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post #31 of 74
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Originally Posted by blu_canary

I haven't checked walmart prices on sheet cakes, but can you even feed 100 on $45 there?!



The joy of walmart cake is you only need to buy half as much, in fact this is one of the tips that I would like to add to those annoying "How to be a cheap bride" articles that cause us all so much grief...

If you serve horrible cake then you only need to buy half as much, once word spreads around the wedding that the cake tastes like crap people will stop visiting the buffet bar - big savings, who cares if your guests enjoy themselves!
post #32 of 74
WOW summernoelle that cake is GORGEOUS!!! And how sweet to only do it for $25. My family and friends were always looking for me to do a "quick" cake...two-three tiers...fondant decorated with roses and this's and that's...oh just something real quick for a party tomorrow is what they say.

I'm far from making and giving away "practice" cake and am starting a biz...now no one really wants cake anymore...go figure
post #33 of 74
I just reread the OP and I don't get it (the aunt that is)!

She was willing to give you $45 for a two tier and get sheet cakes from Wal~Mart to make up the difference which would wind up costing her more than the $100 that you were willing to make the 3 tier for. Now, she's willing to fork out money to Wal~Mart for sheet cakes...again which will cost more than $100...to keep from paying you to make a beautiful 3 tier wedding cake. That just does NOT make sense. I'd much rather give $100 to a family member for work over paying $$ to Wal~Mart!
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post #34 of 74
Bunsen ...
If you serve horrible cake then you only need to buy half as much, once word spreads around the wedding that the cake tastes like crap people will stop visiting the buffet bar - big savings, who cares if your guests enjoy themselves!

How very true that is - thumbs_up.gif

What about the wedding we went to - The small cake was enough to feed 45 of the 100 people - the Brides reasoning - "ohh, not everyone likes cake"
Apparently i didn't - icon_surprised.gificon_rolleyes.gif cause i didn't get any - icon_mad.gif
Now thats cheap - and nasty.
If i go to the trouble of doing all that is required - frock up - pressie - hair - nails - makeup - drive 1 12 hours - yadda yadda yadda - then i want cake.... and nice cake at that.

Bluehue
post #35 of 74
This is a little off subject but I just decided that after looking thru all the cake pictures of the posters here, I need to quit doing cakes! I thought I was doing a decent job, but after seeing the pics I don't think I will ever measure up!

I just did a 4 tiered graduation cake and 2 sheet cakes for friends and only charged $125. Ingredients alone cost me $150-$175. It's my fault for shorting myself! I should have gotten a backbone and charged full price for the ingredients!
post #36 of 74
Hollysuann: This is a little off subject but I just decided that after looking thru all the cake pictures of the posters here, I need to quit doing cakes! I thought I was doing a decent job, but after seeing the pics I don't think I will ever measure up!

Are you kidding???? I just looked at your photos, your cakes are wonderful. The bible cake looks real and the sewing cake is so cute with all the sewing add-ons you created. You are way to hard on yourself, you are very talented! icon_smile.gif
post #37 of 74
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Originally Posted by Bluehue

Bunsen ...
What about the wedding we went to - The small cake was enough to feed 45 of the 100 people - the Brides reasoning - "ohh, not everyone likes cake"



Hmmm..she could have probably saved a lot if she hadn't rented as many chairs, too. Because, you know, some people had a long drive and won't feel like sitting. icon_rolleyes.gif
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With all of our running, and all of our cunning,
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post #38 of 74
Blu_canary, that is a wonderful idea, you should writr those "How to be a Cheap Bride" articles! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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post #39 of 74
Oh wow, my sympathies.
I have found it always pays to be tough up front, relations or not!
No price reductions for family, who are quite welcome to go elsewhere.
Have to admit, I did learn the hard way; married very young into a very large family & was just too eager to please...but I learnt very quickly.
It is just not worth the stress & upset, not to mention being out of pocket!

Ingrid
Australia.
post #40 of 74
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Originally Posted by all4cake

I just reread the OP and I don't get it (the aunt that is)!

She was willing to give you $45 for a two tier and get sheet cakes from Wal~Mart to make up the difference which would wind up costing her more than the $100 that you were willing to make the 3 tier for. Now, she's willing to fork out money to Wal~Mart for sheet cakes...again which will cost more than $100...to keep from paying you to make a beautiful 3 tier wedding cake. That just does NOT make sense. I'd much rather give $100 to a family member for work over paying $$ to Wal~Mart!



I agree with this! And why is it that we have to do THEM the favor by giving them a discount? Why wouldn't they do US the favor by giving us the business? Her Walmart plan maybe would have saved her $10 but she wasn't willing to give it to you?! Uhhhg!

I hate this topic because I SO need to get a backbone when it comes to pricing. I think on July 1st I'm going to raise my prices. I just can't decide how much! And, I hate the thought that I'm charging $35 for a birthday cake now, but for their next birthday, I'll probably charge $60-70...I know, I know, I should have charged enough from the get-go!
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post #41 of 74
$45 for a wedding cake - seriously, that is just a joke, makes me so angry that people really cant see the work, time and expense that goes into cakes.

PS that zebra cake is fab looks more like $445 worth icon_smile.gif
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post #42 of 74
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Thanks everyone for your support. I was so angry I didn't respond for a few days and ultimately took many peoples advise and my response to my aunt was .." It sounds like ordering from the grocery store would be your best bet as my cakes are specialty cakes and require much more time and expertise then your budget will allow and I'm sure they can fall into your budget as their cost is much lower due to mass production."
post #43 of 74
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Originally Posted by psm89

Thanks everyone for your support. I was so angry I didn't respond for a few days and ultimately took many peoples advise and my response to my aunt was .." It sounds like ordering from the grocery store would be your best bet as my cakes are specialty cakes and require much more time and expertise then your budget will allow and I'm sure they can fall into your budget as their cost is much lower due to mass production."



Pefect response!!!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif LOVE it!
post #44 of 74
Next time say:-
"When did you say your wedding was? Oh really, I wish I had known that 3 weeks ago...i'm fully booked out sorry, got a celebrity wedding out of town (privacy clause can't discuss it), but I know a really nice cake decorator who can help you out...just you wait right there while I go get the phone book and a pen for you"!
post #45 of 74
if there is a next time (doubt that but..) and she wants cake for 100 for $45 tell her you will swap your 100 serving cake for a lasagne to serve 100 done in serving size pans of 10. or what ever she is good at making. im sure she will then rethink the cost and time it would take to make 100 servings of anything. There will never be an end to the family and friends cheapos.
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