Info and F.A.Q.
Where is your location/storefront/space?
The bakery is currently operated out of Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. The owner, Lauren, rents the space after hours and she bakes and packages all of the pastries and cakes there. She doesn’t sell out of the space, purely bakes. She is present at farmers markets all summer long, does 2-3 weddings a weekend, accepts custom orders for any events, has a monthly subscription box, and does pop up shops and pairing events throughout the year. Any markets or events are posted on Facebook under the Events tab of the business page. She is also in the process of opening a brick & mortar in Snohomish!
Is grain gluten-free certfiied?
Grain is a commercial catering business operating out of Pomegranate Bistro (owned by Lisa Dupar Catering) in Redmond, licensed by King County Health Department. This is not a gluten-free licensed kitchen. Consuming our gluten-free products come at your own risk; gluten is processed in the kitchen, although standard gluten-free cleaning, wipe down, sanitization, washing, and ingredient storage procedures and cautions are followed. However, Lauren often mentions she does successfully serve some Celiac clients, however, in the end, it is up to you as the consumer. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions on protocols or ingredient lists. You may also email the owner and pastry, Lauren, directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the ingredients in the GF V cupcakes?
Each recipe varies a bit, but the core basics are: Earth Balance soy-free margarine sticks, organic cane sugar, extract, organic raw apple cider vinegar, Manini’s gluten free flour blend, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, sometimes cacao powder, organic alternative milk (coconut is our go-to), non-gmo vegan powdered sugar.
What is in the gluten-free flour blend?
Manini’s Multi-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend : Flour mix (whole millet flour, tapioca flour, teff flour, organic sorghum flour, organic amaranth flour), corn starch, organic cane sugar, xanthan gum, sea salt.
What is in the Earth Balance soy-free margarine sticks?
Earth Balance Soy-Free Margarine Sticks : Oil Blend (Canola, Palm Fruit and Olive Oils), and Water, Contains 2% Percent or Less: Annatto Extract (Color), Lactic Acid (Non-Dairy), Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Salt, Sunflower Lecithin.
What is your definition of Paleo?
We consider Paleo refined-sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free (occasionally we will use grass-fed local ghee), and gluten-free.
Our most often used Paleo ingredients:
Organic coconut flour, almond flour, organic cacao powder, organic arrowroot powder, sea salt, baking soda, full fat organic coconut milk, pastured local eggs, organic maple syrup, organic coconut sugar, local organically harvested raw honey, sustainably harvested organic palm shortening, local grass-fed ghee.
What is a bomboloni?
The bomboloni is a triple fermented Italian-style brioche doughnut filled with either a pastry cream, custard, curd, or preserves. We mainly offer pastry creams as they are Lauren’s favorite! They are rolled by hand and fried in small batches in California rice bran oil, made fresh daily. Bomboloncini is the doughnut hole version of the bomboloni.
Do you guys do weddings?
Of course! They’re Lauren’s jam! She accepts 5-6 weddings a month all season long, blocking off one weekend a month for family time. Weddings are by far her favorite! She is still booking a few 2019 couples, and has started meeting with and booking 2020 couples. I’d suggest to be in touch with her as soon as possible!
How far in advance should I place my order?
We are currently booking 2019 and 2020 weddings (as of January 2019), and ask for a two week minimum booking window for non-wedding orders. If an order is accepted within this window (or one month for weddings), there may be a 20% rush fee.
How do I place an order?
Easy! Go to our “Order” tab on the navigation bar at the top of the website, and choose the button that is correct for you - likely the custom order button, which is to be used for most orders except weddings. Fill out that inquiry form, then you will get an auto-respond email confirming we got your submission, and a second with more detailed information. You may reply to either of these emails to confirm your order information if we don’t email you first!
What do your cakes cost?
All of our ingredients are hand-selected to be the best match - as well as strictly sourced and the highest quality - for our customized recipes and baking processes. Because of this process and the effort that we take to ensure the quality, as well as allergen and sensitivity precautions, you'll find that we are definitely not the cheapest birthday cake pricing around - but it's because of these standards that we can confidently create products that we know will keep our clients that are conscious of health and wellness, quality, and sustainable agriculture happy. Our custom cakes start at $6 per serving, and common cake sizes run from 6” (12 sensible servings) to 8” (24 sensible servings); we do of course offer larger sizes, but these are the most common for birthdays. Wedding cakes start at $8 per serving.
