A wedding cake is possibly the most you will spend on a single cake, spending time researching may save you a lot of heart ache.
Hands up, who has been to a wedding and been underwhelmed by the taste of the cake? The cake may have looked amazing, but the taste did not match the looks OR the cake tasted delicious but looked disappointing. You can have an amazing looking cake that also tastes amazing by doing a bit of homework.
Besides the obvious questions you will want to ask, such as the cost, size of cake. I would expect couples to ask the following questions, which you may not have thought of.
1. CAN WE TASTE BEFORE WE BUY?
This is the most important question. If you can’t taste the cake before placing an order how can you be sure you will get a delicious moist cake full of flavour?
The Paradise Cake Company offer a taster box for you to sample in the comfort of your own home.
Taster boxes are available to anyone who loves cake, (even if you are not looking for a wedding cake at the moment) you can order a box here.
2. IS THE BUSINESS REGISTERED WITH THE LOCAL COUNCIL?
By law all businesses handling food have to be registered with the local council within 28 days of starting the business.
To find out all you have to do go to http//:ratings.food.gov.uk and type in the name of the business.
3. WHAT FOOD HYGIENE RATTING HAS THE BUSINESS BEEN AWARDED?.
Anything less than 4, I would want to know why? All food producing premises has to be inspected by an Environmental Health Officer, EHO. It is their job to ensure the food we eat is fit for consumption. They award a rating from 1-5 One being the worst. Premises are generally inspected every 2 years.
When a business registers the EHO checks that at least one person in the business has a food hygiene certificate. A food hygiene certificate needs renewing every 3 years.
THE HYGIENE RATING IS AWARDED TO THE PREMISES.
A food hygiene certificate is awarded to the food handler when they have done a course and passed the test.
4. PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
You might ask, “Why does it matter if a cake maker has public liability insurance?”. Most wedding venues ask that a professional cake maker has at least £5million public liability insurance. It would be very disappointing if a few weeks before your wedding date you discovered the cake cannot be delivered, because the supplier does not have insurance!!
5. CHECK TERMS & CONDITIONS
Are there Ts&Cs, do they favour the cake maker? Ideally the Ts &Cs are there to give clear guidelines of what to expect from the business and what is expected of you. If there is any part of the document you disagree with, this needs to be discussed before, and not after, you make a commitment.
You want your guests to talk about your wedding day for weeks, months & even years after the day. Remembering your wedding day includes remembering the cake. Remembering the show stopping, beautiful stylish cake, that tasted as amazing as it looked is what you want. Not the opposite!!!