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Cake Toppers / Photo Cakes

Please note: Due to the need to add distancing measures to our bakery, we are currently unable to personalise or top cakes. We hope to bring this functionality back to the site as soon as we can.

Adding a photo to a cake is a great way to make it even more unique. For more information about how our cake toppers have evolved over time, and how they are made, please see our blog post.

If you would like to add a photo topper to your cake here are a few pointers:

  1. Your image will be cropped, and the corners rounded off
    Photos by their nature are rectangles, and sometimes, squares. In order to fit them on top of our round cakes, we have to crop them to a square shape and round the edges off any photo in order to make it look right. The preview should give you an exact representation of what the finished product will look like.
  2. Avoid features on the extreme edges
    Related to the above, if you have anything at the edges of the image, then these are likely to be cut off. Check the preview to make sure it looks right.
  3. Avoid cropping or resizing your images too much (or at all)
    Our designer will allow you to ‘frame’ the image using zoom and nudges. We would recommend using this instead of cropping the images yourself. If the image you use is an odd shape or size then it may be much more difficult to find a framing that will work well. If you are trying to get the perfect framing, we suggest using our attached template.
  4. Use a high quality image
    It is important to use a high quality file for your topper. Our recommended dimensions are a minimum of 1500 pixels on the shortest side of the image. We allow smaller, but the quality of the finished product will be compromised as a result. We accept both PNG and JPEG formats. Our maximum permitted file size is 4MB. You may need to resize the image.
  5. Don’t use screenshots or photos of photos
    Please do not upload screenshots, or photos you have taken of other images. The quality is usually poor, or could contain extraneous parts that result in poor print quality.
  6. Make sure the images are yours to use
    We cannot verify the copyright of every image provided to us, make sure you're allowed to use the image before you submit it to us.
  7. Cake size matters
    If you are topping a ‘Sponge for 16’, they are quite a bit larger than our ‘Sponge For 8’ cakes, so you may need better imagery to cover the larger circumference. If you stick to the sizes above then that should easily accommodate both sizes of cake.
  8. Only add a message using the text option in the designer
    We don’t recommend you adding the text yourself using an image editor, as this will be ‘burnt in’ to the image and we would be unable to make any changes to it once you have submitted it to us. If you add it using the designer, you can get in touch with us and provided it hasn’t reached our bakery team, we can make changes to the message if for example you realise you’ve made a spelling mistake or typo, or want to add a few more words, or even remove the message entirely.

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