Icing On The Cake Home Parties

Decorating By kkelch75 Updated 15 Mar 2010 , 1:38pm by cakesdivine

kkelch75 Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 10:26pm
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Just wondering if anyone has any experience with Icing on the Cake home parties? I found an ad on Craigslist for being a demonstrator for these parties to teach people to decorate. Didn't know if this is legit or worth my time/effort. Any input would be appreciated icon_smile.gif Thanks!!

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nicoles0419 Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 2:55am
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I've never herd of that, is it like a purse party or pampered chef but with cake?

kkelch75 Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 3:56am
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It sounds like one of those kind of parties cuz it offers hostess benefits. You get paid $15 per person with a six person minimum at each party. Not sure if you have to use your own supplies or what.

hails Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:22am
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I have never heard of that but it sounds like it would be fun!!!

nicoles0419 Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:24am
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I googled it and can't find anything, are they asking for money? this might be a scam

thin4life Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:27am
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Ok gals/guys, I found the website:

http://icingonthecakehomeparties.com/

miasuzzette Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:30am
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Hi, To all... Craigslist is good for Scammers, Becareful. I had put an ad. Some how they took my phone number to call other people. I had to change the Number. Please, Becareful... icon_wink.gif

nicoles0419 Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:32am
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The company doesnt sound as good/professional as I was hoping lol

thin4life Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:34am
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I just emailed them. I will let you know when they get back to me.

kricket Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:37am
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I didn't read through everything on the website (it was a bit "wordy"), but I would think you could make a lot more money doing a cake class on your own.

Texas_Rose Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:50am
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I saw that same ad but I am just naturally lacking in motivation icon_razz.gif

Actually, I've seen people advertising cake classes in their homes before, not as a part of a program like that but just on their own. They usually charge more...the ones I've seen wanted $40 for a 3 hour class. I wouldn't want to invite anyone from craigslist into my house, personally...I've met a few nice ones but many, many more weirdos through CL.

That particular website doesn't sound like it is very reputable, because they say you don't need any experience to teach the classes, that they can send you to one of the classes and then you can teach after that. We all know you can't learn enough to be an expert in 3 hours, and if I were taking a class, I'd want to think the teacher knew a lot more than me.

I'm curious what they'll say about becoming an instructor...either charge a fee or make you buy a kit would be my guess.

hails Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 4:57am
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I just sent them a message as well, looking forward to seeing what they say.
There is a part where they mention you can host a party at your home so perhaps that
would be a good thing to test them out first, if it's legit it would be so exciting
way better than a Tupperware party, well let's see. have a great evening to all

kkelch75 Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 11:59am
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I read some of the website as well. Still not sure about them, but I guess I'll e-mail them too and see what happens! It sounds like fun, but I just worry about the lil' scammers! Thanks all!

minicuppie Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 2:10pm
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This company has been around for at least 2 years (I think it's been about that long since I ran across them the first time) That said I don't think they have updated their web-site since then. Seems pretty benign...

kkelch75 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 3:54am
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Just recieved an e-mail from them saying they will gimme a call tomorrow afternoon. Will let you all know what they say! Have a good night!

thin4life Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:23am
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Originally Posted by kkelch75

Just recieved an e-mail from them saying they will gimme a call tomorrow afternoon. Will let you all know what they say! Have a good night!




I also got an email saying the same thing, unfortunately I will not be available to talk to them until Wed or Thurs. So let us know what you find out.

Lisa

hails Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 2:18pm
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Originally Posted by kkelch75

Just recieved an e-mail from them saying they will gimme a call tomorrow afternoon. Will let you all know what they say! Have a good night!



I got one last night saying they will call today, let's see icon_smile.gif
Have a great day to all

Win Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 2:37pm
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I would not have even given them a contact number. There are so many ways to scam a person with only one piece of personal info. You hear about it over and over.

"If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

endymion Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 2:44pm
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I would think something more like "Pampered Chef" would be better than teaching basic cake decorating -- you can already get those classes from Wilton instructors.

I'd think you could do better by bringing various products to the party and demonstrating how to use them (and maybe having samples of really fancy decorated items to display, that required using the same tools)... and then take orders for the various "cake toys". You could still let people practice with the products at the party on cookies or something...

Sagebrush Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 3:03pm
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Originally Posted by nicoles0419

The company doesnt sound as good/professional as I was hoping lol




I agree... I read through the front page and the "follow the link and you will be just as excited about this as I am." page. It all just sounds like someone blabbering on and on in your ear. I find the writing style very off-putting. I kept finding typos, too... something you should never find on such a small site that's supposed to be professional.

I think it's a fun idea, but if it's like other at home party things and you are limited to showing the stuff the students can buy through you from this company, there is really such a very limited selection of products. It seems that there's only enough stuff to justify one basic level of instruction, so once you've taken a class, why would you take another?

