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post #16 of 30
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Duh I'm sorry, I didnt read that part about working from home..sorry....
post #17 of 30
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No no no.. NO Problem! icon_wink.gif
post #18 of 30
The way that I practice my cakes is I tape wax paper onto the cake pan that I want to decorate on then ice like I would a cake, that way I don't waste cake and I am still able to develop my skills. Also it's much easier to scrape off and start over (keeping the buttercream for the next one) and it is the right size and shape for what you are going for. Alot less stressful for me to try new things and not worry about wasting cake. (Not sure it would work very well on character cakes though..)

Just a thought.

Mixee
post #19 of 30
My issue with dummy cakes:

Even with doctoring, cakes cost less to make than buttercream. Yet, it's the buttercream we're wasting (scraping off and throwing away). I feel like if I'm going to be throwing the BC away, I'd rather give it away on a cake.

Yes, I could use the cheaper bc to practice.... but it's a different consistency and feel and I wouldn't be practicing at all with what I'm using for real.... huh?
post #20 of 30
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My issue with dummy cakes:

Even with doctoring, cakes cost less to make than buttercream. Yet, it's the buttercream we're wasting (scraping off and throwing away). I feel like if I'm going to be throwing the BC away, I'd rather give it away on a cake.



I feel the same way, Cali4Dawn. If I'm going to go through that effort and expense I would really like to have a real cake I can give away. My only issue was trying to find people to give them to! icon_smile.gif I asked my mother who used to live here (at this house) and knows the neighbors, and she had a few leads for me of who she think would appreciate cake and which one she knows can't eat sugar, so that is helpful! Also just walked the dog and met a man on the street who just moved here with his 10 yr old daughter. He said his daughter likes cake! icon_wink.gif I have five neighbor familes on my list so far that I think would appreciate it and I'm guessing at least five more would as well. Now I just have to buy some smaller sized pans for sampler cakes. icon_smile.gif

Blessings,
~AngelWendy
post #21 of 30
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How much batter do 6" cakes take? How many of those can I get from one cake mix?

Ack! And I have to get up earlier so I can get to the place in town that has Wilton supplies at half price, including the pans! I've spent a lot of money there already, but I guess I'll spend more. It's in most cases less expensive than using eBay because I don't have to pay the shipping, either. I bought the large open book pan there and lots of coloring and colorspray and fondant and tips. Could use more tips, too, at half price.

Now I'm psyched and don't have what I need to do it. LOL! It figures, huh?


Ok, here's a weird thought. Can you stack a smaller layer on top of a larger layer without doweling - just doing two layers altogether? Hmm. Maybe I need to make a new thread for that question?

Blessings,
~AngelWendy
post #22 of 30
I took my practice cakes to the local police station. (My father works there) I dropped the first one off around 9:30am and my dad called me at 10:30 and said that he just went to the breakroom to see my cake and someone told him it was already eaten. These people were so appreciative that they started talking about the cake and before the end of the week, business started coming in.
I also volunteer at a local crisis pregnancy center and we give baby showers to the women who visit us. I volunteered the cakes for free so that I would have an excuse to practice. I have also had some calls from those cakes too.
You can always find someone who would like a nice cake for a surprise. And the first time you do it, and you see that they appreciate it so much, you will be hooked and already be trying to think of what your next cake is going to be! icon_biggrin.gif
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by threesa

I took my practice cakes to the local police station.



Just make sure you know someone there, as Threesa did. Many stations throw these away due to bad guys wanting to hurt the cops. They can't take food from just anyone. This also holds true for fire and other civic offices.

Also, cops loooove cupcake cakes best of all. So many times many of the officers don't get a piece of cake because they get a call and have to run out the door. But they can always grab a cupcake and eat on the run.I can make a small cake and send it and there is always lots left over... but I can send a huge ccc and it all gets gone in one shift. It's just easier for them.

Just my observations and what I've been told by officers.
post #24 of 30
Thread Starter 
Well, I just moved here and I don't know any of the firemen nor police officers. So damn! You're basically saying that anything I bring anyone anywhere is just going to be thrown out because people will think it's suspicious? This totally sucks. I'm going to give up!

Angel
post #25 of 30
No, I'm not saying it WILL happen... but the possibility is high.... we live in an evil world and they of all people must be careful... we can't blame them. Terrorist don't always look like terrorists.
post #26 of 30
AngelWendy,
I just did some checking on the Keene fire department. It is a Paid department staffed with 36 career firefighters in a total of 4 shifts. If you stopped by and introduced yourself to some of the firefighters and their officers around the firehouses and began talking to them I am sure you could find a place to donate cake creations to. The fire officers are the ones you really need to talk to as they are responsible for the firefighters in their shift. Fire departments are usually like a large family and from my experience in the volunteer world and as a part time Firefighter EMT they will eat almost anything.
Alan

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post #27 of 30
Firefighters are not as suspicious as cops.... poor guys (the cops that is)... I have one living in my house.. humph... she doesn't trust anyone icon_confused.gif ! icon_wink.gifusaribbon.gif
post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 
I want to thank Alan (Ump107) for the detailed info on my local fire dept. !!! I will go in and ask for the fire officer one of these days. I think we have two stations right now.

I went to the local Home Show today and talked to the police officer that was at a booth to teach about crime prevention/neighborhood watch. I told him I was learning cake decorating and was wondering if it would be ok to bring a free cake in to the police station and if they would like it there. He said they'd love it, but told me to go in during regular hours so I could talk to the secretary and leave it with her. Ok.. sounds good. At least he didn't say no that they couldn't eat it.. and didn't give me the impression that was the case. I will give them my name and address and list of ingredients anyhow so I think that will be reasonably safe.

I also realized the other day that since we have a college in my town, I could find some place that college students would appreciate cake. I could probably talk to the RA's at the dorms and they would probably really appreciate cake donated to the dorms. The other place would be donating to frat and sorority houses, where I bet they'd LOVE cakes occasionally and it might give me business for future parties, too. icon_smile.gif

Blessings and Light,
~AngelWendy
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by AngelWendy

How much batter do 6" cakes take? How many of those can I get from one cake mix?

Ack! And I have to get up earlier so I can get to the place in town that has Wilton supplies at half price, including the pans! I've spent a lot of money there already, but I guess I'll spend more. It's in most cases less expensive than using eBay because I don't have to pay the shipping, either. I bought the large open book pan there and lots of coloring and colorspray and fondant and tips. Could use more tips, too, at half price.

Now I'm psyched and don't have what I need to do it. LOL! It figures, huh?


Ok, here's a weird thought. Can you stack a smaller layer on top of a larger layer without doweling - just doing two layers altogether? Hmm.
Maybe I need to make a new thread for that question?


hi angel, i just got done doing 6" cakes for my neighbors and some friends. each box will make 3 cakes! give it a try!! worked out pretty good
Blessings,
~AngelWendy
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post #30 of 30
Another thing to think about is that your elderly neighbors probably have grandchildren to eat them. Then--you have a "birthday cake" advertising going. I know that my neighbors love it when I'm practicing! It's a great way to introduce yourself.

Lisa
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