Decorating By kels_bells Updated 16 Oct 2008 , 6:31pm by iluvjay829

kels_bells Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 2:32am
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I've been asked to replicate this cake but to scale it down to serve about 100-120. It will be choc and vanilla cake with cream filling. How would you charge for this? would you charge an extra fee for all the leaves/pumpkins? and which sizes would you use to make enough for 100-120 servings. TIA

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karateka Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 4:22pm
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If it were me doing it, I'd charge a nominal fee for the leaves and pumpkins, just to cover my cost. They don't look very difficult or time consuming, so for a smaller cake I'd probably only charge another $15 or so for them.

As for base price, check around your area for buttercream iced cakes and place yourself somewhere in the middle of the range.


Starkie Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 4:33pm
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In my area, I charge $2.50 per serving for buttercream, which includes basic decorations like I see here. That would total $250 ~ $300 for this cake.

If the client wanted the square on the bottom, you could do 12" square, and then 10-8-6" rounds. This comes out to 113 servings. If saving the top tier for the anniversary, then you could do 12" square, 10-9-8-6", which gives you 120 servings without the top tier.


kakeladi Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 4:34pm
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My feeling is that you are making leaves instead of flowers. Do you charge extra for flowers? Why should you charge extra - it's the design?
For only 100-120 you are only going to have 3 tiers - probably the top 3 show in the pic. I think I would make 14, 10, 6 for about 116 servings. If you go any bigger or add a sq base it will be way over icon_sad.gif OR add a 4" top on top of the 6 for about 12-14 more servings. OR, or, make the base 14" a square....can't remember right off how many more servings than a round but about 15-20?

kaseynh Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 4:42pm
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I just made a round wedding cake w/some of the same elements. Fondant leaves, acorns, pumpkins and cranberries. It was pumpkin spice and chocolate pumpkin cakes w/cream cheese icing covered in fondant. I made it for my husbands nephew and his bride. They loved it! It was 12, 9 and 6" I've posted pictures below. HTH


kels_bells Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 7:03pm
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Thanks everyone for your advice. I've never priced a cake for someone who wasn't family so I apreciate all your help.
KASEYNH your cake is beautiful!
I'll post a pic when I'm done. Thanks!!!

kandu001 Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 2:15am
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I agree with starkie. $2.50 for buttercream per serving sounds good. princess.gif

kels_bells Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 12:24am
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Here is my final cake. I didn't do the original any justice but the bride really liked it so I was happy. TFL

sari66 Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 12:36am
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You did a really great job on it! I'm sure it was a big hit.

Jayde Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 12:43am
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I love it! I think you did a beautiful job! Congrats to you.

Wildrose6633 Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 1:00am
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Your cake is beautiful. I really like what you did. thumbs_up.gif

Momkiksbutt Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 1:10am
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Looks great to me!!

cylstrial Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 2:15am
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It looks awesome! Great job! How much did you end up charging?

kels_bells Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 2:42pm
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Thank you everyone you guys always make me feel much better.
CYLSTRIAL I ended up charging $2.50 per serving.

kbw5780 Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 2:53pm
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I think it is beautiful. I hope that I can make one that is half that good one day......many, many years from now when I have had lots of practice and really know what I am

juleskaye518 Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 3:02pm
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So pretty!!!

kaseynh Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 3:56pm
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Kels_bels your cake is beautiful. Great job on the leaves and scroll work!

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iluvjay829 Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 6:31pm
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That is one of my favorite cakes and you definetely did it justice. Great job!!!

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