Are your designs bespoke?
Absolutely! Each of my cakes is designed uniquely for the couple in mind and I work closely with you during the design process to create something truly bespoke. Sometimes a client has a very specific idea of what they'd like or may just throw in some ideas to help inspire a design, which is my dream scenario as I can let my creativity fly and design something completely bespoke. Either way, I will sketch up an idea as a starting point and then work with you to get to a final design that you’re completely happy with.
Where do you deliver?
I work from my kitchen based in Finmere, Buckinghamshire, and also deliver to the neighbouring counties of Oxfordshire (including The Cotswolds), Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, as well as West London. Delivery is free within 10 miles of Finmere and any further distances are charged at 50p per mile for a round trip. Please note that delivery of wedding cakes is highly recommended as it includes set-up of the cake at your venue, which is much less stressful for you! I will often travel with the cake in separate tiers and assemble it in situ, adding the decoration and finishing touches once stacked.
What is your consultation process?
The first step is to get in touch to check availability, subject to which we can schedule a consultation and tasting to discuss your requirements and chat further about your cake design. You can choose four flavours to try from my menu and consultations are charged at £40, which is deducted from the cost of your cake if you proceed with a booking. I also offer tasters by post followed by a phone or video consultation so that you can enjoy the experience from the comfort of your own home. Shortly after your consultation, I will sketch a colour design for you along with a quotation. The design can be amended until you’re completely happy with it and if you wish to proceed, a non-refundable deposit of £150, which will be deducted from the final cost, will secure your date and the balance will be due 4 weeks before your big day.
Do you cater for allergies?
I can cater for gluten free but please be aware that gluten products are produced in my kitchen so I cannot guarantee that cakes have not come into contact with substances that may cause an allergic reaction. That goes for nuts too. Please be aware that I do not offer vegan, dairy free or egg free cakes.
How far in advance should I book my wedding cake?
Ideally, I would need as much notice as possible as I am unable to hold dates without a booking fee, but I would suggest at least 6-9 months’ notice (12 months for peak season dates) is required for wedding cakes. I do limit the amount of orders I take, as I like to give each cake the attention and time it deserves so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. If you do need a last-minute cake then do contact me, I might be able to fit you in!
"Charlene made the experience of designing our wedding cake a personal and enjoyable experience. We had our initial consultation at home (pre-covid) where we got to chat about designs and sample a section of delicious flavours. Based on our conversations and wedding stationery, Charlene designed the most beautiful 3-tier cake and sent us the finalised designs over so we could envisage what it would look like. Unfortunately due to the restrictions in June 2020, our initial wedding date was moved to December. Despite all these changes Charlene remained supportive and completely re-designed our wedding cake for a second time, for a more intimate wedding with two tiers and a more wintery vibe. Charlene always stayed in touch and we knew that the cake would be set up at the venue seamlessly. Our cake was absolutely beautiful and the wafer roses were so realistic too, it truly was a piece of art and tasted incredible. We will definitely be recommending Charlene to our friends and family, thank you so much for making our beautiful wedding cake."
"We chose Charlene for our wedding in August 2020, and it was one of the easiest decisions amongst all of the ‘wedmin’!! I didn’t have clear idea about what I wanted, only a few things we really liked but couldn’t see how it would be pulled together. Charlene took one look at my saved Pinterest’s and immediately noticed the themes I was leaning towards. Without me even knowing myself! We had a lovely call to go over some ideas and within a few days she had sketched the most perfect 3-tier cake! For someone that is very indecisive Charlene made it so easy for me to give to the go ahead almost immediately! The final piece was an absolute dream. Charlene pulled together an exquisite 3 tier masterpiece! Beautiful intricate detail and our two little doggies featuring exactly how we wanted them. Charlene is incredibly talented in her work, and more than that she was so understanding and flexible when changes were up in the air die to Covid. She delivered everything perfectly and wowed us and our guests. 110% recommend."
"Charlene was absolutely brilliant throught the entire time we made contact with her for our wedding cake. She helped us with some flavour suggestions when we were stuck and helped us design our amazing cake, which went down a treat with the guests. It was literally all gone within seconds and we didn’t see a single crumb left over. I would recommend this amazing lady in a heartbeat! Thank you so much Charlene for being part of our dream day."
"Charlene is awesome! So creative and talented she listened to our vision and helped realised them for our wedding cake. We had so many compliments about the taste as well as the look! I just wish she was nearer so we she was more accessible for more of our life events to celebrate. Thanks again Charlene."
"Our wedding cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious. Charlene was great to work with and the end results were stunning! We contacted Charlene as we realised we needed help but had no idea where to start. The cake was gorgeous and the marble and wafer flowers were amazing! Working with Charlene was relaxing and easy, and after having so many changes around the wedding, I cannot stress enough how valuable and important that was."
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