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post #16 of 35
The easy part is the cake..LOL
well yes it takes a while to do a cake especially the decorating for me that makes me sit down.
And the basketweave( which is a request by every order i've had) takes awhile to do
The fondant,royal icing and gumpaste flowers takes days.
I have made a serious investment in having quadruple baking pans of each size so for me the mixing and baking isn't the clincher.
trust me when I say the cake baking is the easy part and I bake my cakes from scratch.
I am a perfectionists when it comes to torting,filling,icing and decorating the cakes because I fell that every cake that leaves my posession should not only taste good but look FABULOUS. thumbs_up.gif
post #17 of 35
LemonLyme, I agree with you, the baking is the easy part with me to although like some of the others some pans I only have one of. I did two cakes last night, I usually will only do one cake in one evening because I have a full time job and when I have more than one I am up real late, but anyway when I finished up last night I had forgot and left some icing in my mixing bowl and when I went to get a small bowl out of the cabinet to put it in I broke my finger trying to get the cabinet door open, the door never sticks but it did last night, talk about freak accidents, but at least I had finished the cakes. And then people fuss because they think the price is to high, if they only knewicon_smile.gif
post #18 of 35
Well, for a wedding cake, I bake all the cakes one day...takes a few hrs. Then after they're cooled I cover them till the next day... then I crumbcoat them..I mix up my icing I'm going to use, then I icing them....put them in boxes and cover with plastic... then the next day I decorate them...
so that's wed. thurs. and fri. and deliver them sat.
It takes several hrs.
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post #19 of 35
Well, this has been a really encouraging topic for me. I was beginning to think I'm in the wrong profession!!

I'm just recovering from an all-nighter!!! The last time I went to bed was on Thurs. night (it's now Sat. night).
I stayed up all last night to work on three cake orders. I prefer to do it that way because my kids are in bed, so I can work undisturbed.
I baked on Thurs. and Fri. and made icings.
I decorated from Fri. evening to Sat. morning, about 8 hours total just to torte, fill, ice and decorate a 12x18 baby shower cake, a 9x13 birthday cake and a 10" cheesecake (decorated with whipped cream and cherry topping).

Good to know I'm not crazy! icon_biggrin.gif
post #20 of 35
Hey Purple, who said you aren't crazy, we are just saying that you are in good company, haha! There are many crazies here!
You use different muscles for cake decorating, different arm and hand muscles. When you don't do them all the time, you suffer when you do. I find the muscle action for doing the side of the cake, flat icing it, is the hardest on me. Especially if I am doing several cakes for a wedding or such. My hands used to bother me, but I have really thinned down my icing and since I mostly work with fondant or gumpaste flowers, that isn't an issue anymore.
But all-nighters, well that actually qualifies for you to be considered a cake decorator, haha!
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post #21 of 35
Well it takes me forever too and I haven 't even tackled the hard stuff like gum paste, fondant etc..LOL.. I'm just slow.. but I am loving every minute of it and that's what counts.. Oh I take that back..I HATE cleaning up.. I wish they made disposible everything..LOL
post #22 of 35
When I start making enough cakes, I'm going to hire someone to just come in and do my dishes and pans. I'm an at-home Mommy and I do cakes on the side. I was thinking that when I start getting lots of orders I'll get a maid to deal with the housekeeping. Hey $50 a week for the maid will be covered by one or 1.5 little cakes! It's just me dreaming, I don't think I would ever do that. Hiring a dishwasher, yes.
post #23 of 35
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I was a little nervous to post this message as I thought I was nuts!! But I am SOOOO glad I did...it's so good to know I'm not the only one! Thanks everyone for being cake crazies like myself!
post #24 of 35
The time it took me to do a cake when I first started and how long it takes me now is so different. I still take my time when I have it. I am more comfortable with my ability now. I do plan out my attack for the cake. I bake it, while that is baking I make and color my icing so it can get a true color ( especially reb, brown, and black and i don't use as much color either as I would if i colored it as I went) wash up the dishes and by then the cake is done. I cool it overnight and then Decorate it the day it is due. That is what I do if I only have 2 or less cakes due on the same day. As you go you will find shortcuts that work for you. I also have a DH that likes to help with washing out tips if i need and he makes up bags for me if i need it. He's great!
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post #25 of 35
I am still slow also. I still have not experimented with gum paste or fondant. I just really like working with buttercream. I hate the clean up!

I read on here somewhere about time saving clean up by microwaving the tips in a bowl of water to get them grease free and completely clean. I admit that I was leary of trying it, but after the wedding cake over the weekend. I did it. THANKS for the clean up tip!! I don't think that I will ever use another method of cleaning my tips and couplers. It was great and saved me at least 1/2 in cleanup time.

Thanks for posting this topic. I thought that I was the only slow one here who also has pulled an all-nighter or two but now I know that I am just in good the right crowd to be normal. icon_lol.gif
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post #26 of 35
All nighters is what I am getting use to! Just don't try writting on your cakes after midnight and defintly not after 2 am!! LOL I know you guys understand this one!
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post #27 of 35
It takes me forever to do cakes! But I enjoy it mostly - except the clean-up!

I made 2 10 inch themed cakes for a co-worker and it literally took me 2 FULL days to them.

My boyfriend kept teasing me saying he wished I'd get paid by the hour! No kidding - I wish too.

I haven't made a ton of cakes yet so I hope it gets easier and I get faster with each one.

I again just made a double layered 10 inch square cake w/ simple shell border and 12 roses - 3 in each corner w/ all different colors of frosting and it took me alllllll day.

Sometimes I feel the money I make from them really isn't worth my time. Like I got offered an overtime shift at work where I would make $200 for the shift - but I had to turn it down so I could make the 2 10 inch themed cakes for a lousy $50. That really made my heart ache icon_sad.gif
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post #28 of 35
I have pulled so many all nighters icon_cry.gif . Then it takes me about two days to catch up on the sleep.

Don't you just love it !! thumbs_up.gif
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post #29 of 35
Shugga, you bring up an excellent point which likely proves why people that do custom cakes charge hundreds and thousands of dollars for them, the amount of time and effort that goes into them justifies the prices.
Hugs Squirrelly
post #30 of 35
Well, the cake I just did over hte weekend took WAAAAYYYYY too long! But it was my first tiered cake, and I was trying new techniques. I started baking the cakes on Thursday morning (14,10,8 in 3" pans), finished backing them Thursday afternoon ..... made up the buttercream & fondant while it was baking (and packed our suitcases for the trip, LOL!). Each 14" round pan took about 1.5 hours to bake in the center of my oven ..... that was a ROYAL pain. I need to buy some 2" pans instaed of 3", maybe that will help w/baking time.

Thursday night when we arrived at the hotel, I leveled the cakes. Friday morning I got started at 7 a.m. with stacking/filling/crumb coating the cakes. Took a break at 11:00, went out to lunch & shopping icon_smile.gif Got back at 3:30, frosted & smoothed the cakes. I am picky and not yet as good as I would like to be, so that took until about 6:00 (yikes!). Took a break until 10:00 p.m., then worked on covering the top 2 tiers in fondant ... got started decorating the top tier. Went to bed at 2 a.m. Got started again the next day at 7 a.m., worked fiercely until 2:30.

I have learned quite a bit from this cake, what do to differently/better. The next cake won't take quite as long! But then, hand piping all that cornelli lace took some time, and so did rolling out all the drapes/swags that never made it onto the final cake (that took about 1-2 hours on Saturday before I threw in the towel and plastered the base of the cake with flowers instead of drapes).

The cake is in my photos. Took a while, but it was fun!
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