Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cakes, Celebrations and Confessions

Last month, Fred was asked to be the godfather of Alex, my brother-in-law's daughter. In lieu of the gift, the parents asked if we could buy the baptismal cake and we happily said yes.

The baptismal cake we bought for our Alex

Because I was too busy with work, I wasn't able to drop by any Red Ribbon or Goldilocks store a week before the baptismal date. I thought that ordering cakes is easy. But I was wrong. I learned some lessons about it and here they are:

1. Order a week before the event. Goldilocks and Red Ribbon Bakeshops have a three-day lead time. That will give the bakeshops ample time for baking and decorating your cake, especially if it's a three-layered one.

2. Ask if there are charges for delivery or for other services. Because I was a day late (from the lead time), I decided to order from the Goldilocks branch nearest my office. Since I cannot order their Celebration Cakes anymore, I ordered the cake on display and decided that I would just buy a cake topper and some decors. I requested the staff to put the cake topper just above the greetings. Good thing I asked them if they will charge me on that, because they would! Imagine, just putting the topper on the cake would cost me P75! I decided against it and did it myself instead.

some details on the cake topper

3. Check out other bakeshops. I just ordered from Goldilocks when I remembered there was a Red Ribbon just a block away. Out of curiousity, I still went there and found out that they offer more beautiful cakes, more themes and they're more affordable! Hmm...maybe next time.

4. If you want it delivered, order cakes from a bakeshop of your choice near the venue. It will save you delivery charges and you can be sure that it will be delivered on time and undamaged. Besides, when the delivery is late, you can easily check on them.

The baptismal-themed cake topper I bought from Goldilocks

5. Be creative. Don't fret when you cannot order the design or theme that you want for your cake. Toppers and other theme-coordinated decors will save the day.

6. Never lose your receipt. Your Baking Order Number is written there. If you call the bakeshop for some changes on designs or names on the greetings, they would ask for that BO number, or your OR number.

I love this soft and sweet flower icings!

Anyway, it's a good thing that I learned a few things on ordering cakes. Next time, I know better. Good thing, too, that I had a part of that baptismal cake and ate it too! Yummy! :)


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Ria said...

Great tips sis! And I like the cake you bought, same with the decors too!

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Tita Beng said...

Ang mahal naman ng paglagay nung cake decor na yun! So, you did it yourself? Ganda pa! Imagine mas affordable pa pala sa Red Ribbon eh feel ko mas masarap sya kesa Goldi! Dami kong nalamang info dito Beth. Nice to know!

Happy TGIF na naman. San ang lamyerda? Lol!

Reena said...

thanks beth! these are great tips. :) i didn't know red ribbon is cheaper although i think goldilocks has more choices when it comes to designs. :)

Beth said...

@Chel: Thanks for the compliment! :)

@Ria: I like it, too! Buti maganda lumabas un cake khit cake topper lang un design :)

@Ate Beng: Oo nga, e. Gulat ko din! Mas magaganda ung mga cakes sa RR na me kiddie designs like Ben 10, etc. At tutoo nga, mas msarap RR, hehehe

@Reena: Yes, nagulat din ako sa price ng RR cakes! Kahit un staff, pinagmalaki niya e. And believe me, mgaganda talaga un mga themed cakes nila! :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Wow!~ galanteng ninong and ninang!hehehe

Chris said...

it will be toby's birthday soon, i should look around for his cake na!

chubskulit said...

Those are some beautiful cakes, I bet they tasted good!

Raft3r said...

A cake is still a cake - no matter what

kat said...

Lam mo Beth, mas type ko talaga ang Goldi kesa RR..TY sa tip..ganda ng deco mo sa cake ah!


Jona said...

grat tips here Beth! i'll be having RR cake for Gabe's birthday on December. i love RR for any cakes but i love Goldi's white icing cakes.

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Lhot said...

I have an upcoming baptismal for my daughter too... and this is something I miss from Pinas! I would like to have a wide choices not to mention fun and cute cake but there's not much around here... and worst they are ultra expensive. ouch. Liked your blog! I am linking up if you don't mind! :)

Jarlin Paul said...

Very useful info. Thanks for sharing..

chubskulit said...

Visiting here Beth, howdy?

Rona said...

Yummy cake nga. thanks for the tips. I experienced the hassle myself when my daughter turned 1 and wala ko mabiling cake! Goldilocks was on strike LOL! Anyways, have a great weekend!

Raft3r said...

Happy weekend, Beth!
May natira paba sa cake?

Tita Beng said...

Namamasyal lang ulit Beth! Looks like you're overloaded with work ah. Get some time to chill out.

Faye said...

wow! the cake is so nice!:)