How Many Cakes Can You Do In A Week?

Decorating By sebrina Updated 27 Jan 2011 , 2:49am by jsfairman

sebrina Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 6:51pm
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Just wondering what is the most that you have ever put out in a week? I have a family that thinks I am superwoman & can do 7 in one week. And not small cakes either, I'm talking a diaper bag with shoes & bottles & all! icon_eek.gif

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cfpeoples Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:08pm
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I know everyone is different. I have 5 children under the age of 9 and work out of my home kitchen. So i have to do the decorating part when they are all asleep....and the little one doesn't sleep through the night. The most i've ever done in one week is 4, but that is SUPER pushing it...because that means 4 out of 7 nights with no sleep. It literally takes me all night to get a cake decorated. I'd rather do no more than 2. That is a much more comfortable number for me, although i NEVER look forward to a night with no sleep.

mickey35 Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:18pm
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My limit is two a week but lately I've been doing three. So with that said, Sabrina you are a super woman. Good for you!!!!

CreativeCakesbyMichelle Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:29pm
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My first time doing cakes for anyone outside of family and friends I ended up with 3 the same week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). By Saturday I was exhausted and my kitchen looked like a tornado hit lol. I usually only have 1 or 2 a month. I have someone that emailed me last week wanting a cake for her daughter's 21st birthday and that has now turned into her wanting to do a joint birthday for her daughter, her son, and herself. So three cakes, two of which will be 2-tiers and the other a football field sheet cake. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to plan out everything to make sure I have ample time to complete all three. I don't think there is any way I could possible do 7 in one week. I'm still to slow and to much of a perfectionist to be able to do that many.

jenmat Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:29pm
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I'm a business, so I can do more, but I don't necessarily WANT to do more. This summer I sometimes had 4-5 weddings and 10-12 celebrations. This year I'm cutting out celebrations and doing 3 weddings/weekend. Only celebrations above a certain dollar number. Should come out the same in the end, because I'm charging more... icon_smile.gif

Normita Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:30pm
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Wow!! I think it all depends on whether or not making cakesis your full time job. I have a full time job so I only do 1 cake a weekend but have made 2. But not on the same day....I'm too slow for that icon_redface.gif

But others can whip out 5+ cakes a week!!!

Kiddiekakes Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:51pm
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I have done up to 10 but that was too much..Usually about 7-8 deoending on the size.

leily Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 7:55pm
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Originally Posted by sebrina

Just wondering what is the most that you have ever put out in a week? I have a family that thinks I am superwoman & can do 7 in one week. And not small cakes either, I'm talking a diaper bag with shoes & bottles & all! icon_eek.gif

as others said, it really depends on your situation. Do you have a store front? or a commercial kitchen to work out of? Are you working out of your home kitchen? Are you doing it part time? or full time? Do you care for others on top of doing cakes?

I am lucky enough to live in a state that i can work out of my home kitchen and i also take care of my kids. I have two kids under 2 and i currently can do about 200-300 servings a week. (depending on how it's split up amongst cakes, or if they're cookie orders etc....) Obviously 3D cakes take more time so my servings per week go down b/c my time per serving goes up.

psurrette Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 8:08pm
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I work out of my home kitchen and I can do a maximum of 42 layers to be made into tiered cakes. This is a tough weekend though and I wouldnt want to do it every weekend unless I had a bigger kitchen. On average I do 4 tiered cakes a weekend.

aligotmatt Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 8:38pm
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Home baker here as well, I don't really have a specific limit, but more of a time to serving limit. Like in May I booked a 200 serving cake, 3 tiers, totally plain buttercream with fresh flowers. I can do more than that so I took another bride, 3 tier square with minimal brush embroidery. And they are literally delivered next door to eachother. I can do more than that, so I took another for a 5 tier fondant covered with fairly detailed swirls, now I'm booked.

I tried saying no cakes on my kids birthday weekends, but they are June and September, so I only take one those weeks.

Most weddings ever in 1 weekend was 11. And I wanted to kill myself.

Tacy09 Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 9:48pm
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My absolute maximum was 21.....this was a horrible nightmare (and for about hald the week I called in some help) but a couple of days into it and we were ready to kill each other.....this was because of a scedualing mistake! But since Im a home baker it totally depends, the most I have done (beacuse I planned it) was 9. but I definetly prefer 4 max.

leah_s Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 10:08pm
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I prefer to think it terms of servings. I can get out 1K servings. More than that and it's probably an all nighter. And I'm talking all deliveries on the weekend.

tarheelgirl Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 10:29pm
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I am a home baker as well. I've taken up to 3 weddings in one weekend. I like to think in terms of servings and how much I can handle. So if its a very detailed cake I may only take that one or 2-3 simple cakes.

sebrina Posted 26 Jan 2011 , 11:52pm
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WOW! That makes me feel better. LOL! I have a large family that wants valentines day cakes to take for school & such, on top of the baby shower. I no longer have a full time job so now I have "plenty of time". LOL! It's just nice to see that I am not alone!

tryingcake Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 1:23am
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It depends on the size and design. The most I've done I've done as a home baker were 7 cakes in one weekend, 4 of them carved for about 100ish people. That wore me out. Only because of the carving.

In the professional kitchen I can do much more. because there's more room to assembly line the process.

jsfairman Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 2:49am
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home baker here as well..........
it's all how you prepare for the week, last year was my first year in business, my kids were ages 5 and under then, i did averaged 4 cakes per weekend, with some weekends having 8. everything was made a head of time, so most cakes took little to no time, i am sooo much faster than i used to be!!

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