I am new to this forum, and have only recently started making cakes for the public...even though I have been making them for family and friends.
My question is, How far in advance do you take a cake order, with fondant decorations? My brother in law wanted me to do a cake with fondant decorations..( Small woman sitting on pier fishing..complete with lake scene) for a retirement party. It would have been a "GREAT " chance for me to show people what I can do.
But, he gave me this order late Sunday Night and wanted the cake Tuesday Morning. So I passed..... My fondant decorations would not have had a chance to dry.
So, how far in advance do you take a cake order??
Thanks for the help!!!
I don't do cakes "professionally" either, but, do have friends that ask me to make cakes. I REQUIRE 2 weeks in advance or don't even call. That way, IF I do fondant decorations they have time to dry and I can work it into my schedule which is quite busy since I work a "real" job as well!
My advice is to set a time and only make RARE exceptions. People will get used to that and will honor it!
Beth in KY
I do this part time, actually. I go to school and have another job. I would need two weeks, preferable more, no less...........
I like to have at least 2 weeks for a cake though I do take last minute orders if I have the time. One week would be my limit for anything with decos that had to dry.
I usually like to have 2 weeks to fit the order into my schedule, but I can take last minute orders too. Anything that requires advance work though, does not fit into that category of "last minute order" - at least a week. You'll have to train your family, friends and clients to understand that! Until they understand, they are considered cake muggles!! LOL! (I still love that one!!)
It's so funny that this forum came up today. Just today i decided that i would need at least 2 weeks notice for cakes. I could take a cake with 1 weeks notice but it would have to be a simple sheet cake with no fondant accents. I too work full time and go to school part time and need time to work a cake into my schedule.