Do You Make Sheet Cakes?
Yes, we do. As the quality of ingredients are the same, and it doesn’t take much less time to base-frost than a tiered cake, our sheet cake prices start at $6.50 per serving.
Can I schedule a tasting appointment?
Of course! We offer complimentary* tastings for all of our wedding couples. For weddings booked with a total over $450, the tasting fee for the initial couple is deducted from your total. For larger custom orders (orders over $450), we also offer tastings, but these are not offered complimentary.
*Tastings are only complimentary (deducted) if the wedding order total is over $450. Also, only the initial couple’s fee ($25, $30, or $40) is deducted - additional attendees or tasting surcharges are not deducted.
How do I pay for my cake and secure my date?
For weddings, we require 30% of the total paid in the form of a non-refundable retainer, as well as the signed contract, to secure your date; the remaining 70% is due no later than 3 weeks prior to your wedding date, as outlined in your contract.
For custom orders, we require 50% of the total paid in the form of a non-refundable retainer, as well as the signed contract, to secure your date; the remaining 50% is due no later than 1 week prior to your event date, as outlined in your contract.
What size cake do I need?
There are many factors to consider here. First, we usually direct in the form of ways of slicing a cake:
wedding or event portions - cut into 1”x2” rectangles across the top, which leaves slices about 7” tall or high
party potions - cut into 2”x2” squares across the top, which leaves slices about 7” tall or high - or cut into the traditional triangle birthday party style slices
We also take into consideration your friends’ and families’ preferences - are they sweets people, or are they nibblers? As well as what else will be served in the means of food - and when.
How do i cut my cake in rectangle servings?
Americans tend to serve huge slices of cake - we believe that more sensible slices are better for everyone. Rectangle slices look prettier on a plate, and get more servings out of your cake. The easiest way we can direct you to learn how, is to watch the video button we’ve linked. We can also provide a serving guideline card, which shows the slice marks for 6, 8, 10 and 12 inch cakes.
Tools & Equipment Tips:
use a clean, smooth cutting board
grab yourself a heat-proof tall cup (maybe a tall coffee tumbler) filled with hot (or boiling) water
clean, smooth, sharp chef’s knife - dip the knife in the hot water and wipe clean between each slice for the smoothest cutting experience.
Do you offer fondant or themed cakes?
Here at Grain, we have a strict no fondant policy - as well as no artificial food dyes. So, we don’t really offer themed cakes. If your heart is set on this, we can refer you to a few bakeries who specialize in this - this just isn’t something that’s part of Grain’s purpose.
How should I handle my cake after picking it up?
Grain cakes should be kept at room temperature for a minimum of 3-4 hours before serving. Very large cakes may require more time to warm to room temperature before eating. Most of our cakes can safely remain out of the fridge, at room temperature, for 8 hours (weather permitting). High temperatures or a very humid climate will significantly reduce the display time of your cake.
If your cake is being eaten immediately following pickup or delivery, please let us know and we will take your cake out of our fridge a few hours before. Cakes are like red wine -- they taste so much better at room temperature than when they're fridge-cold! If your cake is too cold when you eat it, it will seem much denser and drier than it really is.
Custom sugar toppers, such as sails, are best kept at room temperature; do not put these in the fridge or freezer, as the humidity will cause them to dissolve.
If you're transporting your cake over a long distance on a warm day, we recommend keeping the AC blasting (wear a sweater if you need to!). A chilled cake is much more stable during transport than a warm one. Custom cakes should never be kept in an unoccupied vehicle during warm weather, as the buttercream may melt and the sugar decorations may be ruined. We recommend bringing some towels to roll and place around the cake box for added security, as well as bringing a vehicle with a flat storage surface. Take turns and highway on/off ramps slower than you think you need to.
Do you deliver?
Yes and no, we do offer delivery for orders over $250 for a fee. We charge $1.25 per mile (each direction) for mileage, and $30 per hour including driving, ferry, and set-up time.
Do you ship your cakes and pastries?
Not yet! We’re working on this one.
Any Other Policies I Should Know About?
Orders are not confirmed without payment.
Wedding cake designs and flavor selections need to be finalized at least three weeks before the event. Modifications after this point cannot be guaranteed, and may incur additional charges.
We offer additions (increases) to wedding orders, but not decreases.