Our wedding isn't in London. Can we still book in with you?
I hope so! I deliver my wares personally and cover about a 60 mile radius from Harlesden, NW10, by car. That takes in a good deal of Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex. Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Deliveries are costed for the drive to and from your venue at £1 /mile for my car, and £11.95/hour for my time (the London Living Wage as of Oct 2022).
How do you work out the quotes you provide?
I quote individually for each event, but most clients spend between £550 and £1000 with me. Each quote is based on the number of people you'd like to cater for and what's required to produce the final masterpiece. Visit my blog for more of a deep dive on what makes up those production costs, but for cakes, elements to factor into the quote include the size, flavours and architecture of your cake, and the complexity of the design. For cake canapés, the range and number of items you'd like to provide for each guest - 4 to 6 individual items per person - also matter. I don't go in for haggling on prices, but if you've given me a realistic, specific budget, I'll always do my best to include an option for that price.
Can we sample some flavours before we decide? And what about dietary requirements?
Of course! Isn't half the point of the wedding planning getting to eat cake?! If I didn't get to ply you with goodies at a wedding show, Flavours Boxes and Grab Boxes available to purchase from my website several times each year, packing in a range of Den Bake Shop flavours to be delivered to you by post. I do offer some plant-based flavours and some made without gluten - cake canapés are a wonderful way to include a range of requirements for your guests. I don't offer bespoke flavours - each flavour combination has been painstakingly developed and tested to ensure they're at the top of their game, which isn't a process I believe in rushing for a wedding.
How long before our wedding do we need to book our cake?
Booking in up to two years in advance gives you the best chance of securing Den Bake Shop for your chosen date(s), but I would say that 8 - 12 months' lead time is fine. If you're a Londoner in a last minute situation, do still get in touch - if I can fit you in, I will.
What's your booking process?
First, let's talk. We check that we're the right fit for one another during a free 30 min consultation over email, WhatsApp or Zoom, then once you've tasted some cake, you decide if you'd like to book in. I take a 50% deposit to secure your date, and the rest is payable up to 14 days before the day.
Maxine! We just wanted to say an absolutely HUGE thank you for the amazing cake. It was utterly delicious. I'm delighted that so many people got to try one of your delicious creations...but also that there was just enough left over for us to take home and enjoy with a good cuppa (& a stonking hangover) the next day. Thank you, thank you, thank you, you incredibly talented lady.
Hi Maxine, Just want to say a big thank you for your beautiful cake! It was astonishing and so delicious. All of my guests enjoyed the cake! You have made our day very special ;) thank you so much!
Best wedding cake ever! Maxine was amazing at listening and understanding our brief. She was also very creative in her delivery. We had a three tier cake equivalent and each of the cakes were delicious! We could not pick between them and our guests were blown away. We loved them so much we had cake for breakfast the day after our wedding!
So good we went back for seconds! We met Maxine at a wedding fair and she made a great impression on us as did her delicious samples. We booked her for our first (Hindu) wedding and the cake was so good we also came back a second time and booked her again for our second (CofE) wedding! Both cakes were amazing and exactly what we wanted. Maxine was on hand at all points of our journey and we couldn't of asked for better customer service from our initial planning meeting right through to delivery. We will definitely be returning for our daughter's first birthday.
Maxine!!!! Your cake was out of this world glorious!!!!!! And my goodness how good did it taste, everyone absolutely loved scoffing!! Especially the lime and coconut :):):) And we didn't have much left over at all! Thank you so very much for all your design efforts and creativity. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as we enjoyed celebrating with it! You so have me as a cake client for life now btw. I'm totally going to work my way through your flavour menu!!!!
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