So She Comes To Me With A Margaret Braun Book....

Business By SweetArt Updated 30 Jun 2008 , 6:32pm by Jovy

SweetArt Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 10:55pm
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and she wants the cake on the cover.!.! icon_eek.gif

Now Margaret's cakes are often small, because the detail takes sooo much time. This bride wants this cake to serve 300!! (No sheet cakes.) I didn't even know what to say. icon_eek.gif She will definitely be the only cake I do that week. But as far as pricing goes, I dont even know where to begin!

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melysa Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:04pm
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indydebi Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:07pm
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$10 per serving my a$$!!!! For cake for 300, (*IF* I would even CONSIDER trying to duplicate it) I would put a price tag of $10,000 MINIMUM on the cake. I. AM. NOT. KIDDING.

Look at the work on that cake. This is a masterpiece.

You want me to duplicate Michaelangelo's Chapel in Rome? You're gonna pay for my time!!

jen1977 Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:12pm
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Run as fast as you can, and if she does catch you, I agree with Debi....$10,000! That's a TON of work!!!

melysa Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:18pm
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melysa Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:18pm
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CakeRN Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:19pm
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Yep ...price sounds fair to me....or...she can try to see if Walmart will do it.... icon_razz.gificon_lol.gif

I would bet that if you told her 10 grand that she would come up with another style cake really really fast. Unless she is like Ivanka Trump getting married I doubt she is going to spend that kind of moola on a cake. Remember above all things....BRIDES ARE STUPID WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR WEDDING WANTS!!....there will be a reality check for her....

Oh and insist on a 1000 dollar non refundable deposit to hold the date and full payment 2 weeks before the you time to cash the check and make sure it doesn't go....BOING!! icon_lol.gif

indydebi Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:22pm
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Oh ... I didn't throw out that number because of the name of the original artist. I threw it out because of the complexity of the work and the very high expectation on the part of the bride.

Ok, here's the part I left out..... $10,000 because I want to scare her away because for someone to ask me to duplicate the work of an artist of that stature with a cake of that level of artistry is probably unattainable .... so please let me scare you away with a ridiculously high price.

And if it doesn't scare her away, then I am properly compensated for the stress I'm about to undertake (and the bar bill I'm about to run up!). thumbs_up.gif

destini377 Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:27pm
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icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ROFL indydebi icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif At what point would one be able to pick their jaw up off the floor after a request like that??!!


FromScratch Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:31pm
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Wow.. that is one heck of a cake.. I think she said that that cake would cost 25K.. Now I couldn't get 25K for that cake.. but you better bet *IF* I were to even think about it.. you'd have a price tag that would make it worth my time. 300 servings.. she'd be paying 100$ per serving.. at LEAST.. damn.. That would take forever!

BrandisBaked Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:43pm
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Refer her to me... I'd LOVE to replicate that cake!

And I'd only charge her $8/serving. icon_biggrin.gif LOL!

ps3884 Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:43pm
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Wow!!!! I think this bride to be is going to be in sticker shock after getting a quote on this cake. Definitely not a cake the average person can afford! Can't wait to hear more (and see the cake)!!

nanni Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:43pm
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rezzygirl Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:46pm
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SHE WANTS WHAT!?!?!?! Image
OMG!! She obviously has NO IDEA! Hey, but if she's willing to pay... go for it!!

heavenscent Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:47pm
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I agree with everyone else. I would charge a minium of 5,000.00 thats crazy then pray she does not have that kind of extra money laying around. Your cakes are beautiful so please don't take this the wrong way. But something you really need to consider is can you duplicate the cake? I know I could not even come close so thats why I am saying this. Please let us know what happens. Good luck icon_biggrin.gif

summernoelle Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:56pm
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I hope you charge one hundred million dollars. kids are watching Austin Powers right now. icon_lol.gif

mom2spunkynbug Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 11:59pm
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OH MY FREAKIN' GAWD!!!!!!! icon_eek.gif





I can't wait to hear what happens with this cake!! I agree with the $1000 deposit and full payment (of AT LEAST $4000) two weeks before the date!

foxymomma521 Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:06am
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I definitely think you are talented enough, your cakes are gorgeous. Just throw out the highest number you are comfortable with, and at worst see if she counter offers you with something else. Good Luck, and PLEASE let us know!!

