The best wedding cakes in Canberra

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Where’s the best place to get your wedding cake in Canberra? Photo: File.

There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding – between catering, location, invites and more, organising your wedding is one of the greatest tasks many of us will take on in our lives. And, in the middle of it all is the wedding cake! The centrepiece of any reception, your wedding cake is one of the most important ways in which you and your spouse can really elevate your celebration.

However, as with any aspect of wedding planning, deciding on a wedding cake can feel like a daunting task. What flavour will work for your party? What design should be chosen? How big should it be? All of these questions can be easily answered by a professional wedding cake baker, who can help you formulate exactly what kind of cake you want, and then make that dream a reality.

But in a city like Canberra with so many talented bakers available, how do you know who to choose? We’re here to help. In this article, we’ll give you a few traits to hunt for in a great wedding cake baker, as well as a guide to some of Canberra’s top businesses.

What makes a great wedding cake?

Deciding on who to hire to bake a wedding cake is one of the most important decisions to make while planning a wedding. Here are some important things to look for in a great baker:

  • Customisable design. There’s no rule that says wedding cakes have to look a certain way. Maybe the traditional look isn’t desired. Perhaps something with colour is prefered. A great wedding cake baker will consider personal tastes when designing the cake to make sure it fits with a wedding’s overall style.
  • Affordable. Weddings can become an expensive affair as the costs begin to stack up – but not everything has to cost a fortune. Look out for competitively priced bakers who don’t sacrifice quality for cost.
  • Reliable. Successful wedding planning often comes down to well-managed timing, and wedding cakes (unsurprisingly) can take quite a while to bake. The best wedding cakes are made my timely bakers who can work to a schedule. To make sure the baker is able to deliver the cake on time, its best to read through previous client experiences.
  • High quality, fresh ingredients. It’d be a shame to have waited weeks for a cake and spent quite a bit of money, only for it to arrive and not be delicious. Only bakers that are using the best ingredients are baking the tastiest cakes. In addition, a great wedding cake baker will give tastings to clients as they choose.
  • Excellent communication. From the design stage to time management to delivery, communication is important. The best wedding cakes are made by bakers who can talk openly and be reliable.

The best wedding cakes in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Ciao Café & Cakes

Ciao Café & Cakes, with locations both in Queanbeyan and Braddon, is a wonderful little café with a passion for friendly customer service. They take great pride in their team of enthusiastic bakers and baristas. Alongside their range of 40 standard cakes made fresh daily, Ciao Café & Cakes also take custom cake orders for all occasions – including weddings.

As Google reviewer Georgia Quinn writes, “Awesome food and even better staff! The owners are so welcoming!”

The Cake Lady Canberra

The Cake Lady, founded by Linda in 2011, carries on the baking legacy of Linda’s mother Amelia (from the now-closed Amelia’s Cakes). Linda is dedicated to providing her clients with personalised service, delivering wonderful and creative cakes made with high-quality ingredients to suit any occasion.

As Facebook user Dianne Jensen wrote, “What a wedding cake! Your creation was exactly what we’d hoped for, and delicious. Your professionalism captured our thoughts. Thank you so much.”

Not Just a Piece of Cake

Not Just a Piece of Cake has been making fully customisable, beautifully decorated and delicious cakes since 2010. With a passion for cooking and an eye for detail, this award-winning bakery is committed to making your wedding cake perfectly suited to your tastes – both flavour and design!

As ‘Local Guide’ Jamie Ison writes in their Google review, “Great cakes, friendly service, great prices. The mud cake that Sandra makes is amazing.”

Cheryl’s Signature Cakes

Cheryl’s Signature Cakes specialises in custom designed celebration cakes, from birthdays to weddings. Founder and baker Cheryl works personally with every customer to create something delicious, stylish and unique, and makes all cakes from scratch using fresh ingredients of the highest quality.

As Kelly Oh writes in their Facebook review, “Fantastic and beautiful 4 tier wedding cake at a great price, and masses of compliments on all four flavours! Thanks so much my dear!”

