This has been asked before and i can't find it ~ so sorry!
I have a potential customer, wants a wedding cake for 75 people. She wants the cake to be 3 different flavors and she knows what flavors she wants. Her fiance wants to have a tasting to make sure the cake tastes alright before they order.
I understand wanting to make sure the cake is good. However, I have a very small business, I don't do many cakes anymore. I don't have cake on hand for them to taste and to have a cake tasting for this cake I would need to make 3 cakes that I don't need, plus frosting. If it was 1 flavor of cake, I would do it and just use the extra batter for something but since it is 3, I honestly do not want to.
How do I handle this? I don't need the money from this cake, I just like doing cakes once in a while. Would you all just let this one go or do you have any other ideas??
It's great to have the business, and build your portfolio.
In this case I would charge for the tasting, to cover the ingredients, if they end up booking with you , apply that tasting fee to the cost of the cake, if they don't book, you keep the $$ and at least it didn't cost you anything :)
I would also 1/4 my recipes and make just a few cupcakes in those flavors. What you don't use, freeze.