vgcea Posted 7 May 2013 , 6:29am
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Just saw this video: http://www.howcast.com/videos/510678-How-to-Cut-a-Wedding-Cake-Wedding-Cake-Decorating

 

Do caterers really 'waste' the edges? So essentially one would have to factor in the 'waste' when deciding on tier sizes if one followed this tutorial. I've never seen it done this way before. I would kick a caterer in the backside if they wasted all that super awesome ganache under my fondant.

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Chellescakes Posted 7 May 2013 , 7:24am
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First thing I noticed was she ran her hands through her hair even before she touched the cake. I can't believe that she wasted about a quarter of the cake , and like you said about the ganache , that is the best part. 

vgcea Posted 7 May 2013 , 8:29am
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Yeah, the hair touching just got worse with progressive videos. "wedding cake is expensive because it factors in the waste?" Um, how about not wasting the cake? #justsaying.

Chellescakes Posted 7 May 2013 , 9:05am
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What is wrong with cutting the cake in half first so you can get three serves across to start with . 

 

I don't factor in waste . I just expect the caterer to be competent. 

AAtKT Posted 7 May 2013 , 10:18am
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Goodness... Waste?  That is crazy...  If I paid for the cake, I expect it to be served... I have never heard that there should be waste left over... On a round I understand that if one gets a bit off there could be a bit of waste, but not that much...

 

What about those people who love the icing?

 

All slices should look exactly the same?   No, people realize that cakes have outside edges, especially if they are round...

mariets Posted 7 May 2013 , 1:39pm
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She threw away my favourite bits!!!

iCookiBake Posted 7 May 2013 , 1:48pm
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Yea that really is a bit silly to waste that much cake because "every slice should be exactly the same". Why not just tell the customer that a cake is going to cost x dollars, but you're really only going to serve half of the cake so they essentially wasted half of their money??! Insanity.

cupadeecakes Posted 7 May 2013 , 2:03pm
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I have never of anything like this!  It's not what I tell my customers to expect and it sure doesn't reflect the cutting guide I leave with my cakes.  Just to be sure I just did a Google Image search on "round cake cutting guide".  Sure enough, not a single image (out of hundreds) indicated that you would turn the round into a square and then start cutting.  I think everyone should leave a comment on that video telling what bad information it is.  HowCast should remove that video immediately!
 

anavillatoro1 Posted 7 May 2013 , 2:10pm
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AThat's crazy she go for the easily way, she don't care for the waste

ellavanilla Posted 7 May 2013 , 3:08pm

according to the "waste" concept, there would be dozens of servings lost on a 14, 16 or 20. It doesn't make any sense. And if it were an absolute truth, why haven't any cake celebrities clued us into that little secret? "Don't forget to multiply your servings by 125% to make up for square cutting..."

remnant3333 Posted 7 May 2013 , 3:38pm

What a waste!!!

SISA Posted 7 May 2013 , 3:44pm

I was taught that caterers cut a smaller round cirlce in the middle of the cake (like a 10 inch round cake you would cut about an 8 inch circle) the cut the outside circle in slices.  So they won't be pie shaped slices they are more rectangular slices. Then slice the inner cirlce.  So if the cake starts as a larger round then you would cut multiple circles.   I hope this makes sense to everyone.  I have done it so it makes sense in my head....lol  I think the waste on this video is crazy and they are throwing out the best part.  The pieces with lots of frosting and not too much cake!

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 7 May 2013 , 3:57pm

I have seen a couple caterers that thinly slice the fondant off, but never anything like that.

There are plenty of ways to cut a round cake without throwing 1/4 of it out!

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 4:05pm

I didn't watch this with the volume on, did she really not mention anything about cutting the remainder up, or did she refer to it as waste? 

NJsugarmama Posted 7 May 2013 , 4:18pm

AWho is she, anyway? That much waste would tick me off if I did wedding cakes.

kazita Posted 7 May 2013 , 4:26pm

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I didn't watch this with the volume on, did she really not mention anything about cutting the remainder up, or did she refer to it as waste? 

Yes she refers to it as waste and that's one of the reasons why wedding cakes are so expensive and that the caterers could eat that left over wasted cake.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 7 May 2013 , 4:33pm

ARIDICULOUS!!

auntginn Posted 7 May 2013 , 4:55pm

Wait... Did she say "Standard Industry Wedding" rofl 4 fingers wide, 2 fingers deep and 5"  high. Yikes.  

FromScratchSF Posted 7 May 2013 , 5:03pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

I didn't watch this with the volume on, did she really not mention anything about cutting the remainder up, or did she refer to it as waste? 

 

 

She threw it away as "waste".  Wow.  I had to leave a comment.  My cakes are what, like $10/serving or so, and she just threw away around 8 servings on that cake alone, so that's $80 in the trash.  If I found out any caterer or venue actually cut one of my cakes that way (and were "snacking on the bits!", as she said in that video) I'd freak out, tell the client and let them know they should demand to be reimbursed.

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 5:11pm

Ok, thanks. Not cool.

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 5:18pm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Doll-Cakes/121859154205?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

I asked her about this on her page. icon_sad.gif

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 5:22pm
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I would kick a caterer in the backside if they wasted all that super awesome ganache under my fondant.

I had to quote you....lol, actually I stole this! icon_lol.gif

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 5:23pm

On my page, not hers, that wouldn't be very polite. icon_wink.gif

vgcea Posted 7 May 2013 , 5:44pm

AHehehe. I mean it too. I would be so mad!

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I had to quote you....lol, actually I stole this! icon_lol.gif

costumeczar Posted 7 May 2013 , 6:22pm

As my kids would say, She doesn't know how to cake.

shanter Posted 7 May 2013 , 6:25pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Doll-Cakes/121859154205?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

I asked her about this on her page. icon_sad.gif


I left a message on the Facebook page (under another one of the names I use, Antoinette) too. I'll bet she deletes it because I didn't see yours there.

lorieleann Posted 7 May 2013 , 6:36pm

So i'm wondering now if she is having a big 'head scratching' moment and wondering what else she does is completely wrong.  Kinda like how Joey realized that not all tailors measure the inseam *that* way.   No, my video-tutorial friend, not all caterers are cutting off the edges and eating the couple's wedding cake scraps just to get uniform slices!  Yikes! 

manddi Posted 7 May 2013 , 6:37pm

AI would never waste that much cake! Wedding cakes are expensive because of the work involved; not because of the "waste" involved!

By the by, did anyone else notice that the cake itself is not level and kinda wonky?

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 7:47pm

I did my best to be respectful, I did. But if you make a tutorial and put it out there, you should expect questions.

AZCouture Posted 7 May 2013 , 7:50pm

It's still there, it's in the comments under the first post you see on her page, the video for decorating a wedding cake.

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