Cake Boards-Pillars-Separator Plates

Decorating By Maishelle Updated 10 Feb 2011 , 7:56pm by metria

Maishelle Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 3:08am
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I have made a few cakes and I have some wooden cake boards that I have used. I have to cover them with foil. I need some ideas on what else to use that I won't need to get back from the customer but does not cost me a lot. Also, if you make a cake that has separator plates and pillars, do you ask for them back, or do you include them in the cost of the cake? I am trying to figure out how to price my cakes.

Thanks for your help and advice. icon_smile.gif Maishelle

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Tea42 Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 4:35am
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Maishelle, I think most build the cost of separator plates and etc in the cost of the cake. The sps systems is not terribly expensive and the plates could also be used for the board under your regular cakes also.

CWR41 Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 4:38am
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Originally Posted by Maishelle

I have made a few cakes and I have some wooden cake boards that I have used. I have to cover them with foil. I need some ideas on what else to use that I won't need to get back from the customer but does not cost me a lot.




Disposable foil-covered cake drums.

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Originally Posted by Maishelle

Also, if you make a cake that has separator plates and pillars, do you ask for them back, or do you include them in the cost of the cake?




If you want them back (including fountains, etc.), charge a deposit equal to replacement cost plus a rental fee. If you're using disposable plates and pillars (that are intended for single use), include them in the cost of the cake.

indydebi Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 11:26am
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I always tried to look at it "Is it worth the gas either way to get them back?" On smaller items, the answer was usually "no". I'm not spending (nor am I asking the bride to spend) $6 on gas to return three dollars worth of pillars.

leah_s Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 11:59am
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Definitely cake drums for the base board.
SPS plates do not work as a base board.
And yes build the cost of supplies into the overall price. Every cake I do has an equipment charge.

Maishelle Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:18pm
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Thank you all for your help. I have a few questions though?? I don't know what cake drums are and what does SPS mean? Thanks, Maishelle

CWR41 Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:23pm
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Originally Posted by Maishelle

I don't know what cake drums are and what does SPS mean? Thanks, Maishelle




Drums:
http://cakedeco.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html?p_catid=250

SPS = Single-plate separators by Bakery Crafts:
http://bakerycrafts.com/Home/Items/tabid/69/SrchStr/sps/Default.aspx

or

Wilton hidden pillars (for use with single separator plates):
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E3119F0-475A-BAC0-5772682F766C019C&killnav=1

metria Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:56pm
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if you're in a pinch, Wilton has some stuff that you can get at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, sometimes even Walmart:

Silver Cake Platters
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=338C9991-1E0B-C910-EADE0207E98042F3&fid=338C99A0-1E0B-C910-EA31FC3B7AA0705B
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Silver Cake Bases
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E31A373-475A-BAC0-5894BDEBFE84A837&fid=3E32F5A5-475A-BAC0-574560F21E2992F5
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Good enough for me as long as I have a 40% off coupon.

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