Alexsmommee Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 8:40pm
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icon_surprised.gif So, I just got off the phone with a bride who has an incredibly amazing icon_confused.gif idea for a wedding cake in June. After many compliments from her about my work (was she really looking at mine?) and us going back and forth for a while, I asked about a budget for this "amazing" cake. icon_surprised.gif Where do people get their numbers!!!???

For somewhere between 50 to 100 dollars she and groom would like a wedding cake to feed no more than 60. It needs to look like a pink roasted pig, apple in mouth, veil on head, you get the idea. Its body, not including head, needs to be the length of a large loaf of bread. The cake inside needs to be maple flavored, BUT look like bacon when cut. Between the layers of cake should be maple buttercream with pieces of cooked bacon throughout.

Now I have to admit, it sounds oddly adorable. Delicious? I don't know. But for less than $100?!!!!!!!
I don't think so!

Oh and she needs sugar free cuppies to go with it for her cake cutting. She can't eat this dream cake. [/i]

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jgifford Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 8:54pm
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Debbye27 Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 9:02pm
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WOW - and I hope you laughed at her out loud and said no way!

HobbyCaker Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 9:09pm
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Sorry, it took me a while to respond to this post.

I was laughing so hard while reading it I cried, got makeup in my eyes, cried some more, wiped it off, flushed eyes with water while still laughing-crying, so now I think I am ok.

WHAT??? That is all I have. icon_surprised.gif

kimmisue2009 Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 9:12pm
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I personally love these people. They remind me that, no matter what my husband thinks, I'm NOT the biggest dumbbutt on the planet.

Adevag Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 9:49pm
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If only these TV shows could list their prices it would give a reality check to so many future brides/customers.

grandmomof1 Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 10:10pm
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Honestly, people have no clue.

idreamincupcakes Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 10:36pm
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wow, that is a pretty complete concept, except for their pricing.

FromScratchSF Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:06pm
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I bet it would be delicious. And at least $400 where I am. LOL!

cakegrandma Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:16pm

Too funny! I swear some people are smoking dope, or used to and it has made them lose a lot of their brain cells. I had a person I spoke with that I gave her some ideas of what I do and the size of my cupcakes (king sized).At a later date she called me for an order of 120 cupcakes and when I asked her budget she said $60.00 to $75.00! Are you kidding me???? The grocery store charges more than that. Geesh, make your own!

LNW Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:18pm

I bet it would look cute but honestly it sounds revolting, but I don't eat pork so there you go. $50 huh? Good luck with that. Did you give her a reality check? How'd she take it?

IvyCakes Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:31pm

I was reading a cupcake flavor topic in another thread. Apparently Maple Bacon is a real flavor and really popular with the men-folk. icon_confused.gif Still can't wrap my head around it, but I guess when I think about pancakes and bacon, and maple syrup touching the bacon... not really bad, I'll have to try it some day!

As for the pricing, you know if I'm honest with myself.. If I'd never found this forum a few months ago and got hooked on cake decorating, I'd think 80 dollars would be do-able for a loaf sized carved cake. icon_redface.gif I still twitch when I think about costs, my brain says "DOES NOT COMPUTE" and I feel like I'm doing it all wrong. icon_surprised.gif

Alexsmommee Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:38pm

I am glad I am not the only one that fell out. She wanted a number that she said she wouldn't hold me to, but if I could just give her a guess at the pricing. I had trouble, but finally through out at least $5 per serving. I did tell her I had no idea on the bacon because right now I have seen it around $8/pound, and it's going to take a lot of fried bacon to get as much as she seems to want. That stuff shrinks! Bacos anyone????

Now I wish I had tossed out a much larger number. She must have gotten engaged at Christmas. She, the groom and all parents are to meet tonight to work on a wedding budget, but I know it isn't going to be high according to her. Once upon a time I too was a bride of a "cheap" wedding and the cake isn't where I chose to drop a lot of money. Venue, photography, dress in that order. I made the cake. The outcome is the same if it's a courthouse or $100,000 event. And I am still madly in love with him!

Beaty419 Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:40pm
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If only these TV shows could list their prices it would give a reality check to so many future brides/customers.




I couldn't agree more!!!! Why oh why don't they put their prices up when they do their cakes?!?!

