WHY CHOOSE CAKE CRAZE?
Michelle is professionally trained, experienced, insured, and skilled in the art of cake decorating. Michelle is also an International cake decorating teacher and judge, so she knows what it takes to create beautiful cakes from A-Z and all the little details in between!
Cake Craze is a professional small business, based in a commercial premises at Warners Bay. We bake and decorate on site from scratch, offer consultations and tastings here, have a display room full of Wedding and special occasion cakes for you to view, plus a purpose-built classroom! Michelle is skilled in, and offers most cake styles, and offers a broad range of beautifully decorated cakes and desserts perfect for your next event. Our mud cakes are so fab that we bake and supply other decorators and hobbyists on a weekly basis. We have a delectable cake flavour list, and can offer you many options when it comes to flavour, fillings and covering your cake (or not covering your cake!)
You can view our work first-hand, talk to us via email/ phone/ in store/ at various wedding expos, and we can even organise your cake long-distance if necessary! We are dependable, reliable, professional, provide a stress-free service, and love what we do!
HOW MUCH NOTICE DO YOU NEED TO ORDER A CAKE?
If you know you’ll need a cake soon please let us know ahead of time – that way we can absolutely accommodate your request and be organised to do so! Two weeks notice is preferable, if not earlier in busier times, ie: Wedding season.
*** Wedding cakes are usually booked in 3-6months in advance, even earlier for peak wedding season (Sept/Oct/Nov).
Some weeks you may be lucky and I may be able to help with a last-minute cake, but as well as cake orders, I also teach classes and film for my youtube channel, so you’re better to get in early and secure your date!
WHY ARE CUSTOM-MADE CAKES SO ‘EXPENSIVE’?
My pricing is made up of a structure that represents my experience and skill set (including professional training), quality of products, incorporates time for quoting, emailing and designing, and also reflects the cake costs and time spent working on each cake – ingredients, equipment and structure requirements, preparation, baking time, and decorating.
All my cakes, sugar flowers and most decorations are handmade, which means measuring many ingredients for several different cakes each week, preparing and modelling various elements for decorations, and working on them over a few days (eg: sugar flowers, figurines, piping, etc). My cakes are created during an almost week-long process – preparing, baking, layering each cake, ganaching, decorating, then final presentation and packaging. Our cakes consist of a minimum of 3 layers of cake, and 2 layers of ganache, sitting around 4-4.5 inches tall. Extended height cakes have 4 layers of cake, and are between 6-7 inches tall. All of our cakes are moist and delicious and there are many delectable flavour options to choose from.
Our cakes start from $180, which is our minimum order price. If most cakes take between 6-8hrs to complete for this price (from preparation to hand over), you can see they are more than reasonably priced for the quality and final product you will receive.
You’ll generally find our Wedding cake prices start from $250.
DO YOU CATER FOR GF/ DF/ EGG FREE/ VEGAN OPTIONS, etc?
Yes we can help with different dietary options. Our kitchen is not exclusively GF, egg free, nut free, etc, but we do our very best to supply special dietary requirements with the utmost care each time we prepare, bake and decorate them.
CAN YOU DELIVER?
Yes we can! We deliver cakes from Newcastle to the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney areas if needed. We do charge a delivery fee depending on your location. And you are always welcome to pick up your cake or items from our shop at Warners Bay.
WHY ARE WEDDING CAKES THE MOST EXPENSIVE TYPE OF CAKES?
It’s not always the case (depending on your design), but in most cases we invest a huge amount of time and love to create your special Wedding cake… You want a perfect cake for your wedding, and I want to give you that perfect cake! It won’t leave the Cake Craze kitchen until I am happy with everything on it, and everything to do with it! That means extra time planning, designing, quoting, emailing, baking taste packs, meeting you for a consultation, trialling techniques/ matching colour/ textures, using parts of your wedding for inspiration, etc! We estimate the hours each cake will take us, but I guarantee you that we always go over that amount to ensure everything is as perfect as it possibly can be – we ensure your cake looks amazingly perfect from every angle, and we are 100% happy with the product we are giving you for your special day! We want to overwhelm you with happiness and awe, and contribute a fabulous edible masterpiece to your Wedding – one you’ll treasure when you look back on photos, and think of fond memories!
