What are your opening times?
As Vanilla Bean Bakery is a home-based business, I can often work irregular hours. But as a rule we are open 10am-6pm Monday to Friday.  We close Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. As it is a home-based business consultations are by appointment only, and I am unable to facilitate those that arrive unannounced.

How much can I expect to pay for a cake?
All of our cakes are designed to suit your special occasion, therefore the price will vary according to the level of work, cake size and time required to create the design. If you are able to show us the style of cake you like we can give you an idea of cost. Please check out our price guide that will give you an idea where prices start from and a guide to portions

How do I place my order?
For Cupcakes you can now order through our new online shop and have them delivered to you. For Wedding Cakes it is best to book a Free Consultation if possible.  For custom made cakes very often when I am working on cakes in the kitchen I cannot answer the phone, so often the best and quickest way to order is through email or through the Facebook page or through the Contact Us form on this site. Please give a much detail about what you are looking for as possible. Do send us a picture if you have a particular idea in mind.
If your looking for Edible Cake Toppers orders are only through www.caketop.ie

I’ve seen a cake another cake maker’s cake that I really like. Can you make something similar?
As stated above do send a a picture of what you have in mind, but we do not like to exactly copy another cake design, preferring to design a cake especially for you.

How far in advance should I book my cake?
As soon as you can. Orders are on a first come, first serve basis and have limited availability.

Do I need to pay a deposit? and How do I pay for cake?
We do not require a deposit on all celebration cakes,they are paid for in cash on collection. At this time we cannot process card payments.  Wedding cakes require a €50 deposit to secure the date. Please visit our Weddings page for information about ordering wedding cakes.

I’ve left my cake to the last minute. Is there any chance you can squeeze my order in? 
Generally we are booked up well in advance and as we make everything to order we cannot take last minute orders. But please contact us and if we can we will fit you in. Everything is made to order and I do not have ready made cakes available or cannot facilitate orders for the same or next day

Do you make Vegan/Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Nut free?
No unfortunately our cakes may contain butter, wheat flour, eggs and we are unable to substitute these ingredients, our cakes may also contain nuts and are made in an environment that handles nuts and soya. We cannot guarantee that the cakes will not contain traces of these elements due to the nature of our production. We accept no liability for a customer suffering an allergic reaction from consuming our cakes.

What’s the best way to transport my cake once I collect it?
Keep the cake box flat, the best place is always the front passenger floor or in the boot of your car and transport home  or to your venue as soon as possible. Avoid putting it on a seat or in some-one’s lap, as it can cause the cake to slope during transportation.

Do you do deliveries?
No, all celebration cake must be collected. We only deliver wedding cakes, details are on the Weddings page

How do I store my cake if I collect it the day before my party?
Do not store your cake in a fridge. Leave your cake covered in its box in a cool dark dust-free room away from direct sunlight and heat and it will be fine the next day.