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Wedding & Tiered Cakes

Wedding & Tiered Cakes

Weddings are the stuff of dreams – days made for making memories.

Ryke’s Wedding Cakes have been a tradition in West Michigan since 1937. Please visit our gallery to see just some of the memories we’ve helped make.

Because there are so many options, we have simplified our wedding cake or wedding desserts ordering system. We have a step by step Wedding Cake Order Wedding Cake Order Form for you to fill out for placing an order for a tiered cake or desserts. We currently have 9 beautiful designs to make your day deliciously special.

Once you have filled out your Wedding Cake Order Form, you have the option of emailing it to weddingcakes@rykes.com or stopping into our Muskegon Ryke’s location. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call us at (231) 726-2253.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information:

To reserve your date and place your order, we require a deposit of $50 or 25% of your estimated total, whichever is greater. We recommend 6 months lead time to ensure your date is available.

*Note: we require at least 2 weeks notice for all tiered cakes. If your wedding date is within the 2 weeks notice, we can offer a single tier cake, sheet cakes, or cupcakes for purchase through our retail store.*

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Cake FAQ - View All FAQs

When should I place my order?

For spring and summer weddings, it is best to have your order placed by Christmas. For autumn or winter weddings, place your order by Easter to ensure availability.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Bring your completed Wedding Cake Order Form, to our Muskegon Ryke's location. Be sure to bring along color samples so that the designers can match your cake to your colors. Additionally, be prepared with your deposit. We require a minimum of $50 or 25% down on your cake, whichever is greater, at the end of your consultation.

How big is a Wedding Cake Serving?

At Ryke’s we build tiers that are different sizes; because of that, they are cut differently.

  • A 3” tall tier has two layers of cake, one layer of filling and servings are based on a 1 ½” x 2” x 3” cut.
  • A 4” tall tier has three layers of cake, two layers of filling and servings are based on a 1” x 2” x 4” cut.
  • A 5” tall tier has four layers of cake, three layers of filling and servings are based on a 1” x 2” x 5” cut. Because of the additional layer of cake, 5” tiers have a higher starting cost.
How much will my tiered cake cost?

Any stacked cake starts at $250.00. As a general rule, most cakes serving more than 50 people range from $6 - $9 per serving depending on the design. We will work with you to stay within your budget.  Another cost may include equipment rental (cake stand or cupcake tower).

Why do tiered cakes cost so much?

Tiered cakes require additional time and materials to construct so that the cake doesn’t topple down. Each tier has to be completely level and have an internal structure to secure it. It takes at least 4 to 5 times longer to build, frost, and stack a tiered cake than to build a sheet or a round layer cake. Additional time is also needed for the consultation and for artwork. The more detail, colors, materials, and hand-work required to decorate the cake, the more time it will take; consequently, the more the cake will cost.

Do you make fake cakes?

Yes, we can decorate styrofoam tiers, and this is a great option if you are interested in having the appearance of a larger cake. If your intention is to save money, this is not a great option as the majority of the cost of your wedding cake is in the decorating of the cake and the dummy tiers still have to be decorated. So, by the time you pay for artwork and then order your sheet cakes, it’s basically a “wash”.

Can I have more than just one flavor of cake or filling?

Yes, every tier can be different. However, it is important to consider how the cake will be served when making the decision about offering more than just one flavor. If the cake is being served buffet style, offer many choices and create a cake or dessert buffet. If the cake is plated and served directly to your guests, offer one choice only to ensure that guests are served quickly.

Can I bring in cakes or other desserts from other sources to compliment our wedding cake?

Yes, as long as you are offering another sweet that we don't offer at our bakery. We ask that all cupcakes, kitchen cakes, and sheet cakes come from our bakery as we work very hard to produce an extraordinary product and don't want to confuse guests by giving them something they think came from our bakery which, in reality, did not.

What are groom's cakes and do you make them?

Yes, we absolutely prepare groom's cakes! The groom's cake is an old English tradition where small pieces of cake, generally dark, rich, liquor-saturated fruitcake, were boxed and given to the unmarried female guests to take home and place under their pillow. The myth promised that while sleeping with the cake under her pillow, she would dream of the man she would marry.

This tradition took hold in the southern United States and has slowly migrated to the rest of the country. In the U.S., the groom's cake is usually a chocolate cake decorated to represent the groom's hobbies, career, or with a fun, contemporary design and is often the dessert served after the rehearsal dinner or displayed with the wedding cake.

Can I place my wedding cake order via email?

Absolutely! We understand that many of you have moved out of town and are coming home to get married or planning a destination wedding on fabulous Lake Michigan. Complete our Wedding Cake Order Form and we’ll get the process started. Email the form to weddingcakes@rykes.com. We will let you know within 24 to 48 business hours when we have received your completed Wedding Cake Order Form.

Do you offer tastings?

