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post #16 of 87
I can do one better, there is an ad on Houstons Craigs List , a lady has her wedding in 3 wks (this was 1 wk ago, so 2 wks now) and she is looking for a simple 4-5 teir cake......for 150$!
Even a simple 4-5 teir cake 14-12-10-8-6 is 120 servings so that would be $1.25 per serving, not including delivery and set-up!
post #17 of 87
Sounds to me like someone is just trying to start a cake fight icon_smile.gif
post #18 of 87
Hey Sugar_Plum_Fairy -

I just want to make sure you understand that I'm not saying anything bad about Duff Goldman and Crew or Colette Peters. They are master artists and should charge the prices that they can - it's free market economy and they have a high end product. My point was that this poster might not want/need that high end product and would rather pay for a less-known. They know their niche and this poster isn't it. Likewise, she knows her budget and the big names aren't in it. Nothing wrong with any of that!

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post #19 of 87
Bonjovibabe -

Are your prices the same as Charm City Cakes? Do your cakes start at $500? A lot of the big name bakeries have big prices (and that's fine - free market economy). She is looking for a baker with less expensive prices than that. (Again, free market economy.) Maybe she doesn't know a local baker in her area because said baker doesn't have an advertising budget, so she posted in the business forum.

If she were to go to a "hobbyist" instead of a licensed baker, someone here would rail on that, too. Additionally, if she's new here, she might not have any way of finding a New Jersey hobbyist. Posting in the business forum makes sense for her purposes.

Instead of assuming she's trying to rip someone off or get something for free, how about giving her the benefit of the doubt?

Again, the hackles have been raised over something that could be completely benign. I can't believe the responses (not only yours) that are assuming the very worst. I'm not really the most glass-half-full kind of person, but I don't automatically assume everyone is out only for themselves as some of the responses seem to indicate.

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post #20 of 87
CCC minimum is now $1000, not $500.
post #21 of 87
Christy - I'm with you. If anyone is interested in the proposal, they can contact her. Everyone else can simply ignore the post. I don't understand all the negative responses.
post #22 of 87
I find this request slightly interesting... suspicious actually.
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post #23 of 87
I agree. Everyone attacks without even getting all the information for free. Maybe she wasn't asking to get a free cake. There are a lot of us who do make cakes that are just as good as Duff's for a little bit cheaper and I am sure that's all she is after. Mine aren't that great yet so I don't even compare to some of the great talents on here. I just wouldn't take it as an insult, rather a compliment.
post #24 of 87
I am originally from NJ, grew up and lived there for 32 years. I moved to FL in 2004 and I know there is not any "awesome" places to get cakes. All you really have to choose from is the local yokel supermarket or someone that does it on the side for fun. I do not think that it was meant to be a rude cheapy post. I think she just wants something special for her childs party and cannot find that at the supermarket. My SIL just did a baby shower for her sister and could not get a "cool" cake from anywhere! She ended up with a sheet cake in pink with some booties on it and they went all out witha tea party theme at a tea house for the shower. So GUESS what?? My SIL started doing her own cakes and makes all the cakes for friends and family there. Many people watch Ace of Cakes and it made them "get into" the special art of cake decorating more than ever. My twins cake that I did was for someone that has a daughter that LOVES Duff but they just cannot afford that right now, so she approached me through a friend of my husbands and asked me if I could create her daughters design. And I did I got paid $215 for that cake and it was featured on Fox 4 Floridas Wild Bill show (you tube search oshea birthday party) It was very exciting.

icon_eek.gif I just feel bad so much negativity came from this post, she obviously just wanted something special for her childs party
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post #25 of 87
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post #26 of 87
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Originally Posted by CranberryClo

I can't believe the responses (not only yours) that are assuming the very worst. I'm not really the most glass-half-full kind of person, but I don't automatically assume everyone is out only for themselves as some of the responses seem to indicate.

Christy



Maybe those of us who posted 'negative' responses have just been around the block one too many times & have to deal with this kind of thing on a daily/weekly basis to just take things at face value any more. As others said, wanting a lot for a little is an increasing situation in this business and we do have the right to be miffed about that when we are just trying to survive out there! If you can't afford a 'professional' cake for your large party, then have a smaller party or go to Walmart for your cake. No I don't charge Duff or Collette prices, but I'm not cheap either. I'm not about to start doing cakes for minimum wage or less, why should I, or anyone else for that matter?!
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post #27 of 87
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Originally Posted by HerBoudoir

The great thing is that there ARE places for people who are on a tight budget - Walmart, grocery stores, etc. Or Mom can buy box mix and make at home herself relatively cheaply.

Another alternative would be to <gasp> not have quite such a big party.

I love Nordstrom's clothes, but since I'm in college full time, Fashion Bug fits my budget better. I don't go pester Nordie's to see if they'll sell me clothes for MY budget.



I agree. Costco has a half a sheet for $17.00!!! They have jumbo cupcakes(triple regular size) for $18.00 for 18. In a regular grocery store a regular 1/4 sheet cake with a few flowers on it goes for $19.00. Toppers and fruit filling are extra.

I am very new to decorating and caking and am no where near the skill of alot of these ladies on here. I also make everything from scratch and that adds more time in, I use all real butter and that adds more cost in.

I made a 1/4 sheet cake yesterday for my hubby's work party. It was a very simple cake. The ingredients and packaging alone cost me $10.00.
My husband came home from work and spent time decorating it. Pretty simply, but it did take him some time. He drew/made? the custom logo on everyones work shirts and put that on the cake.

I have no idea what a bakery would charge for a custom order like that so maybe I should call around and find out.

I wouldn't sell it for anything less than $40.00.
post #28 of 87
bonjovibabe,

You seem intent to see something in her post that I don't. I missed where she asked anyone to do it for less than minimum wage. There is a huge space in between "minimum wage or less" and big name cakes. You are in between, Susie Kabloozie is in between and Joe Schmoe fits in there too - maybe Susie or Joe can help her out and can see that it might be to their benefit, too.

If your daily interactions lead you to automatically assume the worst about people then I hope your days get better. I'd be a sad girl indeed if I thought everyone was out to take advantage of each other.

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post #29 of 87
This lady emailed me directly. She simply asked for a price for a specific cake on a specific day. She was very kind and if I were her, I would RUN RUN RUN from this site after reading some of these responses. thumbsdown.gif
post #30 of 87
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Originally Posted by CakeMakar

CCC minimum is now $1000, not $500.



get out of town!!!! does the cake taste as good as it looks??? Has anyone ever had some cake made by him or Collette Peters or any of the famous ones? maybe this should be a new thread...i digress

I mean, I know we're all about making a pretty, unique, etc type of cake, but if it tastes like cardboard, who the heck wants it.

anyway- sort of sounds suspicious to me too and I live in Jersey and know the rules. The local farm market makes a fantastic sheetcake for around $40. icon_smile.gif

last word- I never understand why people get mad and all up in it with others on these threads...it's a little disheartening sometimes. icon_sad.gif
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