We got our cake from For Heaven’s Cake. They were very nice. A few things of interest.
* They work out of their homes. All of our meetings with them were conducted at our local Starbucks. We actually did this with a few of our vendors. I don’t know if Starbucks knows what a meeting place they have become.
* They brought samples cakes to our first meeting. They were tasty. We only tried two places, this and another one, and their cake was better. Our main focus was lemon cake, thought we ended up with alternating layers of lemon then blueberry all cued from Martha here and here.
* Believe it or not we first found them on Craigslist. They are no longer up there and I’m not sure how one would otherwise find except for good old word of mouth.
* They have a lovely page portfolio you can select from or they design as you wish
* A week before the wedding Sean met with them to go over particulars one more time and give them our rather heavy toppers to make sure they would mount.
* Two days before the wedding Rick called me to tell me the orginal choice of blackberry filling we had selected is not available so we ended up with blueberry. *I had actually wanted to use a very particular blackberry fruit spread from Italy, but as I passed this task off to Sean I let that go. I didn’t think I could ask him to run to Whole Foods and purchase multiple jars of imported fruit spread. I wasn’t sure you could use what is otherwise jelly in a cake filling either. If I could do it over, I would have followed this through, largely because the fruit spread is all fruit, real fruit, and normal cake filleing to me taste like chemicals. Our cake however was fine, and I’m not sure anyone knew the flavor other than “berry.”
* The day of the wedding the cake arrived on time no problem. It would not, however, support the toppers. They stood beside it. A little odd since that’s why we gave them the toppers…but in the heat of the moment it didn’t matter as much.
* We got our very basic cake design as all white with alternating layers of flavor and design. One layer was plain with a ribbon tied around it, the other with a pattern of rhinestones. Initially we wanted a cake for 50 people. We requested a dummy layer, not to make the cake larger, but so that the non edible rhinestones would not be a concerned. Three days before the wedding, Rick called to say that they reccently had an experience with a similar dummy layer in the middle and it didn’t work well. Could they make the whole thing cake? Sure. Why would I say no? However, we did end up with cake for nearly 140 people with 55 adult wedding guests.
* The icing was buttercream pure white. I don’t know how she made it, butter or crisco. I didn’t ask. I don’t really care. Truth? I wanted swiss meringue buttercream but never asked for it. My bad.
* The ribbon…it was ugly. When I sent Sean to confirm details I meant for him to ask specifics about the ribbon. He did with questions like who is supplying it and what color will it be. Good ones. I should have had him ask, what will it be made of? In retrospect, I love the real ribbon over icing ribbon. No shame there. However, supply your own double faced satin ribbon. We ended up with that totally plastic ribbon very often used in floral displays. This is not a sin. Really that ribbon was design for this purpose of standing up to dirt and water or cake and sugar. The satin ribbon would have been ruined by the cake, and after some time, might have absorbed oil from the buttercream. Still I assert that a really thick nice ribbon would have looked glam and would have lasted 2-5 hours before possibly showing any signs of gross. Get your own ribbon!
* We liked For Heaven’s Cake because their cake started at $2/slice. That is not totally easy to do. As I mentioned above our cake was a simple design with simple flavors. However, we discovered that there is a 100 slice minimum for a cake. There is just no way to get out of a cake for less than $200. We fist asked for 70 slices…which would cost $3/ slice for $210. If we got 100 slices at $2 each, it was only $200. I strange narrow margin to be in.
* There was a small mistake in our cake but only Sean and I knew. Not even my mother knew. Our heart was set on lemon cake. The other white and blueberry layer was a total after thought and really just for whatever fool might not like lemon cake. With all the flavor switching and dummy substitions, what we got ON THE DAY was four layers of cake, a 14” blueberry, a 10”blueberry, an 8” lemon, and a top 6” lemon. Do you see the problem? People were asking for lemon but we totally ran out. We saved our top, so that only meant 8” of lemon to a total 24” of blueberry, and we didn’t really care about blueberry. We had told everyone about the awesome lemon cake we were having. Did the baker just have lots of frozen white cake? We never asked. Whatever. Next time, get one flavor.
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