Wedding Cake FAQs

What options do you offer for weddings?

For the simplest and most cost-effective option, consider ordering cupcakes and a separate cutting cake from our regular (non-wedding cake) menu. You could serve cupcakes to your guests and use a 6” cake as your cutting cake. For cupcake orders, we recommend cupcaketree.com for attractive, easy to use, and affordable cupcake displays.

If you prefer a fancier cutting cake with design options, we offer Basic Sweetheart Cakes, starting at $60 for a 6” cake and $95 for a 9” cake. Design selections, photos, pricing, and more information for our Basic Sweetheart Cakes are on the Weddings page. We offer such variations as incorporating your wedding colors into the design. Pricing for variations may vary from posted prices, and we’re happy to talk with you about these and other options to make the cake you envision.

We also offer custom-designed Sweetheart cakes and tiered cakes. See the Weddings page for tiered cake pricing information.

When should I book my wedding order?

Peak wedding season is April through October, and our busiest months are May, August, September, and October. If your wedding date falls within the peak season, we suggest you book at least three to six months in advance of your date. You’re welcome to book your wedding cake up to a year in advance if you have secured your date and your venue.

My wedding date and venue have been secured, and I know I want Sticky Fingers to make my wedding cake, but I"m not ready to place my order. Can I hold the date?

Yes! All we need is a completed contract and an estimated 50% deposit, based on your guest count.

Can I order a tiered wedding cake?

Absolutely! We offer cakes with two, three, and four tiers. Tiered cakes start at $10 per serving for basic chocolate or vanilla cake and go up for other flavors. Designs are priced separately at a rate of $80 per hour based on complexity of design and materials required.

If you prefer a tiered cake and are expecting more than 100 guests, you can supplement your tiered cake with cupcakes or a half- or full-sheet cake from our regular menu to accommodate everyone.

Do you offer delivery? If so, is there a delivery charge?

Yes! We use Delivery Circle courier service for all of our regular menu deliveries. Delivery prices start at $18 and increase based on mileage, time of day, and date. We can give precise delivery quotes when you place your order.

Our courier is available for delivery only and does not offer set-up. If you’ve ordered cupcakes, you will need to arrange display set-up with a member of your party or your caterer.

An in-house delivery specialist is available to deliver all tiered cakes for a fee relative to your event location’s proximity to our shop:

  • within 10 miles: $85
  • within 15 miles: $105
  • within 20 miles: $125
  • within 21 - 40 miles: an additional $3 per mile

Deliveries for distances beyond 40 miles will be subject to a round-trip delivery fee based on total miles traveled.

Delivery for tiered cake orders includes set-up. Some cakes may require elaborate set-up, such as placing fresh flowers on the cake or adding extensive sugar work that can only be applied on site, and may be subject to an increased set-up/delivery charge.

Please be aware that if the delivery specialist must wait at the location—for the cake table to be set up or event decorations to arrive, for example—an additional $15 per 15-minute wait-time increment will be charged.

A 30% surcharge will be added to all weekday and holiday deliveries of tiered cakes.

We need more than one cake for our wedding. Can you make the wedding cake and my friend or caterer will make the second cake?

Sorry, but no. It is against our policy to serve our cakes or cupcakes at a wedding where other cakes or cupcakes will be served. We’re very honored to have a highly regarded reputation for serving beautifully decorated and wonderfully moist, delicious cakes made from the finest ingredients. As you can imagine, we need to ensure that our creations aren’t mistaken for another’s and that someone else’s cake isn’t thought to come from our kitchen, particularly since we do not know the quality of any other cakes being served at the same wedding. We reserve the right to refuse pick-up of your cake order or require return of your cake order to our bakery if we confirm with the event location that cakes other than ours will also be served at your wedding. You will not receive a refund for any portion of your order, including such additional charges as delivery, if you are found to be serving other cakes at your wedding.

I have a special design in mind and a picture of how I want my wedding cake to look. Can you create the design I want?

See the photo gallery on our Weddings page for design selections available for the Basic Sweetheart 6” and 9” Cake options. We can accommodate requests for variations of these designs to match your wedding colors. We can also accommodate custom design requests for these cakes. Just ask!

Designs for tiered cake options can be tailored more specifically to your preferences and are limited only by your imagination! Kamber Sherrod will work with you to create a tiered cake that is unique to you and your wedding day. Kamber also offers hand-sculpted and hand-painted sugar flowers that can be customized just for you. You may submit photos of cakes that you like or anything else that inspires your cake vision. You are also welcome to look through our online cake gallery for ideas. Please submit your completed cake questionnaire, along with any photos you have, at least 48 hours prior to your tasting.

Do different cake flavors have different prices?

