FAQ’s

Pricing
All of my cakes are freshly made to order especially for you. I believe that our cakes should not just look beautiful but taste delicious too therefore I only use the freshest and finest ingredients.

Each cake is hand-made individually for each customer and as a result every order is unique. The actual cost of each cake is dependent upon several aspects; cake size, flavours, filling, covering and of course the design and amount of decoration you choose for your special occasion.

Below is a guide to prices and I am happy to provide a quote tailored for your specific needs and special occasion.

Celebration Cakes
Iced with ribbon, personalised greeting and small amount of decoration
6” sponge from £55
8” sponge from £65
10” sponge from £85

Personalised Novelty & Carved Cakes from £80

Two Tier Celebration Cake from £90

Wedding Cakes
Single Tier from £110
2 tier round from £220
3 tier round from £320
4 tier round from £410

3 Tier Naked Cake – 4 Layers – £290 fully decorated with fresh berries and dusted in icing sugar

Cupcake tower – For 100 cupcakes and a 6′ round cutting cake, stand hire , delivery and set up starts from £330 – Cupcake with a jam / curd filling, topped with a swirl of buttercream and decorated with a simple flower and leaf – top tier left plain ready for fresh flowers

Shortbread biscuit favors – giftwrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with ribbon from  £2.20 – £3.50 each, minimum order of 25.

Payment
To secure your order a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the quote needs to be paid to secure the date and begin the production of your cake. The balance of the monies is to be paid upon collection/delivery of the cake.

Payment should be made in cash, cheque or bacs transfer.
Full payment for wedding cakes should be at least two weeks before the event. Payment on the day will be not be accepted.

Cancellations of orders must be received at least a month prior to your specified delivery date and received by email, but please note initial deposits will not be refunded unless under extreme circumstances.

Should you wish to ‘save the date’ a deposit of £30 should be made and this will secure my time to produce a cake for your special date. This deposit will be deducted from your final invoice once you have decided upon your chosen design.

Delivery
Local deliveries are free within Brackley, deliveries within a ten mile radius of Brackley (Buckingham, Banbury & Bicester) will be charged at £10.00.
Delivery to other locations can be calculated at the standard rate of 65p per mile return.
If you require your cake to be set up at a venue a set up fee will be charge and this will be dependant upon the design of the cake.

Collection of Cakes
Cakes and decorations are fragile and should be treated as such, every effort is made to ensure your decorations and cake are completely stable and in perfect condition.

Marianne’s Cakes can take no responsibility once a cake has been collected/left the premises.

We DO NOT recommend transporting cakes in foot wells or propped up on car seats , they should be placed in a cool horizontal flat space for even weight distribution and not subjected to solar radiation (direct heat from windows), a non-slip mat will help to avoid the cake slipping however care must be taken whilst in transport to avoid excessive forces, try to avoid excessive acceleration or breaking and avoid potholes where possible.

Portion Guide

It can be difficult to work out what size you require so please use this table as a rough guide to portions.

Size Round/ trefoil Square Petal, heart
Hexagon, octagon
4″ 8 fruit
4 sponge
12 fruit
6 sponge
5″ 12 fruit
6 sponge
21 fruit
10 sponge
6″ 24 fruit
12 sponge
35 fruit
17 sponge
15 fruit
8 sponge
7″ 35 fruit
17 sponge
47 fruit
24 sponge
24 fruit
12 sponge
8″ 47 fruit
24 sponge
60 fruit
30 sponge
35 fruit
17 sponge
9″ 60 fruit
30 sponge
75 fruit
38 sponge
47 fruit
24 sponge
10″ 75 fruit
38 sponge
95 fruit
48 sponge
60 fruit
30 sponge
11″ 95 fruit
48 sponge
118 fruit
58 sponge
75 fruit
38 sponge
12″ 118 fruit
58 sponge
140 fruit
70 sponge
95 fruit
48 sponge
13″ 140 fruit
70 sponge
160 fruit
80 sponge
118 fruit
58 sponge
14~” 160 fruit
80 sponge
188 fruit
95 sponge
140 fruit
70 sponge
Stacked Cake Guide

When planning a stacked cake it may be useful to use the following guide as a suggestion to cake sizes, these portion sizes are for, maderia, lemon drizzle or chocolate. For Fruit cake portions please refer to the portion guide in the section before.Cake Ratio Suggestions c

Cutting Advice

Cakes need to be cut with care, particularly fruit cakes and carrot cakes which can crumble if not handled carefully. Use a long bladed serrated saw knife, which must be SHARP – ornamental cake cutting knives used for photos are usually nowhere near sharp enough.

Use a clean damp cloth to clean and moisten the blade between each cut – this will help stop the knife dragging on the cake crumb.

Use a sawing action with the serrated blade – don’t just push the knife downwards – and make sure to cut all the way to the base board.

Standard portion size
Fruit cake 2.5cm (1 inch) square
Sponge cake Finger portion 1′ x 1′ (2.5cm x 2.5cm) Dessert Portion 2 inch x 1 inch (5cm x 2.5cm)

VERY IMPORTANT
This is only a guide – the number of portions will depend on how the cake is cut. You may get more or less pieces. you may find it useful to use the grid patterns below as a guide to cutting your cake:

Cake Cutting Guide

Cake Care
To keep your cake in its best condition you should consume it within a few days of delivery. Please store your cake in the cardboard box it is delivered in.
It should be kept in a cool, dry, hygienic condition away from steam, moisture & humidity (not the fridge) as this will make colours run. It should not be stored in a plastic box as this will make it sweat.

Depending on the design of you cake, there may be non-edible items used to create the chosen design.

You will be advised when the cake is collected/delivered as to the non-edible items which will need to be removed before consumption. These could include the following

  • cake dowels, used in taller cakes for structural purposes
  • flower sprays, will include wires and stamens within the spray
  • flower picks may also be used within the cake to hold flower sprays
  • wires, for star spays and supporting handles etc
  • plastic supports within models and cake toppers
  • ribbons, bows
  • candles