Yes, we offer tastings which consists of our classic flavors of batters and fillings. This tasting is offered and packaged in to-go form. The cost is $10 for a to-go cake tasting.

As we are a full-service bakery, we also have products available in the store every day. Feel free to pop in anytime and purchase a piece of cake, cupcakes, pastries, or anything else you may be considering.

Do you deliver wedding cakes?

We offer pick up at our Muskegon, Grand Haven and Holland Ryke's locations. We currently do not have delivery options available.

Do you ship your wedding cakes?

No, because we can not guarantee our product will arrive undamaged. You are always welcome to pick up your order!

How do I place my order?
  • Call the bakery during business hours:
    • Muskegon location Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm and Saturdays, 7:00am-3:00pm.
    • Grand Haven location Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays, 7:00am-3:00pm.
    • Holland locations Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays, 7:00am-3:00pm.
  • Full payment is required at the time of order. We do not accept EBT
  • 72 hour notice is requested for all special orders
  • Approval of product is requested at pick up. We are happy to fix anything you are not satisfied with, while at the bakery.
Can I place my order online?

Yes! Please visit https://rykes.bakesmart.com to place an order with our standard designs.

For a custom cake order to be picked up at our Muskegon or Grand Haven location, please call us at 231-726-2253. For a custom cake order to be picked up order at our Holland location, please call us at 616-298-7002.

Do you require payment or a deposit at the time of order?

Yes, we do ask for full payment at the time of order. We started asking for pre-payment because of the number of orders placed and never picked up. We ask for payment regardless of the quantity ordered. We accept all major credit cards, cash, and checks.

How far in advance should I place my order?

During the holidays, graduation season, or for large orders, we love at least a two-week notice but feel free to call, and we will see how we can accommodate you if you need something sooner. For smaller orders during the off-season, just let us know within a one-week to 72 hours before pick up, and we’ll have your order ready for you!

What if I need to change my order or cancel my cake?

Changes to your order or cancellations will be honored at no charge up to one week prior (7 days) to the scheduled pick-up date. If less than one week's notice is given there will be an additional charge for changes to the design, cake sizes, or cancellations. If the cake has been completed, we will not be able to cancel the order.

Do you require a minimum order on bakery items?

It depends on what you’re ordering. If it’s something we carry in the store regularly, there are no minimum orders. If it’s for cupcakes, loaves of bread, rolls, or other products made to order or only carried during the holidays, a minimum quantity order will apply as we sell by the batch to minimize waste.

Do you offer quantity discounts?

Yes, we offer a $14 dozen doughnut deal every day. We do not offer quantity discounts on decorated products (cupcakes, pastries, decorated cookies, etc.) because of the time involved to produce.

My grandmother had a great recipe…can you make that?

As much as we would love to accommodate every request, however, we are producing 50-gallon batches, which is enough to make 100 cakes! We don’t have equipment small enough to make a single cake.

Can you put “pictures” on cakes?

Yes, we can. Please give us one week to process your image. You are welcome to drop the image off to us or e-mail the image to us at: info@rykes.com

If you are pulling images from the internet, keep in mind that we are subject to copyright law, so we’ll need written permission from the owner of that image to reproduce it for you on your cake.

Any picture provided must be in JPEG format.

I saw this cute Minnie Mouse cake online, can you make it for me?

At Ryke's Bakery, we respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not produce trademarked items such as Disney characters, college logos, company logos, or other copyrighted characters from TV shows and movies without written permission from the copyright or trademark owner. Keep in mind that when you see these types of cakes online, they are typically made by hobby bakers for personal use and not for sale to the public. We will only generate revenue from someone else's intellectual property with written permission.

However, we do offer a variety of licensed toys that can be placed on your cake, and we have obtained permission from many West Michigan high schools and colleges to reproduce their logos on our cakes. Please check out our list of licensed kits and logos. If you don't see what you're looking for, please contact the company directly and request written permission. Then, send the written permission and the approved item in JPEG format to info@rykes.com, and please include your name and event date in the subject line of the e-mail.

Do you make Sugar-Free or Gluten-Free baked goods or cakes?

In summary, we offer flourless cakes for those with mild allergies or dietary restrictions, but we are not a certified gluten-free bakery and cannot guarantee that our products are free from cross-contamination. We do not currently make sugar-free products due to limited demand and production limitations.

Do you use nuts in your products?

Some of our products, like our carrot cake and sweet bread, contain nuts, and all of our baked goods are baked in the same facility and may not be suitable for individuals with nut allergies.

What is your return policy?

At Ryke's Bakery, we ensure customer satisfaction by requiring approval of all orders at the time of pick-up. Unfortunately, our products are perishable and thus we cannot accept returns or issue refunds. If you have any issues with your purchase, please reach out to the bakery location where the order was received within 24 hours of your purchase and we will work to resolve your concern.

Can you make me an adult-themed cake for my bachelor/bachelorette party?

We do offer cakes to fit your theme but they have to keep there clothing on..