Lone Home Bakers: How Many Cakes?

Decorating By lrlt2000 Updated 9 Aug 2011 , 4:44pm by bakingnewbie

lrlt2000 Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 2:18pm
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I was just wondering how many cakes you have done by yourself in one week. I have three kids (9,7, and 1) and I have my first double cake week in two weeks! I'm just wondering how many cakes you've committed yourself to before and what your limit is.

Also, if you could share your multitasking lessons, tips, mistake, etc., that would be great!

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Marianna46 Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 2:38pm
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Since I'm still not set up to do lots of cakes, the most I've done in a week is two, but I'm sure I could handle three. Once I have my kitchen equipped with a decent-sized mixer (looking for the 20-quart as we speak!), freezer, oven and prep tables, I hope to be able to do several more.

Lita829 Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 2:39pm
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Last week I had to make 15 3-D peach cakelets for a 40th birthday party, 50 decorated sugar cookies, 320+ wedding cuppies and a wedding cake to make.

Whenever I have a large volume of baking to do, I make a schedule to get things organized of when I will make what. Organize your recipes ahead of time. I'd do any GP flowers/figures now to get them out the way if I were you. Anything you can do ahead....do ahead. Always plan for mishaps because they sometimes occur, even with seasoned bakers. I tend to get all the baking out the way, then make frostings. Some fillings can be made in advance.

That's all I can think of right now. HTH icon_smile.gif

leah_s Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 2:52pm
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I used to limit myself to 1000 servings for a weekend. I've back that down to 600. However many cakes that turns out to be.

Bake ahead and freeze, buy gumpaste flowers, edible pearls and fondant. Make all your fillings and icings ahead of time. Once to get to that kind of volume your time becomes the most important commodity.

kearniesue Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 2:53pm
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I work a full time job, so my time is pretty limited as well. I usually only take on big cake every couple of weeks. If I have flowers and the like, I make them a week ahead of time. I bake the weekend before and freeze my cakes. Then, throughout the week, I put the cakes together. It's the only way I can get it all done on time! Good luck!

Karen

ajwonka Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 2:55pm
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I have 3 kids (6, 3, 2!) and did 4 cakes last week. I make a list for each cake with the sketch at the top of the page. I list everything I need to do ( bake, torte, fill, make buttercream, gumpaste, etc) then work backwards assigning everything a day to get done. I do all my work while my husband works, mostly at nap! You can do it!

Shelley51708 Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 3:10pm
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I work FT and have 3 active kids (17 (senior in HS), 8 (dojo arts), 5 (dancer)), but I have a very supportive husband that does all he can when I have cakes to do. I have done 4 in a week but it wiped me out! I'm comfortable with 2 a week, depending on the complexity of the cake. I definitely make a scheduled of when I am prepping what. I have definitely found it easiest to have all my icing made ahead of time and bake the cakes approx 3-5 days in advance and freeze them.

aundron Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 3:34pm
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I work full-time and have 3 busy kids (18, 14, 13), the most I've done in a week was 10 cakes, which was WAAAYYY too much!! I try to keep it to 3 cakes per week if they are difficult (shoe cake, wedding, etc) and maybe 5 cakes if they are easy (sheet cakes, tiered party cakes). This week I'm doing 6, but, I'm doing that many because I totally forgot about some cakes and overbooked myself!!

When I get busy like this, I do all the difficult work 1st and do all of the baking at the beginning of the week, then I schedule the days that I will decorate each cake.

jenmat Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 4:37pm
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Are you talking celebration cakes or weddings? I try and stick to 3 weddings/week, but that is mostly because of delivery constraints. I have done up to 6 weddings, but very rarely.
For servings, sometimes I have 700, sometimes its 2000, just depends on the weddings' size.
For celebrations, I used to do 10-12, but now I don't do very many. Maybe 2-3/wk. I turn most of them down during busy season.

Shelley51708 Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 4:42pm
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I work full-time and have 3 busy kids (18, 14, 13), the most I've done in a week was 10 cakes, which was WAAAYYY too much!! I try to keep it to 3 cakes per week if they are difficult (shoe cake, wedding, etc) and maybe 5 cakes if they are easy (sheet cakes, tiered party cakes). This week I'm doing 6, but, I'm doing that many because I totally forgot about some cakes and overbooked myself!!

When I get busy like this, I do all the difficult work 1st and do all of the baking at the beginning of the week, then I schedule the days that I will decorate each cake.





