Wild Orchid Baking Company is a custom cake boutique located on the coast of NH, serving NH, ME, MA & beyond. Beautiful & delicious works of cake art are our specialty!
Available by appointment only. We do not carry daily retail bakery items. (We operate more like a caterer, less like a traditional bakery.)
Erin’s book, Great Cake Decorating
- Where can I buy Great Cake Decorating?
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- Is it available as an ebook?
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- Information on classes in our Dover, NH cake studio.
We are currently working on our Winter 2014/2015 class schedule. Please check back here or on our Facebook page for updates!
- What flavors do you offer?
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask! We are coming up with new flavor combinations all the time, and are able to accommodate most flavor requests.
Cake: *Vanilla Chiffon, *Tropical Carrot, *Pumpkin Spice, *Toffee, *Almond, *Coconut, *Gingerbread, *Blueberry Lemon, *Black Velvet, *Marble, *Ginger, *Banana, *Italian Espresso, *Lemon, *Bourbon Pecan, *Devil’s Food, *Red Velvet, *Orange Clove, *Chocolate Guinness, *Red Velvet Marble, *Autumn Spice Cake, *Strawberry
Butter Cream: *Vanilla, *Ginger, *Dulce de Leche, *Toffee, *Almond, *Lemon, *Key Lime, *Brown Sugar, *Mocha, *Chocolate, *Cinnamon, *Raspberry, *Strawberry, *Wild Flower Honey, *Peanut Butter, *Espresso, *Coconut, *Chocolate Hazelnut, *Caramel, *Raspberry Lemonade, *Pistachio, *Maple, *Lavender Honey, *Mixed Berry, *Lemon Sherry, *Baileys, *Chocolate Caramel, *Salted Caramel, *Champagne, *Blackberry Cabernet, *Hazelnut, *Mexican Chocolate
Other Fillings: *Vanilla Pastry Cream, *Raspberry Jam, *Chocolate Ganache, *Key Lime Curd, *Marshmallow, *Lemon Curd, *Cream Cheese Frosting
- How do I order a cake?
Email: email@example.com or use our form.
Call: (603) 964-2253
- Cake payment information.
All cakes require a non-refundable 50% deposit in order to book your cake & secure your date. We only take a limited number of bookings per date and do not consider your cake booked until we receive the deposit and signed contract. The deposit is non-refundable because we will turn away other orders once your cake is booked.
- How far ahead should I order my cake?
As soon as your date is set and venue booked, you’re ready to talk cake! To ensure superior quality I limit the number of cakes we take per week. We absolutely do our best to take every cake order we possibly can, but dates will close. In the event we’re not available we will do our best to send you to one of our trusted cake friends who may be able to help you.
- Do you offer tastings?
Of course! Your tasting will consist of your choice of 6 cake and 6 frosting & filling flavors. We allot an hour for each tasting, so please arrive on time. At your tasting we will also discuss your design, so bring with you any details you’d like incorporated.
- Do you do cakes without fondant?
Yes, however, I cannot make most of the cakes that you see on my website without fondant. Fondant is a useful tool that transforms a tasty butter cream cake into a piece of art. The fondant merely covers the exterior of the cake, helping to preserve the moist, delicious cake on the inside. It does not add flavor to the cake, but more so serves as a decorative outer layer. We do, however, create some cakes without the use of fondant. For more rustic celebrations we’ve created our buttercream collection starting at $5 per serving.
It is important to know that not all fondant is created equal! Just like every baker makes a different cake, fondants differ from shop to shop as well. The type I use does not have an unpleasant taste, become thick, chewy or gritty. It is a lot like a thin layer of rolled marshmallow. I’m very partial to our fondant, but don’t just take my word for it….
“Our cake was great…The cake was moist and delicious. Our little sugar flowers were beautiful. Erin gave us good advice to go with fondant – we got married in late August so I was hoping to have a mild night – well it was hot, and thank goodness we got the fondant otherwise we would not have had any frosting on the cake when we cut it! And the fondant was not hard or chewy or anything like the bad fondant I have had in the past.” – Meghan
“Our cake was almost as good looking as it was delicious! People are even raving about the fondant’s taste!” – Luke & Jenn
- Can you make a cake I've seen somewhere else?
I can absolutely make something similar, but will fine tune the design so it is original and uniquely yours.
- Do you deliver?
Delivery is based on milage and will be included in your cake quote if requested. If picking up your cake, the bakery is not responsible for the cake once it leaves the shop.
