I truly believe it’s important to hire a professional whether it’s a plumber fixing a leak or someone cutting your hair. Sometimes saving a little can cost you more in the end. Ever hear the saying, “you get what you pay for”, well that hold true for cakes as well as a lot of things.
There is a lot of time that goes into each cake whether it’s a birthday cake or a wedding cake. There are several hours spent talking with the bride and groom to get their ideas, drawing up the design ( sometimes 3-4 different designs), and cake tastings. Each cake is unique and can take anywhere from 8-20 + hours to finish.
Professionals also have the right tools, yes sometimes it can be a plastic spoon to hold the shape for petals, but having the right tools make the decorations look more realistic. Also the materials used, like the fondant , gumpaste, and modeling chocolate. If a poor quality fondant is used it one can taste awful or crack really easy.
Another thing that is probably the most important is having the right support for the cake. Believe it or not cake is heavy, really heavy! If cake does not have the proper support it will smush the other layers and can fall over. Delivering cakes are no fun and honestly it’s the worst part (that is why my husband does all the driving for weddings).
There will always be someone cheaper out there, but make sure you have seen their work. There are many talented cake artists her locally and some I call my friends. We all have different styles, and love what we do 🙂