Katskakes Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:10am
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I can't wait to hear more about this... Please keep us updated on your talk with her about the price and your decision on making it. I would definately love to see this cake done here. Good luck with all!!

SophieBelle Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:16am
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As an aside, I read an interview with her where she said she doesn't bake her cakes. She has them baked and delivered to her studio. That's how much of an artist she is!

To be fair, someone who doesn't do cakes really doesn't realize the level of work that goes into something like that. They just see the book on the shelf along with all the other cake books and they think it's pretty, and they decide they want it. Let us know what her reaction is when you show her the numbers, though!!!

Briarview Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:16am
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How about telling her to contact Margaret Braun to price it then she might get the picture. LOL

Wendoger Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:19am
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Hey, if she is willing to pay, then why not???
I only wish I could be in on it....I would think a second and/or third decorater/baker would be neededicon_wink.gif

I hope she's rich and you actually get to do iticon_wink.gif

indydebi Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:26am
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Originally Posted by SophieBelle

As an aside, I read an interview with her where she said she doesn't bake her cakes. She has them baked and delivered to her studio. That's how much of an artist she is!

Wow! Can you imagine getting to that point? INcredible!

wysmommy Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:27am
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You mean you guys don't have fresh cakes delivered on demand to decorate when necessary. And I thought I was dealing with professionals here... icon_wink.gif

Eggshells Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 12:36am
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SOrry for the laugh..

it's just my

OMG, I can't freaking believe this bride laugh. But, if you do it, please, please , please post!

Feefs Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 1:29am
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oh my!! that cake is awesome.. but can you imagine the amount of time/work that went into it... bet "Margie" doesnt have 2 little kids running around her whilst decorating something like that!! good luck if you're going to tackle it... braver than me!

CoutureCake Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 6:24am
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On a serious note... There's no question in my mind that you can in fact make this cake!!! That's why there's the book available to go through step by step for it. I was watching their Food Network Southbeach festival and she did the centerpiece cake for it. I believe it was on Warren Brown's show that they showed how she did it. It was the cover cake, but scaled up to feed about 400+. She also didn't hold back with what she charges for cakes (I think $10K was an order minimum).

Also, the book says it takes about 2 weeks worth of time to do one of these cakes (there's a lot of prep work) so just plan for it and charge accordingly. And, even though it is for 300, charge at least $4500 for this one. That's $15/pp, but still, for not being able to take any other orders in the two weeks surrounding the wedding, you've got to make it worth your time. And, like others said, she may not flinch when she hears the price or she is going to compromise in a hurry.

In the grand scheme of things when you really look at the techniques used to make a Margaret Braun cake, they aren't complicated (I think making a gumpaste flower arrangement is more complex), just time consuming.

Have fun making the cake!!!

adobewife Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 6:44am
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I agree with CoutureCake! I think your cakes speak for themselves. And you know from experience that a great cake is all about the little steps, and attention to the details, and prep work, that leads up to a great execution. What a great feather in your portfolio, it could be your finest moment. I say go for it, and share your success with us when your done. Oh yeah! charge up the wazoo for it icon_wink.gif I think anything under 5k is a waste of you time and talent.

LauraS Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 6:50am
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Originally Posted by wysmommy

You mean you guys don't have fresh cakes delivered on demand to decorate when necessary. And I thought I was dealing with professionals here... icon_wink.gif

lol, well gosh, we are just behind the times.

Wow what a cake. I would not even begin to know here to start. I do like the idea that was mentioned charge the sky and let her start haggling.

can you imagine having your cake delivered to your studio. lol, how different life would be.

melysa Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 7:16am
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[quote="LauraS I would not even begin to know here to start. [/quote]

her book cakewalk gives instructions.

i agree with cakescoutour that the steps arent necessarily complicated if you know the basics, its just seriously time consuming.

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