How Many Cakes Can You Take On At One Time??

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Lovemesomecake Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 6:19pm
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How many cakes do you feel comfortable doing in one weekend?? Next weekend I'll be doing 4 cakes, all due on Saturday. EEK!! I've never done that many in one weekend before! How many will you take on??

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Writecakes Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 6:22pm
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That's the max I've done in one weekend. What are the designs of your cakes? Sounds like you will be busy, busy! icon_wink.gif

ladybug76 Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 6:25pm
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I think it all depends on the design, occasion for cake, etc. In general, I only do 1 cake per weekend (this is PT job for now)... max of 2. My cakes can take anywhere from 6-10 hours to complete due to modeling.
Sure sounds like you will have your roller skates on in the kitchen!!! I bet they will all look awesome!! icon_biggrin.gif
~ Jaime

JGMB Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 6:41pm
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Are they going to be multi-tiered cakes or just a simpler layer cake? Do you have to carve them, and will they be covered in buttercream or fondant? I'm excited for you -- it's like your own Food Network Challenge! icon_lol.gif

I have a similar situation coming up, and I'm actually really looking forward to it. A church group I belong to is having a luncheon that happens every 3 months. They said that the same people always tend to sit together, so to mix it up, they're going to ask people to sit according to their birth month.

I get to make 6 (yes, 6!!!) different cakes, one for each table. For the Jan/Feb one, I'm doing a Valentine's cake, Mar/Apr will be Easter, May/June will be a springtime cake with flowers, July/Aug Independence Day, Sep/Oct Halloween, and Nov/Dec Christmas.

They'll all have to be ready to go on Thursday the 23rd. I can't wait!!

Good luck with yours, let me know how it goes so I'll be inspired!

Julie

kakedreamer1212 Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 6:45pm
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It really depends on the design but I'm usually comfortable with 3. 4 is pushing it for me but I did do 4 one weekend. When I have that many due in one weekend, I will start making the decorations several days in advance, try to have my cake boards covered and the icing already made up, before crunch time.

Writecakes Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 6:57pm
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Originally Posted by JGMB

Are they going to be multi-tiered cakes or just a simpler layer cake? Do you have to carve them, and will they be covered in buttercream or fondant? I'm excited for you -- it's like your own Food Network Challenge! icon_lol.gif

I have a similar situation coming up, and I'm actually really looking forward to it. A church group I belong to is having a luncheon that happens every 3 months. They said that the same people always tend to sit together, so to mix it up, they're going to ask people to sit according to their birth month.

I get to make 6 (yes, 6!!!) different cakes, one for each table. For the Jan/Feb one, I'm doing a Valentine's cake, Mar/Apr will be Easter, May/June will be a springtime cake with flowers, July/Aug Independence Day, Sep/Oct Halloween, and Nov/Dec Christmas.

They'll all have to be ready to go on Thursday the 23rd. I can't wait!!

Good luck with yours, let me know how it goes so I'll be inspired!

Julie




Julie,

What a great idea! How cool to do all those cakes! I can't wait to see your photos icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif

Caths_Cakes Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 7:06pm
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WOW . . go you! i hope you get em all done icon_biggrin.gif The most ive done in one go is . . 1 haha!! im doing my first 'big' lot, the end of this month, i have two large cakes and a kids party to cater! ive done both seperate . . but not both together! lol

Jen930 Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 7:13pm
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I actually did 7 cakes in one weekend...although 3 of them were graduation cakes and were fairly similar in design. I don't believe I would tackle 7 again, I was an emotional, sleepless wreck! Although I did try to have all icings made, boards covered, and I actually started baking earlier in the week and froze them...I don't normally do that, but it did work out very well. Good luck!

MikeRowesHunny Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 7:22pm
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I have what I consider to be a busy week for me the week after next. On the 16th I have a 3D tennis ball cake for my dance partner, 17th a bra cake, 18th a 3 tier wedding cake (plain pink with 1 huge and 2 small handmade gumpaste camellia flowers as decoration), and the 20th is my birthday, but I'm having the girls around on the 19th for a get together and for that there will be a 2 tiered quilted fondant cake with handmade feather & bead spray and satin ribbon/brooch decoration. I work part-time, but I'm taking that week off work to get it all done!

KKC Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 7:24pm
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One Saturday I had 7 cakes to get out. Only 4 of them were 3d, difficult type of cakes and the others were either sheet or layer cakes. But I had 3 people helping so it wasn't that bad!

indydebi Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 7:44pm
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I realized some time ago that I was phrasing my production schedule wrong, resulting in folks not realizing just how busy I might be.

I would say I had "....one cake this weekend." But that one cake is a 5-tier wedding, which means I don't have ONE cake ... I have TEN cakes to bake.

"How many cakes can I handle" depends on the size and the structure AND the catering schedule. I'd rather do a 5-tier cake to serve 250, than 6 or 7 cakes that serve 40. If I have a catering for 300, I turn down all cakes for that weekend. If I have no catering, I can easily do multiple D&R wedding cakes.

It's harder to do cakes and food. With food, I'm dealing with meats and fresh veggies, so cross-contamination is a big issue. I have to completely finish the cake, THEN totally clean up and start on the food.

