How does ParadoxPastry develop ideas for custom studio cakes?
Custom studio cakes evolve from your own sugar fantasy, a theme, a color scheme, a feel or even a picture which can be tailored to fit your vision. Through client-chef conversations, we get to know you and your design wishes and then translate those into a sketched design. A great way to prepare for your design consultation is to scour the internet, magazines and book for ideas – pick cakes you love or just parts of cakes you love and that will give us a great starting point.Other ways to get started are to develop a sense of what the style or feel of your event will be. Will it be elegant? Casual? Modern? Or how about a theme? Seasonal? Color oriented? Backyard BBQ or Starry Nights at a vineyard?
If you just don’t seem to be able to get the creative juices flowing, don’t worry – that’s where we can help! The fun begins when the cake comes alive through pastry techniques such as pulled, poured or pressed sugar, modeling chocolate, pastillage and fondant sculptures, colored white chocolate artwork or intricate royal icing detail work. But the range of techniques doesn’t stop there, ideas borrowed from faux finishes such as ragging, stenciling and trompe l’oeil can be combined with raised relief work to make your cake truly one of a kind.
How do I order a custom studio cake?
Custom Studio and Wedding Cakes can be ordered through a one-on-one consultation, over the phone, or by email. The lead time is typically a minimum of 4-6 weeks, but earlier is always better especially for wedding cakes. On the other hand, there is always the possibility of a last minute “panic attack” order.
For wedding cakes feeding over 75 people, a design/tasting appointment is required. To set up an appointment, there is a $35.00 nonrefundable deposit, payable by cash or check, required to secure the chef’s time. Please fill out the Contact Form and we will get in touch with you. If, for some bizarre reason, you don’t hear from us within 48 – “Ping” us again!! Who knows what transpired during the lull (special order from some King or Queen, the Dave Matthews Band stopped in for a pastry class, John Grisham demanded an interview for his next book…. You know, typical, everyday happenings.)
What’s the payment policy?
A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date; the balance is due at least two weeks prior to the event. Payment is currently available by check, cash, or credit card. Cake orders placed less than two weeks before the date require payment in full at the time of ordering. There are no refunds on orders cancelled within 5 days of the event.
How much do your cakes cost?
Wedding cakes begin with a base price per person which includes a standard menu flavor, smooth butter cream finish, appropriate hand piped borders, the arrangement of any flowers provided, ribbon perhaps and a matching fondant covered foam core board base. Anything added beyond the standard finish, such as rolled fondant or handmade flowers, design details and sculptures, chocolate, or fillings (such as fruit mousses or curds) is additional. Think of the basic cake as the canvas and then begin creating your masterpiece based on your dreams. To give you a good starting point for pricing your cake, a standard 3 tier cake to serve 120 guests is priced at $395 not including delivery. After that, we just have to work out the details and the final pricing!
Other custom designed studio cakes begin at $125.00. These cakes are 10” basic bakery flavors (again, the menu!), fondant covered, and decorated with basic flat decorations such as some geometrics, smaller flowers, airbrushing, etc. It all just depends on your whim! Care for a fully sculpted, 3-D bear on top? Yep – that will take a little more time and a wee bit of a larger donation on your part (but ultimately worth it!).
Do you have a list of flavors?
Our pricing for basic cakes comes from our list of menu flavors, but we can and do provide a wide variety of other cakes and fillings. Just ask or we’ll be glad to conjure up some delicious alternatives for you. Please note that non-standard flavors carry an additional charge.
Do you deliver?
Yes. Delivery fees are calculated by distance traveled. Cakes that are not sensitive to transport, that have minimal fragile details, can be picked up by the client. However, keep in mind the old saying, “There are only two people who can be trusted with transporting a wedding cake – the person who made it and the person who paid for it!”
Do you make other desserts?
Paradox Pastry is not limited to cakes. We also pride ourselves on creating incredible desserts and savory pastries for buffets, parties, cocktails, special events and restaurants. Feel free to contact us to discuss a menu tailored to reflect taste and style demands of your restaurant or event. Try us out for your next dinner party, picnic, office event or restaurant menu.
Are you a nut-free facility?
Paradox Pastry uses nuts, wheat, sugar, soy, mass quantities of butter and other dairy – but we’re still good people! Oh, and we’re not certified Kosher either. Man! Makes you wonder what good we are!! (Oh, trust us… we’re a lot “good!”)