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post #16 of 27
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I make 2-6" cakes for the 25.00 if they want more it is 5.00 for each extra choice.



I do not do any decorating at all to these cakes. They can look a pictures of my previous cakes to see what kind of decorations I can do.

This is just a tasting appiontment.
post #17 of 27
Someone on the site makes tasting cakes in TUNA CANS...with the extra batter! I think it's a wonderful idea and have started to do that...

We eat a lot of tuna in my house..lol.

I bake them, when they are cool, I wrap them in seran wrap individually and then put them in a container or a large zip lock bag accroding to flavor.

When I need one I will take it out of the freezer and put into the fridge overnight or on the counter without unwrapping them.

I also always have extra IMC that I will thaw out and trow into my mixer..IMC is very versitile, it can be used as icing..filling and takes the flavorings and fruits really well! I love that stuff!

I will try to find out what my customer wants and go from there...

it's usually...some kind of chocolate..that one usually takes a chocolate filling, mandarin orange with grand marnier icing, or a mocha filling with reg icing or a strawberry/raspberry filling.

a yellow cake with lemon curd, canoli, chocolate, various flavors of pastry cream..including coconut....

and plain ol' white cake ( my personal unfavorite as it tastes like carboard dipped in sugar..lol) that takes anything you throw at it..it reminds me of TOFU..lol

my tastings are pretty simple..2 to 3 cakes..and about..5 fillings. 2 or 3 fresh fruit fillings, the balance would be some flavored pastry cream and the other would be something with liqour...like grand marnier or rum.

BUT, there is a clause....I charge for the tasting...so as not to waste my time nor ingredients! I consider that to be a deposit if the bride will book with me that day. If she doesn't and wants to come back again..well then that is another $25.00 charge...which will be applied to the wedding cake...the first $25.00 is mine!....to offset my expenses!!

If they want a specialty cake...like a cheesecake..then they have to out and out buy one.
post #18 of 27
Hi guys....I too am planning a "cake party". Sort of like a tupperware party.....I plan on making 2 or 3 elaborate cakes & 2 or 3 party cakes (all dummies) and then a whole lot of single-serving pretty mini cakes that the ladies can enjoy. Maybe some sugar sculptures to decorate with..like a centerpiece in my dining room.....

also, I will box a little sugar sculpture for each lady to take with them when they leave. I know it will be a lot of work, but I think I will get a whole lot of business from it. I, luckily, live in a neighborhood that has many many children...and lucky for me....a lot of mom's like to "one-up" the others.

I don't plan on charging them to come,(it will be an investment towards my business) but I will send invitations and expect RSVP's.

Diva...instead of tuna cans, I baked in a larger chopped tomatoes can. I got a long cylinder shaped cake and then I sliced it into 4 shorter cakes that were approximately the same size as the tuna cans. So much less work.......
post #19 of 27
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Hi guys....IDiva...instead of tuna cans, I baked in a larger chopped tomatoes can. I got a long cylinder shaped cake and then I sliced it into 4 shorter cakes that were approximately the same size as the tuna cans. So much less work.......



cool idea...Maybe it's time to save more cans..lol
post #20 of 27
I did a fair amount of wedding cakes last year and I did not charge for tastings...If I had, I wouldn't have gotten any business. The bakeries around here do not charge for tastings.. I would give the bride her choice of two flavors and fillings. If she wanted more, than I charged $5 per cake. I made single layer 5" cakes. All the brides loved the little cakes and I had a high booking rate.. I don't think that would have happened if I did charge.
post #21 of 27
Heck, even a laywer gives a free consultation. You're trying to get business so why would you charge? For my wedding cake, the baker I chose had a plate full of different flavored/frosted slices of cake. It's supposed to be a tasting, not a cake eating binge. There were no decorations on the slices. You can look at the baker's photos and dummy cakes to specify those.
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post #22 of 27
I also do not charge for my sampling appointments...and have booked an order for every one that I have had. I agree with TamiAZ...I do not think I would have gotten the orders if I had charged. I guess my brides have been pretty simple in what they have wanted and very easy to work with. I usually ask them on the phone what kind of flavor they are looking for or make them my version of "wedding cake" flavor. I will usually make a small chocolate sample if they are planning a groom's cake. I also like to make my samples look nice...I will usually do a smooth icing with a nice border...sometimes even do some dipped strawberries. That is just me...I can't stand a plain cake. I even get some of my fine china to serve them...just kind of makes them in a wedding mood. However...I guess it also depends on what area you live and how other bakeries do it. For me...this has always worked best. icon_smile.gif
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post #23 of 27
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I also always have extra IMC...



IMC?? icon_confused.gif
Is this perhaps IMBC - Italian Meringue ButterCream?
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post #24 of 27
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I also always have extra IMC...



IMC?? icon_confused.gif
Is this perhaps IMBC - Italian Meringue ButterCream?



Yes it is!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #25 of 27
Never done a wedding cake...want to do one bad icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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post #26 of 27
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STEPHANIE -
try to hang out where the brides do....like Macy's registry etc and give out your card.....(they almost always register before they even think of cake). I myself am gettting married soon and was at Bloomingdales one recent Saturday to fix my registry and there were so many other couples there registering. There was a woman doing a cooking demo in some new pan (this is where all the grooms hang out to get free food and avoid looking at cookware) but there were also some cards and fliers for wedding businesses right near her.

Just an idea...
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post #27 of 27
Hi PerryStCakes,

I live in a rural Community with no big stores...nearest one is about 1 1/2 hours away.
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