WOW!!! I cannot even imagine doing that many working FT and with the family! My hats off to you!

costumeczar Posted 8 Aug 2011 , 6:10pm
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I once did nine wedding cakes over one weekend, and I was about ready to kill anyone who got in my way at the end of it. Now I will do one or two on Friday, up to three on Saturday, and maybe one or two on Sunday, at the most. The average would be two or three on Saturday and one or two on Sunday. I don't have as many Friday events.

Marianna46 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 4:47am
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Wow! I am totally impressed with the number of cakes you guys can turn out. And I've seen your pictures, so I know they're not just any old thing, but quite gorgeous. Does it get easier with practice? I'm just not fast at any aspect of it, from the baking to the filling, stacking and crumbcoating to the covering with fondant to the decorating. The only thing I can say is that I dearly love it and my hands start to get itchy if I have to go more than a few days without doing something "cakey", so I'm pretty sure I'm in it for the long haul.

bakingnewbie Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 8:56am
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Bake ahead and freeze, buy gumpaste flowers, edible pearls and fondant. Make all your fillings and icings ahead of time.



May I ask, how far in advance do you make your icings? Are you referring to frosting the cake?

I want to make an Anniverdary cake for my parents, which is the end of this month. They are both not so keen on fruit cake (which I know I could make in advance), how soon can I make a sponge cake?

The cake will not be too fancy (as it will be only my second cake ever made)lol.....just sponge, covered in buttercream for frosting to adhere to, and a simple design......I know, very basic!!

Many thanks

shaekae81 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 9:39am
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I have to echo all the "wow" comments! You ladies (and possible gents - screen names are not always clear icon_wink.gif ) are AMAZING! I can swing 4 cakes a weekend. I don't do wedding cakes, though (most people around here are already married or wait till they go back stateside to get married). Most of my cakes are smaller celebration cakes. I just assess the cake requests to see how much work I think they will be and decide if I can take on others.

I have felt guilty in the past turning people down. But now, if they come to me on Monday or Tuesday requesting a cake for Saturday, I have NO GUILT in saying no!

jessicakes63 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 10:54am
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I'm pretty much a beginner, but have been doing 2 cakes per weekend....(haven't had anyone that wants a cake during the week.) I usually make any gumpaste decorations on Tuesday, make my fondant and bake cakes on Wednesday, cool, wrap and put in fridge...ice Friday and refrigerate to harden, cover with fondant and decorate either Friday night or Saturday morning. At this point, I dont think I could handle more than 2, it still takes me quite a while to decorate.

jessicakes63 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 10:56am
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Oh, and by the way, in the above post I'm speaking of Birthday cakes, etc. I've never done a wedding cake. 3 tier is the biggest I've done.

Lita829 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 10:57am
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Originally Posted by aundron

I work full-time and have 3 busy kids (18, 14, 13), the most I've done in a week was 10 cakes, which was WAAAYYY too much!! I try to keep it to 3 cakes per week if they are difficult (shoe cake, wedding, etc) and maybe 5 cakes if they are easy (sheet cakes, tiered party cakes). This week I'm doing 6, but, I'm doing that many because I totally forgot about some cakes and overbooked myself!!

When I get busy like this, I do all the difficult work 1st and do all of the baking at the beginning of the week, then I schedule the days that I will decorate each cake.




icon_eek.gif ....YOU GO, GIRL!

Lita829 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 11:06am
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Bake ahead and freeze, buy gumpaste flowers, edible pearls and fondant. Make all your fillings and icings ahead of time.


May I ask, how far in advance do you make your icings? Are you referring to frosting the cake?

I want to make an Anniverdary cake for my parents, which is the end of this month. They are both not so keen on fruit cake (which I know I could make in advance), how soon can I make a sponge cake?

The cake will not be too fancy (as it will be only my second cake ever made)lol.....just sponge, covered in buttercream for frosting to adhere to, and a simple design......I know, very basic!!

Many thanks



I make the frostings the day I am going to frost the cake, unless I am using fondant (I make it the day before). Depending on the filling, I'll make that the day before, also.

I usually don't freeze my cakes but I know that I may have to if business really picks up. Right now I'll bake the day I frost /fill or the night before so I'll defer this question to another baker.

Don't worry, it will all fall into place. Just be patient with yourself and try pacing yourself, otherwise you will get overwhelmed.

Ashleyssweetdesigns Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 11:31am
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bakingnewbie I bake my cakes at the beginning of the week and make my frosting for the cakes midweek about wednesday or thursday and store them in the fridge. I do all my gp pieces and decorations throughout the week so I don't get overwhelmed, something different everyday. I am new to professional baking so I've only done two cakes per week. And with a 15 month old, it is not easy!!! If business ever picks up I'll have to consider hiring help!

bakingnewbie Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 4:44pm
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thank you for your suggestions.
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