Ingredients

I am a firm believer that to achieve the best tasting cakes, the best quality ingredients have to be used.

I use those produced locally and organic and fairtrade wherever possible.

Some of the lovely ingredients I use include:

  • Free range eggs from local Cotswold farms
  • Local farmhouse butter made from double cream
  • Organic flours from local Cotswold Millers
  • Fairtrade cane sugars
  • Organic preserves
  • Dried vien fruits that do not contain sulphites
  • Finest Belgian chocolate
Flavours and Fillings

I’m a huge fan of the more traditional fillings and flavour combinations but feel free to mix and match the below cake flavours, buttercreams and preserves to create your own personal favourites.

Tiered cakes can have each tier a different flavour, if ordering cupcakes or mini cakes you could opt for a selection of different flavours.

  • Victoria Sponge
  • Madagascan Vanilla
  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Belgian Chocolate Fudge
  • Red Velvet
  • Lemon
  • Carrot & Pecan
  • Espresso Coffee & Walnut
  • Sticky Toffee
  • Rich Celebration Fruit Cake laced with Brandy (not available for cupcakes.)

Preserves

  • Organic Raspberry Preserve
  • Organic Strawberry Preserve
  • Organic Morello Cherry Preserve
  • Luxury Strawberry & Champagne Preserve
  • Luxury Lemon Curd

Buttercream Fillings

  • Traditional Buttercream
  • Madagascan Vanilla
  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Belgian Chocolate & Hazelnut
  • Belgian Chocolate Orange
  • White Belgian Chocolate
  • Cream Cheese
  • Lemon Curd
  • Orange Zest
  • Espresso Coffee
  • Salted Caramel
  • Pink Champagne

Please note: all cakes and favours are made in an environment where nuts may be present and so are not suitable for anyone with a nut allergy.

Certain flavours can be made gluten-free if required.

Decorations

All of my sugar decorations are made by hand, which means that almost anything is possible when it comes to adorning your cake.

Sugar flowers can be the perfect shade to coordinate with your colour scheme, decorations can be created to match a particular theme and modelled figures can really reflect the person they represent.

Portion Guide

The cake portion guide below shows the approximate number of portions a single tier round or square cake will provide.

Cakes are approximatley 4″ deep and the below serving guide is based on cakes being cut into 1″ x 1″ pieces (finger portions) or 2″ x 1″ pieces (dessert portions). Please add together tier sizes to work out how many portions a wedding cake will serve.

Size Round (finger portions) Square (finger portions) Round (dessert portions) Square (dessert portions)
4″ 10 15 5 8
5″ 15 20 8 12
6″ 20 25 12 17
7″ 30 40 17 24
8″ 40 50 24 30
9″ 50 65 30 38
10″ 60 80 38 48
11″ 70 95 48 58
12″ 80 110 58 70
Price Guide

As all cakes are bespoke, accurate prices can only be given on an individual basis. Prices vary greatly depending on the flavours, size and shape of the cake and the intricacy of the decoration. Please refer to the galleries for a price indication of the designs featured.

The guide below shows starting prices for mid-sized round tiered sponge cakes (smaller and larger sizes are available). Please note there is a minimum order charge of £200 excluding delivery and set up.

  • 2 tier wedding cake starts from £230 (based on a 5″ and 8″ tiers – 55 finger portions/ 32 dessert portions)
  • 3 tier wedding cake starts from £340 (based on a 5″, 7″ and 9″ tiers – 95 finger portions/ 55 dessert portions)
  • 4 tier wedding cake starts from £420 (based on a 4″, 6″, 8″ and 10″ tiers – 130 finger portions/ 80 dessert portions)
  • ‘Cutting cakes’ are available to provide additional portions if required. Prices start from £30 for a 6″ square sponge (25 finger portions).
  • Regular Wedding cupcakes start from £2.75 each. Minimum order of 12 and in batches of 12.
  • Mini wedding cupcakes start from £1.75 each. Minimum order of 24 and in batches of 24.
  • Modelled figures start from £60 for a bride and groom
  • Wedding favour biscuits start from £2.50 each, including a presentation bag and ribbon (minimum order 12)
  • Wedding favour macaroons start from £3 each, including a presentation bag and ribbon (minimum order 24)
  • Cake pops start from £3 each, including a clear celophane wrapper and ribbon (minimum order 12)
Planning your wedding cake

