Consultation Guide and General Wedding Cake Pricing

 

Thank you for considering Ashley Bakery as a part of your wedding day!

Ashley Bakery has been expertly baking and decorating beautiful and delicious wedding cakes since 1988.

 

The minimum size for delivery of a tiered wedding cake is a 10in and a 6in and serves ~45. The availability for delivery of this size cake is based on our availability. We offer 2 smaller size tiered cake options, which are available for pick up only.

We have a Sunday minimum order of $1000. This minimum is usually met with a cake to serve over 100.

We provide consultations and tastings by appointment only. Please see the heading below for additional information.

We recommend scheduling the appointment six to nine months before your wedding. It’s best to have your date, venue, and many of your reception details. If you are undecided on a date, we can’t confirm our availability. It is helpful to have a preliminary budget in mind before you come to the meeting. Try to be flexible about your design, practical about your budget, and mindful of your needs. It will make you a happy client!

Out of consideration for you and our commitments to other clients, we limit our consultations to one hour.

 

Consultation Info

You will need your date and venue secured before we set a time to meet. We schedule consultations during the week; Monday-Wednesday-schedule permitting.

Due to the nature of our work, our schedule doesn’t provide the opportunity for appointments Thursday- Saturday. We’re closed on Sundays.

Our appointments are reserved for events with over 65 guests.

At the appointment, we’ll talk about your design and vision for the cake and you’ll have a tasting. The tasting is $25 + tax. We’ll email you an invoice for it prior to the meeting.

If the timing doesn’t work out, we offer sample boxes to go. You can try the cakes at home!

 

Sample Boxes

The sample boxes are available for $25 + tax.

We ask for a 4-5 day notice on the sample boxes. They are available for pick up during our business hours, Mon-Sat, during our business hours.

Please see the cake flavor and filling options below. We do our best to provide the flavors and fillings you ask for, but we’ll make a substitutions if they’re not available.

Think of it like the lottery and Pick 6! You pick 6 flavors of cake and a 2 or 3 fillings you’d like to try. All the sample cake flavors are frosted and filled with either Vanilla Almond Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting. Any specialty fillings (White Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry, etc.) are in little containers, separate from the cake and you can pair them as you like with multiple cake flavors.

The fresh fruit and cream fillings are not available in sample boxes.

When you give us your flavor choices, you’re choosing the cake flavors, not cake flavor and filling combinations. Samples are offered this way only.

 

Price Quote

We book on a first come, first paid deposit basis. Your date is unconfirmed, and available to others, until we have received a deposit. Our price quotes/estimates are subject to adjustment, and are valid for 30 days.

We do not provide sketches until you have made your commitment to us by sending a deposit. You will receive an emailed quote usually within one week of the consultation date.

 

Deposits and Policies

The full details of our policies are outlined in our Expectations/Terms and Conditions, which you will receive along with your quote. If you choose Ashley Bakery to be a part of your wedding day, we ask for a $250.00 non-refundable retainer to guarantee the date and place your order.

For the smaller cake sizes, we split the total in half, with half down upon booking and the balance due 30 days before your event date.

Your order is not complete without all parts of the contract and a deposit. We offer delivery and set up in the Charleston area. The fees vary.

 

Wedding Cake Pricing

Below are the average starting prices for our most popular sizes of round buttercream cakes. These prices include a stand rental, a general delivery fee and 11% sales tax.

These are general starting estimates and do not reflect any artwork, specialty fillings, or adding flowers (provided by your florist).

Shaped cakes other than round (i.e. square, hexagon, etc.) are an additional charge.

The average starting price for a round buttercream 2 tier cake to serve ~38 is $385.

The average starting price for a round buttercream 2 tier cake to serve ~45 is $430.

The average price for a round buttercream 3 tier cake to serve ~65 is $595.

The average for a round buttercream 3 tier cake to serve ~89 is $755.

The average starting price for a round buttercream 3 or 4 tier cake to serve ~116 is $933.

The average starting price for a round buttercream 4 tier cake to serve ~184 is $1390.

 

Cake Flavors

Almond - This is a traditional cake with a light texture. This is our most popular flavor for weddings, birthdays, and every occasion

Vanilla - This is a light textured cake for those who like it old fashioned.

Lemon - Our Vanilla cake with just a hint of lemon.

Marble - Our Vanilla cake swirled with chocolate ganache. It's not your average marble cake!

Carrot - A moist and spicy blend of cinnamon, carrots and pecans-hold the raisins!

Pumpkin Spice (seasonal, available only in October and November) - When it is Fall and you really want a spicy cake, this cake with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of clove is sure to please!

Chocolate - A true Devil’s food style chocolate cake.

Chocolate Kahlua - A rich mocha flavored chocolate cake with chocolate chips.

Hummingbird - This Southern cake flavor is a moist and yummy blend of bananas, pineapple and pecans- great with cream cheese frosting.

Banana Chocolate Chip - A delicious and moist banana cake studded with mini chocolate chips

White Chocolate - A Vanilla cake swirled with White Chocolate Ganache. It’s a creamy textured cake and very popular as an alternative to Vanilla. It’s great with Raspberry or fresh fruit and cream fillings!

Red Velvet - Familiar to all Southerners and Southerners at heart-not as rich as our regular chocolate.

Sour Cream Pound - A firm and moist pound cake that pairs well with several frostings and fillings.

Strawberry Sour Cream Pound - Our sour cream pound swirled with delicious strawberry jam.

Italian Cream - A family favorite-a delightful combination of coconut, buttermilk and pecans- great with cream cheese frosting.

Coconut - Our delicious Vanilla cake combined with moist flaked coconut.

 

Frostings

Vanilla Almond Buttercream is our signature buttercream. We also offer Vanilla Buttercream, Chocolate Buttercream, or Cream Cheese Buttercream as frosting and filling choices.

We recommend Cream Cheese buttercream with Carrot, Pumpkin Spice, Red Velvet, Italian Cream, and Hummingbird.

 

Fillings

Our Vanilla Almond, Vanilla, or Cream Cheese Buttercream are the standard cake fillings. We recommend Cream Cheese buttercream with Carrot, Pumpkin Spice, Red Velvet, Italian Cream, and Hummingbird.

We also offer the following specialty fillings.

  • Raspberry
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • White Chocolate Mousse
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Cream Cheese Buttercream
  • Lemon Curd
  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Strawberries and Cream *subject to seasonal availability
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruits, with Buttercream or Whipped Cream *subject to seasonal availability

 

Cupcakes

2 dozen minimum per flavor

Almond, Marble, White Vanilla, Lemon

Chocolate, Carrot, Hummingbird, White Chocolate, Italian Cream, Chocolate Kahlua, Red Velvet, Sour Cream pound, Strawberry Sour Cream pound, Banana Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Spice, Coconut

Mini Cupcakes are available in the same flavors. There is a 2 dozen minimum per flavor.

Specialty papers and buttercream substitutions are available for an additional fee. White is the standard color.

 

Rentals

We have an assortment of cake stands available for rent. The stands are rentals and must be returned to the bakery by the Wednesday following the wedding.

Availability for custom orders

Before booking your order, please refer to our calendar. Free dates (green blocks) have no orders pending, booked dates (pink blocks) are full and cannot accommodate your order, closed dates (red blocks) are days when our business will be closed for holidays, etc. Limited availability (half green, half pink blocks) have orders scheduled. Please book for these dates as soon as possible. We can have busy seasons for wedding cakes that do not allow time for custom orders.

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