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post #106 of 252
I'm cheaper for single layer cakes, even though I torte them and fill, I only have to do it once per tier. Based on that, and a fondant starting price of $3.50 a serving, and 100 servings, it would be $300 here in Podunk, Ky icon_wink.gif

And I say a 1/4 is 24 servings, based on 2"x2" slices, and rounding the 9"x13" down to 8"x12" and diving by 2 to get the 2" pieces. 4x6 = 24. My sheet cakes are the full 9"x13" and at least 2 1/4" high (even the corners icon_wink.gif )
But if you didn't round, you could make the argument that a 1/4 sheet serves 29, since 4.5"x6.5= 29.25
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post #107 of 252

OK...well I'm probably going to say some 'jr high' dissing comments.  That cake was embarrassing and should have been on Cakewrecks!   I feel for the photographer who tried their best to put a good visual spin on an awful project.  Poor construction, bulging, smeared buttercream showing behind the bling...obvious seams...well the list goes on and on!   I say the bride got what she paid for and I for one am glad she did! 

 

This is slightly off-topic, but it's a perfect example of a couple of things.  First the bride who thinks anyone who decorates cakes can produce an identical work of cake art for a cheap, cheap price.  And second...the 'decorator' who probably has never done a wedding cake, has limited skill set, and who agrees to take on the project.   THESE are similar to many of the CC 'newbies' I see posting on here who have no idea of what something like this entails and yet take on the job, come to this website and expect to see all kinds of rah-rah encouragement (which they get) and then produce a disaster like the one posted.  

 

I love CC for the help I've received over the years...I've learned a TON from the many talented decorators who offer their insight and expertise.  But I've also learned that just saying you want to produce a wedding cake does NOT mean you're ready to do it.   I guess that's why it irritates me when I see so many 'you can do its!'  given to those who have serious issues...like zero experience and lack of skill!!   

 

Everyone has to start somewhere, true...but before I'd take on such an important cake, I'd make damn sure I had the basics down and just have to ask about new techniques and how best to approach a different structure and not expect to produce a miracle just because I want one.  Encouragement is all well and good but sometimes I think when everyone jumps on the 'rainbows-and-puppy-dogs' bandwagon, it does a disservice to a bride who thinks she's going to get a Ron Ben Isreal cake for a Walmart price..and the no-clue decorator who thinks they can produce one.

 

So there!  I'm the meanie who will tell someone if I think they need to question their decision to go forward with a cake that may be beyond their skill.  This cake was beyond that decorators skill and guess who was stuck with the result?    Brides beware...and decorators speak out!

 

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post #108 of 252
Carmijok, I could kiss you.

/agree completely

Those were excellent points.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #109 of 252

the book cake--i really like the handmade look of the painstaking lettering etc.

 

i guess i like competition quality work but in my mind i think it a greater skill to produce viable cakes like this than the kind you can calibrate with a micrometer--just my opinion

 

it's an awesome cake

 

sculptures start at $8 per-- i think i'd be close to the $8-ish mark on the books give or take

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

post #110 of 252
Thread Starter 

K8, you're saying $800 for a 3d book cake that serves 100? icon_eek.gif Girl, you make me wanna raise my prices. icon_biggrin.gif

post #111 of 252

a fondant cake is $4.50 $5.50 right?

 

this is four fondant books

 

rather straight forward all boxy and no moving parts

 

but why not -- this is a sculpture (and a very good one)

 

four books all that damn lettering ;)

 

four 'tier' cake

 

like you said in your blog~~ dessert at the italian place is almost seven bucks

 

a book cake is all that and so much more

 

custom make trump l'oeil--shoot i've talked myself into $9!!!!

 

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no--srsly 8 ;)

 

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

post #112 of 252

(i meant custom made trump l'oeil in the previous thread)

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i promise that i would be so way hating on myself if i charged less

 

spent enough time screwing up hating on myself to know ~~

 

the cake is a luxury

 

priced accordingly

 

ladyv~~how many would you like? afternoon or evening delivery? (in my slickest saleslady robin leach voice)

 

bwowahahaha

 

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(or yah wanna fill up on the all you can eat bread sticks & salad instead ;)

(remember the "do you have gray poupon" commercials of some years ago? ;)


Edited by -K8memphis - 2/8/13 at 12:30pm
my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

post #113 of 252
Thread Starter 

K8......Bwahahaha! Touche' ;) 

 

Honestly, I would charge $6 per serving for this cake. It's not a super complicated design and I know it would not take me quite as long as say a 3D robot or something. Not that $8 per serving is unreasonable at all.

post #114 of 252

$400 is exactly what I would charge for that amount of servings and that detail. Loving this thread. Nice to see all the different prices people throw out there that have cake experience, and understand the amount of effort put into these creations.

post #115 of 252
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeliciousDesserts View Post

So, shame on me.

 

I did not follow the rules of WeddingbyColor.com.  I created an account under the false pretense of being a bride.  There was no option to join as a vendor.  I did come clean in the very beginning of the post.  Only fair.

 

How did you find the cake on Weddingbycolor? For the life of me I can't find the blog/post.

post #116 of 252

Based on 100 that would be $300 - $325 for me.

post #117 of 252
Cakestomuch, I followed a link someone posted earlier in the thread. Is it gone?

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #118 of 252
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeliciousDesserts View Post

Cakestomuch, I followed a link someone posted earlier in the thread. Is it gone?
I followed it after that was posted, but that was last night....
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #119 of 252

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #120 of 252

Anybody have any guesses on how many servings the actual wedding cake was and what you would charge for that?

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