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?
I'd charge A LOT more!
I've also never made a bustier...how long will it take? (just trying to figure out what to charge her)
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.
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).
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.