What areas 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. Please call, email, or complete this form to discuss your order - Windflower Cakes is not a retail business, and only makes custom orders. Let me know the date, location, and the approximate size of your party, and feel free to share any other details about what type of cake you are imagining (simple or elaborate, fresh flowers/fruit, etc.) Attach links to pictures if you've seen any ideas you like.
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 (paid by check) 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 on our residential property, and is not open for retail sales.
How many flavors can we choose?
It is wonderful to offer your guests options, and often couples like to choose their own favorites, which is why I encourage you to choose up to two different flavors (minimum tiered cake 40 servings). Additional cake flavors can be added ($15 extra flavor fee).
Are sheet cakes an option in addition to the tiered or centerpiece cake?
It is my feeling that Windflower cakes are best enjoyed as they are designed for the tiered cake, with 4 cake layers and 3 filling layers. For that reason, I offer "back-up" cakes, or "side" cakes, 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. There is no price difference between these side cakes and your tiered cake.
How much should we expect to pay for a Windflower wedding cake?
A cake's total price depends on decorations, time required decorating, cost of ingredients and delivery. You may choose 2 flavors, with $15 fee per additional flavor. Prices start at $4.50 per serving for simply decorated cakes (buttercream and fresh flowers). Feel free to contact me for estimates. A serving size is a standard wedding portion of approximately 4" x 2" x 1".
Do you charge delivery fees?
Yes, delivering a stacked, tiered cake is tricky business, so you'll want to leave that up to a professional. Delivery fees to your wedding venue are based on drive time, mileage and set-up time. $40 for cakes delivered within a 5 mile radius of downtown Hood River; destinations beyond 25 miles are $75 and up. Orders for single cakes or cupcakes may be picked-up at the bakery with small additional packaging charges.
Do you accommodate special diets i.e. gluten-free, vegan, etc?
I am delighted to offer gluten-free desserts. As for vegan cake or cupcakes, unless they feature dark chocolate ganache, I recommend finding a bakery in the Portland area which specializes in these offerings.
Do you offer cupcakes or other desserts?
Cupcakes are convenient for big parties and DIY catering where you might have a self-serve dessert buffet (no plates, silverware, delivery or cake-cutting necessary!) Standard size cupcakes cost $60 per 2 dozen. Choose up to 3 cupcake flavors with a minimum order of 2 dozen per flavor.
For the 2017 season, I am excited to offer classic French-style desserts such as cream puffs, madeleines, macarons, local fruit tarts, chocolate tarts, and fruit galettes; also a limited selection of cookies. Please contact me for information on pricing. These desserts, as well as cupcakes, are available for pick-up at the bakery on the day you intend serve them.
Pies, brownies, and raw vegan desserts are not my specialty - there are other professionals in the area who excel at these!
Do you use fresh flowers or fruit for decorations?
Almost exclusively. The scenic surroundings, farms, orchards and vineyards inspire a rustic, romantic setting 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 flower arranging on the cake (included in delivery charge) but you may also opt to have your florist to make a special cake topper bouquet. 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.
Do you offer tastings? What should I expect?
Yes, by appointment only, typically on Sundays at the following times: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, or 3:00 PM. During the peak wedding season tasting availability is limited. See the EAT CAKE page for more information. We meet at the bakers table where I serve 4 varieties of cake; coffee & tea. The tasting fee is $20. Meetings usually take 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.