Below are some general frequently asked questions. For more specific details about wedding and celebration cakes, click the button below.
How much do your cakes cost?
Check out our price guide - it's only a guide, based on different sizes of a basic iced cake because there are so many options available for decorating your cake. Some of these options take up lots of time and more expensive ingredients and materials which increases the cost of your cake. We will always provide a quote for you before you decide to go ahead so there are no hidden surprises (except perhaps in your cake!)
Why are wedding cakes more expensive than celebration cakes?
Wedding cakes that are more than one tier are more expensive because stacking a cake takes more time, skill and materials. Also, wedding cakes are delivered and set up at the venue, often in their component parts and this takes more time. We also ensure that we liaise with the venue or wedding co-ordinator prior to your big day. We provide information to the caterers or hotel kitchen staff and ensure the venue check your cake before we leave.
Why would I buy a cake from Cakes At No.9 when I can buy something lovely from a well-known national retailer?
There is absolutely nothing wrong in getting your cake from a retail store if it is exactly what you want and you love the flavour and design. Cakes At No.9 offer a service to help design what your cake will look and taste like and it is made especially for you and your guests. The very best ingredients are used and we can also cater for guests with food intolerances. It is delivered and set up at your venue so the responsibility is all ours.
What flavour cake can I have?
Each tier of your cake can be a different flavour - our flavours page is a useful guide but we are always willing to try something new. Seasonal flavours are something to consider - Raspberry Ripple & White Chocolate or Coconut & Lime for summer, maybe Ginger & Caramel or Orange and Chocolate for a winter celebration. The choice is yours.
Do you make cakes for people with allergies and food intolerances?
Yes, we would want to discuss the extent of the allergy with you fully as our kitchen is used to make all kinds of cakes which will contain allergens. However, we have delicious recipes with gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Why don't you make cup-cakes?
We do make cup-cakes if they are ordered in addition to celebration cakes or a small batch for guests with allergies to distinguish them from the main cake.
Why do people have wedding cakes and cakes for celebrations with candles on them?
The wedding cake as we know it today has grown out of several different ethnic traditions. One of the first traditions began in Ancient Rome where bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple. In medieval England, cakes (more like breads than cakes we think of today) were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over. A successful kiss meant they were guaranteed a prosperous life together. In Scotland, the wedding cake was once a 'bridescake' (a sort of shortbread) baked by the bride's mother. A piece was broken over the bride's head - if it broke into small pieces, the marriage would be fruitful. The custom of both bride and groom cutting the cake is recent - it used to be just the bride. Traditionally, everyone got a piece of wedding cake as they were made to bring good luck to the couple and all their guests.
Celebration cakes for birthdays are believed to have originated from Germany in the 1400's. They were only affordable to the very wealthy and didn't become commonplace until the late 1800's. The tradition of candles being lit also appears to have originated in Germany with the celebration of Kinderfesten where candles were added to cakes to represent each year of life, just as we do today. Many cultures believed that smoke would carry prayers up to their gods and historians believe this is where our tradition of blowing out candles and making a wish originates. Cakes At No.9 add candles to all our birthday cakes to maintain this tradition!