FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We haven't set our date yet, can you provide a quotation?
Regrettably, no, as I won't be able to check my availability, so it’s best to get in touch once you’ve set your date and booked your venue.
Could I taste some cake samples?
Yes, of course! Tastings are one of the very best bits of wedding planning and lots of fun! You’ll get to explore the details of my cake designs in person and enjoy plenty of delicious cake flavour combinations. I offer an in-person consultation or I can provide postal tastings for £20 if you don’t live in the area or are too busy to meet in person. For more information please see Consultations.
How long in advance should we book?
I recommend that you book your cake a minimum of 3-6 months in advance (although, some dates in the popular wedding season can get booked up 2 years in advance!). I do, occasionally, have late availability, so do feel free to contact me if you have a last minute requirement.
Can you work within the budget we have set for our wedding cake?
This very much depends on what budget you have allocated for your cake.
Do I have to choose one of the designs from your portfolio?
Not at all. All of my cakes are individually designed especially for each couple, to suit their style and preferences. If you like one of the designs in my portfolio then I can certainly use that as a starting point but adapt the design to your specific requirements.
We've found a cake we like, could you copy it?
It is certainly helpful if you have some design inspiration but I do not copy other cake designers’ work. We can certainly discuss the elements you love and, ultimately, I will design a cake that is unique to you.
Do you make novelty wedding cakes?
My style and expertise leans more towards sugar flowers and intricate decorations so, if you are dreaming of a Harry Potter-inspired cake, I would suggest that you contact a cake maker that specialises in novelty cakes.
Are there any other styles you don't do?
Yes - I don't do naked or semi-naked cakes but I do offer Buttercream or Belgian Chocolate Ganache-covered cakes as an alternative. I also don't do Cupcake Towers.
My mother/friend/aunt is baking our cake. Can you decorate it?
Whilst I understand the sentimental importance of a having a family member bake your cake, regrettably, I do not offer a 'decoration-only' service.
Where is your shop?
Amara Cake Boutique is a home-based business (registered with Central Bedfordshire Council) so I do not have a store front. Of course, you are more than welcome to view my cakes on my website, social media and during your consultation.
Could I have a variety of flavours?
Could I collect my cake?
For cakes of three tiers and over I recommend opting for my delivery service but for smaller cakes there is the option to collect by prior appointment.
Are the Sugar Flowers Edible?
Although they are made of sugar, it is best not to eat the flowers as they often contain inedible items such as wires, and the paste they are made with sets quite hard. I strongly advise against giving sugar flowers to children as they may be a choking hazard.
I'd like to keep my sugar flowers, how do I go about this?
Sugar Flowers serve as a great memento of your special day. Ask your venue to carefully remove the sugar flowers before cutting your cake. The flowers will keep indefinitely if stored correctly (like in a display cabinet or cardboard box, and out of direct sunlight). If your cake spend is over £1,000, I do provide an acetate box free of charge for you to display your flowers in.
Do you charge for your Consultations?
If you have already secured me to provide your wedding cake (by paying a Save the Date Booking Fee), then the Consultation is complimentary.
My Terms & Conditions can be found here.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.