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post #1 of 18
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I was recently approached to replicate Kate and Wills' 8 tier mammoth of a cake... for $1000. I never even bothered addressing the price because there was no way little CFL baker (with zero Lambeth experience) would be able to pull that off, much less with 2 weeks notice.
I was informed that some caker has accepted the task at that price point. May the odds be ever in their favor. I await pictures....

The request got me thinking how many people, hours and $ do you think it would take you to recreate that masterpiece?
post #2 of 18
Is the whole thing cake, or did they want some dummy tiers as well?

I did a 6 tier dummy cake (Margaret Braun style) that took me 8 hours total. It would have been about twice that if I had to bake and ice those tiers as well. I haven't studied the royal wedding cake to address this question (though I have seen pics back when it was made) but I would venture an estimate of about 20-30 hours of total decorating time for a seasoned decorator if the whole thing is cake.
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post #3 of 18
Well it took the pro with a team of 50 staff 5 weeks, so I can't wait to see the train wreck that $1,000 and two weeks gets you. There were 900 sugar flowers on it alone, never mind all the piping.
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post #4 of 18
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Well it took the pro with a team of 50 staff 5 weeks, so I can't wait to see the train wreck that $1,000 and two weeks gets you. There were 900 sugar flowers on it alone, never mind all the piping.
I try to stay positive about these things but I'm nervous for the client. It takes a pro to take one look at that cake and know it is an impossible quest. They would need a staff of cakers working full time for those 2 weeks on the cake only to do the original justice. The labor alone makes $1000 a pittance.

Also $1000 sounds like a lot to spend on cake till you consider they want the replica of an $80, 000 cake (per some reports online).
post #5 of 18
I just googled it, and I would love to see the $1000 version icon_smile.gif
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I try to stay positive about these things but I'm nervous for the client. It takes a pro to take one look at that cake and know it is an impossible quest. They would need a staff of cakers working full time for those 2 weeks on the cake only to do the original justice. The labor alone makes $1000 a pittance.

Also $1000 sounds like a lot to spend on cake till you consider they want the replica of an $80, 000 cake (per some reports online).

That's because you are a nice, goodhearted person. I am not, and look forward to seeing it featured on cake wrecks.

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That's because you are a nice, goodhearted person. I am not, and look forward to seeing it featured on cake wrecks.

 

Hahaha Yeah, I'm much nicer to customers than irl... I wanna see the wreck lol

post #8 of 18
Oy vey - customers shmustomers - gimme the cakewrecks any day!
post #9 of 18
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LOL! Hey I want to see it too. I hope I get a photo when all is said and done.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by vgcea View Post

I was recently approached to replicate Kate and Wills' 8 tier mammoth of a cake... for $1000. I never even bothered addressing the price because there was no way little CFL baker (with zero Lambeth experience) would be able to pull that off, much less with 2 weeks notice.
I was informed that some caker has accepted the task at that price point. May the odds be ever in their favor. I await pictures....

The request got me thinking how many people, hours and $ do you think it would take you to recreate that masterpiece?

May the odds be ever in their favor. Hahahahahahaha!! I love it! What a perfect sentiment! :D

post #11 of 18
I am so tempted to do a dummy replica now just to see how long it would take. I think I would avoid the 12 tiers on the bottom though, maybe just do the same design but only on two stacked tiers.
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post #12 of 18

For those of you who get a request for a replica of the royal wedding cake but for much less than "royal" prices, Fiona Cairns designed a smaller 5-tier version with elements of the original royal cake design here: http://cakegeek.co.uk/index.php/royal-wedding-cake-inspiration/.  She charges STG1,500 for this cake (which is approximately USD$3,000).

post #13 of 18
That's a nice inspiration piece. Would still be more than $1,000 though!
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post #14 of 18
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Okay so the base of the royal wedding cake is 12 single tiers. Trying to wrap my mind around the stacking at the base. What kind of supports? In what configuration?
post #15 of 18
It looks like they stacked up four separate 3 tier cakes around a central support for the top 5 tiers, with there being an additional very sturdy support under the fourth tier and some small rounds around the base to fill in the gaps.
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