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ONE HUGE CAKE!!!!!!!!!!

post #1 of 158
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Okay, so I'm trying to get my home business going and decide to start phoning around to get some business...so I phoned my recreation department to talk to them about Canada day cakes, who does them, would you be interested in me that sort of thing....as he is telling me what they normally do my mouth just about hits the ground! They get a 5 foot by 2 foot cake decorated! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif So now I'm thinking do I think I can do this? That's one huge cake! Has anyone done this before? How much would I charge? I was thinking of adapting one of boween's cakes of the American flag laying loosely on the top of the cake....but now I don't know!!! Would I be crazy taking this kind of challenge??? Am I qualified enough? He also said the man the did the cake last year supplied him with 10 individual cakes for each province....that is a ton of cake!! Keep in mind I live in a small town, but he said usually around 1000 people show up so this would be EXCELLENT exposure for me (if the cake turns out LOL!!!)
Oh yeah he said he would supply the cake board LOL!!!



What do you all think?

Would I be crazy?
How much to charge?
How would I transport or I could leave that up to them????

Please help he wants me to get back to him with a price! I just need to hear your ideas.......
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post #2 of 158
I would say you're crazy icon_smile.gif But I'm still giving away cakes after 3 years because I don't like the pressure of paid for cakes. Good luck and I hope you get some answers.
post #3 of 158
OHHHHH man! I don't know. It would take a lot of hours and a lot of concentration. IF you were to do this I would charge a MINIMUM of 3 dollars per serving, figure 1000 servings minimum and you have 3000 dollars.
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post #4 of 158
I've never seen a cake that big. I can't even comprehend how to start with a project like that. You are right, though, 1000 people eating a cake you made would be excellent exposure for your new business. Sorry I can't help with any ideas or pricing, but I hope you are able to work out the details. Congratualtions on your new business and good luck.
post #5 of 158
You can DO IT! It would just take plenty of planning, plenty of help, and plenty of freezer space! lol

Also, you wouldn't transport - I'm guessing it would be assembled on site.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
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post #6 of 158
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Okay, now I'm REALLY SCARED!!!

If most of you very, very gifted people are thinking I"m crazy, I MUST BE!!!!
Something about the challenge though.....just to see if I could do it! AAAGGGHHHH I'm just crazy!!
Maybe it's because I would just love to be able to say I did it!

edencakes: Thanks for your vote of confidence! thumbs_up.gif
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post #7 of 158
Last fall I did a cake that measured 5 feet by 3 feet. I did this for my uncle who was a the manager of Lowe's. They were celebrating the store's one year anniversary and he wanted a huge cake that would wow the customers as they came in. At first I was overwhelmed, but it quickly became one of the funnest projects I've ever done. We took the Wilton race car pan and placed it on in the middle of the cake and put a real working race track around that race car. My uncle then built this fiberglass case to put the cake in so that no one could touch it before it was time to cut it. It was the craziest thing but so much fun. This spring I decided I wanted to tackle a similar project for my Pastor's 50th birthday. So I did it again. It was still fun even the second time. I had my mother's husband cut me a huge piece of plywood, covered it in wrapping paper and the began filling it with cake. We let it dry overnight, loosely covering it with trasbags and put in the back of a mini van and we were off. It took 3 people to carry these cakes, but people were very impressed! I charged $180.00 for this cake.
post #8 of 158
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Originally Posted by edencakes

You can DO IT! It would just take plenty of planning, plenty of help, and plenty of freezer space! lol




LOL, I like your postivie attitude edencakes.

I agree, you can do it, but for a cake like that, you may want to get some help or hire someone interested in cakes and baking to give you a hand. Careful planning is the key.

Good luck!!!
post #9 of 158
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OOHHH I need more details Jennrick! Please!! Sorry, I just like to get a lot of details!
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post #10 of 158
$180 wouldn't have covered your cost of materials, I bet. You are NUTS to have done it so cheaply!!!!!!!!!!!! NICE, but nuts. icon_biggrin.gif
post #11 of 158
I hope you don't think I was saying you are crazy to do it. I think as long as you are having fun and doing something you love, go for it. This will be great exposure for your business! Good luck!
post #12 of 158
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I would like to charge $3.00 a slice but am doubting that they would pay me $3000.00 for a cake! (I wish!!)
How would I go about and find out what to charge? Should I ask what there budget for a cake is?
Am I still nuts? I know all of you are probably nodding your heads right about now!
I am so new at this!
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post #13 of 158
If you look in my photos I have a picture of a wedding cake I did. The base of it was 9in across by 3ft long. I used a 9X12 pan and put it together, doubled layered.

It was long and heavy but not too bad to deal with. I think you can do it no problem.

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post #14 of 158
jmt1714: Sorry, I forgot one small detail. They live 2 hours from me so they bought all the supplies and had everything ready for me to start baking when I arrived. So the $180 was labor and since it was family I tried to be nice b/c they helped as much as they could!

Let me know what other details you'd like. I used my 12x18 pans and bakes multiple flavors and used buttercream to hold them all together. You would probably have to make yours a double layer all the way across to serve 1000 people mine only served about 350. I wish I lived closer and I'd volunteer to come help. I'll glady pass on any info though that might be helpful.

I wish had a good pic to post for you but I forgot my camera that weekend so the only pic I have is a fuzzy one taken by someone else. I'll try to get a pic of the second one I did even though it was not near as complex as the first.
post #15 of 158
One way is to call a local wedding cake decorator or bakery that does wedding cakes and get some prices per slice in your area. You should stay on par.
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