- Do you only use sugar flowers?
Many people enjoy the look of fresh flowers on their cakes, but are concerned with the chemicals and pesticides commercial flower growers use. Fresh flowers are not grown or handled in a food safe way, so we choose not to take that risk with your cake. Sugar flowers are a safe & beautiful choice for your cake. Each sugar flower is artistically created by hand, petal by petal, here in our shop. As an added benefit, sugar flowers will not wilt. They can be preserved for years to come as a display under glass or in a simple box, keeping the flowers dust and moisture free.
- Cancellation Policy
Because we are a custom shop and take a limited number of bookings per date, deposits are non-refundable. Once your order is placed we turn away other orders for that date, bring in the proper materials needed, and begin the design process. Deposits are also non- transferable.
- Do you do dessert buffets?
Yes! But because wedding cakes are our specialty, we only do dessert buffets in addition to a wedding cake order. Our minimum wedding cake order is 80 servings, and once the minimum is met we are happy to create whatever sweets your heart desires! Some of our delicious dessert buffet items include whoopie pies, s’more bites, biscotti, jam jar pies, mini cupcakes, cake bites, macarons, hand made chocolates, and more. We can also create custom dessert items unique to your event. Buffets are booked by appointment, with design details worked out at your cake tasting.
- Do you offer cupcakes?
We have discontinued cupcake only weddings heading into the 2014 season. It’s not that we don’t like those little guys, we just don’t have the space or capacity with the number of custom wedding cakes we make throughout the busy season. We are happy to do cupcakes as part of a dessert buffet, once our 80 serving cake minimum has been met.
- Do you offer cake stand rentals?
Yes! We have a lovely assortment of stands available to compliment your cake display. If we do not have what you’re looking for, we will help you find it! With your stand rental you will be issued a separate stand rental agreement. It’s the customer’s responsibility to return the stands to the shop.
- What are your hours?
We are not a retail shop and do not carry daily retail items. Our cakes are unique creations, designed by appointment. Please call or email to get the process started.
- Can you make a donation?
We strongly believe in supporting the community around us, and make every effort to support as many local causes as possible. However, we are a small shop and there is a limit to the amount of donations we are able to make. We kindly ask for all donation requests in writing with at least a month’s notice.
- Do you make allergen free cakes?
At this time we are able to make dairy free, egg free or gluten free cakes & cupcakes to order. However, since we do use flour, dairy & eggs in our kitchen on a regular basis, we do not recommend our products for those with severe allergies or sensitivities. There is an additional charge for allergen free cakes.
We are not a nut free bakery and cannot guarantee the safety of our products for those suffering from nut allergies.
- Where did the name Wild Orchid come from?
While I was searching for the perfect name for my cake business, I came across a Mayan legend about the origin of the vanilla bean. At Wild Orchid Baking Co. vanilla is an inspiration for flavor, orchids an inspiration for design and the story an inspiration of love…
The Legend of the Wild Orchid
“In an early Mexican city famous for it’s artists and sculptors, a powerful god and goddess were blessed with a daughter so incredibly beautiful that they could not bear the thought of giving her away in marriage to a mere mortal. Her name was Morning Star.
It was during her trips from the forest, carrying flowers for the temple, that a young mortal prince first caught sight of Morning Star and immediately fell under her spell. Each morning, before Morning Star went into the forest in search of flowers for the goddesses, the young prince would hide in the undergrowth and await the arrival of Morning Star.
One morning, the young prince was so overcome with desire that he decided to make known his love for Morning Star and flee with her to the sierra. As she passed closed by, he leaped from the bushes, professed his love, then taking her by the arm, ran with her, deep into the rain forest. Morning Star was startled by the young prince’s abrupt arrival, but she too came under the spell of their star-crossed destiny.
Just as they reached the first mountains they were discovered by the gods and struck down on the spot, because of their forbidden love.
Not long after, on that exact site, a bush sprang forth. An emerald green vine sprouted from the earth, it’s tendrils intertwining much like the young lover’s embrace. The tendrils were fragile, the leaves full and sensual. One morning delicate yellow-green orchids appeared all over the vine. From the orchids slender vanilla beans developed and over time they released a perfume more splendid than the finest incense offered to the goddess.
It was then that the gods and goddesses realized that the young prince and Morning Star were transformed into the delicate orchid and fragrant vanilla bean.
The orchid and vine were designated as a sacred gift, a divine offering to the world.”