Last Minute Cakes

Business By Bean123 Updated 10 May 2012 , 7:34pm by jason_kraft

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Bean123 Posted 10 May 2012 , 5:09pm
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when someone orders a last minute cake, do you charge your normal price or a bit extra?
I've been asked to do a bustier cake for tomorrow (about 24hrs notice), would you charge a bit more?

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arlenej Posted 10 May 2012 , 5:12pm
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I'd charge A LOT more!

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Bean123 Posted 10 May 2012 , 5:18pm
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I've also never made a bustier...how long will it take? (just trying to figure out what to charge her)

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FullHouse Posted 10 May 2012 , 6:05pm
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If someone wants a last minute cake, the most I will do is 48 hr. lead time and it has to be simple and that is IF I even have the time.

That being said, if I would even consider doing a bustier on 24 hr notice, I would probably charge a $50 rush fee. If you don't know how to make a cake like that, you may want to consider declining/insisting on something else. First time making something doesn't always run smoothly.

Whatever you decide, hope it works out well and worth you while.

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cakemama2010 Posted 10 May 2012 , 6:51pm
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I just took a last minute order for Saturday. I'm not charging any more, but I did tell the customer that it would have to be small and simple...no fondant/gumpaste pieces or extravagant details. She understood and settled on a simple design.

I've done two bustier cakes...both took about 2-3 hours, after baking, to carve, assemble (I used the ball pans for the boobs and an 11x15 that I carved), crumb coat and decorate. It really depends on how elaborate and what you are using (fondant or buttercream).

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jason_kraft Posted 10 May 2012 , 7:34pm
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We've charged a minimum rush fee of 20% at our discretion (assuming we had availability). We also kept a few basic cakes in the freezer for last-minute orders where we didn't have availability to make a custom cake.

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