I apologize if this has been asked before. I did a search and couldn't find anything, but don't shoot me if I missed it!!
Does anyone refuse doing buttercream custom cakes? Or charge more for a buttercream custom cake?
I am a perfectionist and HATE putting my name on a buttercream custom cake. I find there is too much room for error and they actually take me longer than when I cover them in fondant. I typically hear two things from customers. They hate the flavor of fondant and only want buttercream used. (They have never tasted MY fondant, and I put plenty of buttercream under the fondant and between layers). Then I get the second excuse..."I just know that fondant costs more"...
So anyway I am perfectly fine doing basic round or sheet cakes in buttercream, but the custom cakes which people typically seek me out for are just too much stress. I often think of just making a blanket rule that fondant must be used in custom cakes, or just jack up my buttercream prices higher to cover the extra cost of my obsessive laboring and stress. Does this seem unrealistic and bossy? Part of me thinks it's going to give me a bad name, and part of me thinks "heck it's my business I can do what I want". I just hate putting my name on those buttercream cakes that go out the door when I know it would look a 100 times better in fondant.
As an example, I did this cake a couple weeks ago. There is obviously a LOT of fondant work, however the customer would not let me cover the whole thing. It ended taking twice as long for me to get it "just right".