Planning your wedding cake is really exciting but with so many options it can also feel like quite a daunting task! Here are some key considerations:

  • What type of wedding are you having? Traditional, contemporary, vintage or is there a specific theme?
  • How many guests do you need the cake to serve? Will it be a dessert, served at the end of the meal with coffee or served in the evening?
  • Do you want to keep the top tier for a first wedding anniversary or christening?
  • What flavours do you like? It’s nice to offer guests a selection by having a few different flavours.
  • It’s also worth considering the time of year – fresh, fruity and light cakes may be good for a summer wedding and heavier chocolate and fruit cakes for a winter wedding.
  • What shape? Round and square tend to be the most popular cake shapes but heart, petal, hexagonal or oval can all make for a unique design. Double height or half height tiers can also add to a designs impact.
  • Would you like tiers stacked directly on top of one another? Or perhaps one or more tiers blocked with fresh or sugar flowers?
  • What decorations would you like? Fresh or sugar flowers? Lace or piped detail? Or perhaps a bespoke bride and groom?
  • Will you need to hire a stand?
  • Will you require set up and delivery?
Wedding Consultation

The ideal way to design your perfect wedding cake is to start with a consultation and tasting session – up to 4 different flavours can be selected for the bride and groom to sample.

Consultations usually take place in my kitchen studio and last around an hour. An appointment will be made at a time to suit you, which can be an evening or weekend if preferred. Please do bring along anything that may inspire your cake design such as images you have collected, your wedding invitation, a picture of your wedding dress and wedding flowers or fabric/ colour swatches. After the consultation I will email you a quotation(s) for the design ideas discussed, giving you the time and space to decide whether you would like to proceed with an order.

Lead times

Every cake is made to order with the utmost care and attention. My policy is to never overbook so that the quality of my work is not compromised.

I recommend a minimum of 6 months notice for wedding cakes and wedding favours. However, during peak season (April to September) it’s advisable to place your order as early as possible.

I will always do my best to accommodate orders at short notice, if I have availability!

Delivery

As part of my service, I offer personal delivery for all orders with the option of ‘set up’ and table dressing at the venue for wedding cakes.

I frequently deliver cakes throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Delivery is charged per mile and the set up cost is determined by the time needed to assemble the cake. Please request a quotation when ordering if you would like to use this service. Alternatively you are welcome to collect your cake from my kitchen. If the cake is collected, Cake by Rachel will provide transport, assembly and storage instructions where necessary. Please note that once collected, full responsibility for the safety of the cake lies with the client, Cake by Rachel is not liable for any damage to the cake once it has left the premises.

Cake stand hire

I have a variety of specialist wedding cake stands, cupcake stands and vintage ‘tea party’ style stands that can be hired. Please note that cake stands are only available for hire if ordered with a cake.

Stand hire is charged at £20 for a 3 day period, a £50 holding deposit is also required and will be refunded once the stand is returned undamaged. Alternatively, I can also offer a collection service from your venue for an additional charge.

Payments and deposits

A 50% non refundable deposit is required to confirm all orders. The remaining balance is payable 2 weeks prior to delivery or collection of the cake. For any order placed with less than 2 weeks notice, the full amount is due on order confirmation.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer. If paying by cheque or bank transfer, the payment must have cleared before the cake is delivered or collected.

Alterations and cancellations

I will make every effort to accommodate late amendments to orders wherever possible but this cannot be guaranteed.

Any alterations to the original order must be confirmed in writing, if the changes affect the cost then the balance will be adjusted accordingly.

In the event of cancellation, you may be charged for any work already completed.