When should I book a consultation?
If you’re marrying in peak wedding season (May to October) it’s best to get in touch six to twelve months before your wedding date. Outside of peak wedding season four to nine months ahead is usually sufficient. Please see our Service page for more details.
We haven't set our date yet, could you provide a quotation?
We can only provide a quotation once we know your wedding date and are able to confirm our availability, so it’s best to get in touch with us once you’ve set your date and booked your venue.
We've set a date but not finalised the venue, could we book a consultation?
We can only arrange a consultation once we’re sure of our availability for your wedding date. Until your venue is booked your date could be subject to change depending on the availability of the venue you ultimately choose. It’s best, therefore, to book a consultation with us once you’ve booked your venue.
Could I taste some cake samples?
Yes, of course! We offer a face-to-face consultation, to include taste samples, for orders over £385 excluding delivery. Our charge is £25 which is redeemable against your order.
Where is your shop?
Amanda Earl Cake Design is a home-based business (registered with Harrogate Borough Council EHO and awarded the highest Food Standards Agency rating attainable) with no retail premises. We will provide location details when you book your consultation.
Could I have a variety of flavours?
Yes, of course – a different flavour per tier if you wish!
Could I collect my cake?
For cakes of three tiers and over we recommend opting for our delivery service but for smaller cakes there is the option to collect by prior appointment. We will provide full, written, transportation instructions.
A relative is baking my cake, could you decorate it?
Whilst we appreciate this is a lovely sentiment, unfortunately not. From a Health and Safety perspective we cannot guarantee to you or your guests what the cake contains or prove where the ingredients were sourced. Should there be any problems with the cake it could pose a risk to our reputation and that of our business.
Do you make novelty wedding cakes?
Sorry, we don’t. Our style leans more towards sugar flowers and intricate hand piped decoration. Your wedding cake is important so it’s essential to choose a designer you are ‘in tune’ with – please feel free to browse our portfolio to see if our style is a good fit for you.
I find icing too sweet, could I have my cake without?
Yes, of course. Although we don’t offer ‘naked’ or ‘semi-naked’ cakes as part of our range, we do offer cakes coated in either chocolate ganache only or buttercream only. It is worth noting that they are vulnerable to heat sources so are unsuitable for summer marquee or outdoor weddings.
Could I have fresh cream or cream cheese frosting in my cake?
Fresh cream and cream cheese are classed as ‘unstable’ foods and should be kept refrigerated whereas wedding cakes should be stored at ambient room temperature. To comply with EHO guidelines we do not provide any cakes filled with fresh cream or cream cheese.
I've found a cake I like, could you copy it?
Whilst it’s helpful for you to provide design inspiration we prefer not to copy other people’s work. We thrive on the creativity of designing a cake unique to you, your style and your wedding!
I'd like to keep my sugar flowers, how do I go about this?
Simply ask your venue to carefully remove your sugar flower arrangement prior to cutting your cake. The flowers will keep indefinitely if stored (in a cardboard box) in a cool dry place, or displayed in a cabinet out of direct sunlight, and serve as a lovely memento of your special day!