I often feel like an oddball here, as I can't make more than a couple cakes a month and still enjoy the art of it! When it's an occasional type of thing, I have the best time, but if I were making cakes everyday, I don't think it would be fun anymore.
Do any of you ever get burned out? How many cakes do you all average a month? Just curious.
I don't do a lot of cakes, either, but I can empathize.
Two years ago, I had one grad party after another, all with at least 100 guests. Not wanting to do just one big cake, I made a series of smaller cakes, all different designs and flavors. We're talking 3-4 cakes, rolled fondant, gumpaste flowers, fondant painting- each cake worth at least $150. It really took a lot out of me, and by the time came to do a project for a cake show, I just wasn't in the mood, so I skipped it.
Over the past few weeks, I did three birthday cakes, 12 dozen pierogies with butter and onions, and 3 large steam pans of ziti for birthday parties. And yes, again it burned me out so much that I didn't have any desire to start my cake show projects!
So, yes, even for people who don't sell cakes, the burnout is there.
And yes, I started the projects last night. I entered all categories, but I will be very happy if I can get 4 of the 12 done in time. They're due next Sunday.
I haven't experience burned out and with any career or biz you have moments when you had enough. This is my second career my 1st was hair and I got burned out. I do not want to get like this with cakes. I think you have to pace your self and of course this is a very physical taxing profession after come from the hair industry it had prepared me for this. But you're not alone.