One of the fastest and easiest ways to decide which local bakery to use is through online review sites such as Yelp. Personal reviews from other local consumers are a good starting point to research cost, flavor and overall experience with the bakery.
When choosing a bakery, it is important to first decide which type of cake is desired. A traditional sheet cake can be ordered at most bakeries, while custom, fondant-shaped cakes can only be ordered at specialty shops.
Once customers have a type of cake in mind, they can narrow down bakeries by online reviews. Yelp makes it easy to find a list of the highest-rated bakeries in a city or region. Customers can then contact the top bakeries to get a projected price on their desired cake. Another option is to narrow down the highest-rated bakeries to a shortlist, and then visit these top sites to try their baked goods in person before making a final decision.