FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you make a (insert your idea here) cake?
Yes, I probably can. I've gotten a lot of requests for lots of different cake styles, shapes and characters and I've only ever said no once (sorry, I won't do cakes of real guns). I'll work with you on your idea and together we'll come up with a design that works for you and impresses the heck out of all your friends! These cake is not cheap, so it better blow everyone away, including you.
How much will my cake cost?
For a general idea of pricing refer to the pricing page, but please understand that I can not quote you an exact price until we discuss the design/concept, style and size of your cake. My sculpted/3D cakes are the most complex and labor intensive cakes I offer and are therefore the most expensive cakes I offer. But I also do more simple, one-tier cakes with 2d/flat design elements which are less expensive. However, I do have a non-negotiable minimum order of $350. People often think a small cake will be less expensive, however the size of the cake is only one factor is how cakes are priced. Even small cakes take hours to design, prep, bake, level, cover and decorate. In fact, often times, smaller cakes can take as much if not more time to create than larger ones because the smaller the decorations/details, the harder and more time consuming they can be to perfect.
Do you deliver?
Unfortunately as a one-woman operation, I do not currently have the resources to offer delivery. However all my cakes are presented on a quality display cake board and are enclosed in a heavy duty shipping box which makes them easy to transport either on foot or by car. Most of my cake orders typically come from downtown NYC, although, on occasion, I have fulfilled orders for clients in other areas of NYC and even Long Island. If you absolutely can not pick up, and my schedule allows, I may be able to deliver your cake to you within NYC for an additional fee. However this is the rare exception not the rule and I make no promises about delivery. If you are planning to order your cake from me, you should be prepared to pick it up from me in Tribeca.
Are all your cakes covered in fondant?
I strongly prefer to work with fondant as I feel it provides the most professional finish and offers the most design possibilities. I have had many people say they don't like the taste of fondant, but I've yet to find a single person who was not won over by the homemade marshmallow fondant I use on my cakes. All my cakes also have generous layers of buttercream icing or ganache between the layers as well as around the outside of the cake under the fondant. So you could eat around the fondant, although I really don't think you will want to!
What flavors do you offer?
Pretty much any flavor you can think up, I can make. Generally my cakes are for kid's birthday parties so chocolate or vanilla cake with dutch chocolate or vanilla bean buttercream icing are the most popular. But I do also offer other flavors like red velvet, caramel, cookies & cream and funfetti, plus fruit-based flavors like lemon, strawberry, banana, blueberry, raspberry, etc. I can also mix-in things like cookies, cookie dough, candy, to the cake batter or icing. If you have something in mind, just ask HOWEVER please note that I can not do any nut or coconut flavors. I am a mom of an allergic kid and an allergy-aware baker. I do not bake with any nuts or coconut and do my best to ensure all my ingredients are from nut-free facilities. No baker can make a 100% guarantee of being nut-free but I make every possible effort to ensure my cakes are as safe as they can be for people with nut allergies.
Are your cakes safe for people with nut allergies?
I started making cakes because I had a hard time finding a bakery that took my son's nut allergies as seriously as they should. I found no commercial kitchens truly understood the risks of cross contamination and how careful you have to be when you have a life-threatening food allergy. I do not us any nuts or nut extracts and read every ingredient label to ensure they are nut free and not processed in factories where nuts are present. All of my cake pans, spoons, spatulas, bowls, counters, etc. are never in contact with nuts. I make every effort to ensure my cakes are as safe as possible for people who are allergic to nuts. As all allergic people know, it's impossible to make a 100% guarantee since I don't manufacture each ingredient myself, but I can say that anything I bake I'm comfortable feeding my own son who is very allergic to all nuts, seeds and coconut.
Do you make egg-free, gluten-free or vegan cakes?
I'm working on it, but have yet to find recipes that can stand up to the weight of fondant and the design details I use in my cake designs. If you have a recipe you'd like me to use, I'm happy to give it a test drive and do my best to work with you to ensure your dietary requirements are met. However, please note that I do NOT maintain a gluten-free or egg-free kitchen, so if your request is allergy-based, my cakes would NOT be safe for you.