Yes. If you’re ordering a regular (non-wedding) cake and/or cupcakes, see our Cakes page for pricing, flavors, and more details.

Basic Sweetheart Cake options start at $60 for a simple white fondant or buttercream and go up depending on your size and design preferences.

Tiered cake pricing is as follows:

  • Basic Chocolate and Vanilla: $10 per serving
  • Fruity Flavors, Red Velvet, and Basic Wheat-Free: $12 per serving
  • Premium Flavors*: $14 per serving (* includes all nutty flavors, premium wheat-free flavors, and any cakes with ganache filling)

If you choose to have different flavors for different tiers, the total per-serving charge for the cake will be based on the most expensive tier.

Custom designs are priced separately, starting at a rate of $80 per hour in addition to the price of the cake and may increase depending on complexity and materials required.

Can I use fresh flowers on my cake? Who puts the flowers on my cake?

Yes! If you are getting fresh flowers for your cake, be sure to let your florist know they will be placed on a cake so they can be properly prepped. Due to such risks as pesticides and other chemicals, make sure to work with your florist to choose a non-toxic and food-safe choice. Use fresh flowers at your own risk.

A beautiful, safe, and delicious alternative to fresh flowers on your cake is the sugar flower. Our expert artist can create hand-sculpted, hand-painted sugar flowers just for you. There is a minimum order of $130 for all sugar flowers.

What about my cake topper? Do I bring it to your bakery?

Due to our limited storage space, cake toppers should be taken directly to your venue. Please let us know if your cake topper is heavy and needs support. If you have any doubts about your topper’s suitability, be sure to make an appointment for us to check it out before your reception date. We are not responsible for toppers that have not been deemed suitable for placement on our cakes.

What if I have more people coming to my wedding than expected and did not order enough cake?

Most couples get their final guest count three weeks prior to their wedding date. At that time, double-check the number of servings your contracted cake order provides. If you find that you’ll have more guests than your cake order can serve, you can order cupcakes or cake(s) from our regular (non-wedding) cake menu to ensure all of your guests will be served. Please be sure to order the extra cupcakes or cake(s) at least three weeks prior to your reception date.

What are your deposits, payments, and cancellation policies?

We require a deposit of 50% of the total cost of the order to secure your date with us. Deposits are accepted in the form of cash, check, or charge.

Cancellations must be made a minimum of 30 days in advance in order to receive a refund (less a $50 non-refundable fee). Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance will not receive a refund of any portion of the deposit amount. The deposit is not transferable to other orders or other dates. Items may not be removed from the order within 30 days of the event date.

The balance is due three weeks prior to the event date. Orders placed less than two weeks in advance are subject to a 30% surcharge (15% for cupcakes).

Do you offer consultations and tastings?

You are welcome to come to the shop any time to purchase cupcakes for tastings. You can choose any menu flavor(s), and we will be happy to prepare them in advance with at least 24-hours’ notice. Samples are priced according to our current menu pricing. Please call our shop at 202.299.9700 to make arrangements for your cupcake samples.

If you are interested in a custom cake and prefer to have an in-person discussion of your design ideas with a specialist, you may book a consultation and tasting for a $50 fee, paid in full at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. If you place an order for a three-tiered cake with us, we will apply your tasting fee to that order. For the tastings, we offer up to four samples included with the fee, and additional samples are $3 each. You are welcome to select your samples from any of the flavors listed on our Cakes page.

We want to give every client our full and undivided attention without rushing when picking out the perfect cake for your momentous occasion so we cannot guarantee appointments if the client is more than 20 minutes late. (These are considered missed appointments and are subject to a rebooking fee of $50.) We are happy to provide up to a total of 1.5 hours consultation time, which includes in-person, phone, and e-mail discussion. Any additional time will be billed at $50 per hour, prorated in 15-minute increments.

How can I schedule my consultation and tasting?

All of our meetings are by appointment only and are held at our shop located at 1370 Park Rd NW, Washington, D.C.

After you’ve checked our flavor and pricing information on our Cakes and Weddings pages, read through this FAQ in its entirety, and are ready to make an appointment for a consultation and tasting, please email Kamber Sherrod at weddings@stickyfingersbakery.com with your preferred date(s) and time(s) for your appointment. We schedule consultations and tastings Tuesdays through Thursdays at 5:30 pm, Fridays between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays after 3:00 pm. Please allow up to 1 hour for your appointment.

At least 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment, clients must fill out and submit our Cake Questionnaire (see below) via email and also pay the $50 tasting fee.

How can I place my order?

After reading the FAQ and looking over our menu selections, please download and fill out our Wedding Questionnaire. It will give us some basic info about your event and give you the opportunity to tell us what kind of options you are looking for.

Please submit your completed questionnaire to  weddings@stickyfingersbakery.com.