Annso Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 12:51am
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I received this message on facebook about an hour ago, and I am very excited!!

Hello, I am getting married in Antigua June 8, 2013. I am looking for a bakery to get my wedding cake. Could you send me a few pictures of some of your wedding cakes that feed up to 50 people and is two layer, round, white cake, white icing, I am thinking a shell topper? How much do you charge for these cakes and do you deliver or where are you located on the island so we can pick up the cake.

Respectfully,

Tara

taran@ou.edu

Before anyone gets all concerned, I am in good standing where the food safety laws of my Island.

The Problem is I have never done a wedding cake before, so I don't have any pictures to show, I have done stacked cakes before, the ones on my CC profile and I have been using some of my time out (pregnancy) to improve my skills. I know that I can do this cake and It would be a great opportunity to break into the wedding market, But I just don't know how to respond. PLEASE HELP!!

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BakingIrene Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 12:59am
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this may well be SPAM

Darstus Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 1:24am
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It sounds just likes scams that have been pulled on decorators before. Be very careful!

kelleym Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 2:02am
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Originally Posted by Annso

I received this message on facebook about an hour ago, and I am very excited!!

Hello, I am getting married in Antigua June 8, 2013. I am looking for a bakery to get my wedding cake. Could you send me a few pictures of some of your wedding cakes that feed up to 50 people and is two layer, round, white cake, white icing, I am thinking a shell topper? How much do you charge for these cakes and do you deliver or where are you located on the island so we can pick up the cake.

Respectfully,

Tara


Before anyone gets all concerned, I am in good standing where the food safety laws of my Island.

The Problem is I have never done a wedding cake before, so I don't have any pictures to show, I have done stacked cakes before, the ones on my CC profile and I have been using some of my time out (pregnancy) to improve my skills. I know that I can do this cake and It would be a great opportunity to break into the wedding market, But I just don't know how to respond. PLEASE HELP!!



First, please edit your original post to remove your potential client's email address.

This does not sound like spam. Just email her back and tell her that all your photos are in your gallery, and you are very familiar with the construction of tiered cakes. Then tell her if you are available (I assume you are) and tell her you would love to design a beautiful cake with her theme, and ask her what flavors she had in mind. Answer her questions regarding price and delivery, easy peasy. icon_smile.gif

jason_kraft Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 2:54am
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Why do people think it's a scam? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

SweetSouthernBakery Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 3:14am
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I've gotten several requests like this before and they have turned out to be legit. I would do as Kelleym suggests and email her back. Hope everything works out for you.

scp1127 Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 6:01am
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Sounds legit to me. I had never made a wedding cake when I made my first one. My customers insisted because they enjoyed the taste of my cakes and I explained where I felt safe with the decorating. I still do this.

As long as you are honest with your abilities and that satisfies the customer, you are fine. I can't do elaborate cakes and I never tell a customer I can do something that may be higher than my level of experience. I still get my fair share of orders.

costumeczar Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 6:06pm
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That sounds legitimate. A scammer would ask for a much larger cake, for one thing.

MsGF Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 6:38pm
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Sounds legit to me and if she has all money up front, no post dated cheques then I don't see the problem.

Definitely get all payments up front prior to starting the cake. If you choose to take a cheque make sure it goes through the bank without bouncing before you start the cake.

Take a chance. Answer her questions but all money up front in full within 30 days prior to the big day. Then you have nothing to lose.

Also have her sign a contract about the cake details and payment details.

Good Luck

Annso Posted 21 Sep 2012 , 9:53pm

Thanks so much for the response and advise. I'll try to keep u guys updated as to how it went.


How do you edit your original post? I would really love to remove the email address, It was a mistake.

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