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post #1 of 30
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Just curious how many of you at home bakers do only...or mostly wedding cakes.
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post #2 of 30
i rarely do birthday cakes and turn them down all the time, i would rather do 15 wedding cakes in one day then a birthday cake. the only bd cakes i have done have been for family. it is just my personal preferance. I love doing wedding cakes.
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post #3 of 30
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Thanks tesso....I am thinking that is the route I would like to see myself take one day. I am sure as I start out I will do lots of birthday cakes but I really have a passion for weddings. Thanks again for sharing.
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post #4 of 30
Right now I do b'day cakes, but my goal is to go to more large party & wedding cakes. Right now I am still trying to get my customer base up so b'day cakes, cuppies, cookies, etc. for me!
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post #5 of 30
During the winter I do quite a few party cakes, but the summer is almost exclusively wedding cakes.
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post #6 of 30
Not a home baker, but I prefer weddings. The money is so much better.
post #7 of 30
I'm just starting out but I'm trying to do only weddings. They pay so much better and I feel like I'm not wasting a lot of my time. However, this does mean that I haven't had any business for a few months, which is ok with me. My summer is getting booked and the word about me and my cakes is spreading so next summer should be pretty busy, plus I will be upping my prices a decent amount so I'll be making more money. Whenever I do small cakes I feel like I'm putting in so much work for not much profit. I don't enjoy doing those very much.
post #8 of 30
They are technically birthday cakes, but the budget and syle are weddingish. In fact, any birthday cake I did would be at least be a $100, seeing as I have a price minimum.
post #9 of 30
I just do birthday, I've done 1 wedding cake and it was soooo stressful. Maybe one day I'll get to the point where I do weddings only, but I will need a confidence boost.

The woman who did my wedding cake was a former neighbor who did all the birthday, 1st communion etc. cakes for the neighborhood when I was younger. When I got married 5 years ago she said she was only doing wedding cakes.
post #10 of 30
I do both. I find that birthday cakes are a quick and easy way to network to 10-40 people at a time, I always send business cards. Seems like every three birthday cakes I do results in a large event referral or a wedding cake. Birthday cakes are also a good way to work in new techniques. icon_biggrin.gif
post #11 of 30
I do both , I offer birthday cakes for people just wanting a small simple cake and not have to go to the grocery store for a crappy cake or pay a minimum of 100 dollars in most bakeries. And if I can fill, ice, and decorate a simple basic cake in 30 min its not as stressful as doing a wedding cake. But I do prefer doing wedding and tiered cakes cause there more unique and have that wow factor but I cant do 10 wedding cakes in one weekend like I can with basic cakes. So i think its good to have a variety...... Ill take what ever comes my way.

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post #12 of 30
I do mainly wedding cakes, but I'll do birthday cakes if they're for previous wedding cake clients, or if they're larger or 3-D. If someone calls me for a sheet cake they're usually looking for an $18 cake, which isn't what I do icon_twisted.gif
post #13 of 30
Technically NOT an at home baker. Studio is attached to home, but since the whole place is a former business anyways and the entire block is zoned commercial....ok, so:

Really, a cake is a cake. So a certain person happens to be wearing a poofy white dress at the party...ok, big deal. But either way, I don't make anything that doesn't take hours and hours. Party=hours and hours. Wedding=hours and hours.
post #14 of 30
I prefer wedding cakes but do birthday as well. Usually its for friends but for non friends I charge at least $100. I figure if they think I am too expensive then I just saved myself some time and stress!
post #15 of 30
When I first started making cakes a couple years ago, all I did was birthday cakes. They ranged from $20 - $40 per cakes, with only a few wedding cakes tossed into the mix. I worked 45 to 50 hours a week as a Corporate Accountant, then rushing home to make cakes. I was pushing out 2 to 3 cakes a week and quickly burned out after a year. (Luckily, I lasted long enough to re-coop the 2.5K I had spent on all my pans and cake supplies). So, I quit for a while, and have only just recently started feeling the bug again. I love creating something that people get so excited over, but this time Im going to stick to doing wedding cakes, 3D cakes, and specialty cakes. Im not even going to open my oven for less than $75.00. I really enjoy doing 3D cakes best, but wedding cakes are a close second.
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