Q. Lauri’s Cakes is already fully booked for my wedding date… where should I go?

A. At Lauri’s Cakes, if the date is booked by another customer of mine, then I can search for someone who’s in your area or someone who can give you a cake on your date. The earlier you book your cake order for your wedding the best date can be done. Right now I only focus on one wedding a weekend so that the Bride can shine on Her big day!

Q. How far in advance should we order our wedding cake?

A. At Lauri’s Cakes, if it’s on a weekend that I’ve already booked a wedding then I will do my best to find you another baker who is able to do the personal touch you desire. It’s always best to order a year in advance since other Brides are also looking for their wedding cake to be ready on their big day.

Q. How much cake should we order?

A. When I decided to refresh my techniques for decorating, I went through a Wilton Decorating Class and since then I’ve used their measurement charts and serves how many for each cake. I like the K.I.S.S. method the best. Keep It Simple Sam. The less stress for the Bride the better. It’s based on the number of guests that the Bride and Groom are inviting/expecting. 

Q. Do all bakers use the same sizes for cakes?

A. I do not use the fondant icing, if I do, it’s for decoration only not the entire cake, I do have some that could make fondant decorations. Keeping the cost of the cake within a budget is more my liking, it’s the K.I.S.S. method approach. I do not compete with my local and regional home bakers or commercial bakers because that’s not how I want to be. I may need to refer someone to them in the future for any particular reason. Wilton has the serving sizes for pretty much all sizes of cake, this is the chart guide I use for my cakes. What other bakers use is their preference. It is based on buttercream icing.

Q. Should I use a licensed bakery or someone that makes wedding cakes from their home?

A. Unlike most states, Iowa has no restrictions on sales of non-potentially hazardous foods.  Rather than having a to have my inspections, sales tax permit and my county permit to operate my home business. These foods are like cheesecakes in which I don’t sell.

Q. Do you require a retainer?

A. Yes I require a non refundable retainer with a contract to be signed prior to the the deposit with all information needed so I have enough time to local decorations that are not edible if need be such as a cake topper.