Alexsmommee Posted 11 Jan 2012 , 11:44pm

From IvyCakes "loaf sized carved cake"

They want the body to be the length of a large loaf of bread, but she wanted me to understand that they still want it as wide and high as needed to keep it proportional. Pretty big pig cake for 60 when you think about it. Plus there is still the head. Which is fairly large. She wants the head to be as long as half the body's length. I don't think pig heads are as big as half their body, but maybe the cartoony ones are. Head (pun!) shaking......

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Cakery2012 Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 12:29am

I think.I.would have had to put the phone on mute so I could have laughed and tears would have been rolling down my face .
We need a new catergory called My Big Redneck Wedding Cake .
What about if you could find a plastic head and make the cake the body ?
This custom cake business is like someone wanting to.order a new custom Lexus but they only have $15,000 to spend .

FromScratchSF Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 12:31am

Cinnamon toast bacon praline is a pretty popular flavor for me! I sell a lot of those in cupcakes. You don't need nearly as much bacon as you think. Not that you are seriously going to make this crazy cake, but just sayin. I only use about 6 pieces of bacon per dozen. I would not bake them inside, that would mess up the fat ratios.

Anyway, They are DeLECIOUS. icon_biggrin.gif

costumeczar Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 1:52am

The flavor aside, I can't get past the budget. People are just so dumb.

jason_kraft Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 2:36am

Definitely an interesting idea, and infusing cake with savory flavors like bacon may just be the next trend.

Of course the customer's budget was unrealistic, but there's no need to call them names or laugh at them. We've all underestimated the price of a product or service at least once in our lives, that's should be an opportunity to educate instead of ridicule.

IvyCakes Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 2:43am
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From IvyCakes "loaf sized carved cake"

They want the body to be the length of a large loaf of bread, but she wanted me to understand that they still want it as wide and high as needed to keep it proportional. Pretty big pig cake for 60 when you think about it. Plus there is still the head. Which is fairly large. She wants the head to be as long as half the body's length. I don't think pig heads are as big as half their body, but maybe the cartoony ones are. Head (pun!) shaking......
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Oh dear lord.... the little pigglet in my head was much smaller than that lol!

heartsnsync Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 3:30am

I don't know what people are thinking regarding prices. I had an inquiry recently for a 3D Noah's Ark cake and their budget was...get this....$15.00! When I told them that I would charge about $150.00 for a cake like that they were very embarrassed and said they had no idea.

As for the bacon, I have heard of several bakeries here in my area starting to sell savory cupcakes. But, in NC bacon cannot be used in a home based bakery so I guess no little piggies will be in my future! icon_biggrin.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 4:25am

I did a maple bacon grooms cake and I'm guessing I did it wrong, because I had to call the bride and get a different flavor to use after I threw that cake in the garbage! I love maple and bacon both, too. Anyone want to PM me your secret recipe? icon_biggrin.gif

jlynnw Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 4:57am

If people only could see all the work that a cakes takes, plus the flour, sugar, and eggs, the pans, the specialized equipment, the time learning to perfect your skills. It is always a learning experience for people be it cakes - car repairs - new hair style - household improvements - it is always more expensive than what you believe at first.

Cakery2012 Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 5:41am

Cinnamon toast praline bacon sounds amazing .
@Jason I wasnt meaning to demean anyone .Im.a midwestern girl . The thought of Weazer in Steel Magnolias hacking into the red velvet Armadillo cake came to mind . The other thought was the TV show My Big Redneck Wedding .

pmarks0 Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 6:04am

I once made cupcakes with bacon. A sweet corn and bacon cupcake (it was a vanilla cake base) and a chocolate, toffee and bacon cupcake. The general consensus was was the chocolate was better, and actually tasted pretty good. The best part though was the candied bacon which sounds odd but was awesome! Perhaps the best way to put bacon into this cake (it you were to actually make it) would be candied bacon, not just pieces of cooked bacon.

http://cupcakeblog.com/?p=132

FromScratchSF Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 6:28am

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/praline-bacon-recipe/index.html

Best. Thing. Ever.

Cakery2012 Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 6:44am

Thank you SF!

Evoir Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 6:53am

Savoury with sweet is not a new sensation. We do salted caramel macarons, and pepper-infused steawberries (albeit rarely nowadays for the latter).

But the budget thing...I'm not even going to pretend to be PC, that is just insane. I'd be polite on the phone declining the order, but I can tell you here on CC my brain would be thinking two words to direct at pig-woman...and they aren't "Merry Christmas".

FromScratchSF Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 6:55am

"Life's too short to make cake pops."

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

So true! So true!

Evoir Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 7:06am

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