Originally Posted by LeslieBruckman
They are having their tasting in two weeks (which I charge for) and would like a mock up to go with it to see the detail work. They are wanting 275 three inch, petit four mini cakes done up like Tiffany boxes. So, technically, it won't be much to do because it will be small. But, I feel like my fondant work is good enough for them to see that I can pull it off. :/
To clarify they are real people and not scamming.
I've just never had anyone request a mock up before. This is, however gearing up to be a really large order with a huge price tag. I'm truly excited for it and don't want to risk loosing it. I also don't want it to be set up for them to walk all over me, either.
So at this point they have not decided to go with you, have not put down a deposit or signed your contract right? They've made no commitment to you? I can understand a client expecting much if they've committed to you and are dropping the $$$ for a large order but these folks aren't committed. If you want to, go ahead and do one, but please charge for it that way if they decide to take their big order to another baker, you're not at a loss. If you're feeling generous, you could apply the cost of the mock-up to their order if they decide to order from you.
EDIT: Just noticed the mock up would be a small 3 inch cake. You could make that cake and use that as their 'tasting' cake if you don't want to charge extra. If you offer 3 flavors at the tasting, then layer the 3 (hopefully the flavors are complementary ) Not sure how your cakes are set up for the tasting but if you do it this way, the only extra would be the time to decorate which you would be doing anyway if you decide to do a mock-up.
Edited by vgcea - 1/4/13 at 9:51pm