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How do I order?  Please contact me with what you’re looking for, and for which date you’ll need it, and we can start from there.  I’ll let you know before anything if your event date is available. When placing an order, it is best to have an idea of how many guests you would like to serve, as well as the sort of style or design you have in mind. Tell me your theme, colors, and any specific design ideas you have. Send me whatever pictures you may have that will help give me a better idea of what you’re looking for. It will also help to know your budget so I can design a cake to fit your needs.

How far in advance should I place my order?  I ask for a minimum of two weeks’ notice on any order, but there are always exceptions every weekend, so it never hurts to ask.  To provide the highest quality work, I limit the amount of orders I take per week.  Please contact me as early as possible to get on my calendar - even if you haven't decided on anything but your date.

How should I contact you?  E-mail is my primary mode of communication since it is easiest to give clients ideas through sketches, pictures, and other attachments. It’s often hard for me to answer calls, as I’m either busy in the cake studio, out on deliveries, or entertaining loud little ones. E-mail also allows me to keep track of every detail we have discussed and every interaction we’ve had, which helps a lot when it comes down to the creation process. If necessary, I will go over any additional details by phone, but please e-mail me before anything at girlmeetscake@gmail.com. I usually answer my e-mails within 24 hours of receiving them.

How much do your cakes cost?  It’s hard to provide a price estimate until I know exactly what you are looking for, but I have a general range under the “pricing” section of my website.  All of the cakes are priced on an individual basis and prices are derived from a variety of factors: complexity of design, size, and labor required are the main factors that determine price.  Sculpted/ 3D cakes are obviously more work than MOST tiered cakes, so a sculpted cake for 50 people would no doubt be more expensive than a regular 2- tiered cake for 50 people. Keep in mind, since labor is the biggest factor, a sculpted cake for 20 people might not be any less expensive than a sculpted cake for 40 people, as the same amount of labor is required for both.  My prices are very reasonable when compared to other cake artists, especially considering the quality of work that you’ll be receiving [and if you aren't sure, please price around!].  Like many other things, when talking about custom cakes, you get what you pay for. With all that being said, I will be more than happy to work with you and come up with a design that will fit your budget to the best of my ability. I want to make your cake just as much as you want me to!

How do I pay you? Can I pay for my cake when I pick it up?  All payments are required 1 week before your cake is due.  Your order in not confirmed until you have paid for it.  I accept cash, check, and credit cards.  Most cakes will receive invoices via Paypal.  You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay for your cake in this method.  Because I have been stood up too many times after working for hours on cakes, payments cannot be made when you pick your cake up. 

May I pick up my order?  Do you deliver?  Yes & Yes.  Most cakes are picked up from my home in Manassas, but I do offer delivery within about an hours distance outside of Manassas.  Delivery is $2 per mile.

Do you offer cake tastings?  I do offer complimentary tastings for orders over $300.  For orders under $300, you can order a sampling of cupcakes to taste in order to help you choose.  Most tastings are scheduled in my home on Sundays after 11am. 

What is fondant? I’ve heard mixed things about it…  Most of my cakes are covered in fondant, which is a sugar dough made from powdered sugar, gelatin, vanilla, and other sugary ingredients. The fondant is rolled out very thinly and is laid over the buttercreamed cakes. There are several reasons why I prefer to work with fondant on my cakes: I love the flawless, porcelain finish it gives to the exterior of the cakes. It also seals the cake and helps to keep it very moist on the inside. It also adds strength to the exterior of the cake in a way that makes it easier to handle, transport, and most importantly, decorate. Many of the decorations you see are sculpted or cut out of fondant and can be held in place very firmly even under stressful transportation or weather conditions. At the time the cakes are served, the fondant can be cut with the cake and easily removed by anyone not wishing to eat it. For those of you who think you don’t like fondant, I encourage you to please try mine. I use a delicious vanilla or chocolate fondant that may pleasantly surprise you if you have had bad fondant before… and trust me, I have tried them all!

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