Indianapolis bakers discuss their services

What services do you offer? Do you make only cakes, or other tasty treats?

Tricia Perkinson: "Cakes, cookies, rolls and cupcakes."

Irene McHone: "Only cakes."

Matthew Allen: "Cakes, doughnuts, bread and pastries."

How long have you been in business?

Perkinson: "Since 2005."

McHone: "Since 1994."

Allen: "Since 1913."

How do you charge? By the hour? By the job?

Perkinson: "Our price average is based on size and time."

McHone: "Wedding cakes start at $2.75 per serving and event cakes begin at $30."

Allen: "Cost is figured by the job. Round cakes are priced by the increment."

What flavors of cake do you offer?

Perkinson: "There are eight flavors of cake and we also offer combinations."

McHone: "We offer 25 flavors as well as flavor combinations."

Allen: "Too many flavors to list. We also provide flavor combinations as well as layer combinations for custom cakes."

What's the most unusual request you've received for decorating a cake?

Perkinson: "We have had several orders for the red velvet porcupine cake that is featured in the movie, 'Steel Magnolias.'"

McHone: "A Halloween wedding inside an old church. The cake looked like it was 100 years old with cracked icing and mice here and there."

Allen: "A couple of years ago, we were hired to make a 6-foot-long cake that looked like a billion dollar bill."

What makes you stand out from the competition?

Perkinson: "We make everything on-site and use family recipes."

McHone: "Our custom work and terrific cake design."

Allen: "We are a small, family-owned and operated company."

What's the most disastrous experience you've ever had when making a cake for a customer?

Perkinson: "Luckily, we have not had any major cake disasters but we did have a tray of cookies slide out of the back of our van! Of course they were never served but it goes to show that accidents do happen."

McHone: "Ten years ago, we had a multi-tier cake fall apart the night before the wedding. We had to work nonstop throughout the night to make sure the cake would arrive at its scheduled time. I'm happy to say it all worked out in the end."

Allen: "I delivered a three-tier wedding cake, and as soon as I centered the final tier, the legs of the table folded and the cake hit the dance floor! We were able to produce a total replacement and the day was saved."

Do you have to pay for copyright permission when applying specific images to cakes?

Perkinson: "We can't free-hand copyrighted images, but we can incorporate a toy or edible image. The other option is to send a request to use the copyright."

McHone: "We can't reproduce images that hold a copyright, but we incorporate themed items into the cake."

Allen: "Yes, we obtain copyrighted themes in the form of edible images that are provided through a bakery supplier."

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