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RBI Dummy Cake??

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Okay.......So I was sent a picture of a cake to recreate as a dummy (ONLY top tier actual cake). Bride is trying to cut cost. When the pic came across my phone I was stunned. I do believe this is a Ron Ben-Israel Cake. I told my friend this cake is easily 5k if not more (depending on actual serving size).
http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20351917_20349466_20752634,00.html

How much do you think the cake cost?
How much would you charge to basically recreate as a dummy? or Would you even do it?
I've already mentioned that I will not even consider it unless I will also be providing the sheet/kitchen cake as well.

I am just trying to make sure that I am on the right track...lol. I will offer her fake jewels vs edible to help cut cost.

Thanks
post #2 of 6
I am a noob so this may be a dumb question but does it take less time to decorate a dummy then a real cake? If it doesn't, wouldn't the only discount be in the price difference between a styrofoam dummy (if it is not returned for re-use) and the cost of the cake itself. Then again, if you are cooking a sheet cake as well that would be added cost, not a saving. Or am I missing something?
post #3 of 6
well the nice thing about a dummy cake is that you can work on it over time, since nothing is going to spoil. And to be frank, this cake really wouldn't be all that time consuming if you were to use fake jewels (as opposed to making your own). I would say, add up all you costs of materials, and double it for your time. Plus the normal cost of your sheet cakes.
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post #4 of 6
This is at the very least a 6-8-10-12-14 which would be 208 servings. Depending on your price/serving, it would be up there just for the cake. The decorating is another matter entirely. Since most bakers charge 75% +/- for dummies, your bride isn't going to be saving a lot - - especially if she's having kitchen cakes as well.

You might want to *gently* give your bride a reality check - - your quote should do that nicely.

pbuder - - no, you're not missing anything. The majority of the cost will be in the decorating. The only advantage in decorating a dummy is that you can take your time and start waaayyy early.
post #5 of 6
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Thanks everyone... I agree. I was thinking of offering 30% discount b/c its a dummy. I explained to them that its the TIME not the actual CAKE/BAKING that drives the price of this cake. That was the point when fake gems were mentioned.... we shall see.

People think dummy cakes are CHEAPER than the real thing....uh NO!! lol
post #6 of 6
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Thanks everyone... I agree. I was thinking of offering 30% discount b/c its a dummy. I explained to them that its the TIME not the actual CAKE/BAKING that drives the price of this cake. That was the point when fake gems were mentioned.... we shall see.

People think dummy cakes are CHEAPER than the real thing....uh NO!! lol
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