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post #16 of 24
Melissa,

I promise you, you will get your own groove going!

My wedding cake is due the 23rd. This weekend I made all the icing (w/ several mistakes if you read my post, LOL). Today I'm getting all the boards ready, cutting them wrapping them. I also made sure I had the right sizes of boxes for the cakes. Tomorrow I'm going to start baking my small cakes & put them in the freezer. They won't fit in the frig because it is loaded full with icing & ingredients for my cakes!! Then on Wed. I'll make the groom's cake wrap it up & sit it on the counter top. Then Thursday make my other cakes for the wedding cake. Then Friday I will ice & smooth the wedding cakes. Then I'll decorate the groom's cake. I'll have everything finished I HOPE by 3pm!! Then I can get everything ready & get it in the van except for the cakes of course!

If I didn't do it spread out like this I wouldn't do it at all!! When I'm in the kitchen I'm just like Carol Ann.. It's just me & of course my country or christian music!! NO kids are allowed!! When they come near the kitchen I tell them they can't breathe!! I'm very cross with them! My son loves to aggravate me by coming into the kitchen saying, "I'm breathing Mom, I'm breathing". He loves to see me get angry!!

Once you get your routine things will still be a little crazy but it will be easier on you. Once I get to the decorating part I am soooo relaxed!!!
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
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post #17 of 24
Melissa,
I just want to add my 2 cents worth to all this great advice you have already gotten. Remember that you can always "just say no"! It is human nature to want to please everyone, but sometimes its important to put on the brakes before we crash and burn. So, if you're going to do cakes as a business, pace yourself and don't be sucked in to providing more than is humanly possible. Know your limits and stay within them! When you already have enough on your schedule and someone calls with an emergency, you have to stand firm and say NO (and don't apologize!).

Good Luck,
Sandi
post #18 of 24
hey TC,
I've never thought of covering the boards ahead of time and getting stuff like that ready. I don't know why it never occurred to me before. That's the stuff that alway slows me way down when I'm doing a cake. Thanks for stating the obvious for me. icon_redface.gif I know this will help me out a ton!!!
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post #19 of 24
Your welcome Peacock!

It always slows me down too! The last wedding cake I did I forgot to do this & I was dead on my feet! This time I'm ahead of the game!! Things should run smooth!!! I HOPE!!

I get everything covered & ready before I ever start baking.
Glad I could help you too Peacock!
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post #20 of 24
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Wow, thanks for all the great advice, everyone. Usually I am more organized than I was with this last cake. It's just that I was planning a party for our church, expecting about 200 people and I was so busy with all the preparations that I left the cake to the last minute. I definitely had too much on my plate.

Another thing, I always worry about making my cake too far in advance 'cause I don't want it to be dry or stale. I guess I am just paranoid 'cause I've had problems with my cake being dry throughout this learning process!

Melissa
post #21 of 24
I agree about the stress of this. I am a work-at-home medical transcriptionist. At every chance I can, I am looking at cakes on here. I have 3 little boys, ages 5, 2 1/2, and 6 months. I stayed up on Friday night until 3:30 a.m. working on a cake! When the baby wouldn't let me do it the next night, I was about 15 minutes late to a party where I made a cake! Luckily, we're friends, so she just laughed. I would have died if it was for a real customer. I think it's stressful, but the end result is what makes it worth while. I think I never want to do another one while I am cleaning up, and I find myself volunteering to people to bring cake. LOL icon_rolleyes.gif
post #22 of 24
Normally I do not stress out any more. Not like before anyway.
Only last saturday, the cakeorder person couldnt come and pick up, so I had to go to her.
As we do not have a car for the moment, my dh tryed to get someone to bring me with the cake. Nobody was home to help. That really stressed me out. At last I nicely packed the cake and took the undergroundtrain. It was heavy, but to see the little girls face when she got the cake whas my blessing.
(will post it when my dh fix our computer.)
phhhhooooo. Anyway, even you make cakes for others or just your selfs. Be blessed with your talents. Becaurse you are all good at this.
post #23 of 24
Wow Elin! I couldn't imagine of having to use a train. How did you manage? That must have been a nervous ride! I would be so afraid the train would stop too fast & my cake would go flying onto the floor! As you can tell we don't use trains in Louisiana.

Isn't that a great feeling when you watch the person you've made the cake for & they have a big smile across their face!!! It is a blessing! You've made someone happy!!
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post #24 of 24
OF course!!!!! I cant imagine the train either, at least not in the states...here in Europe the trains are roomier and more comfortable, but I still cant imagine taking a train to deliver a cake...
HEY ELIN did you get any interest in your cakes for more orders?????
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