What area do you serve?
Windflower Cakes serves the Columbia River Gorge region, which includes the Oregon communities of Cascade Locks, Hood River, Odell, Parkdale, Mt. Hood, Mosier, The Dalles and Dufur; and the Washington communities of Stevenson, Carson, Underwood, Husum, Trout Lake, White Salmon, Bingen and Lyle.
What is the process for ordering a wedding cake?
First of all...Congratulations! I would be honored to work with you. Browse the gallery, menu and FAQ's to decide if Windflower Cakes will be a good fit for you. Then complete this form to inquire about availability and get the process started. Windflower Cakes is not a retail business, and only makes custom orders. I will respond promptly to let you know if I am available, and if so, with more information about the subsequent steps. It's wonderful to meet in person at tastings in the bakery where we go over your wedding details and wishes for the cake. Alternatively, we can discuss it all over the phone or email. A 25% deposit is required to reserve your cake, with the remainder due no later than two weeks prior to your wedding day.
Do you have a storefront location?
No. Windflower Cakes are produced in an ODA (Oregon Department of Agriculture) licensed bakery studio on our residential property, and is not open for retail sales.
How many flavors can we choose?
For cakes orders serving 40 or more, you may choose up to 2 flavors. Smaller cake orders are limited to one flavor.
How much should we expect to pay for a Windflower wedding cake?
A cake's total price depends on time required for decorating, icing choice, number of tiers and delivery. Buttercream iced cakes start at $5 per serving, with additional charges for tiered cakes and types of decoration. Fondant covered cakes start at $7 per serving. Serving size is approximately 1" x 2" x 4".
Do you have a minimum order?
For cakes which are delivered, set-up and decorated by Windflower Cakes there is a minimum of $350 (generally serving 70+ guests).
If you have fewer than 70 guests, or wish to order a small "sweetheart" or "cutting cake" for the bride and groom only, these may be picked up at the bakery. You have the option to have Windflower add fresh flowers to the cake (limited styles and quantity) for an extra charge or you assume responsibility for procuring and arranging fresh decorations for the cake and set-up. During the summer months it is imperative that adequate arrangements are made to keep the cake(s) cool until service.
Do you charge delivery fees?
Yes, delivering large, stacked & tiered cakes is tricky business, so you'll want to leave that up to a professional. The delivery fee to the wedding venue is based on drive time, mileage and set-up time. Fees range from $40 for destinations within a 5 mile radius of downtown Hood River, up to $120 for further destinations. Orders for single tier or small 2 or 3 tier cakes may be picked-up at the bakery with additional packaging charges.
Do you accommodate special diets i.e. gluten-free, vegan, etc?
I am delighted to make any cake flavor gluten-free. Vegan cake flavors are not available at this time.
Are cupcakes or other desserts part of your offerings?
For the 2019 season, I will be offering cake and fruit tarts (menu coming soon!) Although I love making a variety of desserts and pastries, an excellent caterer is better suited to serving and setting up dessert buffets, cupcakes, etc.
Do you use fresh flowers or fruit for decorations?
Almost exclusively. The scenic surroundings, farms, orchards and vineyards inspire a rustic, romantic theme and fresh flowers and local fruit are very appropriate decorations for wedding cakes. I recommend that you discuss it with your florist, as he/she will know exactly what flower arrangement is best suited to your cake. Fresh flowers will need to be arranged on the cake as late as possible (so they won't wilt while on display). I typically do the arranging of the flowers on the cake since I arrive later than the florist. Alternatively, you are welcome to invite your florist to make a cake topper bouquet or posies which I can place on the cake at delivery time. Fresh fruit also needs to be arranged on the cake at set-up, as most berries will fall off during transport, or perish quickly in warm temperatures.
Are sheet cakes an option in addition to the tiered or centerpiece cake?
Windflower cakes are best enjoyed with 4 cake layers and 3 filling layers. For that reason, I offer "back-up" cakes, or "side" cakes, in various sizes, which are single tiers that may or may not be on display alongside the centerpiece cake, and ensure that there are enough servings for your guests. Price varies depending on whether the cakes are decorated or not.
How can we meet with you and taste cake?
Meeting and cake tastings are by appointment only and for customers planning to order cake for 50+ guests. Tastings typically occur on weekends a couple times per month at the following times: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, or 12:30 PM. If you have to travel a long way to do your wedding planning, I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.
We meet at the bakers table where you will be served 4 varieties of cake; coffee & tea. The tasting fee is $30 and meetings are approximately 45 minutes. Photos/drawings/inspiration for your dream cake are most welcome. We will discuss the details of your wedding, your special wishes for the cake, and I will provide you with estimates for your options. See the EAT CAKE page for more information and to book an appointment.