Are you planning a wedding in the Canberra region, and you need a guide to some of Canberra’s best wedding planning services? Check out our articles on the best celebrants, the best photographers and the best venues in Canberra for some useful information that will help you plan the perfect wedding.

Your experience with wedding cakes in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the wedding cake bakeries listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to make a wedding cake?
The bigger the cake, the longer it takes! From the hours spent preparing and baking each layer, plus the amount of time it takes to properly decorate the cake, it can take up to three days for a wedding cake to be completed.
Can I have a wedding cake delivered long-distance?
Absolutely. A fully baked and decorated cake can feasibly sit at room temperature for up to three days. You may incur additional costs from the baker to have it delivered long-distance, and not all bakers may do so. It's best to check with your desired bakery before you book.
How early should my wedding cake be delivered?
Leading up to the big day, the wedding cake will be stored in a fridge to keep it fresh for the wedding day. Ideally it would be delivered about half-an-hour before the reception, so that it’s not cold when it is served, but still fresh.
Are wedding cakes expensive?
They can be, yes. Remember, what you’re paying for is not just any old cake – you’re paying for the time spent designing the cake, sourcing and purchasing its ingredients, and the time it takes to bake and decorate it properly. All of these costs can quickly add up, but if you’ve found a great baker then it will all be worth it in the end.
How big should my wedding cake be?
This depends on how big your wedding is, and how many people you expect to eat the cake. In general, three tiers will serve 50-100 guests, so if you’re having more guests than that you’ll likely need four or more layers.

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Rusalka Rusalka 2:25 pm 08 Aug 12

Pitchka said :

COYD are the best ive dealt with.

If i had a business, id hardly promote any competitors either..

I think it is okay to “promote” or I would say suggest the competition if you are completely unable to help someone. It’s called customer service. At least then u4333439 could say to their friends “Well, XYZ couldn’t help me but gosh they were helpful in providing some suggestions. Maybe you should try them for your thing!”

But then, I value customer service and being a nice human being highly, as a service provider and as a consumer. Maybe I’m odd.

Pitchka Pitchka 1:36 pm 08 Aug 12

COYD are the best ive dealt with.

If i had a business, id hardly promote any competitors either..

u4333439 u4333439 1:26 pm 08 Aug 12

A very late addition, but I just wanted to report some poor customer service at cakesofyourdreams. I just tried to make an enquiry for a wedding to be held later this year. Unfortunately Cakesofyourdreams was booked out and unable to assist 🙁 When I asked them though if they could suggest some other places I could try, they quickly [though politely] informed me that they did not know any other reputable stores in Canberra and that I should call around. When I asked them who I could call, they said they couldn’t help.

Not a big fail no, but these little things do upset me, especially as they are so highly regarded. What established store of any kind does not have any idea of the competition! Ha!

Thankfully riotact is here to provide such advice.

Ange83 Ange83 7:00 pm 31 Aug 11

This is for Nicensweet,

I have been trying to message you in responce to your offer in this thread, but i don’t seem to be able to message anyone privately. When i select your nickname, i get a message saying i’m not authorized to view your profile. I am interested in your offer and am getting married 19 Oct 2012.

Please email me at angelamundy@iprimus.com.au

Thanks

cupcakes123 cupcakes123 6:00 pm 29 Aug 11

Hi I have just got a beautiful cake my wedding from silverfrostings ,
very resonable priced and no differerence if it is a birthday cake or wedding cake.
very friendly helpful people to deal with.
http://www.silverfrostings.com.au

blowers blowers 8:50 am 02 Aug 11

Hate to state the obvious.. Costco.

They have a huge range of big cakes and they are very cheap. Big Slabs, Mud Cakes, Tiramisu, Black Forest

Nicensweet Nicensweet 8:01 am 02 Aug 11

Hi clairehunt,

I have just started my cake decorating business from home (after having done many cakes for family and friends) and am offering my cakes at cost price for the first 10 bookings, I have 6 booked in already 4 of which are weddings so if your still looking for a lovely cake for your wedding next year I’d be happy to work within your budget!

franzipami franzipami 8:00 pm 11 Jun 11

We had a very simple slab (one layer) wedding-cake from the Continental in Queanbeyan. It was $160 for the cake (Italian Torte) which was supposed to feed up to 80 people and an extra $30 for native flower decoration. We had about 53 at the wedding and had very generous portions as it also served as our dessert.

