Help With Individual Mini Cakes

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fabray13 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 9:57am
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Hi! I was asked to make 30 individual mini cakes for a bridal shower. customer requesting tiffany blue boxes with white bow. I am thinking 3x3 square with fondant. I have 2 questions. will it be easiest to cut each box to size or get mini pans? And does $3 per cake seem like its enough? I live in ne ohio and charge $2.50/slice for my fondant cakes. Havent been asked to do anything like this before! TIA!

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Occther Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 11:28am
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I have never done this but think it would be easier to back sheet cakes and cut into the size you need. $3 seems entirely too cheap for this much work. I would think at least $10 each.

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susiekoos Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 11:48am
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3.00 is way to low. That is only 90.00 for soooooo much work! 8-10 would be a good starting point.

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sullymel13 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 12:49pm
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I agree with the others. I haven't made them myself, but I hear the smaller the cake, the more painful it is to decorate. I would definately say $10 each, and I would probably cut the cakes out a larger cake myself. Good luck, it sounds very pretty!

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Kiddiekakes Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:04pm
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Yup..Those mini's are a PIA...I charge $15.00-$20.00 each when I am doing the small two tiered ones so I would say more like $8.00-$10.00 also for the boxes...Cut from slab cakes..it is much easier than baking several mini pans...

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MadMillie Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:19pm
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I would charge more. Even though each cake will be considered a serving, technically there is really more than one serving there, even though it is not going to be split among more than one person.

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jlynnw Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:19pm
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Yup..Those mini's are a PIA...I charge $15.00-$20.00 each when I am doing the small two tiered ones so I would say more like $8.00-$10.00 also for the boxes...Cut from slab cakes..it is much easier than baking several mini pans...




I don't charge, not legal, but I do gift the cakes. I did the minis once and PIA is nicely put. I would really have to be quite good friends to do that again. I did cut my cakes out and found that to be the best route.

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fabray13 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 3:09pm
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Thanks for all the advise! I figured they are going to be a huge PIA! Sure didnt realize how much to charge though. Thanks again!!!!!

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shalini1 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 3:38pm
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hi there!

I find that it's easiest to make a sheet cake, frost/torte the entire thing, then just cut it to size either with a knife or cookie cutter.

This will probably cut down your prepping and you can just "assembly line" it.

ACK! So cheap for the cakes. Depending on your locale, I would think $5 min/cake, no?

LUCK TO YOU!

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cakesbycathy Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 4:08pm
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Individual mini cakes are the biggest PITA. Minimum $10 each. Be sure to explain how time consuming and labor intensive they are to the client so that she "gets" it.

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TexasSugar Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:08pm
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Not to mention you need 30 boards, 30 boxes, places to store 30 little cakes, as well as transporting 30 little cakes...

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teenycakes Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:32pm
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I have to make 36 for a friends wedding. I purchased the Wilton pan from Walmart that makes 12 small square cakes (2-1/3"). I've already tried the pan and it works beautifully. I have to cover mine in fondant (approx. 2 ounces to cover them). The cakes I'm making are only one layer, covered in buttercream, then covered in fondant with a custom decoration. I would charge at a minimum $5 - $7 each for the one layer cake. These cakes are very labor intensive. The Walmart pan is really nice to use, and I don't think I paid more than $11 for it. I placed parchment in the bottom of it and the cakes came out lovely.

Good luck,

Teenycakes

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leah_s Posted 26 Feb 2011 , 3:15pm
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Yaknow, there are some bakeries in CA that get $35 each for the little box cakes. Srsly.

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Kaylani Posted 26 Feb 2011 , 5:43pm
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Mini = PIA!!!

Extra time, work & annoyance. Bridal magazines are nuts for giving brides the idea those are a cost savings.

ugh!

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jlynnw Posted 26 Feb 2011 , 10:03pm
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Yaknow, there are some bakeries in CA that get $35 each for the little box cakes. Srsly.




That's crazy!

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