Only Wants Fondant, She'll Bake Cake??

Business By Bonniecakes08 Updated 26 Jan 2009 , 7:06am by jules06

Bonniecakes08 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:19pm
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Here's a good one! Just got an email from someone who wants me to cover a wedding cake she is making in fondant. Its a three tier square cake. What do you all think about it? What would you charge?

46 replies
kaat Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:21pm
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Is she asking you to decorate it or just cover it?

FlowerGirlMN Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:24pm
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I wouldn't touch it.

bakery_chick Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:27pm
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I gotta agree with flowergirl...
Wouldn't touch it!!! Can you be guaranteed in what condition the cake will come?
Too many possible problems!

tcakes65 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:28pm
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

I wouldn't touch it.



I agree! If something happens, you could be held liable. If she can't handle covering the cake in fondant, she should contract the entire cake with you.

Atomikjen Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:28pm
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run away, don't look back!

what if something happens to her baked cakes and you don't have anything else?

don't do it.

grama_j Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:29pm
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Couldn't pay me enough....... I'm afraid you will be sorry if you do.....

tiggy2 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:29pm
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I wouldn't touch it either. Sell her some fondant.

AmyGonzalez Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:30pm
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Thats odd icon_confused.gif I agree with FlowerGirlMN....don't do it.

scoutmamma Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:31pm
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i would let her know that you respectfully decline to do what she is asking... you are a putting yourself on the line... if her cake looks like hell, or tastes bad... who do you think is gonna get the credit... if it looks good... she will happily step up for the gold star!

Shelle_75 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:34pm
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

I wouldn't touch it.




'Nuff said.

__Jamie__ Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:38pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bonniecakes08

Here's a good one! Just got an email from someone who wants me to cover a wedding cake she is making in fondant. Its a three tier square cake. What do you all think about it? What would you charge?


Bwahahahaha...I wouldn't charge her a dime...cause I wouldn't do it!

mandice Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:39pm
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ditto to what everyone else is saying.

giggysmack Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:39pm
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I agree don't do it you could be held liable if someone gets sick or other problems. You could wind up loosing everything!

cookieman Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:43pm
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Do not do it. I can bet you that "just covering with fondant" will turn into more as the day nears and then you will be stuck doing a lot more work than you bargained for...literally! And if nothing else...the request is ludicrous!

mommyle Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:47pm
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I would do it for $350. "Oh dear, your cakes just wouldn't stand up to the fondant... what recipe did you use??? I've had to replace them with my own cakes..."

pinklesley1 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:47pm
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you can offer to teach her how to cover her own cake in fondant... but i wouldnt do it...

KoryAK Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:50pm
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No way. She is going to show up with a hot mess guaranteed. Tell her where to buy fondant and let he have at it.

TOMAY Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 9:52pm
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Sure I would do it but only if you follow this "special fondant" cake recipe . In other words tell her the recipe she has to use is the one you supply because the cake has to stand the fondant weight , Charge for your fondant and then a 50 dollar per cake. Let her know that because your doing the covering only that you are not responsible for her cake comming out correctly. THen tell her you need a 50% deposit that is not refundable and that you can not make cakes on a moments notice if her cakes fall apart.
OR
Like everyone else says just do not do it . To much of a headache.

scrapperjade Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 10:01pm
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No way would I do it! RUN AWAY!!!

What if the cakes she gives you are totally unlevel? Or just a box mix, making them so light & crumbly that they'd just fall apart under the fondant?

I would turn her down for sure!

BitsnBites Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 10:05pm
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What is with all the people asking for just decorating the cake? They provide the baked cake? I've been seeing a lot of these kind of posts lately. Has it always been like this?

Oh, and I wouldn't touch it either. for all the reasons stated before.

LaBellaFlor Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 10:25pm
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At best sell her some fondant, but NOTHING ELSE! That is just asking for a problem. Who asks to do that anyway?!

cakesbycathy Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 10:53pm
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Never, ever decorate a cake you didn't bake yourself.

This includes only covering it in fondant, since that is part of decorating.

classiccake Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 11:27pm
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I am going to get my own filet steak and take it to my favorite restaurant and ask them to grill it so I can take it home and finish it off with my herbed butter and enjoy eating it!!

indydebi Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 4:32am
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Getting on the "wouldn't touch it' bandwagon.

btw, I use mixes for cakes and they hold up just fine under fondant. I have my top tier from my birthday cake sitting on my counter right now ... it's 7 days old and still looks/tastes great.

Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 4:50am
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People get the goofiest ideas, don't they?

I finally had my first. The wife of a co-worker asked me to bake the cake, then bring it to her house so she and her 8-year-old birthday girl could help me decorate it. I told her I wouldn't be interested in a 'participative' decorating project, but then I gave her some ideas of how to do it herself with her daughter, which luckily she decided to do.

Sure, I'd like to come over on a Saturday and spend a few hours with you and your 8-year-old, neither of whom I even know, to be underpaid for a cake that would look like an 8-year-old made it. Then all the party moms would want me to do the same for their kids' parties. Not my scene!!

CindiM Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 4:53am
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Hi Bonnie,
I have a rule. I don't "do" part of anything, for anybody. End of story.

scrapperjade Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 4:59am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Getting on the "wouldn't touch it' bandwagon.

btw, I use mixes for cakes and they hold up just fine under fondant. I have my top tier from my birthday cake sitting on my counter right now ... it's 7 days old and still looks/tastes great.




Really??? I find my box mixes SO crumbly, I just assumed it would crash with the weight of the fondant on it plus stacked... if it holds up, why do people add pudding mix & stuff (this is an honest question, I'm a total newbie to caking!)...

Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 5:05am
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The only time my box mixes are crumbly is if I overbake them. I almost always doctor up my mixes now because I think it does make them denser, but even when I don't they're moist and sturdy enough for fondant.

scrapperjade Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 5:10am
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Originally Posted by Ruth0209

The only time my box mixes are crumbly is if I overbake them. I almost always doctor up my mixes now because I think it does make them denser, but even when I don't they're moist and sturdy enough for fondant.




Oh! Well who knew (I guess quite a few, haha)... see, I learned something new AGAIN today! Thanks for the reply!

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