We didn’t want the ‘wedding look’ and preferred that people eat the cake rather than take it home to be forgotton. As non-cake eaters we were really pleased with the cake – would thoroughly recommend the Continental.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 8:52 pm 25 May 11

A friend recently started making special occasion cakes as a business… you could try getting in touch with her… prices from $130, but I don’t think that will get you the cake you are after…

My wife and I had a simple three-tier cake, Large caramel mud, medium chocolate mud, and the small top layer, a traditional fruit cake. We had quotes from just $200 to just over $500; but that was 10 years ago.

One lady told us about a “repair” she’d done for an $800 cake from Sydney, which didn’t make the trip to Canberra intact. When she pulled the marzipan back, the cake was just several $3 Woolworths Fruit Cakes! These are not the cakes you are looking for…

amycatwiz amycatwiz 5:57 pm 25 May 11

I can recommend Little Miss Cupcakes from my dealings with her thus-far. Very well priced (for wedding cakes) and she makes sample boxes of cake for you to taste-test.

erephyshy1 erephyshy1 12:29 am 10 Apr 11

try Louise Martin cakes, she is brilliant. Her work won the wedding cake first prize at the Canberra Show 2011

ns ns 3:42 pm 08 Apr 11

Give Jane at Sweet Dreams Cakes a call on 0412 285 545. She works from home and while I’ve never had her wedding cakes, her cupcakes and birthday cakes are amazing. She’s fantastic at the creative stuff too.

Lazy I Lazy I 12:02 pm 08 Apr 11

Rogue said :

Cakes of your dreams in Queanbeyan is fantastic – http://www.cakesofyourdreams.com.au/cakes-weddings.php

They have such a fantastic range of cakes, and if you order some samples on Thursdays, you can pick them up to try on Saturday ($2 per sample) – they taste brilliant.

As much as I agree with you and recommend Cakes Of Your Dreams wholeheartedly, I am not sure there is much on offer in the sub $200 price range to feed 80?.

Rogue Rogue 11:48 am 08 Apr 11

Cakes of your dreams in Queanbeyan is fantastic – http://www.cakesofyourdreams.com.au/cakes-weddings.php

They have such a fantastic range of cakes, and if you order some samples on Thursdays, you can pick them up to try on Saturday ($2 per sample) – they taste brilliant.

jennybel75 jennybel75 8:19 am 08 Apr 11

into Temptation – Cakes of Desire in Tuggeranong might be what you’re looking for. Great cakes and reasonable prices and they do chocolate, white choc’ or caramel mud:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Into-Temptation-cakes-of-desire/135576513180979

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 10:06 pm 07 Apr 11

the secret is not to use the ‘w’ word. If you say the ‘w’ word it will almost certainly cost you more than $200. We sneakily did most of our wedding without mentioning it was for a wedding and we saved heaps and our wedding was an enormous success. A couple of things including our cake we had to mention wedding and they ended up being the most disproportionally priced and most disappointing. It’s an awful feeling when you realised you are being scammed because you are getting married.

Davo111 Davo111 9:18 pm 07 Apr 11

McDonalds offers ice cream cakes for reasonable prices.

molongloid molongloid 9:02 pm 07 Apr 11

+1 for Annie’s Cake Place. Did our wedding cake in Feb 2007. It looked great and tasted fantastic. Was more than $200, but it was fancy.

beejay76 beejay76 8:22 pm 07 Apr 11

Short Cut Creations http://www.shortcutcreations.com/

This is the business of a friend of mine. She’s only recently started doing cakes professionally, but has been doing cakes for ages and ages. Her stuff is beautiful, and tastes delish. No idea about prices! She works from home. Give her a ring!

ddesire ddesire 5:54 pm 07 Apr 11

+1 for Sugar and Slice Cakes, she did our wedding cake and it looked and tasted incredible. Very well priced too.

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