Pricing is an issue we all hate to deal with and all of us seem to happily help those with specific questions on a design or an issue that stumps them, price-wise.
But I am also concerned about those who try to convince us that they've NEVER spent ONE SECOND thinking about how much they'd charge for a cake. There's just too many threads on this site on this topic for someone to say "I've no idea".
I believe they DO have an idea. I can't believe they actually sat in their living room, dreaming about doing cakes as a business and the idea of how much money they could make was NOT part of the dreaming process. I just don't buy it.
Let's add to our list of concerns those who start a thread of "I'm doing my first weddign cake? How do you bake multiple cakes? (
) How do you stack them? How do you transport them? HOw do you get the icing smooth? What sizes should I bake? HOw much should I charge?"
Geesh, if you've never done a cake before, you really shouldn't be contracting to make a wedding cake!
I'm sure we don't want to scare off questions ... it's what makes this site successful as we all share our experiences. If someone can't find the serving chart, I'm happy to share the link. If someone has tried and tried to get smooth icing and they're stuck, We're happy to give ideas on what may be going wrong for them. If they are confused on when a center dowel may or may not be needed, We'll all jump in and share ideas. The example that cnc gives re: time to make a cake is a good discussion on how to bill for time.
I just worry about my CC friends who make it sound like they got up one day and decided to make a wedding cake "... so, um, how do I do that?"
Has Food Network and CC made it sound too easy?