It's 2am and I just finished re-baking the top layer of my top tier for a 150 serving homemade fondant covered creation I'm doing for a service awards dinner tomorrow for a local hospital. Sometimes my WASC cakes fall a little so I didn't think anything of it when this one did, but when I went to stack it was paste! I way underbaked, so I ran around my bosses (small caterer with commercial kitchen) kitchen trying to find a mix for my mess and I found a dollar store 1/2 batch mix of confetticake! There will be lots of cheesecake too, so we just won't cut and serve the top tier untill last (if at all!). I love my boss, she treats me like family. But I am the girl who lays the golden cakes and any other creative thing that lands in our lap. I spent all day today prepping for this shindig cutting fruit and making a base for a fruit sculpture and other general cooking/kitchen duties when I should have been caking. I clocked out at 6 pm came home said hi to hubby had dinner and ran to buy ribbon for cake (client went thru 4 contract revisions up to 9 days out!) then back to work by 9:30 at the kitcken to fill, stack and basecoat cakes...then the mush happened. So here I am waiting on my confetti embarrasment to finish baking...*sigh*
I'm only charging her $250 for this cake and NOBODY does fondant around here! She way underpriced this gig and did not up the cake price when they upped the guest #! She also gave free appetizer and cake tastings! Is there a good pricing software out there for general caters like there is for cakers? I know this is long and winding, but it is two thirty in the morning. I know you all understand. Am I being too nice? I know boss is a pushover, but she's been doing this for ten years! I wanna help her and make both our lives simpler! Any advice appriciated, Thanks- Bekah
For advice on catering and bookkeeping, I'd try and get ahold of Indydebi.........she loves data and almost always knows the simplest way to figure out things!!
I agree... Talk to Debi! She's wonderful. She did catering and cakes for years!
ive heard gopod things about "cakeboss" software. im only a hobby baker and have never used the program, but its does pop up in discussion quite a bit around here.
Your employer is lucky to have such a caring employee. You will go far in life if you keep this good attitude.
Yes Indy never met a spreadsheet she din love...or create and multiply.
But I mean clearly you ain't gonna have a job if this place operates like this because dude, it's not your company to save know what I mean.
I mean you cannot create and establish and maintain the business for her. This is in an imbalance that would be difficult to reincarnate.
I mean pricing structure is business 101--I'm just trying to be a voice of caution --not even that the bridge is out but there ain't no bridge at all.
I hope everything works out and of course there are extenuating circumstances that you din outline in this brief request but...wow.
Hey guys! Thanks for the tips. I know Indydebbie is queen bee around here and I will certianly get in touch with her soon. I just wanted to let everyone know that the event went well and the best part is it's over! (after a 14 hr. day!) My cake was beautiful I "guess matched" colors perfectly since they didn't provide any sample colors. It even held up to the extreme heat and humidity today even if I didn't fare as well. I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow...just as soon as I can wind down enough to sleep!