I am new to using fondant. This is the 3rd and biggest cake I have covered in fondant and while I am decently pleased with the outcome, I feel as though I probably wouldn't have paid the suggested prices I have found on some of the discussion boards here.
The bottom tier is 3 10" chocolate cakes filled with strawberry cream cheese frosting and a buttercream crumb coat.
The top tier is 2 6" vanilla with the same filling and crumb coat.
I bought my ingredients during a regular grocery trip so it is hard for me to say how much I spent on ingredients but I would assume somewhere between $50 and $70.
I baked the cakes low and slow as to prevent the dome on top and to eliminate waste from needing to level them. As I only have 1 normal sized oven I could only bake 2 cakes at a time so it took quite a while. I would say start to finish I spent 15 hours on this cake.
It is my daughter's 1st birthday cake and many of my guests asked if I would do something similar (perhaps smaller) for their children's birthdays so now I am looking at a reasonable price to ask. What would you pay for this cake?
I am aware of the wrinkle on the bottom tier, that happened because my butter cream dam broke and some of the cream cheese frosting started seeping out. Since this was only for my daughter's birthday I didn't bother fixing it but if it were for someone else I would have gone back and done it over.IMG_20130614_231439_991 (2).jpg 794k .jpg file IMG_20130615_135538_923 (2).jpg 1,048k .jpg file