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Would it be weird if I suggested this?

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Hi,

 

I am a hobbyist.  I offered to make a baby shower cake for free (since I'm a hobbyist and all my cakes are free) for someone I know whose wife helped me out once.  I designed the cake and told them to let me know how many guests they'd be expecting.

 

She emailed me yesterday to tell me that they are expecting 100 people and that my cake will be the only dessert (and I'm thinking that it's possibly the only food as well).  Oh and it's next Sunday.

 

I am floored.  I did offer so I can't back out, but I am no professional and was not expecting to have to feed a crowd so large.  I was looking at what sizes the tiers would have to be and they would be 12", 9", and 6" to get 100 servings.  I have never made a cake that large before and I'm cringing about everything (transport, costs, etc).

 

I was thinking about maybe making the cake as I wanted to (10", 8") and then add in an undecorated sheet cake to make up the servings.

 

What should I do?  I am seriously kicking myself for making the offer.  Suggestions, thoughts, kind words?

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post #2 of 74
Oh wow. I'm short of words. Well you know what they say, no good deed goes unpunished. Since it's a free cake and a gift to them, feel free to create what you are comfortable with. If the cost is too much for you, tell her you weren't expecting they would have so many guests so maybe you could split the cost.
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^^ exactly! On all points.

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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!

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post #4 of 74

how bad would it be to get a sheet cake from sam's/costco?

 

i know some people really bad mouth them --but it's cake

 

you could let her know that you are not quite equipped for such a big order and would that be ok with her

 

you're still supplying the cake and doing it in the best way for them and yourself--keeping your level of discomfort in mind too

 

or your other suggestion is fine the 10x8 & the sheet--i mean that alone with the packaging and delivering is quite a handful for a hobby baker

 

i mean who expects a shower to have 100 -- that's off the curve for sure!

 

and how nice of you to be doing this--it's also nice to be nice to you!!!

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!

 

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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!

 

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post #5 of 74
How about a 10/8 plus cupcakes? They're quick and easy to make them cute to match the main cake. A simple coordinating swirl, cute wrappers, sprinkles...that would be easier to me than a sheet cake, which even if its "undecorated," you'd still be concerned with how it looks.

(Ps... 100 people for a baby shower!? I guess I can be a bit of a bumpkin, but i think that's crazy! They should've warned you or something!)
post #6 of 74

oh shoot you are in canada not the states--here it would be less than forty bucks--sorry about the sam's & costco references--but still could you buy it somewhere reasonably

 

if you do this---and i srsly think it would be fine to let her know, ask her if it's ok and proceed

 

typically the honoree at a shower does not pay for the refreshments so asking her to cough up is different

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!

 

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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!

 

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Originally Posted by Sassyzan View Post

How about a 10/8 plus cupcakes? They're quick and easy to make them cute to match the main cake. A simple coordinating swirl, cute wrappers, sprinkles...that would be easier to me than a sheet cake, which even if its "undecorated," you'd still be concerned with how it looks.

(Ps... 100 people for a baby shower!? I guess I can be a bit of a bumpkin, but i think that's crazy! They should've warned you or something!)

 

good idea!! how about 100 cupcakes???!!!

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!

 

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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!

 

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post #8 of 74

Hi tsal

 

I too am a hobby cake decorator! Go ahead with the 2 tier and make a sheet cake (kitchen cake) to bulk up the servings! There would be no need to finish this - to the same standard as  the main cake on show. Cover the sheet cake in a contrasting colours.

 

I made a 2 tier cake recently for my grandson's christening , plus a sheet cake which I covered in fondant, and placed a few coloured discs on top of the fondant.This cake was served for dessert. I posted a picture to this forum on Cake Central, showing both cakes side by side - in reply to a thread started a few weeks ago on "how to cover a large sheet cake" - can't remember off hand the exact name of this thread though!

 

How kind of you to offer to make the christening cake. Good luck and happy baking!

 

Regards

Margaret393

post #9 of 74

I was also thinking about cupcakes. You can buy big rectangle cake boxes at cake store places and pack em in. It might be easier to do all cupcakes or a a sheet cake and some cupcakes. Don't sweat it. They probably invited more people when they realized you were going to make the cake for free. 

 

Chances are that all of them will not show up!!!  You have already promised that you would do it so just hang in there and I am sure you will get through it.  Just try not to let people take advantage of you like that again. I know how it is that you are trying to be nice but sometimes people take advantage of that. Keep it all together and you will make it through. Hang in there and keep the faith!!!

post #10 of 74

PS

 

Hi tsal

 

I mentioned in an earlier post that I couldn't remember the name of a thread that I posted a picture of a christening cake with contrasting sheet cake. The thread started by fereshteh 24/2/13 was " I need a suggestion for covering a big cake"

 

Hope this helps!

Margaret393

post #11 of 74

I love the cupcake idea!

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I personally don't agree that  you have to make a  cake to feed 100 people. I would call her and tell her that I can only provide a cake to feed 50 or whatever you're comfortable with. This is your gift for  the baby shower everyone else gets to decide how much they want to spend and so should you.

 

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post #13 of 74

Who invites 100 people to a baby shower?  That's insane. It seems really rude to me that they would expect you to do that for free even if you offered. They know you are hobby baker?  They should at least offer to cover some of the materials/ingredients.   Or they could have you make a centerpiece cake to go with a sheet cake that THEY provide.

 

Rant aside....if you are planning on providing enough servings for 100 people I would go with the other suggestions of supplementing with cupcakes.

post #14 of 74

Oh you are by NO means committed to this. "I'm so sorry, but I had no idea you were expecting that many. I'd be happy to make a small two tier for you, and you can arrange other desserts around it." Something like that. Sorry, that would be a $600 or $700 gift from me, which would NOT happen! Please do not think you are locked into this. And heck to the no on making sheet cakes in addition. 

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Who invites 100 people to a baby shower?  

No kidding! But I would gladly make the cake for it! Not for free though. Geez, that's a big cake.

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