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post #16 of 31
The suspense is KILLING me!!
post #17 of 31
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I did preface the quote with:

 

Hello!
 
Let me start off by saying that a cake of this proportion and intense detail will take a full weeks worth of work to complete, possibly even longer.
 
With that being said, the cost would be $820 and would serve 72 people with the 12 x 18” sheet. I don’t even know if the 12 x 18” would be big enough for all that detail.
 
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Brooke
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post #18 of 31

I'm betting she won't reply after that.

post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by Relznik View Post

And I bet she's forgotten to add "and my budget is $75" 

 

I had a close acquaintance email me for her son's Bar Mitzvah cake.  The party had a Mission Impossible theme.  She wanted 3 tiers (by the sound of it, it would have to be on some sort of stand, because it wasn't for a stacked cake) and on one tier she wanted a box of dynamite with a model of her son about to cut the wire.  On another tier, she wanted one of the cartoon ball shaped bombs with something like 'BANG!' in a speech bubble coming out of it.  And on the top tier, she wanted an Mac laptop, because he likes them.  I've really pared it back...  her list of requirements was soooo long and soooo specific.

 

However, once we discussed portions and prices, she ended up with this! icon_wink.gif icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

Mission-Impossible-Bar-Mitzvah-Cake.jpg 379k .jpg file


I know this is totally off-topic, but how in the world did you do that tiny writing where it says the case will self-destruct??!!  (Great cake btw!)

post #20 of 31
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I know this is totally off-topic, but how in the world did you do that tiny writing where it says the case will self-destruct??!!  (Great cake btw!)


Thanks.  That was piped with royal icing. icon_smile.gif

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post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post

The following is an email from a potential client.  I have never had such a specific order request that I don't even know where to begin.  First of all, I will be on vacay from June 15-20th.  My June is pretty open right now, so I can get the figures done before-hand and even the baking, for that matter.  I can't wait to sit down and price this baby out....although I'm sure I will get the "Oh, I didn't realize that it would be that much..." response.  I'm thinking at least $15-20/figure and she wants 7!!!!!  I will have to ask her how many she needs to serve first to see how big this thing will need to be.  And with all the detail of the expressions she wants, they will have to be decent size figures.  Oy...any thoughts?

 

 

Hello,

I am throwing a surprise birthday party for my son on June 22, 2013. I have an awesome idea for his birthday cake. It's a lot easier to describe it over the phone than in a message. But my idea involves a football field cake with some sculpted football players and a couple cheerleaders. Can you tell me if you're available for that date?

Here's my idea for his cake.

I wanted a football field cake. My son plays defense and I wanted him reaching for the QB with like a "GRRRR" look on his face and the QB with his eyes shut and knees bent inward handing over the ball..like he's scared. And my son would be in mid stride with his foot looking like he stuffed another opposing players head in the turf with his body sticking out. Or possibly have my son's shoe print on the opposing players face and kind of flattened into the turf. Also, one other of my son's teammates chasing after another opposing player with the opposing player running away looking scared. I was thinking 5 football players. Plus I wanted two cheerleaders off of the cake holding up a banner like what football players run through that says Happy 18th Birthday Andrew.

I wanted the players to have their numbers with the uniforms closely matching their uniforms as well as the opposing players uniforms. I know the cheerleaders uniforms would be extremely difficult to match totally but close would be great. I would like one cheerleader to resemble his cheerleader. I have photos I can email if you are available for this date.

Well if this ain't Cake Fantasy crossed with Helicopter Mom, I don't know what is.

 

You answer this the same way that you answer any other first inquiry.

 

You ask them to provide full name, address, telephone and cell#'s,  event site. Cake flavours, food allergies, ask for pics. You tell them your deadline for a deposit, your preferred methods of payment, your delivery charge, your base price for a field sheet cake, and your price per figure. BORE THEM.

 

Do not invest a second's time beyond the common courtesy until you see cold hard cash.

 

No cash? No order. Enjoy that vacation all the more...

post #22 of 31
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To which she replies:

 

 

"Wow ok. I appreciate your time but I won't pay that much for a cake. Thanks for your time.

Have a great day"

 

I gave her the names of some other bakers that may do the same quality as me.   And I did ask her budget, just for giggles...to see if there was something I could do for that budget.  I almost don't wanna know because as previous posters said....she won't be happy with anything since she is so picky.  BUT I am DYING to see what she thought she COULD pay for a cake like that.  I'll still find a way to turn it down if she emails me back.

 

I told her the figures alone would take 2-3 hours with the detail + expenses.

 

Whatevs

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post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post

To which she replies:

 

 

"Wow ok. I appreciate your time but I won't pay that much for a cake. Thanks for your time.

Have a great day"

 

"I won't pay that much for a cake."  ............. I think I would have sent her a map to Costco. At least she was semi-polite about it. People just have no idea.

post #24 of 31
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She responded that her budget was $350-400, which really surprised me.  I asked her if she wanted me to come up with something within her budget. 

 

She said "No, thank you...I'm going to pass."

 

THANK GOODNESS!  Dodged that bullet.  Wasn't sure why she even bothered to tell me her budget if her answer was no.  Maybe she was lying and it really only was $75..she just didn't want me to know?
 

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post #25 of 31

She was totally lieing to you about her budget! Don't believe that for one minute. She walked because you didn't roll over for her.

post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post

She responded that her budget was $350-400, which really surprised me.  I asked her if she wanted me to come up with something within her budget. 

 

She said "No, thank you...I'm going to pass."

 

THANK GOODNESS!  Dodged that bullet.  Wasn't sure why she even bothered to tell me her budget if her answer was no.  Maybe she was lying and it really only was $75..she just didn't want me to know?
 

I doubt it. If she had plans to spend that much she would have tried to see what you could make for that amount. Champagne taste on a beer budget. Even if she could afford it, I feel like she would have been hard to satisfy.

post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post

She responded that her budget was $350-400, which really surprised me.  I asked her if she wanted me to come up with something within her budget. 

She said "No, thank you...I'm going to pass."

THANK GOODNESS!  Dodged that bullet.  Wasn't sure why she even bothered to tell me her budget if her answer was no.  Maybe she was lying and it really only was $75..she just didn't want me to know?
Her next stop will probably be Craigslist to find an unlicensed baker who will donate their time to make the cake she wants within her budget. That's why she passed, she doesn't want to compromise on the design or the budget.
post #28 of 31

I just about fell out of my chair when I saw her price for that very detailed cake was only $75.00!!!  I can't wait to see her response on the price you quoted her icon_biggrin.gif

post #29 of 31

I blame Duff... icon_cry.gif

post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by ladyonzlake View Post

I just about fell out of my chair when I saw her price for that very detailed cake was only $75.00!!!  I can't wait to see her response on the price you quoted her icon_biggrin.gif


In fairness, she didn't...

 

...  It was I who said (jokingly) that that's what her budget probably is!!

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