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post #1321 of 2590
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For a two-tiered square for 30 you could do 4 and 7" squares. It would be dinky, though. Most people don't like anything that small when I give them the option, they just choose to scale it up and pay for more cake.

Sorry, I hadn't read the responses before I chimed in about the serving sizes icon_biggrin.gif.

 

Costumeczar, I don't have a 7" square pan (and can't foresee a need for one) so the smallest I'd go would be 4" on 8" and I'd charge them for 48 servings.

I have one! I use it often, but not half as much as I use my 7" round. I actually bought a second set on Monday. I have pans in 1" increments so that I don't have to sell someone way more cake than what they need, I can scale it back for their count. The place I used to work had 9" pans, but that was their only odd size, and they would over shoot the serving count by 50-100 quite often. Which means more money for them, but quite often I hear people talk about how they don't want that much cake, so they chose me over them ;-)

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post #1322 of 2590
By shorter tiers, I mean, how about two tiers, 10" square and 6" square, each 2" high, with (I think) 34 2" cubes (25 from the bottom, 9 from the top) as servings?

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post #1323 of 2590
If the client is willing to pay for extra servings over their guest count in order to have a larger, more impressive cake, what's the harm??? For weddings the top tier won't be served anyway. Some people get their panties all in a bunch over such trivial issues.
post #1324 of 2590
I had a lady come up to me and asked if I could make these little cookies for her daughters quineceañera and I said no I didnt know how to.. She then said ok well I'm going to ask around to find the cheapest cake and I'll get back to you. Buahaha... and this was after she asked my Hubby if he would like to "pitch in" $100 for her daughters party (after they already owe us $100 from 2+yrs ago hahaha) Gah! How do people live this way? Lol. There will be nooo discount on her cake.. maybe ill jst raise the price an xtra $100 icon_smile.gif.
post #1325 of 2590
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I had a lady come up to me and asked if I could make these little cookies for her daughters quineceañera and I said no I didnt know how to.. She then said ok well I'm going to ask around to find the cheapest cake and I'll get back to you. Buahaha... and this was after she asked my Hubby if he would like to "pitch in" $100 for her daughters party (after they already owe us $100 from 2+yrs ago hahaha) Gah! How do people live this way? Lol. There will be nooo discount on her cake.. maybe ill jst raise the price an xtra $100 icon_smile.gif.

For quinces it's traditional for there to be patrons who help pay for the party, but I've heard a lot of stories about how the families sometimes try to get vendors to give things free or at discounts too. Very grabby. Watch out, she'll be back asking for donations!

post #1326 of 2590
Yes I know. I also had "padrinos" for my quinceañera back in 2005. I was just laughing at the fact they owe us the same amount they asked us for. If she's looking for a "cheap" cake it wont be from me icon_smile.gif
post #1327 of 2590
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If the client is willing to pay for extra servings over their guest count in order to have a larger, more impressive cake, what's the harm??? For weddings the top tier won't be served anyway. Some people get their panties all in a bunch over such trivial issues.

What does this refer to? If it was my post, yes, I have that happen quite often, but I was referring to people who are on a budget, or don't know what to do with a bunch of leftover cake. It wasn't my panties bunching, for sure, it's laundry day, and I haven't got any on!

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post #1328 of 2590
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If the client is willing to pay for extra servings over their guest count in order to have a larger, more impressive cake, what's the harm??? For weddings the top tier won't be served anyway. Some people get their panties all in a bunch over such trivial issues.

No harm at all, but they usually don't want to pay for the extra. "But I only have ten people coming, so that's all I want to pay for. But I want it to be bigger than a 6" round."

 

I get people who have smaller weddings all the time, and when I show them the size of a 4-6-8 they generally shoot each other a look that says "What the heck" and then they tell me that they want something bigger, which I am glad to sell them.

post #1329 of 2590
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It wasn't my panties bunching, for sure, it's laundry day, and I haven't got any on!

 

LOL

post #1330 of 2590

I wear boxers. ("Real men wear boxers")

 

But what is this? UNDERWEAR-L? Let's talk about cakes!

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post #1331 of 2590
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

I have one! I use it often, but not half as much as I use my 7" round. I actually bought a second set on Monday. I have pans in 1" increments so that I don't have to sell someone way more cake than what they need, I can scale it back for their count. The place I used to work had 9" pans, but that was their only odd size, and they would over shoot the serving count by 50-100 quite often. Which means more money for them, but quite often I hear people talk about how they don't want that much cake, so they chose me over them ;-)

I have rounds in 1 inch increments from 4" up to 10" and use all of them a lot. They're in a combination of traditional cake pans and springform pans. For some reason, I get very few requests for square cakes.  

post #1332 of 2590
Just ordered a bunch of odd numbered pans so I now have all sizes from 5 to 12 (I REFUSE to make 4 inch rounds. REFUSE). I've found that lately, folks are so into 'tiered' cakes for even super small gatherings (e.g. 24 servings) and often don't want to pay for the extra servings from a bigger cake. Now I can offer them a 5/7 and call it a day. They don't look so dinky if they're at least 4 inches tall. My avatar's 5/6/7, looks like a good size to me.
post #1333 of 2590
I wasn't referring to anybody on here. Lol. When people tell me they want a 2 tier cake for 6 people (and not expect to pay for additional servings) I actually laugh in their face, then say Now SERIOUSLY, what's your budget. I'll tell u what I can do. I'm tired of talking to people for an hour about a cake they KNOW they can't afford. I cut straight to the chase. I had a lady call me today. TODAY!!! She wanted a 3d boat cake for tomorrow. I told her the price. Of course, then she didn't "need that much cake". I suggested a small simple cake for $35. She didn't wanna spend that much. Like. Seriously. U really thought you were gonna get a last minute 3D carved detailed cake UNDER $35???!!!! I'm glad she called and didn't come in. I would have told her she owed me a consultation fee. Lol. The nerve! They. Just. Don't. Get. It.
post #1334 of 2590
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Originally Posted by mskerrih View Post

I wasn't referring to anybody on here. Lol. When people tell me they want a 2 tier cake for 6 people (and not expect to pay for additional servings) I actually laugh in their face, then say Now SERIOUSLY, what's your budget. I'll tell u what I can do. I'm tired of talking to people for an hour about a cake they KNOW they can't afford. I cut straight to the chase. I had a lady call me today. TODAY!!! She wanted a 3d boat cake for tomorrow. I told her the price. Of course, then she didn't "need that much cake". I suggested a small simple cake for $35. She didn't wanna spend that much. Like. Seriously. U really thought you were gonna get a last minute 3D carved detailed cake UNDER $35???!!!! I'm glad she called and didn't come in. I would have told her she owed me a consultation fee. Lol. The nerve! They. Just. Don't. Get. It.
LOL. Reminds me of a friend who had a tummy ache and went to the doctor's office. They had him in the waiting room for so long that he started to feel better and went home. A week or so later he got a bill from the doctor's office for that visit. I guess sitting in the waiting room was taking up space and he needed to pay $200 for the oxygen he used up breathing in their air. LOLOL!!!
post #1335 of 2590
Everyone wants something for nothing and in some of these instances when people ask for discounts I wouldn't mind as I live under the philosophy "If you don't ask then you don't get.." But some of the asking that gets done is just plain RUDE! Fair enough you may want discount, who doesn't but in no way are you entitled to any and insulting me by EXPECTING discount usually knocks my stubbornness into gear and I refuse to give anywhere!
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