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post #46 of 156
Ok, I actually replicated one of the cakes from this book, which was probably the least complex. It was the hand painted homage to linoleum cake and each layer took me about three hours to hand paint. I agree that it really isn't complicated, but time consuming. To be honest, there is not a whole lot you can do ahead of time. You can make the chalice, pearls and perhaps the Ursala's at the base in advance. This cake has a lot of detailed piping work and then she goes back and paints it all by hand. In fact, I am sure most of us would airbrush the color on first and then proceed with the piping, etc...but she doesn't. She does it all by hand. In my opinion, for what it is worth, do not charge anything less then $10,000. I would even go so far as to do a dummy cake before hand for practice. I know for myself, it always takes more time then I think when I am attempting something for the first time. Good luck.....this sounds like a great opportunity.
post #47 of 156
I do have the book and I don't find that it gives CLEAR instructions.

The things that are in the book are kinda generalized and then she tells how she adapts them to the cakes.

The book is more about her trip to ( I think Italy) and how the art inspires her.

Buuuuuuut. I think that any qualified and patient decorator could replicate one of the cakes, but my advice ; I always tell someone that brings in a photo or cake for me to copy that I cannot do it exactly as the photo since I am NOT the person that made that particular cake. If they want that particular one, they need to contact that particular cake artist and pay that Cake Artists prices.

That they will get my "VERSION" of that cake and at a more "realistic" price.

It would be amazing if you took the commission for this cake as it would be the crowning glory in your ( or anyone else's ) portfolio.

PS: I have been eyeing making one of her cakes as a display model, Good luck and post!!
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post #48 of 156
I'm just thinking there is NO WAY this bride is going to order this cake.. I thik she'll try a few other places, see it's IMPOSSIBLE on a budget and then will come up with another fantastically difficult cake... to be shot down again... What do you want to be she ends up with a very simple cake??? LOL

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post #49 of 156
I AGREE WITH EGGSHELLS. I always tell my customers that! It covers my butt! I too found her book lacking in instruction. In fact the cake I made gave pretty much no instruction.
post #50 of 156
Cakewalk gives instructions for each of the techniques and then in the back it shows which techniques and in which order will be needed to make the specific cake. I thought it was a lot like Collette's last book.

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post #51 of 156
Wow - amazing cake!! I would quote her an honest price. (not one set high just to scare her...) Whatever you feel your time is worth. If that is too much, offer her the other option again of a smaller cake with sheet cakes for serving. This is a wonderful chance to show off your skill and an amazing cake for your portfolio. Keep us posted!!
post #52 of 156
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Well, I've gotten her to scale down some of the work on the cake. The cake wont be carved, it will be just one color of fondant (no orange), and no topper. She still very much wants the gold hand painted decorations, but I think I can talk her into scaling down the amount a bit. She has changed the size to 250, with a 50 serving groom's cake. I'll see if I can get her to lower the number to 200 if I can convince her not all her guests will stay and eat cake. She still wants it quite grand as she wants to display it as the center piece of the reception. She did reserve the day with me, but the wedding isn't until May, so there is plenty of time to keep working out the details.
post #53 of 156
But what is her budget? Or what did you tell her for price?

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post #54 of 156
Sweet Art, that sounds like a great compromise!

Good luck and please, please post!
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post #55 of 156
Sounds like you are going to make the cake . . . I'd love to read a daily blog about creating it! I bet you will learn a ton just by doing it.

Good luck!


Just saw this cake pop up in the pictures . . . it looks like a Margaret Braun design w/ Colette Peters colors!
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_27096.html
post #56 of 156
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I hope you charge one hundred million dollars.



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post #57 of 156
Under Debi's 60% Rule, normally only about 60% of the invited guests actually show up. If she is expecting 300 guests, ask her if she actually invited 500.

No one has a 100% show-rate.
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Dude, that is one major cake!!
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post #59 of 156
Holy Cow!! I am glad she scaled it down a bit. I will certainly be looking forward to the pictures when you are finished. I am sure the cake will look amazing. Good Luck!
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post #60 of 156
let us know what price range you gave her would be intrested in knowing congrats on the order
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