I know these questions are asked all the time but I've made one to surprise a friend tonight. There will be a lot of people there and I like to be prepared to make their eyeballs bug out of their heads .
I used 1- 11x15x2" cake and about 1/3 of 1- 8x2" square pan. I didn't have to carve off much and there are two filled tiers, making it about 8" tall. I covered it in fondant with details. Nothing fancy pretty simple. (didn't want to overwhelm myself on the 1st time and I'm not getting paid). I have said I my base price for carved cakes would be $5/serving. So, since this was a simple design would you go with just a fondant pricing or a sculpted pricing? And how many servings out of it? I was thinking about 35 servings- is that too many or not enough? Thanks for your input
Well, even though you didn't do a lot of carving, you did still scuplt it. So I would go with your sculpting price. You would just have to decide if if you want to keep it at the $5 price or if you want to raise the price as well.
I can't help with the servings. Don't forgete to post a pic!
35-ish servings yes
(purse is maybe 4-5 inches thick at the bottom?)
$5 serving yes (at least)
sounds good to me
good basic pricing for easy sculpture
are you at $4 serving for fondant cake?
sculpture should be at least $1- $1.50 more than fondant base price yes?
I tell everyone that I base my price on design, shape, size and flavors. Even though some purses may be the same size there may be many different elements to each. I just feel this way I can estimate time and work for each cake. If someone wants an exact to the T same cake then you have to have a base price like your $5.00 for sculpting. HTH
Well, the cake was a hit. It was kinda funny b/c the lady didn't know I was making a cake. The hostess said let's tell her. So, she told her to turn around and take a look. She had seen it already & was looking all over the place, was told exactly where to look & then looked at me w/ huge eyes & said "is that a cake?" She thought the hostess' daughter bought a new purse & put in on the buffet. She was so grateful & everyone loved the new flavor I introduced them to (pink champagne w/ white chocolate mousse) & the fondant too! (butavan flavored mmf). This is when you LOVE making cakes!
It was about 5x10" at the bottom, 8" tall. $4 is base for fondant covered cake. Glad to know I'm in the right ballpark figure. I didn't get any requests, but it was a foot the right direction.
This is it http://forum.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1408787&done=1
Whooot whooot!! Awesome work!!!
your picture is beautiful! Did you use wrapping paper over the cake board? It was a really nice choice of colors.
Thanks. Yes, it was wrapping paper. I put my cakes on a board so there's no need for concern w/ food safety