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Difficult request? Or is it doable??? SOUNDS HAARRD

post #1 of 22
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Hi Everybody!!

I got a request for a cake today and here is what this man wants:

Two people playing Badminton with the net, racquets, and shuttle (birdie). And I think he assumes the birdie is going to be suspended in the air.
He wants this on top of a cake shaped like Jamaica.
Do any of you have any suggestions for this?

Thank you so much!
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post #2 of 22
Yeah, it's called "edible image"!

Debbi
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post #3 of 22
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Hi Debbi,
No, I think he is expecting this to be 3-D. I asked him if he wanted a flat cake and he said 3-D.........

If it were just an image I could do that no problem....

Thank you for your reply!!
Leslie
post #4 of 22
You could make a net out of chocolate and probably find plastic figures somewhere and stick the birdie to one of the raquets like they are hitting it. We toured a lot when we went and took home lots of Blue Mountain Coffee so I would probably put a smaller cake on top for a mountain with a waterfall and jungle around it. Maybe make a coffee mug out of fondant or something in front of the cake that says "Blue Mountain Raquet Club".
post #5 of 22
You could cut the cake into the shape of Jamaica and decorate it with the Jamaican flag. Wilton sells plastic people playing sports - i know i've seen baseball and soccer - maybe they have badminton? Or maybe you could model them from fondant? Not sure how you would have the shuttle iin the air - unless it were on wire of some sort?
post #6 of 22
I like the idea of cutting the cake in the shape of Jamaica----or doing a pattern transfer of Jamaica onto a sheet cake that nearly fills the cake surface. You could even fill in the map with the flag colors. You could get a plastic net and figures to place on top. I like the idea of affixing the birdie to the raquet, rather than suspending it in mid-air.
post #7 of 22
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Oh my!!
You ladies have helped soo much!!! Ya'll have come up with things I never would have thought of!!! I love the idea about the Jamaican flag (I might cover the board with the flag colors in fondant)! And the chocolate net sounds PERFECT!! And I never thought about affixing the birdie to the racquet. I like the coffee idea too. Now my mind is rollin!!!
The only problem I don't have a fix for is how do you get fondant people parts glued together good enough to stand them upright? I haven't worked with it that much, but I made some football players this week and they don't seem like they are going to be secure enough to 'stand on their own'. icon_sad.gif

I found a picture of the map of the island and thought I could get hubby to blow it up so I could cut the cake into that shape.

This doesn't seem as hard as it did earlier!!!

Thank you ALL!!! The cake isn't due until October, but I need that long to work on all this! LOL icon_biggrin.gif

You ladies are fantastic!! thumbs_up.gif
Leslie
post #8 of 22
Sounds like it will all come together...my only thing is...I really hope you are charging what this is worth, it sounds like a TON of labor.
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post #9 of 22
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Hi Kay!
I appreciate your concern ALOT! I tried to ask him tonight what he was willing to pay for this (I am doing another cake for his daughter that same weekend) And his response was 2 for the price of one? I didn't know how to take that. I might figure up a price somehow and quote him before I attempt to tackle this project. The only thing is I am unsure how many people each cake needs to feed. I have only recently started charging and based on the prices I have seen from grocery stores to specialty stores, $2 per slice is in the middle so that is what I have decided to charge. At least for now...since I am still learning. But since he made that comment, I don't know what to do. I don't want to to all that work for $25 if you know what I mean. icon_smile.gif

I hate to ask this, cause it seems like a recurring question here on CC icon_wink.gif
but, could you offer a suggestion for this cake as far as price based on what was discussed? If not, that's ok....but you seem to realize (even more than I)what it might take to do this cake. I am attaching the sketch he gave me.

Thank you so much for your reply!! icon_biggrin.gif
Leslie
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post #10 of 22
I definitely wouldn't do 2 for the price of 1. Maybe give a little discount on one because he's ordering 2 for the same day. For the Jamaica Badminton cake, if you are making the people out of fondant, then you need to charge more than if you buy plastic figurines. Don't forget to consider your time in your price...

good luck!
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post #11 of 22
If you'd rather purchase your players and net to save time, I found some tennis characters that you could make work, maybe, (you'd have to make the badminton birdie out of fondant, I guess). The sight is BabyCakes

http://www.babykakes.com/tennis.htm

Good luck, sounds like a fun cake!
post #12 of 22
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Pump_jc and Loree,

Thank you both so much for your replies!!! I wasn't going to do the 2 for 1 deal, it wouldn't be worth my time (I hate to put it that way, cause I see every opportunity as a learning experience) But I could be doing another cake if I wasn't doing that one.

I found a REALLY cute cake that I might try and use to go by. I will attach it to this message. I could definitely make the people sitting down/lying down, I just don't feel secure with my 'stand up men' yet. This is the website I found it on....http://www.newmansofradcliffe.co.uk/html/birthday_cakes.html

Thank you Loree for that website! They have some really cool things!!

Thanks again!
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post #13 of 22
Are you kidding me???
I would charge $150 for the cake you posted...That cake looks like a 9x9, plus the characters..
If I were to sculpt the island of Jamaica, plus the scene on top, that cake would go for $200.
You are way low on your price range dear...I havent' seen your work, but if you can pull something off like this, you shouldn't charge less than $80.
And this is your starting price for something like this...
If he wants a piece of art, he should be willing to pay for it.

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post #14 of 22
Godiva said it very well! If he was wanting something this elaborate, surely he was expecting to pay well for it! Even though people often surprise me by wanting the moon for chump change! I would have said somewhere between $100.00-$200.00 depending on your skill level. I know ...I know I always get beat up for saying the experienced decorators should charge more...but it's the truth as it is with everything from bakers to good lawyers.
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post #15 of 22
I want to go on record as agreeing with Godiva and KayDay. This will take a big chunk of time and a lot of creative energy, not to mention that fondant is expensive too. You ought to be compensated for your time--and this has to include research time for a one-of-a kind cake like this and of course, your clean-up time too. Of course, if you are slower than most (like me), you need to consider that, but it is just a little piece of the equation. I don't know about prices where you live, but here, something like this would be more like $4.00 or $4.50 per serving plus extra for the sculptures.
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