Sugar Printing with Edible Ink
We are pleased to be able to offer a sugar printing service at the Cake Box. This means we can print your photos on to fondant/sugarpaste 'paper' or rice paper/card using edible ink, for placing on your cake. We can accept most PC digital image formats or scan your printed photos.
Please see our Edible Ink Printing page
for details and prices.
So, what do you offer?
We create personalised cupcakes and celebration cakes,
to match your ideas and budget in a variety of flavours
and decorative finishes. We are happy to work to a image
of a cake you have found, or to suggest a design we have
created before, or to work together to create a unique design
What flavour cakes do you offer?
Our tried and trusted sponge bases include Victoria Sponge,
Chocolate buttermilk, Lemon sponge and Carrot cake.
Fillings can be jam, lemon curd, salted caramel or chocolate.
Frostings can be flavoured buttercream, ganache or mascarpone
type frostings for uncovered cakes.
We also make a lovely Rich Fruit cake.
What coverings do you offer?
Most of our cakes are either sugar paste (rolled fondant icing) or buttercream finish. The former gives a clearer background for decoration, the latter gives a less formal, perhaps more contemporary look.
Do you offer cakes for special diets?
Yes, we offer gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan cakes. We do not use nuts in our cake bases (except in our carrot cake as an optional extra). We are a Nut Aware business, but can not guarantee nut free as we store nuts on the premises and use ingredients which have manufacturer's disclaimers for nuts. When we take orders for cakes we always ask about allergies and your cake will come with a full list of ingredients on the box lid.
How far in advance do we need to book?
We can currently take on 4-5 cakes per week, unless we are particularly busy with teaching and parties. We often get more enquiries than we can take on, so it is important to let us know as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment, ideally 3-4 weeks in advance.
How would we enquire about a cake?
We prefer an email enquiry, as this gives us a clear chronological record of correspondence. Alternatively you can come into the shop, but please phone first as we are often busy teaching or running children's parties.
What do you need to know when we enquire?
We need to know:
How soon will you reply?
- the date and time the cake is needed for
- the flavour of cake base
- choice of filling and covering
- number of portions
- any allergies or religious or cultural requirements
- the occasion
- images of designs if you have them
- any wording required
We will endeavour to reply to confirm that we can take on your cake on the date you want as soon as possible. We will then work out an initial quote for you and if you are happy we can confirm the booking. Please be aware that if you add any extra ideas after this initial quote, the price will also change.
Do you require a deposit?
We do not generally require a deposit, except for larger cakes. Payment is on collection. For corporate cakes an invoice will be drawn up.
How do you work out the price of cakes?
A large part of the price of any cake is the time it takes to make. So a small, complex cake may be the same price as a large simple one. Modelled figures often add greatly to the total time taken to make a cake.
We endeavour to work to individual budgets and will give you options to choose from. See below for more details.
I have a small budget for my cake, what can you suggest?
We offer a sugar printing service, where you can print a family photo or selected image to put on the top of your cake with a simple ribbon base to finish.
We offer a "wrap around" cake idea, where you provide toys such as dinosaurs or digger trucks and we create a cake background to arrange your toys on.
We can hire out toys/cake toppers to use on your cake.
We can make cake toppers and/or inscriptions to go on a supermarket cake base or a cake you have made yourself.
Cupcakes can often work out cheaper than a single cake, per person.
We don't have a minimum size for cakes, but due to the work involved in any cake, we do have a minimum charge which is currently £35.
How much are your cakes and cupcakes?
It is hard to give an exact price without talking though your specific requirements but the following is a very rough guide.
Our first estimate would be £55-60 for an 8" round (standard depth) and £70-80 for a 5"-7" 2 tier with moderate decorative finish.
Cupcakes range from £2.00-£3.50 each depending on decoration and quantity ordered.
Can we see examples of your cakes?
Yes - please look at our Facebook gallery for some examples of our cakes.
If you have any more questions, please contact us by phone or email.
Cake making is a relatively small, but important part of what we do at The Cake Box. The skills involved in creating a unique cake for your special occasion take time, creativity and often application of new techniques to achieve the effect you desire. This keeps us on our toes, constantly learning and allows us to advise you with your cake decorating questions and to be more informed in our class teaching.
We have however chosen not to offer fresh cream cakes or a full wedding cake service (although we can do smaller wedding cakes) due to restrictions on space and time in a multi-faceted but small business and premises. We also do not offer cake pops or decorated biscuits, but we have contacts with many local experts who can help with all of these and are happy to put you in touch with them.
What makes our cakes so popular? Just a small sample of our customer reviews says it all:
"Thank you for the cake, which was a great success and most importantly tasted as good as it looked."
"Just wanted to say Thank You for another beautiful birthday cake. I'm having a slice now (at end of long day !) and it's delicious :-) " Rachel
"Just wanted to let you know that everyone loved the cake. It was exactly what we wanted and despite looking too good to eat, soon got snapped up because it was so delicious!" Sian
"I hope you are well. Just wanted to say thank you so much for the cake. It was absolutely beautiful and so delicious. Thank you for making it work and all your efforts. We will be back again for the next event!" Scarlett
"Just a line to thank you so much for the beautiful cake you made for our 25th birthday celebration last week, The design looked stunning and so exactly done. It was perfect and the cake was delicious too. It was quite a centre of attraction and helped us celebrate the occasion in style." Gill
"The cake looked absolutely amazing and was really delicious. Thank you so much! It surpassed all my expectations. If you want me to put a recommendation on Facebook or twitter or somewhere please let me know and I will happily do so." Maddy
"Just to say how delicious my birthday cake was. Everyone has enjoyed it." Michelle
"Thomas was absolutely thrilled with his football cake. Thank you so much!! It was delicious." Philippa