None of the products are proprietary, either, so people can just as easily buy them online (or very, very similar products from JoAnn's, Michael's, Hobby, Lobby, etc.). Again... no reason for them to come back to you after that first class. With most other at home party companies, the majority of the products they offer, you can only get through them.

momg9 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 3:11pm
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You could easily do something like this on your own. With these types of home parties you always have to get your own clients anyway, so why give another company a cut of your money?

KHalstead Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 3:27pm
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I agree.........I do little parties for bridal showers etc. I charge $25/person (minimum of 4 people) and I bring everyone a 4" square or 5" round single layered cake and they get to choose 3 colors. I make up all the icing and everything into the decorating bags and bring all my tips and spend 30 min. showing them basic techniques and the other 30 watching them make a MESS of their cakes. I leave, take all the mess with me (I literally put down a table cloth and roll up the mess and leave with it), they continue with their party and eat cake and I go home with at least $100 in my pocket and maybe 1 hr. worth of mess to clean up.

I get calls for teen birthday parties/slumber parties, bachelorette parties, and bridal showers.

I do this with cookies too....same price, and everyone gets 4 cookies.

jhay Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 3:39pm
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Just a thought...

I know that when you buy the Lorraine McKay tutorials it specifically asks that people not use them to teach others... it makes Lorraine lose money on potential sales of her product. Like with Wilton, I would assume that someone teaching her specific method would need to be trained by and working for her.

Most likely, if it isn't a scam, it's technically infringement on her copywrighted material. I would ask and check it out first.

cownsj Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 3:54pm
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Originally Posted by thin4life

I just emailed them. I will let you know when they get back to me.




My husband just emailed them too. I'll be anxious to see what they say. We can compare notes.

hails Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:32pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

I agree.........I do little parties for bridal showers etc. I charge $25/person (minimum of 4 people) and I bring everyone a 4" square or 5" round single layered cake and they get to choose 3 colors. I make up all the icing and everything into the decorating bags and bring all my tips and spend 30 min. showing them basic techniques and the other 30 watching them make a MESS of their cakes. I leave, take all the mess with me (I literally put down a table cloth and roll up the mess and leave with it), they continue with their party and eat cake and I go home with at least $100 in my pocket and maybe 1 hr. worth of mess to clean up.

I get calls for teen birthday parties/slumber parties, bachelorette parties, and bridal showers.

I do this with cookies too....same price, and everyone gets 4 cookies.



Wow, that sounds lucrative and fun, I would love to do something like that.
I have no idea how I would even get started, how do you start the process, would you mind sharing PLEASE, I don't expect it but would appreciate it, thanks so much have a great day!!!

2SchnauzerLady Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:52pm
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From the writing - it's obvious that English is not their native language. I always suspect anything like that.

Sagebrush Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 7:04pm
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Originally Posted by jhay

Just a thought...

I know that when you buy the Lorraine McKay tutorials it specifically asks that people not use them to teach others... it makes Lorraine lose money on potential sales of her product. Like with Wilton, I would assume that someone teaching her specific method would need to be trained by and working for her.

Most likely, if it isn't a scam, it's technically infringement on her copywrighted material. I would ask and check it out first.




I'm confused. I don't see anything on their website that indicates a specific method of decorating... did I miss something?

jhay Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 7:55pm
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"Icing On The Cake"...isn't that the logo for Lorraine McKay? Or is it "Extra Icing On The Cake?" I might be mistaken.

sadsmile Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 8:17pm
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What they are doing is OK but teaching people to decorate cake in Florida where it's illegal to sell cake from an unlicensed kitchen( home kitchen) this company is basically setting the average Jo-sephine to start breaking the law and make cakes under the table. Sure you can pay them for classes and learn how to teach and then make that $15 dollars a person for each class you teach. Wilton classes are less considering you take multiple classes at a time.

But if they are pitching you can start your own cake business then they are leading the masses into trouble.

After many hundreds of students came and went through my store as cake decorators, I felt proud of knowing that I was able to help them find their niche.
Many went out and started their own bakery's and some became teachers. Most of them baked and decorated cakes out of their homes for others and was paid their worth.


They can be held liable and shame on them for encouraging people to break the law.

I don't see this as anything more then their own venture to try and make money teaching cake decorating. Teach all you want but selling is crossing the line as is encouraging students to start selling when they don't know about FL law.

pattycakenicing Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 8:27pm
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It's icingonthecakeomeparties.com and I work for them. Just to let you all know, they are not a scam. They are trying to help create jobs for others. These people are the sweetest people I know and they will do what they can for you.
Yes there is a kit involved, but it is full of supplies to teach those that can't afford to buy them. I have made up to $225.00 in a 3 hr period teaching 15 students.
It's so much more personable to be in someones home teaching classes and having fun. No, I did not come from craigs list. I am also a Wilton Instructor. The owners were Wilton Instructors as well. They only use skilled instructors to teach.
Hope this helps you with some answers.

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