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Sizes · Flavors · Ordering · Pickup + Delivery · Weddings · Cancellation Policy


Our Product

Size Guide

We offer cake sizes that work with all kinds of occasions, big and small. We have single tier, two tier, and three tier options. Below are the details of each one:

Single tiers: 

    • Cutie (1-2 servings)
      • 5" diameter x 2 layers
      • Cake board: 6"
      • Recommended cake stand: 6-8" in diameter
    • Mini (4-6 servings)
      • 6" diameter x 2 layers
      • Cake board: 8"
      • Recommended cake stand: 8-10" in diameter
    • Small (8-10 servings)
      • 6" diameter x¬†4 layers
      • Cake board: 10"
      • Recommended cake stand: 10-12" in diameter
    • Medium (12-14 servings)
      • 6" diameter x¬†5 layers
      • Cake board: 10"
      • Recommended cake stand: 10-12" in diameter
    • Large (20-25 servings)
      • 6" diameter x¬†8 layers
      • Cake board: 10"
      • Recommended cake stand:¬†10-12" in diameter

    Two tiers:

    • Small two tier (30-35 servings)
      • Top tier: 5" diameter x¬†5 layers
      • Bottom tier: 7" diameter x¬†5 layers
      • Cake board: 10"
      • Recommended cake stand:¬†10-14" in diameter
    • Medium two tier (40-45 servings)
      • Top tier: 6" diameter x¬†5 layers
      • Bottom tier: 7" diameter x¬†5 layers
      • Cake board: 10"
      • Recommended cake stand:¬†10-14" in diameter
    • Large two tier (50-60 servings)
      • Top tier: 5" diameter x¬†5 layers
      • Bottom tier: 7" diameter x 8 layers
      • Cake board: 10"
      • Recommended cake stand:¬†10-14" in diameter

    Three tiers:

    • Small three tier (70-80 servings)
      • Top tier:¬†5" diameter x 4 layers
      • Middle tier:¬†7" diameter x 6 layers
      • Bottom tier:¬†10" diameter x 4 layers
      • Cake board:¬†14"
      • Recommended cake stand:¬†14-16" in diameter
    • Medium three tier (90-100 servings)
      • Top tier: 5" diameter x 4 layers
      • Middle tier: 7" diameter x 6 layers
      • Bottom tier: 10" diameter x 6 layers
      • Cake board:¬†14"
      • Recommended cake stand: 14-16" in diameter
    • Large three tier (110-120 servings)
      • Top tier: 5" diameter x 4 layers
      • Middle tier: 7" diameter x 8 layers
      • Bottom tier: 10" diameter x 6 layers
      • Cake board: 14"
      • Recommended cake stand: 14-16" in diameter

    Butter& ‚Äď Cake Size Guide

    Flavor Guide

    You'll find our flavors listed on all product pages, and we offer a tasting box that you can order for either pickup or delivery with 2 days of notice. All of our flavors are paired with our signature light brown sugar cake, except for the Dark Chocolate + Chocolate Cake flavor:


    SWEET CREAM + ROASTED BERRIES // sweet cream buttercream paired with a house-made raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry compote

        • Backstory: This is one of the first flavors that we created, and it has endured the test of time because¬†of how universally pleasing it is. It's¬†the picture of balance, with the acid¬†from the in-house berry compote playing off of the¬†richness¬†in the buttercream. This is a flavor for those craving a classic.
        • Color (only shows through in our Expos√© designs): white


      BROWN BUTTER + MEYER LEMON // brown butter buttercream paired with a tangy Meyer lemon curd

          • Backstory: The only thing the Butter& team loves more than butter is brown butter. Browning butter adds a nutty dimension to our buttercream. We balance the richness of that experience with a fresh curd¬†made from¬†Meyer lemons. While Meyer lemons bring the acidity that we need, they also bring a little sweetness thanks to the mandarin orange in their¬†ancestry.
          • Color (only shows through in our Expos√© designs):¬†ivory with light speckling


        HAZELNUT + CHOCOLATE  // hazelnut praline paired with 72% chocolate ganache buttercream

