Our At-Home Cake Tasting

One thing people frequently told us after we got engaged was that the only perk of wedding planning is the free cake tastings. Personally, I think there have actually been a lot of perks (like, for instance, blogging for all of you!).  But I do love me some cake, so I was looking forward to that perk in particular. There was a wrench in that plan, though. We wanted to save money in the wedding cake department, which is why we opted to go with a dessert buffet rather than a traditional multi-tiered wedding cake. We wanted the center cake on the display to be a small, “top tier”-esque cake. Just enough so that we could have the fancy wedding cake experience without actually having a full-on multi-tier cake.


{like one of these side cakes}

cake by Cater It Simple, image via the Cater It Simple Flickr page


cake by For the Love of Cake; image via their Flickr page

Well, what we found out is that when you want to have a really small, really cheap fancy wedding cake then places don’t readily offer free tastings. We considered skipping the tasting experience altogether, but we just couldn’t shake the feeling that $100 was still a lot of money to spend on a cake that we’d have no idea what it was going to taste like.

Luckily, after many an email, we found a woman who offered to prepare a $12 “tasting box” for us that we could try on our own prior to ordering with her. And that, my friends, is how we ended up doing our cake tasting on our living room couch.


As you can tell from the picture, we were so excited to dig in that we were halfway through with the flavors before I remembered to pull out my camera. In case you were curious our flavor options were red velvet, salted caramel and toffee, citrus, vanilla and fresh strawberries, devil’s food with mocha, chocolate with coconut and ganache, and chocolate with raspberry jam and fudge.

I’m so very glad that we got to do this tasting because we ended up with a flavor that we never would’ve chosen otherwise. If we’d had to pick off a list, I would’ve preferred to go with something safe that I could be sure we’d both like. Maybe the vanilla and fresh strawberries, because anything more exotic would have been too big a risk. But because we got to do our at-home tasting, we learned that the unusual-sounding salted caramel with toffee is delicious! I absolutely cannot wait to see how our little skyline cake will turn out, and how it will look surrounded by all of our other desserts and topped with our custom cake topper (which I will totally show you once I have it).

Moral of the story: if something is important to you (like a tasting), don’t be afraid to keep asking (politely, of course) if you’re not initially able to find what you’re looking for. Hopefully it will only take you a few tries before someone says yes.

Has there been anything you’ve had to ask for because it wasn’t offered at first? Were you eventually successful?


Ms. Ferris Wheel

San Francisco
Wedding Date:
November 2011
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    futuremrscpt 955 posts, Busy bee @ 12:25 pm

    the salted caramel and toffee sounds really yummy!

  2. ladyfingers Member
    ladyfingers 1257 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:44 pm

    Nom nom nommmm I was going to say, the salted caramel and toffee sounded WONDERFUL! Then you said you chose it, so, yay! Those are some awesome skyline cakes, too.

  3. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:47 pm

    Salted caramel and toffee sounds AMAZE-BALLS. Omg, I want your cake :)

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:56 pm

    Salted caramel and toffee sounds absolutely incredible. I want some cake now!

  5. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:00 pm

    That’s the flavor that jumped out at me, salted caramel and vanilla, yummmmm.myyy!

  6. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:02 pm

    I meant toffee, I’m drinking my vanilla coffee and had vanilla on the brain…

  7. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:13 pm

    I am ready to grub on some cake right about now – it all sounds so freakin’ delicious!

  8. ticket Member
    ticket 501 posts, Busy bee @ 1:19 pm

    That flavor sounds amazing and I love the little skyline inspiration picture! I’m sure your cake will look amazing with your dessert table. Heck I was impressed with just the plates for the table. I must admit the tasting of cake was a very fun part of wedding planning.

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    ookbob 327 posts, Helper bee @ 1:22 pm

    What’d you pick what’d you pick?

  10. teacup Member
    teacup 631 posts, Busy bee @ 2:42 pm

    Yum! The salted caramel with toffee caught my attention…gotta run to Pinkberry for some salted caramel yogurt stat :)

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    Lilan, Guest @ 12:51 pm

    I’m looking for cake options in San Francisco too! Please share the name of the baker because salted caramel and toffee sound AMAZING!

    Thank you!

  12. kettle Member
    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 6:55 am

    Yes! the unedited footage in addition to our wedding video. It ended up being one of the reasons we chose the photographer we did. We wanted both, and didn’t think we should be paying double for it.

  13. ferriswheel Member
    ferriswheel 356 posts, Helper bee @ 12:44 am

    @Lilan: Hi Lilan! Sorry it’s taking me a while to respond to your question. Our baker’s business is called Cake Coquette. Hope you like her as much as we did! :-)

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    Lilan, Guest @ 12:09 am

    Thanks for letting me know Ms Ferris Wheel! Can’t wait to see your invitations! :)

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 9:32 am

    I’m starting to become not a fan of cake tasing posts – as well as wedding cake shows…I don’t think its fair to see other people eating cake when you can’t :(

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