vwolf Posted 6 Apr 2012 , 3:40pm
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I am just wondering how others handle this. I have a home baking license. Everything I do is made to order. Recently I have had requests from people for samples. They are looking to buy 3-4 dozen cupcakes or a 10 inch round cake, something of that nature. I do cake consultations for wedding cakes. I just don't feel it is cost effective for small orders. How is the best way to respond to this without offending potential customers. TIA

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FullHouse Posted 6 Apr 2012 , 3:57pm
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"I offer free tastings/consultations for orders over 100 servings. If you would like a sample for a smaller order, you are welcome to purchase a small cake/cupcakes. My order minimum is $60."

I also have a home cake business and there is no way I would offer a free tasting for less than 100 servings or without enough prior notice that I can work the samples in with another order. Those samples are also going to be whatever I am already baking, a "bakers' choice" sample.

If I have an order for close to 100 (say 80-90), I will make an exception and allow the person to come by to pick up 1-2 cupcakes to taste, but only for a wedding.

There are many helpful threads on here regarding tastings. Reading through them will give you tons of valuable info (and keep you busy for hours).

Stephy42088 Posted 6 Apr 2012 , 4:56pm
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My policy is the same as Full House. If it is less than 100 servings the tasting and consultation fee is $25. Recently I started offering to go tasting boxes of 6 cupcakes, my choice of flavors for $12...we'll see how it goes

vwolf Posted 6 Apr 2012 , 7:47pm
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Thanks for your replies. My cake tastings are also free for wedding cakes of 100 servings or more. Maybe I will offer a sample box of my choice of flavors for a small fee. That seems like a could idea.

scp1127 Posted 7 Apr 2012 , 4:11am
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All of mine are made to order also. If the event is far enough out, I make a little bit extra of an order that is similar and they can pick it up. Usually it is a few cupcakes or 1/4 of a 6" cake.

Now I have a local restaurant retailing my cupcakes in a bakery display. I can direct them to the restaurant.

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