FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What sort of cake can I have?
At Sweet Designs by Claire we have an extensive range of cake flavors to choose from. We can also cater for gluten free, please ask about our options.
All of our cakes are Home Made so they not only look amazing but taste great too.
Please be aware that some cakes may not be suitable for some designs, as the cakes are home made and not “pre mix” they can be too “soft” for some bigger designs.
What flavours are there?
Basic Flavors: covered in all our quotes
- Dark chocolate mud cake
- White mud cake
- Caramel mud cake
- Chocolate Jaffa
- Chocolate Peppermint
Premiumn Range: will incur an extra cost
- Red Velvet
- White Mud with Fresh Raspberries
- Marble (White & Dark)
- Chocolate Raspberry
- Hummingbird ( Banana & Pineapple)
- Carrot cake
- Caramel & White Swirl
- Lemon Yoghurt
- Lime & Coconut
- Moist fruit cake with the highest quality dried fruit and most importantly Bundaberg rum.
- Rich Chocolate mud cake
- Carrot cake
- Banana Cake
If your favorite flavor isn’t here please ask us if we can make it.
Do you do Samples?
Yes and they are complimentry. Please contact us to arrange some.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes! the shop is by appointment only, we like to sit down with you and work through design options. Appointments can be made online or by phone. Please click on the contact button at the top of the page to book an appointment on line or fill out the inquiry form for a quote before making a time to come into the shop.
Please consider the following before coming to your consultaion:
- Guest numbers
- Serving size - Tea and coffee/finger sized piece 1" by 1" - Dessert size - 2" by 1"
- Please bring any inspiration photos weather they be of other cakes or the look and feel of your big day
Do I need a deposit to book?
Yes a 20% deposit is required at time of booking. *$50 is non refundable on the event you cancel your cake, to cover the cost of samples and consultation time. If you have paid more than $50 the remainder will be refunded..
What payment options are available?
We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS and direct deposit. *If paying by cheque we need payment by no later than 2 weeks before delivery/pickup.
Do you offer Delivery with your cakes?
Wedding cakes. We recommend you get you wedding cake delivered and set up to the venue, We delivery 7 days a week and delivery charge is based on distance. If you choose to pick up your cake, it is best transported in the boot as its the flattest and safeset place, please remember you are taking a food item, please remove prams, pets and any other loose items in your boot. It needs space and a cool, clean environment.
Celebration cakes Will be boxed for collection, it is best transported in the boot as its the flattest and safeset place, please remember you are taking a food item, please remove prams, pets and any other loose items in your boot. It needs space and a cool, clean environment. If you wish to have your celebration cake delivered please contact us for a quote
Delivery starts from $50 for Geelong CBD Delivery Areas: Geelong, Bellarine Peninsular, Lorne, Werribee, Ballarat and every where in between.
How do I budget for my wedding cake?
The best way to look at the final price is per head, you will need to budget for at least $5 – $10 per head for tea & coffee size or $10 - $15 for Dessert size, depending on the design. Please remember, tiers (number of layers), different shape’s, different flavors, embellishments and icing flowers will add to your cost.
I like the look of the smooth wedding cake icing, but I want mud cake, does it have to have the almond icing?
No. That is only on fruit cakes.
Do I need to supply my own ribbon?
Ribbon is included in all quotes, we have several different types and color cards to mach just the right shade.
Alternatively extra material from your bridesmaids dress, turned into ribbon is a great way to make sure those unique dress colors match perfectly.
How long will it take to make my cake?
It depends on the difficulty of the design. All cakes except fruit cake have to be baked and then decorated a few days before the wedding.
When do I need to book?
Wedding Cakes: At least 3 to 6 months To ensure we can keep to our hight standards only a small number of cake orders are taken, booking early will ensure we can accomodate your designs needs and meet client expectations.
- Always ask! - If you have a late booking please still inquire, I have done them as late as 1 weeks notice.
If you're thinking about requiring delivery, then booking early is always best. Stand hire (for cup cakes or boxes) is best done early also as the stands are in limited supply…
Consequently it is important to book early especially if you are getting married between January-April or September-November as these are our busiest periods..
Classic Cakes: Minimum 1 weeks notice for a classic cakes with basic decorations.
Custom Cakes: Anything that is custom designed please allow at least 2 - 3 weeks. Time frames are important to ensure client expectaions are met.
Cupcakes: 1 weeks notice, for basic decorations, 2 weeks for hand made icing decorations.
There is no such thing as booking too early in cake decorating, if you think you have left it too late please still inquire we may still be able to help you out… it never hurts to ask!
My cake has multiple tiers. Can I have more than one type of cake?
Yes! Each “tier” can be whatever type of cake you like. some flavors may incur an additional cost than originally quoted
I have a few cakes I like, how do i pick just one?
If you're having trouble picking one design come in a discuss your ideas with Claire and let her help you incorporate the features you like most from each cake into your individual dream cake.
Can I co-ordinate the flowers on my wedding cake with my bouquet?
Yes we love to work with fresh flowers, and are more than happy to co-ordinate with your florist.
Does cost any extra to have Claire arrange the flowers on the cake or is this something my florist will do?
You will have to check with your florist as not all florists are able to do this. It doesn’t cost any extra for us to place the flowers on the cake.
How long will my cake keep for after the wedding?
It should be kept refrigerated after the wedding, and will last up to 4 – 5 days if stored properly.
Can I freeze my left over Wedding Cake?
Yes you can, we recommend cutting it into smaller pieces for easy defrosting, that way when you feel like some cake you can defrost a piece or two rather than a half a cake.
Is there any time when you can’t make cakes?
Yes, I normally take some time off between Christmas and the New Year and we dont take orders during this time. We also have a standing large corporate order periodicly during the year, during this time we are unable to take any other orders, or we can book out so please book early so you don't miss out! Please contact us to check our availability for your date!
Other things you needs to Know
- A Dessert size serve is – 2” by 1”
- Tea and Coffee size serve is – 1” by 1”
- A Kitchen Cake is a cake that gets iced but not decorated and goes straight into the kitchen at your event to provide extra serves
- The shop is closed between Christmas and New Years and we don’t take orders during this time
- Fresh Flowers are not included in the quote but I am more than happy to work with your florist to get the best result. I can place them on your cake at no extra charge
- Some reception venues charge per head to cut up and serve the cake - please check with your venue as to if and how much they charge
- If your planning on putting your cake on your own cake stand please inform your cake maker so they can adjust the cake board to match