Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the average wedding cake?

It depends on the number of guests you would like to serve and the level of detail of your cake. Generally, our wedding cakes start at R2000 & can end up costing anywhere from R5000 or more.

How many cakes do I need for 100 guests?

We work from an international cake serving guide. This guide suggests that for 100 guests you will need a three-tier cake. The base tier will be 30cm, followed by 25cm and 15cm.

What are the best wedding cakes?

The best wedding cakes are simple and elegant in design, with a flavour that pleases the most palates - popular choices are classic chocolate and vanilla with dulce de leche filling or even our spiced chai cake. At the moment, the most popular wedding cake is a naked cake decorated with simple flowers.

Which cakes are the best for covering with fondant?

15cm and 20cm cakes are the best size to cover with fondant. It doesn't matter which flavour - they all require the same level of skill to cover.

What flavour is a Funfetti cake?

It is a vanilla cake with coloured vermicilli.

What's the difference between a sponge and a cake?

The texture - sponge is light and fluffy and cake is denser.

Will butter lumps ruin my cake?

Yes, your cake won't bake evenly.

Are lumps in cake batter OK?

No, your cake may not bake evenly.

What happens if you forget baking soda in cake?

It will flop - the cake won't rise and it won't rise and it won't brown. You will be left with a putty consistency.

How do I keep my cake from falling?

Read the recipe carefully before you start baking your cake. Make sure your oven is at the correct temperature - this will ensure that your cake rises. Avoid opening the oven whilst the cake is baking.

What is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake?

Cupcakes are muffins that believe in miracles! A cupcake is light and fluffy and often has a frosting or some sort of decoration on top.

How much do cupcakes cost?

They range from R25 to R50 each, depending on the design.

Is it cheaper to do cupcakes at a wedding?

Yes, the cost of the serving size is cheaper.

Are muffin cups and cupcake cups the same?

Yes.

Do I need cupcake liners to make cupcakes?

Yes, it makes life a lot easier.

How do you make cupcakes without a cupcake tray?

That's not possible, you have to have a cupcake tray to make cupcakes.

Why do my cupcakes burn on the bottom?

Your oven temperature is too high and your tray is too close to the bottom of the oven. Your tray must be in the centre shelf.

Should you spray cupcake liners?

No, that is not necessary.

Why did my cupcakes fall?

Your oven temperature was not correct, you opened the oven too many times during baking and / or your rising agents have failed.

How do you make the perfect size cupcake?

Use the same size scoop for every cupcake, ie. use 2 tablespoon scoops for every cupcake.

What is the difference between a macaroon and a macaron?

A macaron is a sandwich made from almond flour and egg whites. A macaroon is a coconut biscuit.

What's the best macaron flavour?

That's a tough question. It's between the chocolate chip cookie dough and vanilla buttercream macaron.

Are macarons difficult to make?

Yes, extremely. It's taken us 5 years to perfect the recipe.

Why are macarons so expensive?

The ingredients in a macaron are very expensive and unfortunately, there are no cheaper alternatives. Almond flour and egg whites are some of the ingredients that are used. To add to that, the technical expertise required is not easy to find or to train.

Why are macarons so special?

They are incredibly difficult to make and are unique in their texture and flavour. They are the perfect bite-size dessert.

Why are macarons chewy?

They are sandwiched with either a ganache or a buttercream which makes them soft in the centre.

Can I leave macarons out overnight?

Only if they are in an airtight container.

Why did my macarons explode?

There were sugar lumps in your batter.

Why are macarons hollow?

Your macarons did not bake at a high enough temperature.

Why do macaron shells crack?

Your batter hasn't been mixed properly or you've used too much colouring.