Friday, January 3, 2014

7 Tips and FAQ on Creating and Ordering Your Dream Wedding Cake



1.
How soon should I order my wedding cake?  
I would say at least 4 - 8 months before the wedding.  We limit the amount of wedding cakes we do a weekend so sometimes we book up fast for popular dates.

2.
What do we discuss at the consultation?  
What vision do you have of your wedding cake at the reception?  Do you have a theme/colours that you are using?  It is good to come prepared with these wedding details. Also, and initial thoughts you may have for the cake design. Pinterest is a place to start gathering idea's.

3.
How many flavours of cake should I order?  
The more flavors you offer your guests, the more they want to try.  It is best to limit your flavors to 2-3.

4.
Do I have to put down a deposit?
Yes, most bakeries and cake shops need a deposit to book and hold your date.  Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Why?  Because we holds the date for your wedding. We might have turn other brides away because we knew we were making your wedding cake.  That means lost revenue.  Also, we might have started making some of the decorations for your cake, ex. Sugar flowers.

5.
Do we need to order enough cake for all of our guests?  
Yes, you do.  You don’t want any guest to go without cake. I use to suggest providing 3/4 serving of cake for your guests IF you are supplementing with a dessert bar- I used this number at my own wedding and had relatives and friends who where truly upset they did not get to try the cake. Lesson learned! Order cake for ALL your guests.

6.
How do I keep costs down?  
Let us know from the beginning of the appointment what your budget is, be upfront and honest. We can give you ideas on what will fit into your budget. For example,  a smaller wedding cake and sheet cakes is more economical than getting all of your servings out of the wedding cake.

Be realistic with your budget.  Why is cake so expensive?  Relatively speaking, the wedding cake is one of your least expensive items for your wedding.  Be prepared to spend $5.00-$15.00 a serving for your wedding cake.  Sheet cakes and cupcakes are a bit less than that.  Most couples spend $500-$1000 for their wedding cake and additional servings.  The more intricate the design, the higher the price.  Labor is a big portion of the cost of the wedding cake. If you are on a tight budget, pick out a simple design and your costs won’t be as much. For example-  there are lots of ways to translate blush pink peonies into a wedding cake. If you’re on a tight budget, think about having an oversized statement sugar flower or blocks of colour, rather than a floral cascade.

7.
What is the difference in buttercream compared to rolled fondant?
Buttercream is the smooth icing that covers your cake.  Rolled fondant is just another covering of sugar paste that is put on over the buttercream. Fondant is expensive, and applying to your cake is labour intensive so expect to pay more for it. Some designs have to be done in fondant, and it does gives you a lot more options for design.
Many people say to me that they think/heard fondant tastes "gross". Good quality fondant tastes, well - good!





Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy Holidays from Le Gateau Bake Shop

Our 2013 Holiday Menu


We recommend reserving ahead for whole cakes, Buche de Noel, and Pies.

Our holiday hours: 

December 23rd- 11am-4pm
December 24th - 9am-4pm
December 25th-28th - Closed
January 1st - Closed

We hope to see you this holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Le Gateau Bake Shop!

Le Gateau Featured as Part of a Vendor Series

Just wanted to share this great little write up by our friend Rose at Simply Rose Photography



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Schedule

Hi everyone!

Well wedding season is now in full swing at Le Gateau Bake Shop. Just a reminder that now until the end of September we have shortened store hours on Saturday's (11am - 4pm). Just to accommodate all our extra deliveries. Tuesday through Friday we are still open 9am - 5:30pm.

Also, we will be closed Friday August 16th and Saturday the 17th. We will be heading up to a family wedding in Nelson BC- and we are bringing the a wedding cake up too!

Have an amazing summer everyone!

Le Gateau Bake Shop

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Holiday from Le Gateau Bakeshop

Christmas is just over a week away, for holiday sweets, we got you covered.

This week we will have decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread, as well as a large assortment of regular cookies. We also have an all natural fruit cake(made in house and nut free!), and panettone from Italy. We have an assortment of tarts, and we will have cakes and traditional Buche de Noel. For cakes we do recommend calling ahead an reserving if you are hoping for a particular flavour or size. 
To reserve please call 604 620 7975 or email tanya(at)legateaubakeshop.com 

Our holiday hours:

Sunday December 23rd: 9am - 4pm
Monday December 24th OPEN 9am - 4pm 
Tuesday December 25 CLOSED
Wednesday December 26th CLOSED

Monday December 31st 11am - 4pm
Tuesday January 1st - CLOSED

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Grand Opening!

This past weekend we celebrated our grand opening of our brand new store in Vancouver's East Village.
A lot of hard work went into the space, as we built the bakery starting with nothing at all in the space. Check out this before picture:


We got help from our amazing friends and family to get this space ready. It took us from September 1st to December 1st (opening day). About a month longer then we projected it would take us, but the end result was worth it.




Our awesome signage was done by Dan at Sticky Signs. He did such a great job! 

Inside we have a selection of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. As well as some seasonal items like fruit cake and panettone. 

Our cake selection changes season to season, and cupcakes from day to day. If you are looking for a particular flavour we recommend contacting us in advance. Of course our custom cakes and wedding cakes are still available too! Also, we are now offering complimentary tastings for wedding cake orders (appointments must be booked in advance). 







We do have vegan and gluten free cake options! Just ask :)

And lots of baked goods:







We very excited to be open and we're looking forward to meeting all you people out there!