Frequently Asked Questions
How much are your cakes?
All of our cakes are designed to suit your personal requirements and the prices are based on the size of the cake, final design and include delivery and setup within the north east. We know that most brides operate on a budget. We have tried to make our pricing framework as transparent as possible. See our pricing page. For a specific quote please contact us via email or telephone giving as much information as possible.
How soon should I book my wedding cake?
We get a lot of enquiries for the most popular wedding months of the year, so we would always encourage you to book as soon as possible. For weddings in April – September, we would advise at least 6-9 months in advance, although we currently have dates booked for more than a year in advance. Whilst we are usually very busy, we do occasionally have a short lull. If you are desperate, it isn’t unheard of for us to pull an all-nighter to achieve the impossible. It’s always worth asking because, as they say up north, “shy bairns get no cake”!
We do ask that you have a date booked before ordering your cake as this will determine our availability. The quality of our cakes is of utmost importance to us and therefore we take on a limited number of bookings for any date to ensure that we don’t compromise on service.
Why are wedding cakes so expensive?
We get asked this question a lot! Wedding cakes can seem very costly, however they are very labour intensive to create. The work begins with the designing, planning and discussion with you so that the cake is exactly as you dream. Each bespoke wedding cake then requires hours (often days) of work in preparation, baking, levelling and filling, even before the decoration is added. The decorative work is equally as labour intensive, if not more. Simple cakes can often be rather deceiving and require a lot more work than meets the eye. On average, a wedding cake takes the best part of a week to make – much longer if there are lots of sugar flowers to make! We do not mass produce our cakes, neither do we use preservatives. Our cakes are known for being absolutely delicious and this comes down to the quality of the ingredients we use, which also come at a price. We take great pride in executing intricate and glamorous details on our wedding cakes and as with any custom craftsmanship, the quality of our work is reflected in the price of our cakes. We can assure you that we (and most other reputable cake artists) are not charging more “just because it’s a wedding”.
I’ve seen a cake that I like – can you copy it?
We love to make bespoke cakes which are tailored perfectly to your special day, taking into account your colour scheme, theme and preferences. However, if you’ve seen something you love, show us what you’ve set your heart on and we can definitely work with it.
Do we have to have fruit cake?
Only if you want to! In days gone by brides would be told that the bottom tier of the cake must be a fruit cake in order to bear the weight of additional tiers. Thankfully those days are no more and you can have any flavour of cake in any of your tiers. We ensure that all of our cakes are well supported, secure and level when stacked and set up at your venue. We have a wide range of delicious flavours for you to choose from.
Do you deliver?
Absolutely! In fact, we always deliver our cakes. Part of our job is assembling and staging your cake and this is included in the price because it’s important to us that it arrives in perfect condition. Whilst it’s true that there are companies who offer nationwide delivery and we’re sure they have taken every care to make sure they arrive safely, if you choose mail order, who will you appoint to ensure your cake is properly assembled and staged at the venue for maximum impact? Bridesmaids won’t move too far from the mirror, and best men will be frantically looking for the rings. At Sherbert Moon, we take full responsibility for making sure your cake is upstaged only by the bride!
My Aunty/Friend/Sister is making the cake – can you decorate it?
Our kitchen and our processes have been inspected and reviewed to accord with Food Safety and Environmental Health regulations. We are required to be able to trace the source of all our ingredients which is something we cannot do for cakes not baked by us. We are therefore unable to decorate cakes made by others. However, we are able to supply sugar floral sprays and decorations to place on your own cake.
How do we keep any leftover cake?
If you are lucky enough to have any cake remaining after your wedding or party, we would advise storing any left over in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place – out of direct sunlight. Cakes don’t like being in the fridge – they will dry out. A sponge cake will keep for a week or so without spoiling, but a fruit cake can keep for long enough to celebrate your wedding anniversary!
Do you make cakes for other celebrations?
Yes! Although we spend most of our time making and delivering wedding cakes, we do often have capacity for other celebration cakes. We would advise also booking any celebration cakes well in advance.