Wedding planning on a budget

12.03.2019

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Ordering info

Cake sizes

Den custom cakes usually start at four layers - about 7" tall - and may come with extra headroom, depending on the number of layers and your choice of decoration. Cake portions below are based on rectangular slices of about 2" x 1" of a four layer cake, but how much you get ultimately depends on who's serving up!
Watch this 30 sec video on how to slice tall cakes without wastage.

Bijou: 6" (15cm) gives 12 - 15 slices

Regular: 7" (18cm) gives 16 - 20 slices

Large: 8" (20cm) gives 25 - 30 slices

Gourmand: 10" (25cm) gives 35 - 40 slices

Placing your order

I need a minimum of five days' lead time to prepare a cake for you, please - I make every bake to order from scratch, source fresh ingredients for each bake, and my kids can't look after themselves just yet...or so they claim. 

For wedding cakes and dessert tables, please get in touch at least 6 weeks before your event, so we can speak to discuss, design and I can send tasting box or two as needs be. To ensure the flavours are to your tastes, I ask anyone ordering a wedding cake or dessert table to purchase a taster box for £25 of your shortlisted flavours to be sent to you by post. £15 will be redeemable against your final balance if you choose Den to cater your special occasion.

I personally create and assemble every bake manually - each Den product is unique and the images on this site are for display purposes only, so please don't worry if your product doesn't look identical to those shown here (but yes, I made everything pictured on this site and across my social media!)

 

How do I pay?

Once I've been in touch to confirm your order and to send you an invoice, please settle up with a secure payment via PayPal - your booking is not confirmed until Den receives your payment. Orders under £100 should be paid in full; the balance for orders over £100 can be settled up to 7 days before your event. For weddings or major dessert tables, we take a 50% payment at the time of booking, with the remaining 50% to be settled up to 14 days before the event. I'll get to work on your bake once PayPal tells me payment has been received.

 

Wedding or dessert table orders cancelled under 14 days before their delivery/collection date will be eligible for a 50% refund only. 

Any other orders cancelled under five days before their delivery/collection date will not be eligible for a refund. 

Collection, delivery + storage

For single/double tier cakes and bakes, I can arrange an Addison Lee or Brisqq courier for a specific date and delivery window and simply add the exact cost to your final balance - delivery costs are calculated from my home here in Harlesden. I always make couriers aware of the fragile nature of their cargo, asking them to drive carefully over bumps, lift cake boxes from the base only, and so on - they're not cheap, but everything they have ever delivered for me has arrived in excellent condition. 

You are also very welcome to collect Den bakes from my home (for free, obviously) or to arrange your own courier for collection at a mutually convenient time - I offer 30 minute slots for collection. After a 15 minute grace period, late collections will need to be rearranged. 

For triple stack+ cakes or major dessert tables, I will personally deliver and set up your bespoke bakes on site within a 3 mile radius of my home for free; prices for longer distances are calculated by petrol consumption and travel time. If it's further than 20 miles, let's discuss it!

Your Den Bake Shop goods are in peak condition when collected/delivered, and are best eaten within 48 hrs of receipt. If you're storing your bake overnight before an event, it's a good idea to make the cake box airtight by wrapping the whole thing in clingfilm - that keeps the moisture in and any fridge smells out. Bring it up to room temperature before you serve, and you're good to go.

After your event, cut cakes will generally keep in good condition in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 24 hours, but toppings - fruit, fondant, macarons, meringues and honeycomb - may start to deteriorate in texture and freshness, especially if they've been in a warm environment. If you want to keep leftover cake for future demolition, why not stick it in the freezer? Read this on how to freeze buttercream-frosted cake. If you really need to refrigerate leftover cake, I'd suggest removing toppings and keeping your cake in an airtight container for no more than two or three days. Macarons and meringues may be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days, truffles for up to five days. 

Returns policy

It's incredibly important to me that you enjoy your experience of Den Bake Shop's goods. If you're unhappy with your purchase, get in touch with me as soon as you can - and within 24 hours of collection/delivery - and I'll do my utmost to resolve your concern. I'll collect the item myself wherever possible and issue a refund if necessary after my assessment. I will not be liable for any complaint after 24 hours of collection or for any item I'm unable to inspect. Unless I'm delivering myself, I cannot take responsibility for any damage sustained to your purchases during transit. 

 

Click here to read Den's full terms and conditions.