Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Making cakes for family members??
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Making cakes for family members?? - Page 2

post #16 of 20

If they ask, they get to chip in. If I offer, it's all free.

He's still got the whole world in His hands.
Reply
He's still got the whole world in His hands.
Reply
post #17 of 20
If they ask me to make a cake then i charge for ingredients if I offer then its a gift depending on size and detail I some time charge for ingredients then my time and decoration is the gift
post #18 of 20

i do immediate family member cakes for free.  if they are requesting an over the top design/fondant cake etc. i still won't charge, but i consider this my gift to that person in place of a normal gift.  i also let my family know that a cake like this takes time and if it affects my paying customers orders, then i will have to simplify the cake a bit to accomdate that schedule.  however, if they are ordering it for a work event or basically any event that you or other family isn;t going to, then charge. 

 

haha, its kind of along the lines of just because aunt joan owns a restaurant and she happens to make an awesome turkey, doesn't mean she should charge the family member who called her to say shes in charge of the turkey for thanksgiving dinner that year:)

 

i've struggled with the same dillemas, its never easy.

post #19 of 20

Hey, it's family, so when you are in business for yourself, you are GOING to have these issues. Decide what you want and let your family know. I like the idea of "if I offer it's free, if you ask, you pay", BUT with my passive aggressive mom (and it sounds like yours is like mine), I would be "in trouble" with her   if I then didn't OFFER to make every cake for every person in the family. 

 

I had this with my sister's wedding. I agreed to make the cake, then my mom insisted that sister have a tasting (she's had my cake, good grief), insisted that she needed 5 fondant tiers and cascading sugar flowers, insisted she have a custom bridal shower cake, and then my sister added to it by ordering a custom groom's cake last minute so "she could be nice to the groom and give him something wonderful too." Yeah, so thoughtful when you don't have to pay for it. Then, they were upset that I didn't buy a wedding gift. Yup, pretty much.

 

My point? You aren't the only one with screwed up special family members... chin up and stay firm for us all! 

life is short, get a cakesafe.
Reply
life is short, get a cakesafe.
Reply
post #20 of 20

When my dd got married, I made - and paid for - her dress, the bridesmaids' dresses, the groomsmen's vests and bowties, the flower baskets everybody carried and all the boutonnieres. But according to the groom's parents, we didn't "give" them anything for a wedding gift. Really???

 

Families are the worst to deal with.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Making cakes for family members??