So I got a call tonight for a 4 tier cake for July 16th (things fell through with their original baker). Granted, they wanted basic BC with silk flowers, but they wanted it for under $200! I'm not staying up late to sqeeze that in for $200!
People really don't have any idea what it takes to make a cake.
It's not that they have no idea what a cake costs, they have no idea what your time is worth. Big difference. You are not only selling an edible dessert, you are selling your services to make it a beautiful cake.
The type of cake they are requesting, IMHO, seems feasible as a rush order for July 16th HOWEVER only wanting to pay $200 seems down right inconsiderate!! If they would of agreed to pay my asking price then maybe I wouldn't charge the rush order charge (given their situation w/the baker) but geeezzzz....
I totally understand. Its beyond frustrating. You just want to shake them and say are you kidding me? Atleast they offered $200, I have read people on here only being offered $40 or $50. LOL
It is very expensive sometimes! Especially if you end up making a whole wedding cake out of scratch pound cake or something....or other dense battered cakes.... you can end up paying over $100 out of pocket just to do a medium sized four tier wedding cake.
It would be simple enough to do, but I have a full time job as well, and I have another 4 tier cake scheduled for that day. I would do it for them with no problem, but I would expect them to pay a resonable price for it. I think the whole issue with this is that the previous baker was WAY undercharging...
Oh well, we'll see if they call me back. If not, no great loss and I'll actually be able to sleep next week.
A lot of times these last minute "the baker" fell through cakes were going to be done by family members, friends or the lady at the church and they back out last minute.