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post #16 of 36
Oh OK. Then you don't have to worry about the whole food safe sanitary issue at all with your service. That is the part my head can not wrap around. But how do your faux cakes not get nicks and dings and fingermarks and scratches in them? Velvet rope restraints for over eager on-lookers...? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Again your faux cakes are amazing in detail and so beautiful!
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post #17 of 36
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Originally Posted by dsilvest

I am the lady from Canada who makes the fake cakes. The area that I live in isn't that big on real cakes. At least 50% of brides don't even have a cake any more because of the cost.

My least expensive cake is $50 to rent and the price goes up from there. I have about 25 different cakes to choose from and most of them are tone on tone. I can quickly change the look by adding ribbon and silk flowers. The best part is I really don't have to deal with bridezillas and because the cakes are artifical there is no last second stress. They are light and easy to transport fully assembled.

For the cake cutting a photo is taken "cutting" the faux cake and then they cut into a 4" cake that is decorated in a similar manner to their real cake.
The faux cake stays out the whole evening as a decoration. Most people have no idea that the cake is faux.

Having a faux cake isn't anything new. They have been around for 40+ years. You can set up the business without buying a franchise. You don't need the little compartment (patent pending) either.



I checked out your website- beautiful cakes thumbs_up.gif . I'd love to make faux cakes in my area. I respect people who are able to make these incredible, edible cakes but I also see the advantage of faux cakes. I've read about them before I became interested in cake decorating, the article said that they were popular in Japan, too. I can't have a home bakery but would love the chance to create beautiful faux cakes for people who are open to this alternative. I've been asked to makes wedding cakes but I declined. I tried to suggest a faux cake with sheet cakes from a bakery but they did not get the concept. I'm hoping to have the opportunity to make one for people to see. Thanks for sharing the info.

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post #18 of 36
Thank You Sadsmile

If there are fingerprints I just use a damp cloth and wipe, then dry the spot.
Dings or nicks rarely happen - when they do I fill the spot with a bit of royal icing and rub with my finger to smooth the area.

At my daughter's wedding the guests used the cake table as a spot to put their drinks while dancing and there were no mishaps. I usually don't worry - the fondant dries rock hard after a while and is not easily damaged.
post #19 of 36
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This is very cost effective and allows the bride to put her money elsewhere in the wedding.



This is precisely what I'm concerned about.
post #20 of 36
I recently had a bride from New York who rented a cake for $250, shipping included. A comparable "real" cake in NY was $2500. Not every bride can afford this. You have to provide a service that is affordable or you will price yourself out of the market. This is why 50+% of brides in my area no longer order real wedding cakes. They are too expensive for the average budget.
post #21 of 36
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Originally Posted by dsilvest

This is very cost effective and allows the bride to put her money elsewhere in the wedding.



This is precisely what I'm concerned about.



If somebody can't afford you in the first place, then you're not losing a customer.
post #22 of 36
I think the faux cake idea is great. For those you who do this once you make a faux wedding cake how do you store it? Do brides ever ask you to provide a sheet cake and if they do what do you say? I would not be able to provide real cake since home bakeries are illegal in AZ.
post #23 of 36
To store a faux cake, cover it with a plastic bag do not seal. This will keep the dust off. Place in a cool room and away from sunlight.

I do not make sheet cakes, I only supply the faux cake. In this area of Canada dessert is usually supplied with the meal so it really isn't necessary to bake the cakes.
post #24 of 36
Do you have a book of pictures that you show them of specific cakes they can rent or do you make the faux cake to look how they want it? If you do have ones already made that they can choose from how many choices do they have to pick from?
post #25 of 36
Interesting....

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post #26 of 36
I have about 25 cakes on display at all times for brides to look at.

I also have a website so brides have usually looked at what is available and have narrowed it down to a couple of cakes. Either they place the order by phone, email or in person. I ask for a deposit to hold the cake for their wedding.
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Interesting....

Jen



Isn't though... This has got to be where all the information about cheep dummy cakes is stemming from. Here we all thought it was just a myth.
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post #28 of 36
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Originally Posted by dsilvest

I have about 25 cakes on display at all times for brides to look at.

I also have a website so brides have usually looked at what is available and have narrowed it down to a couple of cakes. Either they place the order by phone, email or in person. I ask for a deposit to hold the cake for their wedding.



Thank you so much for the info. I know a lot of people on this website dont like the idea of renting dummy cakes but it would work great for me since I dont work at a bakery and home bakeries are illegal here.
post #29 of 36
This would be good if you have a dessert supplied by the caterer, but if you have to buy sheet cakes as well it won't save that much money once you add it all up.
post #30 of 36
That is true. Maybe some people dont even want cake at their wedding. One of my friends recently got married. She had a dummy cake just for looks and no real cake. She had a bunch of candy and other goodies there.
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