            • Backstory: Nuts and chocolate have been great friends for centuries, and this flavor honors that connection. We add crushed hazelnuts to our in-house hazelnut praline and make a hazelnut buttercream that we then cut with¬†Guittard chocolate. This is a flavor for lovers of nuts.
            • Color (only shows through in our Expos√© designs):¬†brown


        DARK CHOCOLATE + CHOCOLATE CAKE // 85% chocolate ganache buttercream paired with fluffy chocolate cake

            • Backstory: Clients have been¬†requesting¬†this flavor for years. We use 85% Guittard chocolate to make a chocolate ganache buttercream, which we then pair with fluffy chocolate cake. You can't go wrong with chocolate on chocolate.¬†This flavor is for the chocolate lovers.
            • Color (only shows through in our Expos√© designs):¬†dark brown


          TONGA VANILLA BEAN // high quality, ethically sourced vanilla beans infused into our buttercream

              • Backstory: We use Heilala Vanilla, a world-renowned humanitarian vanilla brand, sourced from the Kingdom of Tonga in Polynesia. Heilala Vanilla¬†paste is made from organically grown bourbon vanilla beans, and using real vanilla beans in this recipe makes the vanilla flavor much more expressive than the vanilla extract many of us are used to. This one's for the Vanilla lovers.
              • Color (only shows through in our Expos√© designs): ivory with light speckling


          All of our flavors contain dairy, eggs, sugar, and lemon, and we have one flavor that contains nuts (Hazelnut + Chocolate). Contact us for a full ingredient list.


          For multi-tier cakes, we can do a different flavor for each tier. Place your order through our site under any flavor, and then immediately reply to your confirmation email or text with the desired flavor for each tier, so we can update the order on our end.


              Our Buttercream

              The frosting we use is a silky Swiss merengue buttercream. Our recipe has much lower sugar and butter content than other buttercreams (e.g. American buttercream), which makes our cakes less sweet and more flavor-driven. We go to great lengths to temper our buttercream to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the secret to the creamiest buttercream experience. 


              Dietary Restrictions

              For nut allergies, we have a number of flavors that do not contain nuts above. However, keep in mind that we do operate in a facility that processes tree nuts.

              We offer a gluten-free version for all of our flavors! Please note that while all equipment is thoroughly washed and sanitized between uses, we do not operate in a fully gluten-free facility.

              We do not yet offer a vegan option, however. We have experimented with these recipes, but it will take some time to develop a formula that meets our quality standards. Sorry, friends!


              Design Principles

              Our designers specialize in a modern, minimalist, and precise design. We love clean lines and balance, and we're on a mission to make great design more accessible.


              Customizing Designs

              You can customize our designs using the drop-down menus available on each product page. That can mean changing the color, the metal accents used, the stencil applied, the flower colors, and so on. Keep in mind, however, that we specialize in our own designs and not in custom themes.


              Available Designs

              Since our team is constantly working on new designs and collections, the designs available on our website change periodically. To see all of the designs we currently have available, browse this page.


              Cake Stand Recommendations

              All of our cakes are served on a stiff 10" cake board. To display your cake, there are a few options:

              • Find an attractive wide-bottomed bowl, flip it upside down, and then simply place our cake on top of the bowl.
              • Purchase a cake stand that is 10-14" in diameter. Our personal favorite stand is made by American Heirloom in Brooklyn, but you can also find options available at Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table.



              When to Order

              If you need something for tomorrow, check out the options in our Casual Collection. These designs are simple but elegant so that we can turn them around quickly. We are open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm.

              If you are planning 4 days ahead or many months ahead, you can choose from our full collection of designs. We recommend ordering your cake as soon as you know the date that you need it for, since that’s the best way to make sure we can serve you.

              At times, we get busy and book up. Check our calendar for availability and holiday closures.


              Pickup and Delivery

              You can select pickup or delivery in the checkout on our website.

              For pickup, our beautiful storefront is in the Dogpatch neighborhood at 690 Indiana Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

              For delivery, the price varies based on the distance from our storefront:

                • For orders under $100, courier delivery in San Francisco¬†‚ÄĒ $12.00
                • For orders $100 or more, courier delivery in San Francisco ‚ÄĒ $39.00
                • For orders $1000 or more, courier delivery in San Francisco¬†‚ÄĒ $89.00
                • Courier delivery to¬†other Bay Area cities ‚ÄĒ click here for rates

              To fulfill delivery, we use a local courier service that has a great track record of delivering thousands of our cakes both on-time and in great condition for all kinds of events, including weddings. We always deliver our cakes in a sturdy box to make it easy to transport.



