Originally Posted by debbief
I can also see your point about putting it out for people to grab and that getting out of control. Yes I can definitely see that happening...BUT what is wrong with having each server fill their tray with a few different flavors and go around to the tables. At least the guests would have some choice.
Well first, I should say I personally don't get why anyone would want that many flavors of cake in one cake. It's not like the bride is going to get 8 pieces of cake either - she is lucky if she even eats one! LOL, I know I didn't eat a piece of my own cake - I was too busy greeting everyone and I was completely shell shocked. Anyway, no matter how it's handled, I don't think offering people a choice is crowd pleasing situation unless you have infinite amounts of a thing so that everyone gets 100% what they want.
Your idea above seems like a great solution, but if I was your caterer and you wanted me to do that, I'd be charging you an even greater cake cutting fee and a PIMA factor. Something that should only take me 20 minutes to cut and plate and another 10 for the wait staff to serve you are now turning into an hour-long (or more) ordeal, cutting into the flow of the event, extending the time at the venue, as well as the time I have to pay my staff -because instead of having 2 people serve cake to the tables I now need 10 in order to cover the room by next Tuesday... and guests are still going to get irritated that they didn't get what THEY wanted when that person over there DID get what they want. Again, different sized tiers yield different servings of cake, so whatever lucky side of the room we start on is going to get the greatest choice - by the time we get to the end, guess what? The guests are getting one flavor of cake because that's all that is left.
I don't know about everyone else, but I have lost out on doing cakes because the venue's cake cutting fee was astronomical, forcing the bride to get a cheaper cake so she could have cake at all. If those fees get even higher because someone wants to have a ridiculous cake buffet and have the wait staff run around for an hour trying to accommodate every guest's whim, none of us would have commissions.
I am totally in the minority with this and maybe it's a regional thing - all the other cake artists in my area will make as many flavors of cake as is requested. But I've also been told that stuff like this is exactly why caterers are trying to push brides to get sheet cakes - you know, the annoying fad that won't seem to die and is taking money out of all of our pockets and turning us into glorified Costcos? The caterers can care less about the price difference, they just know that sheets yield the same amount of servings per flavor and they are much faster and easier to cut then a tiered cake. Oh, they'll still charge the same cake cutting fee, but WE are expected to discount because "it's just a sheet cake".
Sometimes unexpected consequences arise out of seemingly innocent circumstances.