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 desserts from A-Z and all the little details in between!
Cake Craze is a professional small business, created 10 years ago. We bake and decorate from scratch, and offer Wedding consultations and tastings upon appointment.
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 baked and supplied other decorators and hobbyists on a weekly basis over many years in Newcastle. 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!)
We are dependable, reliable, professional, provide a stress-free service, and love what we do! We are now also offering local next day delivery within Newcastle, via our delivery service. Our gourmet cookies can also be shipped Australia-wide with overnight express shipping.
HOW MUCH NOTICE DO YOU REQUIRE?
We can offer NEXT DAY pick up or delivery with many of our products, including our Gourmet Cookies, Gourmet Cupcakes, and Decorated Cupcakes. With 3 days notice, you can order one of our Decorated or Gourmet Cakes, Decorated Sugar Cookies, or place a Corporate order, etc. Just remember that booking earlier, giving 1-2 weeks’ notice should ensure our availability!
Please note that Wedding cakes are usually booked in at least 2 months in advance, even earlier for peak wedding season (Sept/Oct/Nov), to ensure availability.
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 custom cakes start from $250, which is our minimum custom order price. If most cakes take between 8-10hrs to complete (from preparation to hand over), you can see they are more than reasonably priced for the quality and final product you will receive.
Alternately, you could choose from our Decorated, or Gourmet Cake options, which require a minimum of 3 days notice, and start from less than $100.
Do you cater for GF/ DF/ Egg Free/ Vegan options?
Yes! We can help with different dietary options for many of our products. 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! You can pick up your products, or we can deliver them via delivery service within Newcastle, or personally if it’s a large cake (From the Hunter Valley to Central Coast areas). We can also ship our cookies Australia-wide with overnight express shipping.
Once you pick up your cake/ products, we no longer hold any responsibility for it during your travel. We guide you by giving advice of how to best transport it safely and carefully.
All other cakes (tiered) will be delivered. We do charge a delivery fee depending on your location, and we base that on how far away the venue is, and how long it will take to set up.
By delivering your cake personally, we ensure your cake arrives in perfect condition, as we know how to handle it, care for it during transit, and set it up/ deliver it to you with no stress on your part!
Rest assured, we have had a lot of practice with this, and want to ensure you have the perfect cake when you first see it in person.
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!
Like all other products, 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, trialing 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 $5.50pp, and dessert serves from around $10pp. Each quote is individual and based on each couple’s personalised design.
Do you offer Wedding tastings & consultations?
Yes, we offer tastings for Weddings only, but offer consultations for any occasion. You need to book this in ahead of time by checking our availability. Tastings are part of your consultation, and are for two people.
Tastings/ Consults for Weddings are $35, and that comes off your order total when you book in. We can cater for special dietary requirements – please mention this when booking.
If you want to bring any extra guests, the cost is $10 pp, but this extra pricing doesn’t come off your order total.
Alternately, you can pick up a taste pack and enjoy it with your partner and family at home if you prefer ($35). If you don’t live locally, we can post a tasting pack to you.
You will try six different flavours of cake with ganache. Please note, we can’t always accommodate flavour requests, but we always have six delicious flavours that you’ll be able to base your decision off.
Can you cater for cake decorating parties?
Yes, absolutely! We have run several Birthday cupcake/ cookie decorating parties over the past few years. You tell us your theme, invite up to 11 friends/ family members, and we take care of the rest!
Parties run for 2-2.5hrs, and start from $440 for 10 people (or less). If you want to add more people (maximum of 12), the cost is $490. We can also cater for Hen’s Parties, etc. It’s fun, creative, edible, and everyone is learning skills they can use again and again as they create their edible masterpieces!
I come to you/ your venue with everything needed for the party lesson. All you need to provide is the space, theme, and the guests!
We provide 2-4 cupcakes or cookies per person (depending on the age and capabilities of the guests), and all the ingredients and equipment needed. You choose the theme! All cupcakes and cookies are vanilla flavoured. Please let me know if you need any made with dietary requirements for your guests.
* Please Note: If you are outside a 20 minute travel zone, there may be an extra travel fee. Parties resume from February 2021.
Do you hire cake stands/ plateaus?
Yes, we have several plateaus, and an acrylic cupcake tower for hire.
The hire fee is $75 for plateaus + $100 refundable bond. The cupcake/ dessert tower is $40 to hire + $75 refundable bond.
Refundable bonds are taken to ensure the cake stands come back safely, without damages. All stands must be returned by the Wednesday afternoon after your event.
Why should I attend your cake classes?
I am a trained and professional cake decorator and have been teaching cake decorating for around six 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/ party 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!
I have taught in the US – LA, San Francisco, New Jersey, New York, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, St Louis, and Atlanta. I have also taught in the UK in Liverpool, filmed cake tutorials for Cakeflix Cake School in Spain.
You’ll take home priceless decorating skills and advice that will help you enjoy your hobby or business even more, enhancing your confidence and skills.