Frequently asked questions

How much notice do you need for wedding & celebration cakes?

A minimum of 3 months notice is generally required for wedding cakes but 6 to 12 months notice is advisable as some dates can fill up really quickly, especially during the popular summer months. We can sometimes accommodate wedding cake orders at shorter notice so it is always worth getting in touch so we can check availability for you. Although we do book celebration cakes up to 12 months in advance we may be able to accomodate your cake with less that 4 weeks notice so it is always worth getting in touch to check availibility,

Can you make a cake to my own ideas?

Of course and the design possibilities are virtually endless. Just let us know what it is that you want and we will let you know if this is something that we can achieve for you.

Can you copy a cake I have seen on the internet ~ in a book/magazine ~ at a cake show ~ in a shop?...

I am happy to use other designers work as inspiration but cannot replicate a specific cake design unless permission has been granted by the designer of that cake. However, I can 'borrow' elements from one or more cakes and use these to inspire a cake created especially for you

Can you make me a Disney / Peppa Pig / other childrens TV character cake?

Unfortunately not. I am unable to make any copyrighted characters as I don't have the licence to do so and to make an unlicensed cake would be breaking the law ... even though it is 'just a cake' and it will be eaten. As a small business the expense involved in purchasing the licence would be cost prohibitive and as such it is usually only the larger chain stores or supermarkets which have a massive turnover or purchasing budget that can actually afford to do this. Any cake maker who makes this kind of cake unfortunately does so at their own risk. ...... However if you wish to provide small toys / licensed characters I can borrow 'elements' from a theme and the characters can be added to this. The great thing is the child then gets to play with the toys long after the cake has been eaten.

What is your payment policy? Do you need a deposit? ...

£25 date reservation fee is required for all celebration cakes up to the value of £150. £50 date reservation fee required for all cakes over £150. ​Cakes ordered within 2 weeks of the event date will require a payment of 50% of the total cost of the cake at the time of booking. Until the date reservation fee has been paid the date will remain open to other clients. Full payment is required before a cake will be released.

What are your business hours? ... Do you have a shop?

Dream Cake Designs is a home based business but we do like to keep to set 'opening times'. Of course you can still contact us by email, phone or Facebook ... just leave us a message and we will get back to you within 48 hours or the next working day. Our opening times are ...
Monday to Friday ~ 9.30 to 5.30 Saturday ~ 8.30 to 11.30 Sunday ~ closed Bank Holidays ~ closed​ As we operate a home based business any personal visits are by prior arrangement only.

Can I come and see you to order my cake ~ can I have a consultation? ... Do you offer cake tastings?

Yes of course ... I would be delighted to have a chat with you and if your wedding cake is already booked with us offer a FREE consultation and design appointment. Cake samples are available free of charge to couples who are already booked with us and are available for a small fee to couples who would like to taste our cakes before making a decision. A consultation fee of £25 will apply If you would like to have a consultation but haven't yet booked your cake or are still 'shopping around' for ideas. This fee is refundable against the cost of your wedding cake should you choose to book your cake with us. Informal consultations can be arranged via telephone/email for celebration cakes or for wedding couples who wish to discuss details further before reserving a date.

Do you deliver?

Yes of course and delivery is highly recommended for wedding cakes and is free to local venues within a 10 mile radius. Delivery further afield will be charged at £1.50 per mile (one way) with the cost added to the final payment. Celebration cakes are generally for collection only but delivery can be arranged for tiered /larger cakes, or cakes being displayed at a venue ~ however this is subject to availability as all of our deliveries are in person. A minimum delivery fee of £10 applies to all Celebration cakes within a 10 mile radius plus £1.50 per mile (one way) for delivery further than 10 miles. For insurance purposes and peace of mind all cake deliveries and cake collections will require a signature.

Do you make cupcakes / cakepops?

No I am really sorry but I don't make cupcakes or cakepops. My skillset and passion lies in baking and decorating larger more elaborate celebration cakes and bespoke wedding cakes.

How much do your cakes cost?

As my cakes as bespoke they are priced according to the size of the cake, the design and intricacy of the work and the number of hours taken to complete the cake from start to finish. There is currently a minimum order value of £85 for celebration cakes, for which you could have a really nicely decorated 6" cake or a more basic decorated 8" cake. Please see our Pricing & Portions page for guidance to basic prices. Wedding Cake Guide
Celebration Cake Guide
3D & Shaped / Novelty Cakes I am happy to give guide price based on pictures to help you work out how much you may need to budget for a wedding or a celebration cake but for a personalised quotation please use the cake enquiry form giving as many details as possible, as this will help me to give you a more accurate cost.