Following Suit...how I Set Up For My Tastings (Link Inside)

Decorating By BethLS Updated 21 Jan 2011 , 1:40pm by kristanashley

BethLS Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 2:11pm
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Hi everyone!

Since I've been reading a lot of posts lately asking about tastings, and I saw ConfectionsCC posted her photos (great btw) I thought I'd add mine icon_smile.gif

Maybe we could start a sticky with all of our photos for those new to caking?

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Or if this doesn't work, just copy and paste this URL into your browser and scroll down to the images icon_smile.gif
http://thecakeladymi.goods.officelive.com/Prices.aspx

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letsgetcaking Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 2:26pm
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Thank you for sharing your photos. I love the look of the tiered plates and the cake in glasses. Very nice!

BethLS Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 2:30pm
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Thankyou!

Now all I need to do is invest in another stand (getting rid of the small plates) and glasses for frostings and I'll be content icon_biggrin.gif

schnumvf Posted 20 Jan 2011 , 2:57am
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That is such a great idea. I had my first tasting a few days ago... it was interesting to say the least. icon_smile.gif Making mental notes for next time. Thanks!

FromScratchSF Posted 20 Jan 2011 , 8:58am
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How many people do you have that set up for? 4 people? Seems like a ton of cake!

If anyone is interested, here's mine...

http://picasaweb.google.com/jenniferbratko/WeddingCakeTasting#

I don't have a storefront so I meet people at Peets. I have 2 mini cupcake trays, one has the cake, the other has buttercream and fillings. I have the cake out on plates and forks/napkins for them to mix/match as they want. It works for me because it's portable yet I can still show some artistry by making the buttercream roses etc. I re-use my cupcake trays. I dream of the day I can do a tasting in my own space, complete with towers, trays, and wine!

I get mixed responses to this set up, I think I sometimes give too many options (because I go a little overboard with buttercream/filling flavors) and some people get overwhelmed. But oh well, it works for now.

I came up with this, I've never seen anyone else do it this way here (I may be wrong but I don't think so) so if you are in SF you are NOT allowed to borrow this idea icon_razz.gif Everyone else is OK icon_biggrin.gif

cylstrial Posted 20 Jan 2011 , 2:23pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

How many people do you have that set up for? 4 people? Seems like a ton of cake!

If anyone is interested, here's mine...

http://picasaweb.google.com/jenniferbratko/WeddingCakeTasting#

I don't have a storefront so I meet people at Peets. I have 2 mini cupcake trays, one has the cake, the other has buttercream and fillings. I have the cake out on plates and forks/napkins for them to mix/match as they want. It works for me because it's portable yet I can still show some artistry by making the buttercream roses etc. I re-use my cupcake trays. I dream of the day I can do a tasting in my own space, complete with towers, trays, and wine!

I get mixed responses to this set up, I think I sometimes give too many options (because I go a little overboard with buttercream/filling flavors) and some people get overwhelmed. But oh well, it works for now.

I came up with this, I've never seen anyone else do it this way here (I may be wrong but I don't think so) so if you are in SF you are NOT allowed to borrow this idea icon_razz.gif Everyone else is OK icon_biggrin.gif




Don't worry, I'm in the Midwest. But I love your idea! I would use it for a take away box though. But seriously, it's great!!

BethLS Posted 21 Jan 2011 , 1:12pm
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This is a setup for four people, tasting four different flavors of cake, and three different frostings.

I bake once for every two tastings I do....I bake off four 9" rounds (I usually do chocolate, vanilla, marble and pumpkin spice or red velvet) so I am really only making three batters (because white and chocolate=marble, lol) and slice off half of each round cake for my tasting, the rest goes in the freezer for the next one. I only make one batch of frosting (buttercream). I scoop a small amount out of the mixer. Add creamcheese. Scoop small amount out. Add in chocolate to remaining icing in mixer, and now I have three icings too icon_smile.gif

Very simple and zero waste.

kristanashley Posted 21 Jan 2011 , 1:40pm
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I guess I do things a little differently. I let the bride choose 3 flavors of cake/filling/icing and I bake them in 3" ramekins. I slice them in half, fill, and pipe on the icing. I keep batter frozen, and scoop off a little to bake my tasting cakes with. I'm a home baker, and I feel uncomfortable offering tastings in my home, so I set up at my church fellowship hall (on Sunday afternoons), and plate everything nicely. My tastings are complimentary - it's expected around here. I've booked every tasting I've ever done, so it seems to work for me. icon_smile.gif I think for the low volume of weddings that I do, this works the best for me.

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