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post #1 of 22
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Does anyone know where to get good cake dummies. I need to make a fake cake for a brides wedding and she wants to serve sheet cakes. Is this a good way for her to go money wise? Do you still charge the same for dummy cakes as you would for a real cake?? Some help on this one please. I am stumped! Thanks!!
post #2 of 22
I purchase mine at www.countrykitchensa.com

Remember that what people are paying for is your talent and the time it takes to decorate. Most decorators charge between 50% of the regular cost to 100% of the regular cost for dummy cakes. IMHO, to pay for a decorated dummy cake and the sheet cakes really is going to come out the same or more expensive than just getting a real wedding cake to begin with.

For example, if you charge $500 for a wedding cake that will feed 100 ($5/serving), and you charge 50% of that for the dummy cake, then the dummy cake will be $250. If you charge $300 for sheet cake to feed 100 ($3/serving), then the total cost for the couple will be $550, which is $50 more than if they'd just gotten the wedding cake.
post #3 of 22
I find dummies harder to decorate....charge just as much as real cake. I wish writers knew what they were talking about when they write these articles in magazines and tell the brides to do this to save money.

I buy foam for my DISPLAY dummies from Dallas Foam.
post #4 of 22
I buy mine from www.taylorfoam.com Great service and great prices.
post #5 of 22
I buy mine from Dallas-Foam. They are super cheap, but I'm not sure about the shipping since they are down the street from me.

http://www.dallas-foam.com/store/
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post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by txcupcake

I buy mine from Dallas-Foam. They are super cheap, but I'm not sure about the shipping since they are down the street from me.

http://www.dallas-foam.com/store/



How funny, I was just going to ask a question about this and Dallas-Foam. I saw Dallas Foam dummies on e-bay and e-mailed them about the type of styrofoam, as I've been told you want to use compressed, not craft styrofoam for cake dummies. They just e-mailed me back that their dummies are Polystyrene (I.E Icechest material) and I wasn't sure what that meant. But if you use them with no problems, I'm going to give them a try.

So, to the OP, check out e-bay if you want Dallas Foam. Their stuff is on there. icon_biggrin.gif
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I buy mine from www.taylorfoam.com Great service and great prices.



Ditto....I am covering a 5 tier set from them now with fondant...get the round edges!
post #8 of 22
That was really good advice about Bride's using dummy cakes to save money. They really won't in the long run!
post #9 of 22
And don't give those dummies away in the price of your cakes!
post #10 of 22
Jamie 85364 thanks for the great advice! Let me ask you this, how would you charge if they wanted to rent a dummy cake you all ready had?
post #11 of 22
I checked out Taylor and they look cheaper on their shipping than Dallas. Thanks for the link girls
post #12 of 22
You are going to spend just as much time decorating the dummy as you would a real cake. In fact, because you will need to supplement the fake cake with sheet cakes which you will still need to bake and ice, you should charge MORE.

If brides really wanted to save money they'd just make their own cakes! icon_lol.gif

@ HRMeister - I also cover mine with contact paper so bc or fondant never really come in contact with the dummy. I've never had a problem with any of the dummies I've bought from Dallas-Foam.
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post #13 of 22
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Jamie 85364 thanks for the great advice! Let me ask you this, how would you charge if they wanted to rent a dummy cake you all ready had?



I cannot honestly answer this question, as I have not yet been requested to do this. So far....so I better learn how to price them! I'll tell you this though, I will politely and un-pushingly try to talk them out of it. And under no circumstances will I ever do the "dummies and sheet cake thing"...no way no how. But that's another story icon_wink.gif

The dummies I am working with right now are for a cake competition in a few wekks, btw, not for a paid order.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Xochitl

Jamie 85364 thanks for the great advice! Let me ask you this, how would you charge if they wanted to rent a dummy cake you all ready had?



I cannot honestly answer this question, as I have not yet been requested to do this. So far....so I better learn how to price them! I'll tell you this though, I will politely and un-pushingly try to talk them out of it. And under no circumstances will I ever do the "dummies and sheet cake thing"...no way no how. But that's another story icon_wink.gif

The dummies I am working with right now are for a cake competition in a few wekks, btw, not for a paid order.



You can rent one , however with my experience items you rent to brides never come back in their orginal state. Not only are you risking damage to your product but yu will be losing money for your cake business.
post #15 of 22
Okay. I never thought about the damage that could happen to the cake at the reception. I think once the actual cost are pointed out to the bride, the probably wont go that way anyway. Thannks to you both!
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