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post #16 of 27
True, baking is a great stress reliever. I'm now a "stay at home" mom full-time after being let go from the big health insurance company. I'm fed up working for other people and decided to go back to community college, where they're offering culinary classes. This Monday, I'm taking Baking, Food Production I, Sanitation/Safety, Intro to Hospitality, and Catering/Buffet Management classes. I'm glad that financial aid is helping me out. I'm looking forward to it. I will graduate with a culinary AAS degree this Fall and hopefully to work in any bakery to gain experiences before I can open up my own bakery/cake business. Maybe you'll be following your Mom's step? You're lucky to know someone with a skill to help you.
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post #17 of 27
Mikaza, where in the DC area are you? I am in NOVA, in Loudoun County, VA.
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post #18 of 27
The cake is absolutely beautiful! You did a wonderful job. In the Dallas area that cake could easily sell for $800. Always remember not to cut yourself short. Its your time, supplies, etc. You should get paid for that. I own a seasonal floral business in Dallas and I always have to remind myself that what we do is hard tedious work. Congrats you should take a bow!
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post #19 of 27
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I'm actually halfway between Baltimore and Washington--in Howard County.
post #20 of 27
A very beautiful cake! You do very pretty work.
post #21 of 27
If that isn't a $1000 cake I'll eat my hat, LOL.

Beautiful job! It really is stunning. : )

Just because it's part dummies doesn't mean you charge that much less.

It always tick's me off when people say it's just cake.... well it's not the cake, its the decorating you are paying for, LOL!

Did you get the dummies back? -just wondering. : )

Congratulations, it really is impressive! : )
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post #22 of 27
I'm going with $785.00 plus flowers. I charge $4.00 per serving for anything with cream cheese icing, I don't care if it has cake under it or not.
post #23 of 27
Just wanted to say that the cake is so gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! Next time you will know to charge more! thumbs_up.gif
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post #24 of 27
I did one similar to this this summer and charged $950.00 for it.

Great job by the way. I just love this cake style.
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
Yeah--I have come to realize that people really have NO idea what goes into making a cake. The groom actually showed up at 9am the morning of the wedding (keep in mind, I was scheduled to begin set up at 4pm--30 minutes from my house) with the flowers...and he said to me then "I hope you can tint the frosting to match the flowers"

I thought if I opened my mouth to say anything, I might have to also punch him, so instead I just smiled for a minute.

Apparently it didnt occur to him that I had spent about 16 hours the day before making, frosting, and decorating the cake.

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post #26 of 27
Great Job mikaza

You really got great talent

I have a excel spreadsheet matrix that will help you in pricing your work all you do is punch in some numbers and it does the work for you.

A decorator on another site sent it to me and if you would like a copy just e-mail me

Comer_R@msn.com

Keep up the awesome work

Bob
post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 
I lucked out and did ge the dummies back--I actually got everything back except the mirror I had place the cake on--which 'mysteriously' disappeared the second the caterer took the cake off the display table.

As far as recipes...I made a pact with my mom that if I used the family recipes, I would promise to keep them in my family, and only share them with my future children...

Thank you guys so much for all of your comments. It just makes me more and more excited to keep trying...and learning from you!
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