What types of baked goods do you offer?
We love creating original cake designs that capture the style of your celebration. We build our cakes with round or square cake tiers, or sculpt 3-D shapes. To make sure your cake style is current and unique, we do not make sheet cakes or reproduce other bakeries' designs. Our smallest custom cake option is a 6" round layer cake (approx. 12 servings). Individual smash cakes are available as an add-on item with a celebration cake order. We also offer beautiful decorated cookies, sold by the dozen.
How much notice do you need for a custom cake?
A minimum of two weeks is preferred to allow time for designing, ordering special materials and sculpting gumpaste pieces. We do have limited volume so we recommend booking your cake as soon as you begin planning your event.
What is your ordering process?
Please submit our "Request a Quote" form with your name, event date, number of servings needed and any information about your event style that you would like us to know as we design your cake. We will gladly offer a complimentary design idea and a quote. Extended consultation can be scheduled if needed (hourly fee applies). After you review your quote, let us know that you are ready to move forward and we will send an invoice with the cake description, contract terms and payment information. Please review your invoice and the terms carefully.
How do I confirm Alison Elle Edible Art's services for my event date?
Upon receiving your invoice, please refer to the payment terms in order to reserve your cake. Payment in full will be requested for orders under $100 or orders placed within 2 weeks of the event date. Other orders will be reserved with a nonrefundable retainer, with balance due 1-2 weeks prior to the event date. Your order is confirmed once payment is received; unpaid invoices will be cancelled. We accept Venmo, PayPal or cash. Personal checks are not accepted.
What are your prices?
We never make the same cake twice! Since cakes vary in size, structure, flavor and design, we find that flat price lists are less practical than customized individual quotes. Our buttercream cakes start at $4 per serving (fondant $7 per serving), plus materials and labor hours for artwork, with a minimum price of $100. Sculpted cakes start at $250. Our decorated cookies start at $42 per dozen.
Can I have a sample?
We make all our products to order and do not keep an inventory for samples or purchase. For larger cakes, we offer a scheduled consultation with tasting (up to four flavor combinations, for two people) for $40. This amount will be applied to the balance of cake orders totaling 40 servings or more.
What type of cake flavors, fillings and icing choices do you offer?
We proudly serve our own scratch cake recipes, including white, yellow, chocolate, marble, lemon, strawberry, mocha and spice. We fill our cake layers with delicious homemade buttercream, and offer specialty fillings such as fruit preserves, salted caramel and chocolate ganache. Our cakes can be iced in meringue buttercream, American buttercream, or fondant over chocolate ganache, depending on your preference and cake style. All of our products contain wheat, dairy, egg, soy and are made where tree nuts and peanuts are present.
Try one of our suggested combinations!
Very Vanilla: Yellow cake with vanilla bean buttercream filling and vanilla crunch.
Intense Chocolate: Chocolate cake layered with chocolate ganache buttercream.
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Chocolate cake with milk chocolate ganache and peanut butter buttercream filling.
Lemon Raspberry: Lemon cake filled with lemon buttercream and raspberry preserves.
Strawberry Lemonade: Strawberry cake layered with strawberry preserves and lemon buttercream.
Salted Caramel Chocolate: Chocolate cake filled with salted caramel sauce and vanilla buttercream.
S'mores: Chocolate cake filled with milk chocolate ganache, homemade marshmallow fluff and graham cracker crumbles.
Mocha: Coffee infused chocolate cake filled with dark chocolate ganache and buttercream.
Grasshopper: Chocolate cake layered with mint-flavored white chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream.
Caramel spice: Spice cake layers filled with salted caramel and vanilla buttercream.
How do I transport my cake?
Cakes must be transported on a flat surface. Make sure to consider the dimensions of your cake when preparing your vehicle before pick-up. Support your cake box from the bottom while moving from the car to your party venue. For tiered cakes or cakes with delicate toppers, we strongly recommend adding delivery service.
How do I serve my cake?
We recommend cutting the cake after it has been at room temperature for an hour. Remove any toppers or other embellishments, then begin cutting the top tier in a grid pattern. You may find that wiping your knife or dipping in hot water between cuts yields cleaner slices. For tiered cakes, keep in mind that a center dowel runs through the entire cake, and lower tiers will be supported with dowels or straws. Refer to your invoice for speficific instructions about the placement of non-edible supports in your cake.
What is the best way to store my desserts?
If your cake is not going to be served within a few hours of pick-up or delivery, we generally recommend refrigerating (some sugar work does not tolerate humidity, so please check your invoice for specific care instructions). To avoid condensation on the surface, keep the cake in its box while refrigerated and then until it reaches room temperature. When out of the fridge, make sure the cake is in a cool, dry place out of direct sunglight so that your buttercream and decorations do not begin to lose their shape or color. Leftovers should be wrapped and stored in the refrigerator. We recommend consuming within 2 days. Cookies should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Our customers find that individually packaged cookie favors stay fresh for several days.