Wedding Cake Tastings: Are They Free?

Probably one of the best parts of planning a wedding is the cake tasting appointment. On this day you will get to spend a few hours eating cake and deciding on which type of cake flavor is going to be a part of your special day.

The question you are probably asking yourself is how much wedding cake tasting is going to cost you. Most couples follow a budget when it comes to wedding planning and definitely cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a few hours of tasting a few flavors of wedding cake.

The cost of wedding cake tasting all depends on the bakery that you are going to use. If you have decided to use your local bakery it could be free of charge, but there are some larger and more established bakeries that will charge a consultation fee as well as various other fees. Many of these bakeries, however, will make the price of the tasting complimentary if you decide to use them for your wedding.

In this article, we will discuss the various prices of wedding cake tasting, the factors that contribute to the amount that a bakery will charge for a wedding cake tasting consultation, and how to make an informed decision about what type of flavor you are going to choose for your wedding day.

How Much Will My Wedding Cake Tasting Consultation Cost?

Wedding cake tasting costs can vary anywhere from no charge to $500.If the vendor charges for cake tastings, then the price will be worked out on the following factors:

The Number of People You Are Taking with You

Most couples won’t take too many people with them to their cake tasting consultation. If the bakery that you have chosen charges per person, the price will normally vary between $12 to $15 per person for the cakes that you are going to try.

The Number of Flavors You Want to Try

Traditional cake flavors such as chocolate and vanilla are often included in the per-person cost. A bakery will normally include the basic flavors into the price and then charge extra per additional flavor that you want to try.

Bear in mind that depending on the number of people you are taking with you to your cake tasting consultation, this can quickly add up to quite a bit of money.

The Type of Experience You Are Looking For

Depending on the bakery and the type of experience you are looking for the price of the wedding cake tasting consultation can vary.

If the bakery that you have chosen to visit is going to set up a beautiful display and offer you and your entourage a very specialized and memorable experience you are more than likely going to pay more for the consultation.

What to Consider Before Your Consultation

Don’t arrive at the wedding cake tasting with no ideas at all on what you want your wedding cake to taste and look like. On or before your appointment give the bakery an idea of the type of flavor and look that you are envisioning.

Take some pictures of cakes that you may have looked at on the internet and do some research on the flavors that are available at the bakery that you have chosen to visit for your cake tasting.

There is no point in booking a consultation with your local bakery if they have never made the type of cake that you are looking for.

Who Should Go with To A Wedding Cake Tasting?

Ask your bakery in advance if they have a limit on the number of people that can accompany you to your cake tasting consultation.

Most bakeries do not mind if you bring some family member and friends with to help you with your decision. Sometimes the bride and groom will take their parents with to the cake tasting consultation as well as the Maid of Honor and the Best Man.

Many brides and grooms may opt to go to the wedding consultation on their own or with only their wedding planner if they have one.

Tips to Remember When Wedding Cake Tasting

# 1 Do Your Research and Book in Time

The first thing to do is to set up an appointment at the bakery that you have decided on. Make sure that you know what the cost implications are going to be before you book the consultation.

Book the consultation at least six months before the wedding day so that you can discuss, deliver, set up, and any other details before the day of your wedding.

# 2 Think About Your Budget

As previously emphasized, do your homework before you chose a bakery to visit for your cake tasting. Contact the bakery and let them know how much you can spend on your wedding cake. This will help them to decide on which types and flavors of cakes to offer you to choose from.

# 3 Ask the Vendor How Many Samples You May Try

Ask your cake vendor how many flavors are included in the price. While some may offer a maximum of three flavors, others may offer more, provided that you chose them as your wedding cake vendor.

It is always a good idea to sample three different kinds of wedding cake flavors.

The Traditional Cake

The more traditional cakes are made of a Victoria sponge or chocolate ganache sponge.

The Citrus Flavored Cake

Citrus flavor cakes are quite popular amongst weddings that offer a meal consisting of starters, mains, and dessert. Cakes such as orange, almond, or lemon zing flavors are always a hit with their fruity flavors after a full course meal.

The Unique Flavored Cake

Unique Flavored cakes can include carrot, pineapple, coconut, chocolate, passion fruit, and raspberries. Or why not try chocolate with praline and caramel buttercream!

Another fun way to experiment with cake flavors is to marry the flavor to your favorite drink. These types of cakes can include flavors such as rum and orange or even a chocolate Guinness and blackcurrant cake.

# 4 Eat Something Before Your Appointment

Do not show up at the cake tasting when you are ravenous. If you do this then all the cake flavors are going to taste good, and you are not going to know what to choose. Eat a light meal before your appointment and brush your teeth and clean your palette before the appointment.

Another good idea is to sample the cake flavors with your eyes closed. This helps you to focus on the taste of the cake and not just the look.

# 5 Don’t Be Too Hasty

Slow down when you are tasting the different cake flavors that your vendor has to offer. Take a while to taste the flavors separately.

You may find that you like the flavor of the cake but not the icing or vice versa. This way you can choose which icing you would like to match with the cake flavor that you decide on.

The Most Popular Wedding Cake Flavors

There has not been much of a change in the most popular wedding cake flavors throughout the years as they are relatively basic flavors that will appeal to most of your guests.

Here is a list of some of the most popular cake flavors of 2021:

  • Traditional Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla and Chocolate Combo otherwise known as Tuxedo
  • Funfetti
  • Almond
  • Lemon

A great idea that will please all of the guests is to go with something a little different from the norm and then surround the main part of the cake with common flavors such as chocolate and vanilla for those who prefer a more traditional kind of cake.