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Ape's Cakes

Frequently Asked Questions 
Location
Ape's Cakes is a private, home-based cake studio located in Louisa, Virginia.  Because of this we can not accommodate same or next day orders.  All of our cakes are custom order and custom designed for the individual client.  
 Pricing
This is a question we get all the time: "How much do you charge for a wedding/ birthday cake?" This question can not be answered at face value since all of our cakes are custom orders.  This means that the final price will depend on multiple details including: Servings needed, complexity of design, special details or handmade toppers, as well as flavor combinations. We work with both Buttercream and Fondant finished cakes.  Buttercream cakes begin at $4.00 per serving.  Fondant Cakes begin at $5.00 per serving.  Specialty flavors will include additional cost.  Cupcakes begin at $2.00 without toppers and $3.00 with toppers. Custom Sugar Cookies begin at $2.00 for basic designs.  "Why is it so much more than a grocery store?" Well I am glad you asked! We shop for ingredients, bake (from scratch) ALL of our recipes, torte, hand carve, ice, fill and frost all of our cakes. This is all before we begin the decorating process. Even the most basic design will take at least 4-5 hours to complete from start to finish.  The majority of our designs will take between 7-15 hours to complete.  We also have to purchase and maintain our equipment and tools plus pay for the addition utilities used in making your cake. Plus clean up time.  It all adds up.  With all of this being said we do understand if our pricing is too much for some.   
Payments
50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking.  Weddings must be paid in full 30 days prior to the wedding day. Celebration cakes are due 2 weeks prior to delivery.  If cakes are not paid in full by the dates specified then the cake will not be made.  We can only take a few orders a week to concentrate fully on each order. As soon as you know your day you should contact us.  Dates are considered "open" until deposit is paid.