I totally admire you guys who regularly do carved cakes! I'm not sure I'm that organized yet! icon_lol.gif

zdebssweetsj Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 8:22pm
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Every once in awhile I seem to lose my mind (inability to say NO), and bite off more than I can chew. It's actually harder on my family than it is for me. Last weekend I had four due three were tiered cakes with lots of detail. I'm still recovering. I also work a full time job.

Kiddiekakes Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 8:48pm
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I have done as many as 10 in one weekend..Darn near killed me...But I usually do about 5-7.

JGMB Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 9:09pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

If I have no catering, I can easily do multiple D&R wedding cakes.




What does "D&R" mean, Debi?

indydebi Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 9:12pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

If I have no catering, I can easily do multiple D&R wedding cakes.



What does "D&R" mean, Debi?




Oh, sorry. I call them "Drop and Run" cakes, meaning I don't have to stay and staff anything. When I write an event down in my calendar ("Smith wedding, 2:00,D&R") tells me immediately if it's a drop off cake or a full catering. I just drop 'em off and run out the door! icon_lol.gif

JGMB Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 9:19pm
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Oh, I had in mind "Delicious and Rich"!!!

indydebi Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 9:30pm
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Oh, I had in mind "Delicious and Rich"!!!




icon_lol.gif Just some of my calendar shorthand!

C = Cake only sampling
F&C = food and cake sampling
D&R = wedding cake only .... drop off

Lovemesomecake Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 9:59pm
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EEK I'm getting nervous now!! The cakes I have planned are: Spongebob, 2 two tiered bday cakes, a baby cake (6 inch &8 inch rounds) and a 3 tier fondant. I'm only covering two of the cake boards and I've already started on some of the decorations. lol (I'm quite the planner!) Hopefully I can pull it off....

Lovemesomecake Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:00pm
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Sooo, did I originally say 4? LOL b/c I mean't FIVE!!!!!!!!!!! YIKES.....oh boy.

Writecakes Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:51pm
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Wow! You will be busy! When I have that much to do, I wish I had an assistant. But I don't know anyone crazy enough to work with me until all hours of the morning! LOL

cakelady31 Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:15pm
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Funny... weekend cakes always mean a very busy week! By Saturday I am delivering wedding cakes and usually I'll have sunday pickups. I love Saturday nites! Time to put the old feet up for a few icon_smile.gif I think I have done 6 in one week, all for the end of the week and the weekend. I am a one woman show who works part time morning till noon , 1 o'clock elsewhere, then comes home and starts in on my own business. all the while watching my almost 4 year grandson.!I will commit to one major wedding cake a weekend (maybe two small ones) and a couple other occasion cakes. Thats enough for me!!

Lisaa1996 Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:22pm
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leah_s Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:33pm
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Let's see, most wedding cakes in one weekend = &, most in one day = 4. All multitiered.

This weekend I have 5 weddings, 2 groom's and three party cakes.

Sometimes I look at it in terms of servings. I can get out 1000 servings by myself. I gave up my helper several yeas ago.


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SugarFrosted Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:39pm
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Lisaa1996 Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 12:01am
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lol...something like that icon_smile.gif. My two-year old was playing on the computer and I must have left the cake central window up. He obviously had something to add to this thread icon_wink.gif

snowynight Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 2:01am
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Let's see this weekend was slow. I had a full sheet for a family reunion, a 3 tier stacked packages for a birthday and a 4 tier wedding cake. Whew!!! I'm bushed!!!!!!!
Seriously I do at least 4 at a time but I cut it off at 6. Can't handle any more than that.
I'm getting too old. LOL

Kitagrl Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 2:17am
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Between 3-5 cakes per weekend, just depends on design, and if they are spaced out over a couple weekend days, and if pickup or delivery. But usually that means tiered or sculpted cakes (not just sheet or round). I bake usually on Tuesday and then will do one cake per day (I have extra fridges) until they are done...can do two smaller cakes in one day but usually each cake will take me a day. Plus I have four boys, only two of which are in school yet.

MORSELSBYMARK Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 2:36am
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I'm a part timer, and the most I've ever had to do was 5 in one weekend. It was worth taking the Thursday and Friday as vacation days!

JGMB Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 4:56pm
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Originally Posted by JGMB

I have a similar situation coming up, and I'm actually really looking forward to it. A church group I belong to is having a luncheon that happens every 3 months. They said that the same people always tend to sit together, so to mix it up, they're going to ask people to sit according to their birth month.

I get to make 6 (yes, 6!!!) different cakes, one for each table. For the Jan/Feb one, I'm doing a Valentine's cake, Mar/Apr will be Easter, May/June will be a springtime cake with flowers, July/Aug Independence Day, Sep/Oct Halloween, and Nov/Dec Christmas.

They'll all have to be ready to go on Thursday the 23rd. Julie




I did get them finished!!! They're not perfect, but they're done. icon_razz.gif

sadsmile Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 5:06pm
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Originally Posted by JGMB


I get to make 6 (yes, 6!!!) different cakes, one for each table. For the Jan/Feb one, I'm doing a Valentine's cake, Mar/Apr will be Easter, May/June will be a springtime cake with flowers, July/Aug Independence Day, Sep/Oct Halloween, and Nov/Dec Christmas. Julie




Sounds fun!!! But- OMG how many bowls of diferent icing colors did you have to wash out??? Can't wait to see them. Go put your feet up and rest!!!

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