Originally Posted by valora387
I decorate cakes as a hobby, and today my brother in law called me and said someone he knows is in a bind for a cake for this weekend. He gave her my number.............
People never cease to amaze me when they undervalue our time that it takes to make something beautiful (well, at least very pretty) for them.
I am also a hobby baker. Your BIL was probably acting in good faith and may even have been somewhat excited to give you a possible "cake order referral". The person referred probably had no
idea what custom cakes cost or the time involved in making custom cakes. If the original baker quoted a price of $25 (with no explanation of how much it would cost and how long it would take), then that is probably what she expected to hear from a second baker. She could quite easily have had no intentions of undervaluing your time and ingredients and supplies.
-----------------------p.s. Just because someone calls doesn't mean you have to do a cake.
One of the constants on all cake forums is that "cake muggles" (non-cake people), have ZERO clue of the time and money it takes to make a custom cake. Two years ago when I walked into my first Wilton class, I had no idea!
Another constant on the forums is that family and friends of cake hobbyists rave about the cakes and say, "You should SELL these!!!! You could make a LOT of money!". They mean well, but the reality of profitable custom cake sales involves far more than nice cakes.
I would suggest that you thank for BIL for the referral, but the person had "unrealistic expectations" (Rae's quote) and you are unable to fulfill any cake orders at the last moment. Then I'd begin the process of educating my family and friends about your "hobby".
Tell them how long it takes and how much it costs. If you actually DO
want referrals, tell them your lowest price is probably $$ for a 1/4 sheet cake, $$$ for a two-tier fondant round cake, etc. (You will obviously need to work out your own pricing structure.) If you do NOT
want referrals, tell them you only do custom cakes as a hobby for friends and relatives. (Then make sure they know the VALUE of the "gift" when you do provide a custom cake!)