In general terms, you are looking at these prices – tea & coffee serves from $5pp, and dessert serves from around $8.50pp. Each quote is individual and based on each couple’s personalised design.
DO YOU OFFER TASTINGS & CONSULTATIONS?
Yes we offer tastings for Weddings only, but offer consultations for any occasion. You need to book in a time (usually late afternoon through the week, or Saturdays are the best times). Tastings can be part of a consultation, or you can pick up a cupcake taste pack if your cake is all organised (for any occasion)! Tastings/ Consults for Weddings are $25, and that comes off your order total when you book in. Cupcake taste packs are $25 also. We can cater for special dietary requirements – please mention this when booking.
WHAT WEDDING/ SPECIAL EVENT ITEMS CAN YOU MAKE?
We create cakes, dessert items and dessert/ lolly tables, plus edible bombonniere that can be packaged. You can view our dessert items and flavour choices on the website. Everything is handmade and baked fresh here at Cake Craze ready for your special occasion. Dessert tables can also be styled with our equipment (or your own), so you don’t have to worry about anything! Styling/ equipment hire fees apply.
CAN YOU CATER FOR CAKE DECORATING PARTIES?
Yes, absolutely! We have run several Birthday cupcake decorating parties over the past year in our purpose-built classroom. You tell us your theme, invite 10 friends, and we take care of the rest! Parties run for 3hrs, and are $330. You can bring party food/ drinks and a cake (or ask us for a quote!), open presents, etc. We can also cater for Hen’s Parties, workplace bonding/ challenges, etc. It’s fun, creative, edible, and everyone is learning skills they can use again and again as they create their edible masterpieces!
DO YOU HIRE CAKE STANDS/ PLATEAUS?
Yes, we have a large range of cake stands, plateaus, cupcake stands, plates and styling items to help you decorate and shine a light on your cake/ dessert items on your special occasion. Hire ranges from $20-$60, depending on the item. A $75 refundable deposit is also taken to ensure the cake stands come back without damages.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND YOUR CAKE CLASSES?
I am a trained and professional cake decorator and have been teaching cake decorating for nearly five years. Prior to that I was a dance teacher for over 12 years, so teaching is in my veins and I love to pass on my knowledge and teach life-long skills. When you choose a cake decorating class at Cake Craze you are choosing quality, professionalism, and learning the right skills so you too could become a professional cake decorator. Everything I teach is implemented in my work each week, so I know it works, and I know my cakes are of a very high quality and standard. This is my aim whilst teaching you!
Cake Craze has a purpose-built classroom that can fit up to 11 students per class. We have a TV screen and camera set-up so you can see everything we do without leaving your seat! Perfect for seeing all the little details!
I teach here in Newcastle, at Latorta in Canberra, and also have started teaching overseas. I have taught in California, New Jersey, New York, Orlando and go to Miami in April. I am aiming to expand here in Australia with my teaching also. I hope you will make a conscious and well-thought decision to come and learn at a reputable cake decorating school the next time you are choosing somewhere to learn new skills. You’ll take home priceless decorating skills that will never get you into trouble!
*Michelle has been nominated for BEST TEACHER at the ACDN Awards to be held this February.
ARE CAKES AVAILABLE EVERY DAY?
No, we no longer have our café, and are concentrating on creating couture cakes and teaching classes. You should order at least 2-4 weeks prior to your event date to have the best chance of booking in and securing your date. Cupcakes and small items may be available the following day, or later that day if we have availability.
DO YOU SELL RETAIL PRODUCTS?
Yes we do have several retail products in our shop – you can have a look on the website, or come in store. We are growing and adding more products as we go. We also sell naked mud cakes and cupcakes, ganache, buttercream, caramel, etc, for those that like to decorate, but don’t exactly love baking or making supplies due to many different reasons! When you shop at Cake Craze you are supporting a small business and not a large, franchised company.