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post #1 of 46
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Ok so i have been asked by a co-worker to make a baby shower cake for her cousin. She has never had my cakes before. She wants a Zebra/Leoperd print cake to look like the invite. With standing giraffes. She wants a full sheet cake. Which is simple. She hands me $20 and says this should cover it, right? I only make scratch cakes and that will barely cover supplies let alone my time. Agggghhhhh. Im too nice and i dont want to offend her because i know she doesnt have that much money. What should i do?

post #2 of 46

I would be honest and tell her its not even enough to cover expenses and let her know what the price really would be.  I know its hard since she's a co worker, but why should you go in the hole for her cousin baby shower?  Gosh I charge $80 for a plain double layer buttercream sheet cake with no decorations other than just a quick border. Good luck...

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post #3 of 46

I agree with JSK, if you do this for her this time, she might try to come back in the future or even tell others, and they will expect the same thing.  You don't want that to happen at all.  People just don't understand who's never done it. I don't mind making a cake for a work celebration for free or a friend's birthday for free if that is my "gift" to them, but that's not even your case. 
 

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post #4 of 46

Return her money and tell her that you're sorry but it is not enough. Tell her your price and if she doesn't want to pay it she can go to Walmart and get a cake. I think she is trying to take advantage of you.

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post #5 of 46

WOW!!! That is some cakeballs right there! I would never dream of taking advantage like that, I am with doramoreno62 that she knows what she did. She doesn't think you are going to say anything. Regular people who are paying for a product don't do that, they ask how much it will be before money changes hands.

 

If you want to play like she is, just go to her and tell her that you appreciate the deposit, but you need the final payment of $XXXX by Friday before you can start baking.

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post #6 of 46
Are you a legal business? If so, print up an invoice with the actual cost (it would probably be at least in the $150-200 range) and discuss it with her. If she can't afford it, you may be able to scale down the cake, although obviously not down to $20.
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I work for a bakery, that does not do cakes. So i have my license to do them from home. Ive only had a handful of people actually order from me. I know its a good way to get my name out there, but still. I really do like the idea about the "deposit". Thank you all so much for letting me vent. I dont know many people in my area. So CC really helps.

post #8 of 46
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Originally Posted by aefswelsh View Post

She wants a full sheet cake.

Make sure she knows what size a full sheet cake is and how many it serves... she might mean a 1/4 sheet, so ask what her serving goal is.

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Originally Posted by aefswelsh View Post

I work for a bakery, that does not do cakes. So i have my license to do them from home. Ive only had a handful of people actually order from me. I know its a good way to get my name out there, but still. I really do like the idea about the "deposit". Thank you all so much for letting me vent. I dont know many people in my area. So CC really helps.

Glad I can help!

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post #10 of 46
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Originally Posted by aefswelsh View Post

She wants a full sheet cake.

Make sure she knows what size a full sheet cake is and how many it serves... she might mean a 1/4 sheet, so ask what her serving goal is.

That is true, too! I get all kinds of people calling and asking for pricing on a "sheet cake" or a "full sheet" so I ask how many they need to serve, and it is rarely more than 25.

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post #11 of 46
Even Walmart is $42.00 dollars for a full sheet cake in my area.
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Even Walmart is $42.00 dollars for a full sheet cake in my area.

Yes, but Walmart are the PROFESSIONALS! If they can sell for $42 they must be making a large profit... The op is just an amateur, the $20 ought to MORE than cover the cost and allow her to "play" at making a cake. icon_rolleyes.gif

 

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post #13 of 46
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

Yes, but Walmart are the PROFESSIONALS! If they can sell for $42 they must be making a large profit... The op is just an amateur, the $20 ought to MORE than cover the cost and allow her to "play" at making a cake. icon_rolleyes.gif

(For those of you who do not know me yet, that is laden with HEAVY SARCASM!!! Please don't send me nasty messages!)
Lol!
post #14 of 46
I was already LOL as I read your reply-- before your disclaimer at the end---
post #15 of 46

Stop the train while you can! When someone gets a cheap cake, they literally open the flood gates for other people looking for a "cheap" cake lady. It will be hard getting rid of them afterwards. Believe me, I know and it took me about a year to erase "cheap" cake lady from my business. I'd hand her an invoice of just how much the ingredients cost and how much labor is involved. Or she can always go buy everything that you need to make this cake and then realize that $20 will not cover it. I avoid doing business with people that are acquaintances (like co-workers, my mother's friends) but not close enough to be REALLY CLOSE friends/family because of situations like this. What happens if she doesn't want the cake after all? It will be kind of awkward seeing her at work. Best of luck!

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