Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › How Do I? › Barbie Cake question
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Barbie Cake question

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've been asked to do a Barbie cake (dummy)...the kind where the doll is actually stuck into it. I was asked also how long it would take to decorate it. Since I've never done one, I have no clue. I know it will depend on the design...but was wondering if there is a guess-ta-ment of how much time it should take? I'm only asking because this is once again for the lady who said "it took THAT long" when I told her how long the decorations for the Hawaii Beach cake took (in my gallery) to make (mind you, she's paying me $8.00 and hour to do this and she is supplying the materials). I guessed anywhere from 2-3 hours (thinking of making a Peacock themed gown for Barbie). Maybe I am being out of line with my time...I just don't know, but anytime I do something for her I feel so rushed icon_sad.gif

Thoughts? Ideas?

Also I'm rethinking my doing work for her!
post #2 of 8
I have done several barbie cakes. It does depend on the design, but barbie cakes tend to be easier and a little faster. I spend about 2 hours on mine, granted I'm a perfectionist and have to redo stuff 10 times, so sometimes it takes longer, but not like ALL day long. Hope that helps!
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks Jessie. I'm the same way. I like things perfect, but when she starts asking me about how much time it's going to take (after the last time she commented on my time), I'm a bit punch shy. I figured it should take no longer than 3 hours...possibly just 2, but am afraid she's even going to think that's too long.

icon_rolleyes.gif
post #4 of 8
I know, its so frustrating when people don't realize that cake decorating is work and it takes time to get a neat cake. I think the longest a barbie cake has ever taken me is 3 hours, but that was like my very first cake. Are you using buttercream or fondant?
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by debidehm

(mind you, she's paying me $8.00 and hour to do this and she is supplying the materials).

I just don't know, but anytime I do something for her I feel so rushed icon_sad.gif

Also I'm rethinking my doing work for her!



I'd rethink doing work for her... you aren't her employee and you shouldn't feel rushed unless you had a job being timed on an assembly line. Why have the hourly arrangement? Why doesn't she just pay a customary price for the finished product?

I agree with the advice that was given in the similar thread... it takes as long as it takes, and she shouldn't want a cake that looks like it was a rush job.
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=7320980&highlight=#7320980
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Jessie- It will be a fondant covered cake.

I don't know CW, it's just an arrangement she came up with and I thought "What the heck"...little did I know she was going to be so preoccupied on how long things take to make than on the finished product. She did end up loving the decorations for the beach cake, but now I feel funny about doing things for her as I feel she thinks it should only take X amount of hours to "kick" something out. I think it's time I end our arrangement. It hasn't done anything for me but to question myself on my speed.

I want to thank you both for your input. I really appreciate it.
post #7 of 8
I would be rethinking doing the work for her , especially at $8 and hour, Yikes , I pay myself at least $25 when I am doing a cake and working out the cost.
and things take as long as they take.
post #8 of 8
The fondant shouldn't take that long so hopefully she will be satisfied and then you should run away from her!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: How Do I?
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › How Do I? › Barbie Cake question