, is $25; anywhere in Cape Girardeau, MO, is $30. Otherwise, its usually $50 to Perryville or Sikeston, $60 to Carbondale, $65 to Fredericktown… I say “usually” because sometimes the price can vary. All costs are based on what the IRS says to charge for mileage, also taking into consideration how much extra time and stress it will take me to make the drive and set-up. So straight, multi-lane travel over more miles can sometimes cost less than a shorter drive on a curvy, hilly, two-lane road (hence the higher cost of Fredericktown over Carbondale).
Regarding delivery time, usually I like to make my own delivery schedule, typically delivering cakes late morning or early afternoon, most of the time before 2 p.m. However, I realize sometimes a later delivery may be necessary, like if you’re having an outdoor wedding in the middle of July, and it’s going to be 100 degrees, you don’t want your cake sitting out in the heat from 11:00 a.m. until your 4:00 p.m. wedding reception. In these instances, where either the weather or the venue dictates a late delivery time, there is a $50 surcharge that will be added to the delivery cost.
Lastly, as a rule, I do not deliver to private residences.
Where are you located and how far will you travel to deliver an awesome wedding cake?
We are located in Jackson, MO, and we service all of Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, and the South St. Louis region as well as even Western Kentucky. We have delivered many cakes down to Sikeston, Portageville, and even Kennett down south in Missouri, Farmington, St. Genevieve and up into St. Louis, MO, as well. We have delivered to Carbondale, Cairo, Cobden and once even to Herrin, Illinois. The longest trip we’ve made for a cake delivery, so far, was the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO, which was a 4.5 hour one-way trip! But the bride wanted Fancy That Cake, and she was more than happy to pay the delivery charge!
What’s the best way to freeze and thaw our top tier of our wedding cake?
First things first… if you don’t have a deep-freeze or know someone who has a deep-freeze who is willing to store your top tier for you, then don’t plan on freezing it for a year. It will keep in a standard kitchen freezer for a month or so, but no longer, due to increased temperature fluctuations.
Freezing your top tier:
- Remove silk or fresh flowers or any other non-edible decorations (sugar flowers/decorations can remain on the cake)
- Place cake unwrapped in freezer for at least 24 hours (up to 3 days)
- Wrap frozen cake in plastic wrap and then freezer foil (if you wish, you can then place the wrapped cake in a box)
- Place the wrapped cake back in the freezer until you are ready to eat it.
Thawing your frozen cake:
- Remove your frozen cake from the freezer and unwrap it immediately.
- Place the unwrapped cake on a cooling rack for a few hours
- EAT IT!
Email me and let me know if it tasted good a year later 🙂