First select the size...How many people is it for?
You probably don't buy celebration cakes very often and it's difficult to judge the size of cake you need, but once you have the number of guests in mind you can ask Londoncakes.com!
As a basic rule of thumb an 10 inch square birthday cake will be enough for around 40 children to get a piece (but bear in mind the cake capacity of your average seven year old is quite incredible!) The same 10 inch size of cake would be considered sufficient for around 25 adults. The numbers for a 12 inch cake would be 60 kids or 36 adults, a 14 inch, 80 and 50-ish.
What flavour cake would you like?
Chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream?
Or vanilla sponge and buttercream?
At this point give a thought to whether a gluten-free or eggless sponge would be an appropriate choice - we'll need a little longer than our famous next day delivery for one of these cakes.
Next decide on the look of your cake...
Is it to be Stylish and Sophisticated? Jokey? Or From the Heart?
Check our galleries for a suitable cake - we probably have the perfect design for you but if you can't find exactly what you want, find something close and customise it. A different picture, colour or wording, extra flowers, no flowers - perhaps there's a toy or prop you'd like to include in the design? Our ANY Design Cake could be just what you need!
Take time over the message, a very important part of the cake.
An apt witty line, a subtle in-joke, a ribald quote or a simple Happy Birthday all have their place.... (we can put upto 50 piped characters on a cake but a small cake and a large picture means less space for piped lettering, although words can be put on the picture before we print it).
If you've selected a cake that has a photo option, you have to get your image to us.You'll be prompted to upload the file to us as you place your order. You need a .jpg or .gif file upto 300 by 300 pixels and 300kb maximum size ready on your computer. If this isn't possible then either bring your photo, painting or drawing into the shop and we can scan it for you, or attach your image file to an email and send it in.
Make sure you identify it with your order number!
If in doubt talk to us! - We've done it hundreds of times before and can guide you through.
Whenever you're paying online, at the point where you give your card details make sure that you are connected to an https: site (look at the address bar) and that your browser is showing a padlock symbol. Then you know you have an encrypted link to a secure server. Londoncakes.com use Protx and PayPal to handle credit card payments and since they take payments from all over the world we can deliver cakes to your ex-pat friends, colleagues, relatives and hard working students in homes and offices, hotels and hostels across London.
If you've ordered in plenty of time then you can always send us a UK cheque - but you'll have to allow a good two weeks for the post office and the banks to do their stuff. (Only when the cheque clears do you get next day delivery!)
Or of course you can always simply come to our shop and pay in person, in cash...
Collection or delivery?
Collection is easy (if you've got the time) and you can check the cake is as you want it before you leave the shop, but once you've left the shop it can be a long bumpy ride home.
If you choose to have it delivered to your home or office, it's Londoncakes.com's responsibility until your cake is handed over and, of course, it can easily be delivered to any other address in our delivery area if you'd prefer - a pleasant surprise for someone.
Take a look at our PicBak service, too.