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Sweet Tips on Finding a Quality Birthday Cake Baker

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For most of the birthdays celebrated at our house, I will whip up a quick cake (my skills are from a box, but I do add a little extra frosting flair!), or just pick one up from the grocery store.  If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I might even get a unique cake pan or a cake topper.  However, milestone birthdays get special attention!   I set aside the Betty Crocker box and call up my favorite bakery.  From monster trucks to lighthouses, “my guy” has done it all.  So how do you find a Cake Boss-worthy baker of your own?

  1. Get referrals from friends or family members.  Like most of us, you’ve had your fair share of confetti cakes, but sometimes you come across something extraordinary.  Ask for names and numbers to keep handy for when you need them.
  2. Look on the bakery’s website to see images of their previous work.  It’s likely that they won’t feature an Angry Bird or Cinderella character cake on their site, but perhaps they have a whimsical style that you really like?
  3. Once you’ve decided to pursue a bakery, ask to see a full portfolio of their work for even more creative inspiration.
  4. Don’t be afraid to request work references!  Are they timely?  Does the bakery consistently produce yummy cakes?  You won’t really know unless you ask.  Modern moms might prefer to use resources like Google Reviews, but nothing beats a good, old-fashioned phone interrogation!
  5. Set up a meeting (and cake-tasting!) with the baker and be sure to bring pictures of how you’d like your cake to look.  There should be no surprises when you come to pick up the cake.  Not only should it look great, but it should taste fantastic (and be within your discussed budget).  Get the whole cake plan in writing.
  6. Just say “no”…to bakeries that aren’t able to meet your needs.  It may take you a couple of tries to find a bakery that has the style, taste and price you are looking for.

Have you had success in finding a great bakery in your area?  How did you find them?

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