Originally Posted by Sugar_Art_Cakery
Now she and my b-i-l want me to do a cake for my nieces birthday next month. My niece is 17 and she wants a sculpted cake that looks like the Disney Castle along with gumpaste figures of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Snow White....etc. I told her that she would need to pay $150 for supplies as this is a LARGE cake but that I would donate my time to build it. Please keep in mind that this would be a $600 cake for ANYONE else. My sis BLEW UP when I told her this. She says I should do the cake for free since I'm the uncle and godfather. I tried to explain to her the amount of time this kind of cake would take and how much money I would lose since I wouldn't be able to work on other cakes. I'm not about to go $600 in the hole just to do a cake for a family member. I might as well hand my niece a check for $600 and say Happy Birthday. Sorry, but I don't have that kind of money for a Birthday gift.
I think this what I would say next time: Family gets cakes at half price. Check my website for the price list. Do the math yourself.
Your sister is out of whack and has probably been watching WAY too much Cake Boss on tv.
If your sister makes any noise, tell her she's like Buddy's sister Mary.
One of my sisters had this habit of grabbing all the good stuff like the antique furniture, the family needlework collection, even stuff that she would never use...and it looks like nobody else in the family visits her anymore. Because the stuff was so important...