kjgm Posted 30 Mar 2013 , 10:36am
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This cake is time consuming but well worth it.....but what do I charge? 

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remnant3333 Posted 30 Mar 2013 , 12:56pm
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That is very beautiful!! I only do cakes as a hobby but I am sure others here would probably want to know what size of layers before they could tell you. Love your cake!!!!
 

NJsugarmama Posted 30 Mar 2013 , 1:10pm
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AComparing it to the size of the plate and wine glass, probably an 8" and 6".

If I were in business again, I'd charge no less than $375 and upward of $500. Those cakes take forever to make. And they are absolutely beautiful!

kjgm Posted 30 Mar 2013 , 6:18pm
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Thank you so much!!  It took forever...but this was the first time making it...and can only get quicker...hopefully.

 

It is a 6" x 6" and 8" x 6"......four layers of cake with fresh fruit in each layer with buttercream and Chambord. Thanks again! :)

Elcee Posted 30 Mar 2013 , 10:48pm
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I add .50 per serving to my base price. Not enough?

kjgm Posted 31 Mar 2013 , 10:48am
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The extra fondant cost would warrant .50 alone.....not the time involved. Can I ask what is your base price for a fondant covered cake? Do you charge additionally for any sugar flowers? Thanks for any input you feel comfortable giving and Happy Holiday!

Katiebelle74 Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 7:24am
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AI too have a client looking for this cake only huge!! A five tier. Was wondering what people were charging for these it looks insane on labor

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 12:24pm
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It is labor intensive....When visiting Maggie Austin's site her pricing starts at $10 pp with a minimum of $1000.

She has a huge following and is in the DC area.  Don't know what to charge here...was thinking $6.00 pp....for labor and costs of extra layers of fondant.  What are your thoughts?

 

Best to you with the five tiered client... :)

Godot Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 1:16pm
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AAm I the only one who thinks those types of ruffles look wrong? They look upside down and it drives me crazy.

kazita Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 1:24pm

AIt does look alittle odd now that you've pointed it out....but its still a really pretty cake

liz at sugar Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 1:37pm
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Am I the only one who thinks those types of ruffles look wrong? They look upside down and it drives me crazy.

 

Yes, I think they look upside down as well.  But very pretty.

 

Liz

cazza1 Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 1:52pm

They look upside down because they are.  You tip your cake upside down and then stick them on.

kazita Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 2:19pm

AThey look like a time consuming pain to do , that being said they are still pretty.

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 2:39pm

They are applied upside down...that is the beauty of this unusual cake style by Maggie Austin!

meriem Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 2:42pm

AI love this design. I would love to replicate it one day. May I ask, did you use normal fondant or Tylose treated fondant for the ruffles?

paulstonia Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 3:30pm
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They look upside down because they are.  You tip your cake upside down and then stick them on.

Ok, I would think you just start at the top and work down instead of from the bottom up. Those of you who have made it one, do you actually work with the cake upside down then flip it?

lesucreaufour Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 3:42pm

I did a 3 tier cake with that kind of ruffles and I never put my cake upside down...since your fondant is so thin and not heavy...it won't fall down.

 

I guess that .75 to 1$ extra to your normal price per portions would be ok...if it's all one color it's less a pain then when you need to make a ombre ruffle cake. But both design are so beautiful!!!

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 3:52pm

yes....thats how we were taught on the Craftsy.com site that Maggie Austin teaches.  She shows you how to make a David Austin rose as well.   

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 3:55pm

I agree the ombre is more time consuming in tinting the different gradients of color.  

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 3:57pm

Just normal fondant....the tylose will make them dry out quicker...and you don't want that to happen too quickly, because after you flip it over you have to go back with a small tool you have made with florist wire and try to open gently all the ruffles.  Another step ...but that is what adds to the beauty even more in my opinion.  Maggie's cakes are soo gorgeous..

meriem Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 6:31pm

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Just normal fondant....the tylose will make them dry out quicker...and you don't want that to happen too quickly, because after you flip it over you have to go back with a small tool you have made with florist wire and try to open gently all the ruffles.  Another step ...but that is what adds to the beauty even more in my opinion.  Maggie's cakes are soo gorgeous..

Thank you for the tip. You've done a brilliant job on it! I've been wanting to buy the crafty class, I'm going to buy it now, and it's on sale too! Yeey :) if when I try it comes out just close to yours I'll be very happy!

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 6:39pm

Oh thank you for your kind words...you are so very nice. :)  

You will enjoy the class immensely....she is very thorough and if you have questions you can ask the instructor and they get back to you.  Can't wait to see your project...be sure to give me a little poke to let me know.

 

Good luck and happy decorating!! :)

Katiebelle74 Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 6:41pm

AI think 10.00 per serving minimum on all those ruffles if not more. Looking at the labor time. Now that I have seen the Maggie Austin site. The one I looked at previously did not have that intensity of ruffles. Whew what a long process but so beautiful. I understand now her vision as she was a ballerina and that cake reminds me of a tu-tu I live that the ruffles are upside down I think that is what makes it beautiful.

meriem Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 7:22pm

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Oh thank you for your kind words...you are so very nice. :)   You will enjoy the class immensely....she is very thorough and if you have questions you can ask the instructor and they get back to you.  Can't wait to see your project...be sure to give me a little poke to let me know.

Good luck and happy decorating!! :)

Your welcome! I love craftsy classes, I bought the bobble heads one and i was really impressed with the detailed instructions. Will give you a shout when I manage to get it done :)

Annabakescakes Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 7:28pm
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Am I the only one who thinks those types of ruffles look wrong? They look upside down and it drives me crazy.

Yes, I agree, totally. Drives me up a wall.

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 11:47pm

Thank you soo much...it was a 6" and 8"

kjgm Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 11:49pm

Oh thank you Katie....she charges $10 pp to start...don't think my area would bring clients to me if it was that price per serving...but it warrants it  you are correct.  Thank you for your comments btw your work is wonderful too!!! Best, Kathy

cazza1 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 7:10am

I too have the craftsy class on these ruffles and it is on my to do list in the near future.  Whilst time consuming they do not look particularly hard.

Stitches Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 1:31pm

I love the look too. I can't help but wonder what happens when they go to cut that? It would be such a mess....

Katiebelle74 Posted 11 Apr 2013 , 6:57am

AThanks Kathy for the compliment! It is this just beginning wedding season and the excitement of this years cakes... Has me wanting to learn more expand my skills and do new things that I've never done before... These crazy probably insanity inducing frills included! Lol.

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