Tastings are a wonderful opportunity to sample a baker's cakes to get an idea for their texture, moisture, and overall flavor! And every baker constructs their tastings in different ways.
Today's trend in tasting is to choose your cake flavor in which you will taste for the consultation. As of recent, we did not offer this to brides. The reason? Because we are a small family owned and operated bakery. The average sample cake tastes 3 hours to create from baking to icing. If I were to make 3 sample cake samples per consultation, that's 9 hours of preparation just for 1 consultation. Let's say I meet with 4 brides in a day (sometimes less, sometimes more). Well, you can do the math. Not to mention the time for the actual consultation and then let's not forget the wedding! So custom tastings for every bride is just not a realistic option since we don't have a full time staff member to only bake sample cakes. And why would you want that? Don't you want the person who is making your wedding cake to make the cake you sample at your consultation too? However, we have wanted to provide this service to our brides so we got together with some of our favorite wedding guru's and came up with a plan. And here it is:
Consultation Tasting: Our tasting at the consultation will remain the same. The consultation is when we will sit down and build your cake from scratch. When we sit down to design your cake I will offer a free tasting at that time. Those 3 flavors you sample will be 3 of the flavors I am creating that week for weddings. This gives you an exact representation of what your wedding cake will taste like and gives us the time to focus on our weddings and special event cakes for that weekend. After all, that is what we are here for...to make every wedding cake we create beautiful and tasty!
Custom Tasting: Every other month we will schedule an evening at one of our favorite venues. During our 3 hour block we will schedule 15 minute tasting sessions. This tasting will be a mix and match tasting. When you schedule your tasting you will choose 3 flavors and 3 fillings to sample. The samples will be presented in pieces, not as a slice of cake. Bakery terms...deconstructed tasting. This allows you to try and create different tastes and you can mix and match the different flavors and different fillings at once to see what flavor combination you like the best. Since this will be a 15 minute session, it will only be used for tasting purposes and the design aspect of the cake will take place during our consultation. Since we just had our Grand Tasting this past weekend, we hope to introduce our first ever Custom Tasting in March! Be on the lookout in our blog, website, and social media for that date so you can sign up and choose your flavors!
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.