Luxury Wedding Cakes Scotland - Calculating the costs and why the price of a beautiful three tier wedding cake in Glasgow is worth every penny. And a few tips on how you can reduce the price to fit in with your budget, whilst still getting top quality!
At Rosewood Cakes, we spend days making our bespoke wedding cakes from scratch, designing cakes is a real labour of love for us! They do say when you do a job you love, you never work another day in your life right? We put our heart and soul into every aspect of the process, from the initial client meeting down to working with your wedding venue to ensure a seamless experience.
Determining pricing on our cakes is an aspect we sometimes find ourselves explaining, not because our clients question our worth, but because cake making and design can be baffling to many! And we completely understand - if you describe your wedding style to me I can immediately build a picture in my head of a wedding cake to reflect you. Clients often find this part of the process quite difficult, and we're often told 'I've never designed a cake before!' It's all so new and somewhat alien! Because cakes are a borderline obsession with us, we find this part simple. But when it comes to things like re-decorating a room in my house, I find it very difficult to picture what furniture will work together and how it gets placed in a room, and also the costs and labour involved. We totally get that it can feel a little overwhelming.
I decided to write this blog to break down some of the mysteries of our process, and how this this affects the pricing of our cakes. Not all wedding cakes are made the same, and when you come to Rosewood Cakes we guarantee that the utmost love and care and attention goes into your cake. So let's take away the top 5 reasons that affect your cake price!
1. All our sponges are made from scratch
Every sponge is baked in our kitchen, hand-made by us. If you think that all wedding cakes are baked from scratch then that is definitely not the case! Buying ready-made sponges to cover with buttercream and icing is a huge business. We're not going to say it's not a tempting prospect - all those hours of greasing and lining cake tins, and the perpetual pile of washing up would be eliminated! But we will absolutely NEVER not use freshly baked sponges. The fundamental aspect of Rosewood Cakes was to make delicious cakes, the beautiful decor came later! We're serious foodies, and the thought of offering five generic flavours would be utterly dull to us. We spend days every week baking all your delicious sponges, and this takes time. Not to mention the costs involved in buying professional ovens and paying the energy bills. All that time taken needs to be covered, hence this being a main factor in determining wedding cake prices.
2.All our flavours are bespoke
As we said, we're serious foodies and truly believe your wedding cake should be delicious - it should be the best cake you've ever eaten in your life! So why shouldn't the flavours be bespoke to you too? We have spent so much time refining our recipes, from the entire summer spent trialling vegan ingredients to ensure that our vegan wedding cakes were not a substandard version of our ordinary recipes (hey why should you miss out on good food just because you have dietary requirements?!) to the multiple versions we made of a caramelised pear and cardamon cake to get it just right for our grooms family. If you tell us a flavour you're interested in, we'll give you ideas to add twists on it. Like the sound of the orange and pomegranate cake? (it's delicious) then add cardamon and yoghurt for a middle eastern twist, or add cinnamon and almond for some spanish vibes, or substitute the orange curd for sour cherries.... We can talk about cake for hours! Our expertise in baking and patisserie is not something you can find easily.
3. Our wedding cakes are loving covered with white chocolate ganache and artisan icing
After we fill and stack your delicious artisan sponges, we cover each cake with a layer of white chocolate ganache. This is a high quality white chocolate (30% cocoa) melted down with double cream, it preserves your cake and gives the beautiful sharp edges and straight sides. This takes hours to make and apply, and it takes a lot of practice to do it properly! It is the most expensive way of covering a cake due to the costs of the ingredients and the time involved. Slapping on a layer of buttercream would take a fraction of the time and costs involved, but once you try and cover with icing you will often find the the filling bulges and you don't get the clean, sharp lines. At Rosewood Cakes, we focus on every detail and never cut corners, with the aim of a flawless finish to your cake. When it comes to the icing, there are numerous brands out there, with different prices. You can buy supermarket icing very cheaply - it tends to be sticky and tears very easily, giving a messy finish. It doesn't taste great either, and it has to be applied thickly, giving great big mouthfuls of icing! We use the best quality icing available, which is imported from Switzerland. Unfortunately it happens to be the most expensive, the best quality doesn't come cheap! This can be rolled extremely thin, down to 2mm, so you get less icing and more delicious cake!
4. Painstaking detail in handmade sugarwork
We are often told that clients think the flowers on our cakes are real! This is the best compliment we can be paid, as we spend so much time making them. Of all the photos on this page, only one cake has fresh flowers on it - can you tell which one? Take the cake above which was shot by Neil Thomas Douglas Photography. How long do you think it took to make the flowers? It took about ten hours, with the flowers being left to set overnight. Then take into account how much practice and training went into the flowerwork to be able to achieve this finish. They say it takes 10.000 hours to become an expert in something, and goodness we can't be far off that total now. There are times my hand cramps into a claw shape from so much flowerwork!
5. Artistic Design Flair
We make every cake differently at Rosewood Cakes - even if you have an idea in mind of a cake design you like, we'll suggest twists and changes to create a design unique to you. We don't make run of the mill cakes with generic designs, when you come to us you are having experienced cake artists design your cake, using skills we have spent years developing. Take the bijou little cake above, the brief was to have a design which looked like stormy Scottish skies. We used different textures to create the effect of the storm breaking, and the sun peeking through the clouds, with hints of blue sky and sunbeams trying to shine down on our windswept countryside! We are always seeking to improve, always learning new skills and we believe it's fair to consider this when calculating our costs. When you ask us to design you a cake, we will bring you the same dedication and passion.
At the time of writing, the three cakes pictured above cost between £395 and £595, which we believe to be very reasonable given the time and costs involved. We completely understand that everyone has different budgets, so please do not be afraid to let us know what you have in mind to spend on a cake. We will offer you suggestions for how we can make you a cake to fit in with your budget as far as we can. If you'd like to skip a consultation and tasting, and organise your cake via phone or email then this reduces the price. We have a very good reputation and our reviews on facebook and google show the trust our clients have in us! Generally, the less detail involved then the cheaper the price. We can do plainly iced cakes that you can add fresh flowers to, and collecting the cake instead of having us deliver will also reduce the price.
We are not the cheapest cake maker on the market, and we wouldn't want to be either! We take a lot of pride on our work and our clients do too. If you'd like to chat with us about how we can create your dream cake then please do get in touch! We love meeting with couples and hearing all about your wedding plans, and are here to ensure that you get the cake of your dreams. You can contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the contact form on the website. Thanks for reading!
Edwina & Chris