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post #31 of 158
Did you happen to mention to him that he left off a zero??? LOL
I couldn't imagine that he paid that price for that much cake last year.
Although the exposure would be great, I don't think I would take it on for only $300. Your materials alone will cost that or more.

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post #32 of 158
IF you are using it for advertising, do it. If NOT, let someone else buy that advertising space! That is what this project really is, anyway.

As far as the size, it is do-able, like has been said. I had the same reaction when our store manager (I managed the deli) decided he wanted a 100 foot sub set up in the store for a big promotion. It was a LOT of preparation, but it was great fun, too.

Decide why you would want to do this. It sure isn't for the money!
post #33 of 158
Great idea Terryhorton!!!!!!!!
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post #34 of 158
I can't imagine that is what he paid for the previous cakes! He has probably realized that you are new to this and wants to take advantage. I think that if I were in your position I would still be willing to do it. But only if he was willing to have LOTS of your business cards out with the cake. You could get so much business from this! Think of it this way...it's not just the peole that actually see your cake that you could get business from, all those people know people who may need cake. You know what I mean?
post #35 of 158
I WANT TO KNOW WHO DID THIS CAKE LAST YEAR, ARE THEY WELL KNOWN NOW, DID THEY GET ALL KINDS OF BUSINESS FROM IT---HMMM HAVE YOU HEARD OF THEM, --MY POINT IS, IF YOU DO THIS FOR FREE & IT IS GONNA BE FREE---WILL IT BE WORTH IT--YES IF THEY LET YOU POST A SIGN "CAKE BY ???????" ALSO I JUST DON'T KNOW IF I CAN LET HIM SUCKER ME, CALL AROUND FIRST--

WHO KNOWS MAYBE PEOPLE DO IT JUST FOR FUTURE BUSINESS....
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post #36 of 158
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Originally Posted by barbaranoel

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.

Barb



Barb that cake is absolutely lovely! It looks like an architectural challenge!

But I just have to know - did you use gumpaste or fondant for the fire extinguisher? icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #37 of 158
Everyone else has already said it, but $300 is NUTS! I just finished a wedding cake for 400 (5 tiers plus a grooms) and I charged $350 because the bride is a friend. I way underestimated how much it would cost me in both ingredients and time, but I felt great about the experience because it was a friend. However, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have charged less than $700 for the cakes. (That's how much the local Albertson's said they would charge for a cake that size for that many). So, by this pricing, there's no way I would do a cake the size you're saying for less than $1600 -- depending on the amount of decorating involved. $300 sounds a rather insulting offer, given the prestigiousness of the event. Hmmmm-- maybe you could offer to do the satellite cakes only -- that would also be good advertising. Good luck!

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post #38 of 158
You aren't crazy. I am doing a cake in July that is a four foot aligator for FREE. (it is for a swim team and they are adveristing every month in their newsletter for me...that ad has gotten me a lot of birthday cakes and such!)

I am planning on covering a piece of plywood with contact paper, and making a bunch of sheet cakes to form the body, and head and round cakes for feet, etc. And then slide it in the bed of our pick up truck (luckilly only have to go a few miles) It will get eaten by 200-300 people who love to spoil their kids, so I figure its a pretty cheap marketing tool, when you consider how much advertising and such runs. (the cake is probably going to run me a couple of hundred in supplies).

So no, you aren't crazy. We do what we gotta do! I also find it less pressure to do a freebie cake!
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post #39 of 158
Wow. All I can say is WoW! It never ceases to amaze me how little people will budget for something that is so important and not to mention BIG! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think he could get 1000 cupcakes at the grocery store for $300!!!!
Well, if you want to do this, I would make sure that $300 would totally cover your cost. If it doesn't, i would figure up your cost and tell the guy that's the lowest you can accept. Did he specifically ask that the cake serve 1000? Maybe they're not planning for each person that shows up to eat cake....? You'll have to keep us posted, we are all eagerly awaiting your decision.
post #40 of 158
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Originally Posted by gibson

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



If someone would have told me I would be making cakes that people loved and wanted I would have told them they were nuts!! Be FEARLESS, Plan, then jump in and go for it! I wish I were given an opportunity like that to challange myself!
post #41 of 158
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An update:

Things aren't going too well! icon_cry.gif
I have made 28 - 9x13 cakes. Put the chocolate on the bottom, vanilla on top buttercream in the middle. That was all fine and dandy. Iced the top and sides of the cake. Starting to smooth it out when I had to take my niece home, then went with my MIL to an event. Got home around 9:30 pm. Start to finish smoothing the cake and noticed the icing has changed color in spots! It is now a yellow tinge (I'm assuming from the butter, I use half and half recipe). So I try not to panic. I start to smooth and when I take the knife (whatever you call it, it's too early for me right now) there is nothing but air bubbles! icon_cry.gif So I try not to get too worked up thinking the map part will cover this - but it didn't. I left the rest of the icing for fear of this and now my cake isn't very smooth at all! What do I do? STUPID ME for not using a crusting icing! I will from NOW ON!! icon_mad.gif
So, I have to using icing to "color" in the provinces because that's the only thing that will work.......I thought about fondant but don't really want to use that much and my husband thinks people won't like it and then I won't get any business. I say let them try it (maybe give this town a little class LOL! - bunch of rednecks LOL! I always tell my husband that's what he is!) Doug had mentioned sparkles in a previous post but the store in town only sells them in the very tiny littly tubes, you know the ones where you get red, green, some other sprinkly stuff (as a cake decorator you'd think I'd know what they are called LOL!) so I would need A LOT and I don't think the store even has that much. So I'm back to putting icing on icing. I have tried to make the icing as thin as possible (in some parts you can see the cake) but should I use a crusting icing now? I would like to have it somewhat smooth.

Any help would be truly appreciated! The cake is due for tomorrow around 1:30pm.

Thanks!
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post #42 of 158
i'm gonna give u a bump---good luck
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post #43 of 158
If it's not a crusting icing then you'll have to use hot water and a metal spatula. The hotter the water the better. I have found though, that sometimes the more I mess with a cake the worse it gets. If the icing is thin enough I see no reason why you couldn't add a crusting icing on top of it. Keep in mind that most people won't be looking at it from a foot away, so back away and see how it looks. Good luck!!
post #44 of 158
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When I tried the hot water method before, I noticed it discolored my icing. Made it darker in some spots. Do you think that will happen again?
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post #45 of 158
If you can, post some pics of it so far, kind of hard to see what's happening in my head.
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