4brod Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 4:06am
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Hi everyone!!
Okay, today I had a customer who wants for her wedding -mini cakes. She wants them to be square and in two tiers (like the wedding cake). Do they sell molds like they do for the round two tiers. And what other way can I make sure to make them and they will keep the pointed corners like the wedding cakes will have when i cover them in fondant. Any pics for inspirations!!! Anything will help-thanks!!

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prterrell Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 4:34am
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Best thing to do is to make sheets and cut the cakes out. MUCH faster. Make sure you charge her appropriately. Mini cakes area huge pain in the patookie. Depending on the design, $30+ EACH.

4brod Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 12:30am
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WOW!! $30.00 for each!! That's great!! Thank you!

DefyGravity Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 12:37am
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I thought mini cakes would be fun to do. They're not. Make sure they're frozen solid first before you put the fondant on, that seemed to help me.

How many mini-cakes does she want? Any more than 2 and I'd require a $4000 minimum charge on the order.

MJoycake Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 12:53am
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Yes, square + small are going to be a pain to cover with fondant - I'd make sure to charge accordingly!

kiwigal81 Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 1:05am
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I thought mini cakes would be fun to do. They're not. Make sure they're frozen solid first before you put the fondant on, that seemed to help me.

How many mini-cakes does she want? Any more than 2 and I'd require a $4000 minimum charge on the order.


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4brod Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 2:35pm
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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif

DefyGravity Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 4:41pm
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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif




"That'll come to eleventy billion dollars, please."

CeeTee Posted 29 Mar 2010 , 5:38pm
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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif




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Better be ready to block out a lot of time on them. Like, at least a week. It takes about 20 minutes for me to ice, cover, and simply decorate a single mini cake. That times 120...that's 40 hours right there. A whole work week! NOT counting the baking, torting, and filling of the cakes!!

Yeah, I'd say $25-$30 per cake is about right. In the cake world: Smaller = More Expensive.

prterrell Posted 30 Mar 2010 , 2:20am

So, tell them it's $4000 for simple decoration, $6000 for a more complex design. Believe me, make 120 of those bad boys and you WILL have earned it!

sillywabbitz Posted 30 Mar 2010 , 2:35am

Also you may want to base coat them in ganache instead of fondant. I just find it easier to smooth than the buttercream on small cakes but in general...sounds like a huge pain. I agree with eleventy billion dollarsicon_smile.gif Do you have any friends who could help you? I have one friend who is pretty good when I need an extra hand.

ladynks2000 Posted 22 Aug 2013 , 1:37am

ok I know it's a few years later, but...  I'm doing 100 mini cakes for a Dec wedding.  Any new ideas pans, etc?  Actually I'm thinking about doing Poured Buttercream instead of applying buttercream the traditional way.  Any advise will help.

Smckinney07 Posted 22 Aug 2013 , 1:43am

AYikes, I'd purchase some pans for mini cakes. I don't have experience with poured BC but I imagine it's a different look (maybe you mean poured fondant). These take a long time so I hope you charged accordingly!

I'd bake them early, then do an assembly line-splitting them up into a few days.

ladynks2000 Posted 22 Aug 2013 , 2:27am

I have UNDER CHARGED according to some posts on CC.  They are saying 15-35 per mini cake, wow I've so undercharged.  I seen that you can do a Poured BC so I'm going to practice on a few before I start baking them.  I wondering how far in advance I can bake and freeze if I have that option.  Any suggestions?

Smckinney07 Posted 22 Aug 2013 , 6:36am

AIt depends on your supplies, ingredients, and labor. No matter how simple you make them they are still quite labor intensive! What has your customer requested? Just buttercream covered square cakes? How big are they supposed to be? Are you putting bows on each one and ribbon (so they look like mini presents)? Did they want fondant covered? Depending the detail I would think $7 on the lowest possible side (I'm talking plain squares, free standing on a stand) but yes I would still charge closer to $10/15.

You can bake, place on a cardboard cake square-probably one for a half or quarter sheet cake (I'd wrap your board in cling wrap so you can reuse before placing cakes on top), place mini cakes on, wrap tight with cling wrap then foil and freeze. You can do this a month in advance if you want. When your ready to decorate pull from freezer and let sit for a while before you unwrap-this way the condensation will form on the foil rather then your cake. If you have to level any pieces it's also easier to make cuts while the cake is partially frozen.

I would try a test run with the recipes first, since yr using a different BC. It will also give you an idea how long it's going to take you to do a few. Do you mind if I ask what you ended up charging them?

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 22 Aug 2013 , 6:55am
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I have UNDER CHARGED according to some posts on CC.  They are saying 15-35 per mini cake, wow I've so undercharged.  I seen that you can do a Poured BC so I'm going to practice on a few before I start baking them.  I wondering how far in advance I can bake and freeze if I have that option.  Any suggestions?


Just plain squares are super easy, bake, torte, and fill a 16"x16" square, and cut into squares. When I do mini square, I do them 2"x2"x2", so just one torted 16" layer gives me 64. If you want to make ahead and freeze, I would freeze them at that point, just make sure they are tightly packed together, otherwise the hassle of wrapping each one will be way more work than baking fresh.

Are they to be fondant covered? Or just BC?

ladynks2000 Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 12:31am

Just going to be BC.  Thinking about testing out Poured BC.  KNow anyone that has tried it?  Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

Smckinney07 Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 12:59am

ALook at DDaigles tutorial on petit fours but following a larger scale like scrum suggested. If they're just simple squares it shouldn't be bad. I don't know about the icing though, never used poured icing.

MBalaska Posted 23 Aug 2013 , 3:50am

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Oh no! She wants 120 mini cakes!! icon_cry.gif

"That'll come to eleventy billion dollars, please."

4brod:  that is hilarious!!  and pretty darned close to the truth.

ladynks2000 Posted 24 Aug 2013 , 1:48pm

lol good one!
 

BatterUpCake Posted 24 Aug 2013 , 2:34pm

I would definitely go with poured fondant like petit fours if I were to do this

ladynks2000 Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 1:34pm

The Bride doesn't want fondant and I really don't care of it either.  Then again I don't work with it that often.  Thanks for your input everyone.

rhylie Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 2:08pm

i guess it will be easier to go for a sheet cake and then you can cut into the desired size, this will save you a lot of time and less wastage (and you don't have to measure the batter for each mold). if it was round shape then i would say molds!

Mpheisner Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 1:54am
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Just plain squares are super easy, bake, torte, and fill a 16"x16" square, and cut into squares. When I do mini square, I do them 2"x2"x2", so just one torted 16" layer gives me 64. If you want to make ahead and freeze, I would freeze them at that point, just make sure they are tightly packed together, otherwise the hassle of wrapping each one will be way more work than baking fresh.

Are they to be fondant covered? Or just BC?

I've gotten a request for the square single layer mini cakes 50-70 of them… but covered with fondant and a ribbon/bow. I've never done these before and i'm wondering if it will be worth my time? Does it take you a super long time like some of the other replies in this thread said? Do you normally do one per person? If you don't mind me asking, what's the going rate for the single square mini cakes? :)

JumpingJack123 Posted 21 Nov 2013 , 6:32pm

I've just made 32 of the mini cakes for individual Christmas cake gifts for some OAP's in my area. Found this little gadget invaluable for covering with marzipan and fondant-worked superbly. 

 

http://www.squires-shop.com/uk/product/sk-x-shaped-sugarpaste-cutter-for-square-mini-pans

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