At the very least, that poster is teaching clients how to treat them . . . don't try to order a cake last minute and not expect to pay for it.
Ah, but on short notice, a $300 cake IS a $900 cake.
Customer calls, emails you a picture of an elaborate birthday cake that will feed 75 people, yet they only need 20 servings...Wants to know how much it would cost.
"Oh WOW, I can't afford that. This other baker is willing to do it for (insert asinine price here)."
Me, "Oh really? Could you give me their number, I will have them do my my kids birthday cake from now on"
#1 i will NEVER be able to make a white chocolate ganache, without cringing, again. so thanks. :D
#2 someone called Friday afternoon for an edible photo cake for MONDAY. Nevermind that I'm not open on Sunday or MOnday, I job out edible images and would never have had the time to get it back from the other vendor. But she asked that inevitable and cringe-worthy question, "do you know who else can make it for me?" "Hell YEs!" I replied, "Because I want to inflict you on someone else, forthwith!"
I told her the grocery story could probably do it. I could hear her shudder over the phone. But what do you expect when you want something custom?
"I'm also available, on short notice, to alter your wedding dress, steam clean your carpets, and plan your 50 birthday party. After all, I'm obviously magical..."
So why not do a simplified version at 1/3 scale?
It sounded to me like she was literally saying that's what she charges - maybe I misunderstood. Rare is the person who would pay triple for the fair price of a cake. But if you're only charging $35, at 3 times that, it may still be a bargain.
If you want to approach it as if I was disagreeing with charging triple, and I wasn't if we're talking about a 24 hour turnaround, then I'd just say for me, any order with only 8-14 days notice is short notice. I wouldn't ask triple for that. Anything under 7 days is not an order - just doesn't happen. Not even if they want to pay triple.
I would have said $50 !!!! WOW maybe you should give ME her number . Haha . I dont think the average person has a clue about cake decorating.
The weirdest ones I have ever gotten: Can you make a sugar free buttercreme?
I also got asked this by a client: I was contacted to make a pirate birthday themed cake. (keep in mind I don't know this person) She wanted to know what ingredients to buy so she could come over and watch me make the cake. Then she asked me if I would make it for free since she was going to buy the ingredients... really?!