THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DO NOT IN ANY WAY AFFECT YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER.
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 50% booking fee, this is a non-refundable and non-transferable fee to secure the date you require and is also to cover the necessary time given to your order prior to your wedding date – this may include some of the following; administration, emails, phone calls, consultations, wedding cake samples etc. 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 50% is required (unless otherwise agreed). All deposits are non-refundable. For celebrations cakes final payment will be due ONE week before the delivery / collection date, unless otherwise agreed.
Deposits and full payment can be made via bank transfer or cash.
FOOD ALLERGY DISCLAIMER
KAKESBYKARL Ltd is NOT an allergy-free kitchen. We cannot guarantee that our products are free from ingredients that may affect those with food allergies. At KAKESBYKARL Ltd we recognise 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. KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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.
Any delivery charges will be explained at the time of ordering. Collection of orders is free. Please note that all wedding cakes / any cake three tiers or more must be delivered.
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. KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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 two days and cakes within three days.
CHANGES TO YOUR ORDER
KAKESBYKARL Ltd aims to meet your requirements and understands that sometimes situations occur 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 FOUR weeks’ notice is required for any changes and any changes may be subject to changes in cost depending on the design details. Please note a reduction in costs is only allowed up to a maximum of 10%.
CAKE STANDS / HOOP HIRE
Please note all hired items must be returned to me directly within FIVE days of the wedding, please do not leave any items at the venue unless otherwise agreed with me. Failure to return a cake stand to us within FIVE days or in cases of loss or damage we will issue an invoice for the replacement cost, this is to be paid within FIVE days. Cake stands and hoops if invoiced vary from £50 to £100.
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 KAKESBYKARL Ltd. Once the cake has been set-up at the venue, and the cake has been signed for, KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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). KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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 KAKESBYKARL Ltd to do this as it requires additional items such as flower picks, flower tape and we will also charge an hourly rate.
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.
Most cakes 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, Swarovski crystals, flower picks & flower tape etc.
COLOURS AND DESIGN
You may wish to supply us with 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 or images to ensure you are happy with the design.
Products made by KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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.
SOLE SUPPLIER AGREEMENT
We must be the sole supplier of any cake, dessert tables or edible favours. The outstanding quality we are known for forms the basis of our reputation and having another company’s work mistaken for our own could have a detrimental effect on our reputation if the quality, taste and presentation varies from ours.
Cancellation by the customer: If the order is cancelled, your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, payment is required for any and all expenses already incurred on behalf of the finished product.
For weddings if you cancel within SIX months of the date 50% of the full payment will be invoiced, cancellation within TWO months of the date 75% of the full payment will be invoiced. This is to cover monies lost as KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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 TWO weeks of your event full payment will be retained.
For celebration cakes if you cancel within FOUR weeks of your event 50% of the full payment will be invoiced. If you cancel within SEVEN days of your event full payment will be invoiced.
For cancellation of dessert items other cakes where a deposit has been paid, the deposit payment cannot be used as payment/part payment for any other order or part of order, unless agreed in writing at the time of booking. If you cancel within TWO weeks of your event 50% of the full payment will be retained. If you cancel within SEVEN days of your event full payment will be retained.
Cancellation by KAKESBYKARL Ltd: 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, KAKESBYKARL Ltd will give as much notice as possible if we are unable to fulfil your order. We will endeavour to find someone else who can produce your order and will refund you any monies already paid.
Postponements: In the event that you wish to postpone your wedding please let us know as soon as possible, your previous booking will be considered cancelled will be subject to the cancellation policy above and a new booking will be placed for the new date. If you wish to re-book for a new date this will be subject to a further booking fee to secure the new date. New bookings will be subject to any price increases since the original booking was made. Any monies paid over the booking fee will be carried over to your new date.
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. We always keep samples of our products for a reasonable time. In addition, we always take photographs of the cakes on delivery or prior to collection.
Complaints are extremely rare in the world of cakes and we have never had a complaint to date. 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 requesting a partial 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 for a small fee which allows you the opportunity to taste our products should you wish to do so prior to 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 KAKESBYKARL Ltd for any subsequent damage once the cake has been handed over to the customer or venue. KAKESBYKARL Ltd 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.