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post #46 of 58
actually I think I charged her MORE per serving. Her main cake was like $2.50/serv. ( I know shoot me lol) and the dog cake was a single layer 4", 3",2" square and I charged her like $30.00 or something. I'm guessing in human terms it was only about 4 servings or so. She had 3 little miniature pinchers so it was enough for them. Initially they just wanted the cake in a box to be taken to their dogs later on, but then when the bride saw it she said it HAD to be displayed...she said when she ordered a "exact replica" of HER cake only tiny and 3 tiers, she had no idea that she would actually GET what she ordered LOL

Why did you order it then? lol people are crazy


Oh and indydebi, I'm so honored to have maybe swayed you on dog cakes LOL
The dog cake was completely human edible, and actually I tasted a piece because I was soooooooooooo curious (gross huh?). Basically it was a peanut butter cake but with no sugar...which I thought would be gross but it wasn't so bad actually, the peanut butter sweetened it enough.
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post #47 of 58
I had something similar happen last week. Lady calls up, wants 30 cupcakes and a smash cake for her daughter's 1st birthday. Rush order. I quoted her the price for the cuppies and told her $15 for the smash cake because it was going to be a decent order with the cupcakes. Quoted her $85.00 total. She pauses, uh can I get the cupcakes for cheaper? I say that's the cheapest price I do for cupcakes. Okay, she says she'll check with her husband and call me back. I figure they were not going to call, and I was fine with that. So they call me back and say "we decided to get a cake and cupcakes somewhere else, but we do want the smash cake, so we'll be by Friday to pick that up. Make sure it has a big 1 on it. That was $15 right?" I was totally caught off guard. You want me to do a single 4-inch smash cake....and that's IT? Ugh. I was completely unprepared and agreed to do it before I realized how stupid it was to even go through the trouble of making a single 4-inch cake. Anway, I was irritated, but lesson learned and that night I immediately added a minimum order of $100 requirement in big bold letters on my website. I'm not turning on my oven and making batter and icicg for a measly $15.
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post #48 of 58
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Originally Posted by tootie0809

I'm not turning on my oven and making batter and icicg for a measly $15.



On a caterer's website that I'm on, a caterer said that people don't understand catering pricing, and I think it applies to this type of cake situation, too. He said people have the fast food mentality: Meal #2 is $5 and it feeds one. So it will cost $10 to feed two, $15 to feed 3. It's a straight multiplier.

Catering isn't like that. He gave the example of it costs him $1000 to feed 50, and costs $1500 to feed 100. It's NOT a straight multiplier because of the overhead costs (it costs me the same money to rent a tablecloth, no matter if there is food for 50 or food for 100 sitting on top of it; it costs the same amount of gas to deliver, no matter if it's food/cake for 50 or food/cake for 100 in the van).

That's kinda what we have with cakes. It costs the same amount of electricity to run the oven, no matter if there is a single 4" cake in there or a single 4" cake AND 2 doz cupcakes. When food/cakes are quoted as a package, it's a PACKAGE price. In the above catering example, food for 100 breaks down to $15/person, but if you only want food for 50, then you're paying $20/person.


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post #49 of 58
wow-just pathetic.
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post #50 of 58
I had one bride contact me this summer for a tasting. Always have cupcakes in the 4 popular flavors of WASC, French Vanilla, Pink Champagne and Vanilla Kahlua (if they are also having a groom's cake, I will sub one with Chocolate Fudge). Went over the other flavors I do....Red Velvet, Coconut, Strawberry, Carrot, Pecan Pie cake with Pecan Pie filling, etc....

Bride has not booked with me, yet. Calls me in October and wants another tasting to sample Pecan Pie cake with Pecan Pie filling. UMMMM...I only do one free tasting. And the recipe makes a full cake. It is too expensive in ingredients to make that cake for a "free' tasting (I would make it if I had several tastings in one day).
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post #51 of 58
OMG! Unreal!

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post #52 of 58
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I had one bride contact me this summer for a tasting. Always have cupcakes in the 4 popular flavors of WASC, French Vanilla, Pink Champagne and Vanilla Kahlua (if they are also having a groom's cake, I will sub one with Chocolate Fudge). Went over the other flavors I do....Red Velvet, Coconut, Strawberry, Carrot, Pecan Pie cake with Pecan Pie filling, etc....

Bride has not booked with me, yet. Calls me in October and wants another tasting to sample Pecan Pie cake with Pecan Pie filling. UMMMM...I only do one free tasting. And the recipe makes a full cake. It is too expensive in ingredients to make that cake for a "free' tasting (I would make it if I had several tastings in one day).



Yep, had that too - surprising how many times too. I limit it to three choices, and I get "well, I may be ordering a 4-tier cake, so I want 4 choices." Or, they want a second (free) tasting because they can't make up their mind. Unreal.
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post #53 of 58
Well, I normally do three flavors but take the French Vanilla and pour some Kahlua in it, if I have enough batter left over.

Hello??? You want 4 different flavors for a 4-tier cake but you have only sampled three? Did you like what you tried so far? So, you can tell that the cakes I make have great flavor and are moist...just pick another flavor. ***I only say this in my head!
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post #54 of 58
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Originally Posted by marmalade1687

I limit it to three choices, and I get "well, I may be ordering a 4-tier cake, so I want 4 choices." Or, they want a second (free) tasting because they can't make up their mind. Unreal.


This is what just blows me away about perceptions about samplings.

I view a sampling as the opportunity to see if you like my style of cooking/baking. It is NOT when you get to eat everything on my menu so you can decide what you want. It doesn't work when you go to pizza hut ... it doesn't work when you come to my shop.
post #55 of 58
We should start a worst cake tasting appointment ever thread. That would be somethin!
post #56 of 58
Oh man, I would be the queen of that thread!
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here you go!!!

I went ahead and started the worst stories thread:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-660960.html
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Originally Posted by marmalade1687

I limit it to three choices, and I get "well, I may be ordering a 4-tier cake, so I want 4 choices." Or, they want a second (free) tasting because they can't make up their mind. Unreal.


This is what just blows me away about perceptions about samplings.

I view a sampling as the opportunity to see if you like my style of cooking/baking. It is NOT when you get to eat everything on my menu so you can decide what you want. It doesn't work when you go to pizza hut ... it doesn't work when you come to my shop.



Debi, I have used your exact words to justify why they are not getting free cake, or extra samples to try. Had one girl want a full cake tasting PARTY for her FULL BRIDAL PARTY at MY house free of charge. When I asked (seething with sarcasm) "would you like me to wear my maid uniform too?", she replied, "oh, you would do that?" That's when I hung up the phone. icon_mad.gif
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