Hi all, I wanted to know how do you go about setting up a taste test for a wedding cake and what recipes do you use???? Thanks In Advance
When I did I just placed nice slices of the cake with icing and fillings. But, now I do not do tastings. Rather - I refer people to Customers. If I did a cake for Jane and June want a cake. I have her call Jane. Some people came for tastings and never bought. That way I do not have to crank on my oven. Works great too.
I make a few different cakes, or offer what I have left over from other tastings. I just did one where I offered chocolate, vanilla, and key lime, and red velvet. I cut the cake into servings (1x2") and put it on a decorated board(with the cake undecorated). Then I had buttercream, lime curd filling, chocolate filling and pineapple filling. I brought these in little tupperware things, and put a spoonful of each on a plate. That way they could grab a piece of cke and mix it with whatever flavor they wanted. I also brought the mini water bottles to cleanse their palates between each piece.
* I would like to note that I don't have a store front, and this was for a huge client. So that is why I "brought" the stuff with me, to meet them at their office. I generally don't do that.
Good luck! I hope this helps some.
We I worked at a store front bakery, we did tastings on a schedule. We had a set day, 3rd Sunday of the month, for them. We had the cake baked, cut in 1 x1 cubes, the fillings and icing in little portion control cups (like they pass out samples in) They were then able to try a piece of cake with the mix they liked. The small pieces were nice as so they did not waste cake. It is hard to see a full serving piece being thrown out. They also did customs tasting. The same idea except it was three cake selections, 3 fillings, and IMBC or heavy buttercream, on a china plate with small condiment dishes. Some brides prefered the intimate setting and cater to me while others liked the open tastings. It also depends on your staffing. HTH