How much for a cake?
This is the question I get over and over. It’s certainly a valid question, but there’s no way I can answer it without a LOT more information. There is base pricing in custom cakes, yes, but each one is an individual work of art created especially for you. So each one is most likely going to be a different price depending on how it is customized.
Let’s imagine you walk into a huge car dealership that handles every kind of car, SUV, & truck you can think of. You walk up to a sales person & ask “How much is a car?” Do you think they’ll be able to answer that question? A minivan is a WAY different price than a Lamborghini! No, they will need to know first, what KIND of vehicle you want---SUV, sports car, minivan, sedan? And then they will have to know what OPTIONS you want on that particular vehicle. Only then will they be able to give you a price.
Ordering a custom cake is exactly the same process. First I need to know what KIND of cake you want---Round, square, tiered, 3D sculpture, gravity-defying, etc. Then I need to know what OPTIONS you want, & there are MANY! It can feel a bit overwhelming, but I am here to help you through it!
That is why I have created an online order form that walks you through the various options step by step, so we both understand what is your vision. or click on the 'ORDER NOW' tab to get started!
To view a rough pricing guide click on the 'How much is a cake?' tab
Do you have a shop? where are you located?
Not yet! Arbitrary Cakes serves the Dunedin area. It are a small, internet-based cake business. Your cakes are made in a local commercial kitchen based in St Kilda.
Arbitrary Cakes is fully licensed with the DCC and has received consistent 'A' Grading every year since opening.
All cakes are custom made to order.
Examples of our work can be viewed in the gallery.
Consultations are by appointment only.
How do I store my cake prior to my event?
room temperature is best, in a cool dry place out of the direct sunlight (or anywhere sunlight may move to), as your cake will most likely be filled/finished with Delicious chocolate ganache and decorations made from modelling chocolate you want to keep it away from any heat that could melt your special creation.
avoid putting your decorated cake in the fridge (unless otherwise advised) as it may cause the cake to sweat or the colours to run etc when removed.
How much notice do you require?
As i work solo, and each and every cake is baked fresh to order, spaces are extremely limited. some dates can book up months in advance, and while occasionally it is possible to get a short notice order (at least 1 week preferred) the more notice the better to ensure your date is still available and to avoid disappointment.
What Flavours do you offer?
the most popular flavours can be found here, however if you have something else in mind please ask as it may be possible!
Do you Deliver?
Yes - I offer a delivery option around the Greater Dunedin area, this ranges in price from $0 - $50 depending on the location and distance.
it is highly recommended to opt for delivery especially for multi-tiered cakes, 3D sculpted and gravity defying cakes.
consider this cheap insurance that you cake will arrive at your venue safely and intact.
see below for more info if you opt to pick up your cake.
How do I transport my cake?
If you opt to collect you cake, you become responsible for it once it leaves our premise.
you cake will be boxed and packaged appropriately (with the exception of extremely large, gravity defying or odd shaped cakes)
please read the Cake pickup form for more tips on how to transport your cake safely
Why Are Custom Cakes So Expensive?
First of all, the price is not for ‘just a cake’. Yes, a fraction of the price is for the cake itself---the real, wholesome ingredients that make up that yummy deliciousness! But the main factor of pricing is the TIME involved, from researching the design, procuring the ingredients & supplies, baking the cakes from scratch, making the icing & fillings, stacking & finishing the cakes to perfection, ganacheing, covering in sugarpaste, & creating the decor all the way up to the tiniest details that make it a truly custom work of sugar art.
What you are actually doing is hiring me for many hours to use my talents, tools, education, & experience to create a truly one-of-a-kind work of sugar art for you, that not only delights & amazes your eyes, but also is incredibly delicious. Sugar art, more so than any other art, engages ALL your senses. After all, that lovely painting or bronze sculpture isn’t very tasty, is it?
You would not expect to hire someone to do many hours of work for you in any other context & not pay them for their time, would you? I give your cake all my creative passion and attention for each minute that I work on it, & my time & talent deserves to be fairly compensated. I have carefully considered my costs & time to determine pricing that is fair for the result that I provide. It may not be in your budget. That’s OK. A custom cake isn’t the proper choice for every occasion, & doesn’t always fit in the budget. It is truly special, & is the ROCK STAR of truly special events.
If your 'dream cake' isn’t in your budget, then I will work with you to create something that fits your budget, if at all possible, and still gives you a scrumptious & gorgeous cake. There are many, many methods at my disposal, & I know how to apply them in the best manner possible to achieve your vision while staying within your budget comfort zone.