Please take a few minutes to read through the terms and conditions as these form the basis of the contract. Further information can be provided on request.
DEPOSIT & PAYMENT POLICY
When placing an order for wedding cakes we require a £100 booking fee, this non-refundable deposit is to secure the date you require and to cover the necessary costs to create your order. Final payment for wedding cakes is due no later than TWO WEEKS before the wedding date. If the final payment is not received a reminder may be sent, if no further payment is made we will consider the order cancelled and the deposit lost.
For celebration cakes a minimum deposit of £20 is required (unless otherwise agreed). All deposits are non-refundable. For celebrations cakes final payment will be due ON collection date, unless otherwise agreed.
Deposits and full payment can be made:
-over the phone
FOOD ALLERGY DISCLAIMER
Valentin’s Cakery is NOT an allergy-free kitchen. We cannot guarantee that our products are free from ingredients that may affect those with food allergies. At Valentin’s Cakery we are aware of the seriousness of food allergies and we recommend that you contact us before you place an order to inform us of any food allergies that you or your party may have, we reserve the right to decline any orders for clients with serious food allergies. Valentin’s Cakery will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to our products.
The following ingredients are used in our kitchen:
- Milk and other dairy products
- Nuts: peanuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, coconut
- Wheat and gluten
Please note that some food colourings may have an effect on behaviour in children.
Collection of orders is free.
For wedding cakes the delivery and set up at the venue are included in the price for the first 5 miles from the shop. Any further distance will be charged at 70 pence per mile.
Delivery for any other cake is charged £10 for the first 5 miles and 70 pence per mile thereafter.
TRAVELLING WITH THE CAKE
DO NOT place the cake on a seat in the car, seats are slanted and can damage the cake. The cake should be placed either in the boot or the foot well of the car on a non-slip mat. Extra care should be taken when driving as some elements may be delicate. Valentin’s Cakery cannot take any responsibility for damage to cakes when collected and transported by their customers.
All cakes / cupcakes should be placed on a flat surface and stored at room temperature in the box provided. They should be kept out of direct sunlight. Freezing or refrigerating our cakes or cupcakes is not recommended. Please note cupcakes should be consumed within 3 days and cakes within 5 days.
CHANGES TO YOUR ORDER
Valentin’s Cakery aims to meet your requirements and we understand that sometimes things happen which can result in you wanting to change your order. Please contact us as early as possible to ensure any changes can be actioned, generally 2 weeks’ notice is required for any changes.
If a customer would like fresh flowers, rather than sugar flowers on their wedding cake, it is the customer’s responsibility to source the florist/flowers, unless specifically agreed with Valentin’s Cakery. Once the cake has been set-up at the venue, and the cake has been signed for, Valentin’s Cakery does not take any responsibility for any damage to the cake from the fresh flowers, or the placement on the cake of the fresh flowers. You acknowledge that fresh flowers are not a food product, and may contain pesticides, insects, dirt, or other contaminants.
It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that any fresh flowers displayed on or next to the cake do not contain pesticides and are food-safe (non-toxic). Valentin’s Cakery can take no responsibility for the flowers being food-safe. There may be a charge for arranging flowers on the cake if you would prefer Valentin’s Cakery to do this.
We recommend extreme caution if you are considering a cake decorated with chocolate for a summer wedding (May-September). We cannot accept responsibility for any melting of the cake once it has left our possession, as we have no control over the environment / venue temperature. We can however advise you of designs that are less susceptible to melting and do everything within our control to reduce the impact on the cake.
Some cakes may contain small proportions of inedible items; it is the client’s responsibility to ensure these are removed by your caterer/guests before consumption e.g. Support dowels in tiered cakes, ribbon, wires in sugar flowers, crystals, flower picks & flower tape etc.
COLOURS AND DESIGN
You may want to bring us sample colours (i.e. ribbon / material). Whilst an exact match cannot be guaranteed we will endeavour to meet your requirement as far as possible. This also applies to food colourings and icings. We can only create your finished order from what we interpret from the wording of your order; therefore it is vital you check everything is correct. It may not be possible to create exact specifications when modelling food, however we will work with you, often using sketches to ensure you are happy with the design.
Products made by Valentin’s Cakery are made by hand and accordingly there will be minor variations in appearance. All photos, illustrations and descriptions displayed on our page are for guidance purposes only.
On occasion we will photograph our cakes and we reserve the right to use any photographs for display or promotion without compensation to you.
Cancellation by the customer: If the order is cancelled, your deposit is non-refundable, payment is required for any and all expenses already incurred on behalf of the finished product.
For weddings if you cancel within 6 weeks of the date 75% of the full payment will be invoiced. This is to cover monies lost as Valentin’s Cakery will have turned away other business for your order, it is very unlikely we could re-fill the date at such short notice. If you cancel your wedding cake within 7 days of your event full payment will be invoiced.
For celebration cakes if you cancel within 2 weeks of your event 50% of the full payment will be invoiced. If you cancel within 7 days of your event full payment will be invoiced.
Cancellation by Valentin’s Cakery: We shall not be liable for any failure to perform, where such failure or delay results from any circumstances outside our reasonable control including but not limited to any fire, flood, explosion, accident, adverse weather conditions, traffic congestion, mechanical breakdown, obstruction of any private or public highway, riot, government act, act of war, terrorism, act of God, or from any industrial dispute or strike whatsoever. In the event of exceptional circumstances, such as serious illness, Valentin’s Cakery will give as much notice as possible if we are unable to fulfil your order. We will refund you any monies already paid.
All cakes require a signature on delivery / collection, this indicates you are happy with the product received. If you are not happy please ensure you make this known when accepting your cake. This gives us the opportunity to correct any problems. We are not responsible for mistakes made by the customer i.e. incorrect / misspelled names or incorrect choice of cake. In addition we always take photographs of the cakes prior to delivery / collection
Complaints are extremely rare in the world of cake. Some complaints may require further investigation and an immediate refund may not always be possible. Cakes, or part of cakes and cupcakes, must be returned to us within 24 hours to ensure we are able to fairly assess the nature of the complaint. The cake must have been stored at the correct temperature and in the box we supplied, out of the sun and away from damp conditions or heat. If you are complaining for a refund you must return at least 75% of the uneaten product within 24 hours of delivery.
We do not refund for customers that have simply changed their mind or if the cake has been damaged out of our care.
Please note icing may crack as it dries out which is out of our control and why we recommend you consume your cake as soon as it is cut. We do not accept complaints for not liking the taste of our products mainly because individual’s tastes are different. We can offer a tasting service which allows you the opportunity to taste our products should you wish to do so before ordering.
ACCEPTANCE OF CAKE UPON COLLECTION/DELIVERY
The customer will be asked to sign a sheet that will state the following:
I confirm that this cake has been collected / delivered (delete as applicable) in good and undamaged condition. No responsibility can be taken by Valentin’s Cakery for any subsequent damage once the cake has been handed over to the customer or venue. Valentin’s Cakery will not be liable should the customer believe there are any problems with the cake once it has been accepted, this includes design, colour etc.