              We’ll send a reminder text the night before the scheduled due date with pickup or delivery information and cake serving instructions. For delivery, we use the delivery phone number we have on file to coordinate with the recipient.


              Sending the cake as a surprise gift? At checkout, make sure to enter the recipient’s name and phone number in the delivery address. It’s necessary for us to text the recipient that a gift is coming and give the courier the recipient's phone number to ensure that when the courier arrives, the package gets into the right hands. Don’t worry, we keep the texts discreet so that whom it’s from and what it is can still be a surprise.


              National Shipping

              We do not yet ship our cakes. However, follow us on Instagram and we will make an announcement if that ever changes!


              Storefront and Operating Hours

              Check Yelp or Google for the latest.


              Cancellation Policy

              If you cancel 5 or more days before your cake's due date, we will offer you a full refund. That means that for a cake due on Friday, we would need your cancellation notice no later than the Sunday before. If you cancel 4 days before your cake’s due date, we will offer you a store credit in the amount of your order total. If you cancel within 3 days of your due date, we will charge you the full price of the cake. 


              Creating your cake is a multi-day process of ordering inventory, baking, and designing. We are still a small team, therefore, in order to efficiently and ethically fulfill orders we must begin this process days before your order is due.


              Editing an Order

              You can make changes to your order as long as there are 5 or more days until your order is due. That means that for a cake due on Friday, we would need to know your order changes before Monday. Just reply to your order confirmation email with the changes you'd like, and we will review them and see if it changes the price of your order.


              Gift Cards

              If you wish to give the gift of Butter& but aren't sure which cake to choose, we have electronic gift cards available. Just like the love you give them with, our gift cards never expire.



              How We Serve Weddings

              We know that preparing for¬†a wedding¬†is a¬†lot of work, so we want ordering your wedding cake to be the simplest part of your wedding planning process. That‚Äôs why we price everything transparently on the website and have a streamlined ordering process ‚ÄĒ you know exactly what you are getting from us and how much it will cost from the start. Doing that allows us to avoid charging the minimums or extra fees for weddings that many other shops do.


              Wedding Tastings

              We offer a tasting box on the website that you can order for either pickup or delivery. We understand that some people want to taste our flavors before committing to a large order or simply want to participate in the great tradition of having a cake tasting to break up the wedding planning journey.

              Others who would prefer to spare the extra expense often check our Yelp reviews so that they feel comfortable with the quality of our products. We do not offer in-person tastings.


              Serving Count

              Next to all cake sizes on the website, we show how many servings there are. For designer cakes, our smallest size is the Small, which serves 8-10, and our largest is the Large Three Tier, which serves up to 120 (see the Sizes section above for more details).

              If you want to add more servings to your order, we recommend purchasing additional¬†expos√©¬†cakes (our Small size serves 10). Your venue can serve these¬†cakes from the kitchen ‚Äď it's our version of sheet cake.

              Another way to add more servings to order more decorated cakes, for example in a trio of complementary designs. These cakes can be featured together on the dessert table, which can create a really impressive display for guests to admire.


                Courier Delivery

                If you choose delivery, we use a very reliable courier service that delivers in and around San Francisco (see Logistics above). Once the courier reaches your venue, they hand off the order 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.



                Many of our clients either pick up their cakes personally or send one of the many helping hands available to them on wedding day. They're easy to handle, since we package all our cakes in sturdy box. We instruct customers to support their cake box from the bottom and avoid squeezing the sides. We can also help position the cake in the customer’s car for safe transportation.


                Our Availability

                You can always check our future availability here. We recommending booking your date as early as you can, just to guarantee that it doesn't book up. However, if you're on a tight timeline, don't worry ‚Äď we work well with tight timelines.

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                We're here to answer any questions via text at 415-707-7414.

                We'll be around 10am-6pm, and if it's after hours, we'll get back to you the next day. Talk soon!

                For answers to common questions, read our How It Works section.

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