FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When to Order
We recommend ordering your cake as soon as you know the date of your event. However, if our calendar is not booked, orders may be made up to 7 days before the order date. Don’t hesitate to check with us to see if we can accommodate a specific date!
To secure your cake booking, we require a 50% non-refundable deposit. This is non-refundable or transferable. The remaining balance is due 28 days before your event. If your order is placed less than 28 days prior to your event, full payment is due at the time of order.
Editing an Order
You can make changes to your order as long as there are 14 or more days until your order is due. Just email us with the changes you would like, and we will review them and see if it changes the price of your order. The final date of any modifications to your order is due 14 days before your event.
If you cancel within 28 days of your cake's due date, we will charge you the full price of the cake. If you cancel with more than 28 days of notice before your cake's due date, you will be refunded any payments sans the 50% non-refundable deposit.
Xia's Kitchen assumes no liability or responsibility after the order leaves our kitchen for pick up, or after the order has been delivered to the final address for delivery.
We use silky swiss meringue buttercream for all our buttercream cakes. Meringue is beaten until stiff and glossy, and then butter is added to create a light, sweet, and flavorful buttercream.
Buttercream covered cakes are coated with a generous layer of buttercream around 1/2" thick. Buttercream cakes must be kept away from direct heat and sunlight, and ideally in an air-conditioned environment.
Next to all cake sizes on the website, we show how many servings there are. Our smallest size is just under 10 servings and our largest is about 100 servings. For receptions that require more than 100 servings, there are a couple of options:
Purchase a trio of decorated cakes to display at the reception, which together adds up to the number of desired servings; this creates an impressive display piece for guests to appreciate
Purchase one decorated cake for display and cake cutting and then supplement with some of our small cakes that are served from the venue kitchen
You can customize any of our designs or request a unique one-of-a-kind. That can mean changing the color of the buttercream, the metallic luster dust used, the stencil applied, the flowers on top, and so on. Keep in mind, however, that we specialize in our own designs and not in those of other cake makers.
We are always working on new designs and the designs available on our website change periodically. To see all of the designs we currently have available, browse our signature designs.
Serving & Storage
Buttercream cakes are best stored in the refrigerator and eaten at room temperature. All of our cakes are stored in the refrigerator before pickup/delivery to ensure smooth transportation. Please allow for cakes to come to room temperature before serving.
All of our cakes are served on a stiff 10" white cake board.
Cake Stand Rental
To further simplify your wedding planning, we offer cake stand rentals for all wedding cakes purchased from Xia's Kitchen. Couples have the option to rent a 10" handcrafted cake stand with a walnut wood base at a cost of $25, plus a $75 refundable security deposit. Cake stands are due to be returned within three working days of your wedding date upon which the security deposit is repaid in the absence of any damage.
For nut allergies, we have a number of flavors that do not contain nuts. However, keep in mind that we do operate in a studio that processes nuts.
Unfortunately, we do not provide gluten-free, nut-free, or vegan options at this time. However, we do have a vegan menu in testing and cannot wait to share it with you!
Pick Up & Delivery
For delivery, the price varies depending on the distance from our studio plus tolls. We deliver exclusively to within the DMV area. Feel free to send us your address details prior to ordering so we can give to an exact quote!
If you opt for delivery, one of our staff will deliver to your home or venue. Once our staff reaches the location, they hand off the cake to the contact you give us, who is often a member of the venue staff, a wedding coordinator, or the caterer. That person will set up the cake for display at the reception. Finally, the caterer or event staff will cut the cake and serve it to your guests.
If you are not interested in delivery, you can pick up your order from our cake studio in Fairfax, Virginia for no charge. Once you place your order, we will send you pickup instructions.
We love to hear from you and welcome all feedback! Email us to start a conversation and let us know if you have any questions, what you thought about our cakes, what we can be doing better, or just say hi!