Firstly, for an Initial Quote, Ben recommends you email him with as much information as possible about your requests, he will then be able to give you a guide price. If you are happy with the approximate costing, it is important that you reserve the date as Ben only creates two cakes per week, and works on a first come first served basis: we ask for a £150 non-returnable or transferable booking fee to do this which is deducted from the final cake price (and includes one combined tasing/consultation – please see paragraph below).
Approximately six months before the wedding, please contact Ben to arrange a suitable date for a Consultation which is held at his home, and where you will be able to talk through your initial ideas, see examples of Ben’s work, and browse his portfolios. At this stage, it is recommended that you bring anything that may inspire your cake design, such as colour samples, fabric swatches, or stationary.
All cake prices include one complimentary cake tasting.
If you have yet to reserve your date with a £150 deposit, the simplest way to try Ben’s cake and get all of your questions answered is to visit him at one of the many Wedding Fayres he attends where there is always lots of yummy cake to try! Follow him on Facebook or Instagram for dates.
If you wish to have a private cake tasting and consultation before your booking fee is paid, there is a £50 charge to cover Ben’s expenses. This is deducted from your final order should you wish to proceed. All cake tastings / consultations (with or without a deposit paid), will take place in the relaxed surroundings of Ben’s home on a Monday or Tuesday evening during certain times of the year. Please note that although the full menu of possible flavours are listed below, we are only able to provide samples of each of his most popular: Classic Victoria sponge, rich chocolate truffle, and zesty lemon, which will allow you to experience the quality and moistness of the whole range!
Private tastings are not available during peak wedding season, (June-September)
Delivery and collection
A delivery and set up service is available for a small fee: locally up to 15 miles there is a charge of £30: further deliveries are calculated from Ben’s studio in Birmingham. To receive a quote please send him an email with the address and post code of your venue.
Alternatively you are more than welcome to collect your cake at a mutually convenient time. All cakes are hygienically packed with care for transportation.
Ben can provide assembly and storage instructions for any cake collected. Please note that once collected, full responsibility for the cake lies with the client and Ben the Cake Man does not accept liability for any damages thereafter.
Full payment is due one calendar month before the wedding date. Payments can be cash; or bank transfer. If paying by bank transfer please contact Ben for his account details. It should be noted that cakes are not started until full payment has been received. Cakes not paid for 14 days before the wedding may result in the contract being terminated and the loss of your booking fee. All payments are non refundable.
Ceramic, glass and silver cake stands are available to hire at £10 per stand, plus a security deposit which will be refunded once the stand is returned undamaged within 3 working days after the wedding. Security deposits will reflect the value of the stand hired.
Ben is very passionate about baking and believes, that not only should your cake look amazing but it hast to taste amazing too. Ben’s exceptional high standards ensure only the finest ingredients are used, all cakes are freshly baked to order by Ben himself.
Recommended Cake flavours:
Classic Victoria sponge
A light vanilla sponge layered with raspberry conserve and butter cream.
Zesty lemon sponge layered with lemon butter cream and lemon curd.
Dark Chocolate Truffle
A decadent rich moist cake layered with a whipped Belgian chocolate ganache.
Chocolate & Praline
A decadent moist cake layered between hazelnut praline and Belgian chocolate ganache.
A rich zesty chocolate cake layered with a light Belgian ganache.
Strawberry & Champagne
Light vanilla sponge layered with Champagne butter cream and strawberry conserve.
A quirky marbled sponge filled with a raspberry ripple buttercream.
Coffee & Pecan
A luxury coffee cake layered with a generous shot of espresso buttercream.
Carrot & Walnut
A sticky moist cake of carrots, sultanas and walnuts layered with a vanilla buttercream.
Please see below a portion guide based on Ben’s most frequently required cake sizes. Ben’s cake tiers are ordinarily 4″ deep and his servings are based on a 1″×1″ portion. Portions given are maximum and, for dessert portions, I recommend you halve the portions again.
Cakes for dessert
A chocolate wedding cake or Croquembouche is perfect if you are having your cake as dessert. Serve with fruit coulis, cream or a chocolate sauce for the true chocoholics.
Allergy and Special Dietary Requirements.
Ben does not make eggless, sugar free or gluten free cakes.
It must be noted that Ben does work with nut products in his kitchens, and items may contain traces of nuts or nut products or other allergens.
Ben accepts no liability for cakes that have been damaged once they have been delivered to the agreed location. All of Ben’s cakes are fragile and require care and attention when handling. Please take care when displaying your wedding cake, avoid direct sunlight, spotlights and candles. Hand painted and chocolate cakes are especially vulnerable to light and heat damage. In the extremely unlikely event of any complaint Ben will only be liable to the maximum of a full refund of the order.
Holidays and Christmas closing 2021
This year Ben will be closed from Friday 17th December until Monday 10th January 2022 and will not be decorating any cakes during this time, he apologises for any inconvenience.