I need some advice please. I have a request to put fondant on a pre-iced cake for a friend of a friend who is coming in and doing a cake for her daughters wedding next week. I live in NC and she is traveling from FL. I have no idea what to charge or IF I want to to do this for a complete stranger. I know my expectations but don't know what hers are. She has never worked with fondant and was sent to me. I just really do not what to do.
I would not do it. If she is not familiar for fondant she won't understand how to do the base coat. Too thick, too thin or the wrong kind of frosting and your fondant will be a mess. And no matter what if the cake turns out badly it will all be on you. She'll be able to say the cake she gave you was perfect until you put fondant on it.
I would price it exactly the same as baking and decorating the entire cake yourself. This removes the incentive for her bringing her own cake.
@ sillywabbitz...VERY good point! I hadn't really thought about her icing it wrong for the fondant prep. I had given some thought to being 'blamed' for a shabby looking cake if anyone else made comments. I ask if she would at least email the picture her daughter had sent of the cake design being done...this way I would know if I had any flaws would it be covered by what she would be decorating it with. She basically avoided the question, I asked twice You know also a thought is if she has never worked with fondant how will she know what to do when decorating? Somethings need to be done differently...ya know.
You mean you're going to cover it in fondant and she's going to decorate it? Ummm no way! Why can't she just decorate a buttercream cake? If the design truly has to be fondant then you either do all the decorating or none of it. I say RUN
Y'all are extremely helpful and bring out the logical side of why NOT to do this. It didn't take me long to pick up the phone and make my "decline' call. Thanks soooo much for responding so quickly!
Good for you