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post #1 of 25
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Hi everyone!!
Okay, today I had a customer who wants for her wedding -mini cakes. She wants them to be square and in two tiers (like the wedding cake). Do they sell molds like they do for the round two tiers. And what other way can I make sure to make them and they will keep the pointed corners like the wedding cakes will have when i cover them in fondant. Any pics for inspirations!!! Anything will help-thanks!!
post #2 of 25
Best thing to do is to make sheets and cut the cakes out. MUCH faster. Make sure you charge her appropriately. Mini cakes area huge pain in the patookie. Depending on the design, $30+ EACH.
post #3 of 25
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WOW!! $30.00 for each!! That's great!! Thank you!
post #4 of 25
I thought mini cakes would be fun to do. They're not. Make sure they're frozen solid first before you put the fondant on, that seemed to help me.

How many mini-cakes does she want? Any more than 2 and I'd require a $4000 minimum charge on the order.
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post #5 of 25
Yes, square + small are going to be a pain to cover with fondant - I'd make sure to charge accordingly!
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Originally Posted by DefyGravity

I thought mini cakes would be fun to do. They're not. Make sure they're frozen solid first before you put the fondant on, that seemed to help me.

How many mini-cakes does she want? Any more than 2 and I'd require a $4000 minimum charge on the order.

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post #7 of 25
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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif
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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif



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post #9 of 25
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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif



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Better be ready to block out a lot of time on them. Like, at least a week. It takes about 20 minutes for me to ice, cover, and simply decorate a single mini cake. That times 120...that's 40 hours right there. A whole work week! NOT counting the baking, torting, and filling of the cakes!!

Yeah, I'd say $25-$30 per cake is about right. In the cake world: Smaller = More Expensive.
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post #10 of 25
So, tell them it's $4000 for simple decoration, $6000 for a more complex design. Believe me, make 120 of those bad boys and you WILL have earned it!
post #11 of 25
Also you may want to base coat them in ganache instead of fondant. I just find it easier to smooth than the buttercream on small cakes but in general...sounds like a huge pain. I agree with eleventy billion dollarsicon_smile.gif Do you have any friends who could help you? I have one friend who is pretty good when I need an extra hand.
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post #12 of 25

ok I know it's a few years later, but...  I'm doing 100 mini cakes for a Dec wedding.  Any new ideas pans, etc?  Actually I'm thinking about doing Poured Buttercream instead of applying buttercream the traditional way.  Any advise will help.

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post #13 of 25
Yikes, I'd purchase some pans for mini cakes. I don't have experience with poured BC but I imagine it's a different look (maybe you mean poured fondant). These take a long time so I hope you charged accordingly!

I'd bake them early, then do an assembly line-splitting them up into a few days.
post #14 of 25

I have UNDER CHARGED according to some posts on CC.  They are saying 15-35 per mini cake, wow I've so undercharged.  I seen that you can do a Poured BC so I'm going to practice on a few before I start baking them.  I wondering how far in advance I can bake and freeze if I have that option.  Any suggestions?

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post #15 of 25
It depends on your supplies, ingredients, and labor. No matter how simple you make them they are still quite labor intensive! What has your customer requested? Just buttercream covered square cakes? How big are they supposed to be? Are you putting bows on each one and ribbon (so they look like mini presents)? Did they want fondant covered? Depending the detail I would think $7 on the lowest possible side (I'm talking plain squares, free standing on a stand) but yes I would still charge closer to $10/15.

You can bake, place on a cardboard cake square-probably one for a half or quarter sheet cake (I'd wrap your board in cling wrap so you can reuse before placing cakes on top), place mini cakes on, wrap tight with cling wrap then foil and freeze. You can do this a month in advance if you want. When your ready to decorate pull from freezer and let sit for a while before you unwrap-this way the condensation will form on the foil rather then your cake. If you have to level any pieces it's also easier to make cuts while the cake is partially frozen.

I would try a test run with the recipes first, since yr using a different BC. It will also give you an idea how long it's going to take you to do a few. Do you mind if I ask what you ended up charging them?
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