During the past few year making cakes, I had time to observe what s make a birthday party successful, be the birthday cake, the delivery, the crowd and all unexpected and unwanted think you may wish for your birthday celebration, here I share some insight to have your birthday party successful.
credit: Laurent Bernard chocolatier
Which cake to choose for the birthday party?
First avoid if you can the cheap one from the supermarket, if the one you destine the cake for is a gourmet, get him a descent cake, there’s nothing worse than an impersonalized cake from the grocery store. It may give the impression than you forgot about it, and grab the last one left on shelf. A cheap cake or cheap present will just show how you estimate your guest, it is rude.
I’m not there should I send a cake ?
I want you not your present!
Well, most of complain we received are when the sender is not there and ask for delivery. If you have been invited to a birthday party it’s because the individual want to see you.
One of the worst case I have seen was when a man send to her lover a birthday cake, he was away, oversea trips so I though would be a good idea to send to the girl her favorite cake for her birthday, it turned into complete disaster. first her mother forgot the cake outside and let it melt, so when she came back from work it was all melted, the boy friend call me and ask for immediate replacement at 7 pm otherwise I will get a bad review, when I reach the girl was in tears, not because of the cake, because she was alone to eat it.
How can someone be so indelicate and insensible? she had no one to share the cake with, it did make her feel more lonely and abandoned, in that case a flower, or chocolate box would have been a better choice, or just wait to be back to celebrate, no one want to celebrate is birthday alone with a cake. So don t send birthday cake to your love one if you’re not there to share it with, otherwise you may lose him or her, then when your back bring him or her a cake and share it together. It’s always better to bring the cake or present yourself than to have it delivered, it’s a mark of respect of attention.
Should I have the cake delivered on is birthday?
NO, have it delivered one day ahead if there no other choice that way the recipient can bring it at work and share it with coworkers, or invite friends at home.
I remember a case where the sender asked the cake to be delivered between 12 to 5pm….. Well you spend the day waiting for the cake, not a good idea.
How big the birthday cake should be?
You should count 100 gr per person, so a 1 kg black forest cake should serve about 10 pax, more would be difficult, the slice would be very small. It’s a birthday cake, everyone expect a slice not crumbs, I had a customer how wanted to slice it in 20, just imagine how her guest would feel to receive 50gr of the cake, it like being serve a half cup of tea.
Bigger the cake is better it is, better too much than not enough, if u have 20 guests chose 2 cakes, it would be easier to slice than a very large one, if your cake is too large it may also not feet into your chiller.