FAQs

 
  • How much will my cake cost?

    All my cakes are bespoke so prices vary depending on the design. You’ll find starting prices for plainly iced cakes along with price ranges and average prices for decorated cakes on my Prices page.

  • I've found a cake I like, could you copy it?

    Whilst it’s helpful for you to provide design inspiration I don’t copy other cake designers’ work. I love to take inspiration from nature, floristry, architecture, fabric patterns and textures, jewellery, ceramics, interior design, fashion, stationery, etc, rather than cakes, and thrive on the creativity of designing a cake unique to you, your style and your wedding!

  • 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 the Service page for more details.

  • We haven't set our date yet, could you provide a quotation?

    I can only provide a quotation once I know your wedding date and am able to confirm 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! I offer a face-to-face consultation, to include taste samples. I charge £25 for this service which is redeemable against your wedding cake order.

  • We've set a date but not finalised the venue, could we book a consultation?

    I can only arrange a consultation with you once I’m sure of my 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 me once you’ve booked your venue.

  • 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 I recommend opting for my delivery service but for smaller cakes there is the option to collect by prior appointment. I will provide full, written, transportation instructions.

  • 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. Location details will be provided when you book your consultation.

  • A relative is baking my cake, could you decorate it?

    Whilst I appreciate this is a lovely sentiment, unfortunately not. From a Health and Safety perspective I 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 my reputation and that of my business.

  • Do you make novelty wedding cakes?

    Sorry, I don’t. My 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 my portfolio to see if my style is a good fit for you.

  • I find icing too sweet, could I have my cake without?

    Yes, of course. Although I don’t offer ‘naked’ or ‘semi-naked’ cakes as part of my range, I 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 I do not provide any cakes filled with fresh cream or cream cheese.

  • 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!

wedding cake with sugar flowers