fas376 Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 3:59am
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I have never bought a cake before in my life, so to be honest, I don't even know who I'm supposed to go to! So I guess this is a two part question.

 

1) Who do I go to to make a custom made cake?

2) How much would the cake below cost?

 

The cake is for my girlfriend, who just got into dental school this week. Thanks, and happy holidays!

 

Here is a picture: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2776/4540922186_d7d81bae4c.jpg

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kakeladi Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 4:03am
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It depends on where in the world you are located; how big the cake is and how knowledgable the decorator is!

Pricing varies all over the place in different parts of the U.S. (and the world!)

It appears to be an 8" round but could be a 9"er.  In big cities in the U.S. it probably would sell for around $75-$120. 

fas376 Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 4:05am
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Thanks for the response! I am located in Dallas, Texas, and this cake isn't meant to feed a bunch of people, probably just 2 or 3.

tykesmommy Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 4:17am
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AI would charge you minimum $50 even if its a 8".

AZCouture Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 4:19am
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A2 or 3? Well be prepared to pay for a cake that feeds more than that. Most decorators aren't going to make a custom cake for 3 people. Its just not worth our time.

fas376 Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 4:29am
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Thank you all so much! It looks like I'll probably be spending around $75 for this cake.

 

There are so many different cakes on Google images, I can't seem to pick the perfect one!

 

http://api.ning.com/files/sNxjvOgbbDbbPIsH1v*Hgkp5uogpmfvGPeS*4GuUmReGDE52Wmym9-g7bAtfhzfGUFpdcaCmGTs-E3cU8spFo*WzqbOd1GC3C-PNyBp4v84_/201006DentureDentalDentistTeethMouthCake.jpg?width=737&height=493

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_By7wB4AzAw4/TMWk6I1l54I/AAAAAAAAAG4/QHojzgP5ee8/s1600/28208_10150194057290322_808020321_12469184_3044046_n+copy.jpg

 

http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/images/coolest-holiday-tooth-cake-3-21331973.jpg

 

Do you guys have any idea? Or perhaps different suggestions?

shanter Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 8:21am
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I think all of the cakes are cute; she would be happy with any of them. I have a local independent store for cake supplies and cakers put their business cards on the bulletin board, plus pictures of the cakes they've make. I don't know if a place like Michael's does that or not. If you can find a store that sells cake supplies, you could ask for recommendations.

fas376 Posted 26 Dec 2012 , 11:14am
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Thank you! :)
 

fas376 Posted 27 Dec 2012 , 2:45am
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Wow, I contacted my local bakery, and they said they would charge $200 for this cake!!!

 

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2776/4540922186_d7d81bae4c.jpg
 

I'm a med student. I'm already in so much debt as it is :(

jason_kraft Posted 27 Dec 2012 , 3:07am

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That sounds about right, sculpting the figures can be very labor-intensive. Try contacting local bakeries (check Yelp for reviews) to see what you can get for $75, you'll probably have to settle for a flat design.

-K8memphis Posted 27 Dec 2012 , 3:08am

Bake it yourself maybe. You could do a 9x13 and cut it in the shape of a tooth--kinda round the sides and make two 'legs'--pretty easy. Then if it was me I'd ice it all white then put a dab of chocolate somewhere for a cavity and write the "calling Dr. Whoever"

 

just a thought

 

Not exactly the same effect as the $200 one but diy works sometimes.

Cakepro Posted 27 Dec 2012 , 4:12am
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Originally Posted by fas376 

Wow, I contacted my local bakery, and they said they would charge $200 for this cake!!!

 

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2776/4540922186_d7d81bae4c.jpg
 

I'm a med student. I'm already in so much debt as it is :(

 

You just can't buy a Mercedes on a Kia budget.  That's a time-intensive cake and cakes like that aren't cheap.

FromScratchSF Posted 27 Dec 2012 , 4:40am

Many get sticker shock for custom cakes, we deal with it all the time - that would be in the $200-300 range for me to do!

 

Best of luck to you and congratulate your girlfriend from all of us!

AZCouture Posted 27 Dec 2012 , 5:20am

And when you become a doctor and start indulging in the finer things (things that us cake decorators don't get, cause truth be told we aren't getting rich from these $200 orders), don't cheap out for your kids' birthdays. Jus' sayin. icon_biggrin.gif

ginger6361 Posted 28 Dec 2012 , 6:14pm

Unless you have a food color printer, the bottle and TP tube lables will cost $15 to $20 alone. Add that to cake and labor. Min $50 easy.

fas376 Posted 29 Dec 2012 , 10:40pm
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Unless you have a food color printer, the bottle and TP tube lables will cost $15 to $20 alone. Add that to cake and labor. Min $50 easy.


Yeah, it looks like most bakeries are charging about $175-$200.

 

What do you guys think about this one? Any ideas how much this one would cost?

 

http://sugarsweetcakesandtreats.blogspot.com/2010/06/dental-school-grad-cake.html

Evoir Posted 30 Dec 2012 , 4:01am

Yes, my base price would be $150 for a taller-tiered, filled baked-from-scratch cake with ganache and coloured fondant. A figurine is $70. The edible images to make those two labels would cost me $30 to source. The other gumpaste moulding, around $40 probably.

 

Its not so much the materials, but the amount of time it takes to make, design and build your custom cake.

 

If you wanted you could commission a sugar artist to make a few dentist-inspired gumpaste items (like toothpaste and brush) and just bung it yourself on a costco cake. You could probably do that for under $100.

 

Hope that helps!

Annabakescakes Posted 30 Dec 2012 , 5:54am

AWow, the teeth would be even more! That is a lot of precise carving and molding if each tooth...and there is no telling how much it actually serves, so a flat price for me would be $350.

-K8memphis Posted 30 Dec 2012 , 2:58pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 

Bake it yourself maybe. You could do a 9x13 and cut it in the shape of a tooth--kinda round the sides and make two 'legs'--pretty easy. Then if it was me I'd ice it all white then put a dab of chocolate somewhere for a cavity and write the "calling Dr. Whoever"

 

just a thought

 

Not exactly the same effect as the $200 one but diy works sometimes.

 

Omg I'm sucha dunce I din even see you chose a link to a tooth cake!!! DO IT!!! You KNOW you can do it!!!

 

~~shop one day,

 

~~then get you cake board ready--it needs to be unflexible (reynolds wrapped foamcore works or heavy cardboard) or your cake will crack--

 

~~bake on another day, get your cake on it's board--I suggest that you flip it twice so it sits on the board the way it sat in the oven bottom side down--

 

~~and decorate on the next day.

 

That way you go crazy in installments not all at once.

I know you can do this and she will love that homely thing better than one that any amount of money could ever buy.

 

For real!

Cakepro Posted 30 Dec 2012 , 5:28pm

If you want a custom cake, be prepared to pony up the money.   Please, don't waste bakers' time getting quotes on high-end cakes unless you have a suitable budget to pay for such a cake to begin with.

 

Another option: to really save money, go to Wal-Mart...buy toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, and a travel-size bottle of Listerine...then swing by their bakery and pick up a cake.  Stick the dental hygiene items on the cake and voila!  Cake done and wallet only lightened by about $20.  Then she can use the items you bought after eating the sugary cake.  Problem solved.  LOL

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