Many smaller towns do not have bakeries from which to order cakes for special occasions or go to for treats like eclairs or croissants. Instead, they must rely on local supermarkets to supply their baked needs or make them at home.
In some areas of the south, Ingles bakery is the go-to place for birthday, anniversary, or other types of cakes with which to celebrate.
Where are Ingles’ Bakeries?
You’ll find the Ingles’ bakeries in Ingles Markets, which are a part of a small chain of supermarkets in the deep south. The stores are based in Asheville, North Carolina and include over 200 stores. The other five states where the chain has stores include:
- South Carolina
The company that owns Ingles Markets also own Sav Mor, of which there are about nine locations. Ingles is a full-service grocery chain that includes departments for:
- Beer & Wine
- Frozen Foods
Ingles stores offer a full-service bakery where they make bread, cakes, cookies, donuts, muffins, and pies. Among their breads, they have:
- White and wheat sandwich bread
- Italian bread
- Artisan bread
- Hot dog and hamburger buns
- Rye bread
They also make chocolate and sugar cookies, a variety of muffins, and donuts like French crullers, bismarcks, and glazed. They also offer a wide selection of flavorful cakes.
The bakeries in Ingles stores offer several different cake flavors. They can be bought as round layer cakes, or special occasion sheet cakes are available for order at the stores or customers can order them online and pick them up at the store closest to them.
Some of the cake flavors are:
- Apple Walnut Crème
- Chocolate Layer with Vanilla icing
- Cookies n’ Crème
- Chocolate Crème
- German Chocolate
- Italian Crème
- Red Velvet
- Luscious Lemon
- 7-Up Crème
- Pineapple Crème
- Vanilla Crème
- Strawberry Crème
If you want dietary information on their cakes, such as how many calories they are, how much sodium is in them or the number of carbohydrates, they have that information on their dietician’s page. These cakes are baked fresh every day and ready to buy at your local store.
If you need a special occasion cake, such as a birthday or wedding cake, you can order them at a store with a bakery or online.
Special Occasion Cakes
vanilla or chocolate cake with vanilla whipped or buttercream icing. The bakery specializes in children's birthday cakes and has several licensed designs from which to choose. The licensed designs include several Disney movies, Mattel toys, Marvel Comics, and Nickelodeon.
There is also a category for miscellaneous licensed designs that have one design for cakes from:
- Super Mario Brothers
- Peppa Pig
- Angry Birds
- My Little Pony
- Sesame Street
They have several other single licensed designs as well that customers can view online before ordering a cake. Any designs for the sheet cakes are available to see online, so no matter the occasion, you can pick one that is suitable for the party.
Pricing of Special Occasion Cakes
The pricing for special occasion cakes is based on their size, not the design. So, the pricing for the licensed designs is the same as the non-licensed ones. The prices for the sheet cakes are:
- Quarter sheet cakes that feed 12 to 24 people are $26.98.
- Half-sheet cakes for 24 to 48 people are $41.98.
- A full sheet cake that feeds 48 to 96 people costs $65.98.
The only category of special occasion cakes that cost less than the others is the Party and Floral cakes. They are generic cakes with a flower or party designs people can use for almost any occasion. They come in the same sheet cake sizes, but the costs are:
- Quarter sheet cakes are $19.98.
- Half sheet cakes are $33.98.
- Full sheet cakes are $57.98.
Ordering Special Occasion Cakes
If you decide to place an order online for a special occasion cake, you will be able to review the designs to look for the perfect one for your child's birthday, an anniversary, or another type of celebration. When you find the one you want, just click on the example to go to the order page.
Along with choosing the size of the sheet cake, you will also find drop down boxes to pick the flavor of the cake, which is either vanilla or chocolate. All the cakes have vanilla icing, but there is a choice of buttercream or whipped icing.
After making those decisions, there are slots for adding the name for the person who is having a birthday or anniversary, the message that you want on the cake, and any special instructions for it. After finishing the order, click “Continue” to review it, then place the order.
There is a four-day turn around on special occasion cakes. You can choose the time and date for pick-up, as long as you give the bakery four days to bake and decorate your cake.
Along with special occasion cakes, Ingles Bakery also decorates 12-inch cookies. The cookies are available with 12 designs for birthdays or other special occasions. After selecting the design, you can have the bakery add a name, message, and give them special instructions before finishing the order. The special occasion cookies are $9.99 each.
If you need a small wedding cake, Ingles can provide those as well. The bakery offers 11 designs for two and three-tier cakes. Most of the cakes are available in either six or 10-inch cakes with the others, except the "Love All Around" design, with six, 10, and 12-inch sizes. The “Love All Around” design comes with six, 10, and 14-inch cakes.
The wedding cakes indicate how many people they will feed with or without the top layer on the cake. Since some couples save the top layer and freeze it until their first anniversary, this information is very important when determining the size of the cake you’ll need.
Wedding Cake Prices
The prices for ordering a wedding cake depends on the size, not the design. For a cake with two tiers, the prices start at $149. Any of the cake designs can be made with only two tiers, even those with pictures of three-tier designs.
If you want a three-tier wedding cake, then the prices start at $329. You’ll get the exact price from the bakery after they confirm your information. When someone orders a wedding cake online, he or she can choose the date and time for picking up the cake, but it the order needs a lead time of 16 days before it is ready.
Ordering Wedding Cakes Online
The drop-down boxes include the city, state, and store from which you’ll need to order the cake. Then you’ll choose the date and time for it to be ready. Once those decisions have been made, leave your contact information, which includes your name, phone number, and email address.
By filling out the information and submitting it, you’re ordering it from the bakery that you have chosen. The bakery will contact you regarding the order, so then you can tell them the size of the cake you'll need and get a price quote for it. You can discuss any special instructions or requests at that time.
Placing Orders for Other Baked Goods
The chain does not provide a way to place orders for anything but the message cookies, special occasion and wedding cakes. However, if you want to place an order for several dozen donuts, their regular round cakes, or other baked goods, then contact the store where you shop or the one closest to your job, church, or wherever else with a bakery department.
If your store doesn’t have a bakery, you can click on “Store Locations” on the Ingles Markets website to find stores near you that has one. Then, you can contact the store directly about ordering donuts, muffins, cakes, pies, or the cookies you need to order.
Online ordering is an excellent way to reserve a special occasion cake, message cookie, or a wedding cake. You can go through all the design choices with your soon-to-be spouse, the birthday child, or a friend if the cake is part of a surprise party.
The system Ingles Bakery has set-up makes it easy to order these items for the date you need them. Just make sure to place orders in advance. For special occasion cakes and message cookies, a four-day lead will be enough, and for wedding cakes, you should order one 16 days in advance.
If you want to view their bakery menu, just go to Ingles main website to look over the types of cakes, pies, and other baked items that they make fresh every day.