Hello everyone one. :)
I will be making a sweet sixteen cake. The mom wants the design to be three tiers, but only two tiers will be actual cake. I have never done one like this before. So my question is, do I ask for the dummy cake back? Seems very tacky, but those are not cheap and I am not charging her for the design of the dummy cake. Any advise you guys can give would be great. Thank you!
Barbara you should definitely charge her for the dummy! Although it is not cake it costs, the fondant or butter cream covering costs, the decorations coast and more importantly, tour time costs so all these things need to factor into the price! Unless you are in the fake cake rental business where you can reuse the design charge her and let her keep it. Remember that the only thing you are saving on is prep & bake time and ingredients so make sure you don't undercharge!
I charge 80% of the regular cost of a real cake for dummy cakes. Definitely charge her for it! If it's too late for that get it back, at least.
It is totally possible to re use styro 'cakes' again & again. I would charge ...... the 80% sounds good *&* ask for it back. I have reused styro many, many times before it becomes gummy and ugly :) they are great for trying new techniques and designs.
I agree! They are totally reusable. My daughter brings garbage bags to the competitions we enter to collect all the dummy cakes that people throw away. People look her up to give her theirs these days lol! Almost every entry she does is on recycled blanks!
Thank you everyone for such great advice!! I will definitely charge next time. I was a dummy cake in my design.