In-demand cake makers may be booked a year in advance, especially during the height of wedding season, but for most, the sweet spot is between three and six months before your vows. If she’s available, ask how many cakes she’s booked to create for the same day—a good pro should have ample staff in place to handle multiple deliveries and set-ups.
Most often, a baker will charge on a per-person basis. Depending where you live (the highest fees tend to be in bigger cities), this could range between $4 and $15 for each guest. Also affecting cost: how labor-intensive the design of your cake is. A four-tier confection with lots of flourishes, like sugar flowers or intricate piping, will up the fee by a few more dollars per person. On the other end of the spectrum, a simple cake adorned with fresh, seasonal flowers will always be more affordable.
If you have a specific flavor and filling pairing in mind, or know you want hexagonal-shaped tiers, it’s in your best interest to find out whether your baker can pull it off. Ask for a menu of flavor and frosting options before you schedule a meeting.