Length Of Time Questions...

Business By Rhonda19 Updated 28 Aug 2008 , 4:17pm by mandi1613

Rhonda19 Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 12:42pm
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Hi everyone!
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!!!
Rhonda

5 replies
bethola Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 12:51pm
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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

woodthi32 Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 12:51pm
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I do this part time, actually. I go to school and have another job. I would need two weeks, preferable moreicon_smile.gif, no less...........

FromScratch Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 12:52pm
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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.

marmalade1687 Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 3:44pm
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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! icon_lol.gif Until they understand, they are considered cake muggles!! LOL! (I still love that one!!) icon_lol.gif

mandi1613 Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:17pm
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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.

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