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Excellent!  Good luck!
Yes, the oil seeped out for sure.
Nope, you are charging too little.  That's a beautiful, expensive cake!   A lot of times people are looking for a cheap home baker, they don't understand we are no cheaper than a bakery, and in fact, some of our costs can be higher, say, if we don't' buy in bulk.  We still pay insurance, electricity, gas,water, educational costs, e.t.c…   You can't lower your prices or you won't make any money.  Your demographic may just be people who cannot afford expensive cakes....
thanks!
sounds like the rosettes were too heavy for the cake recipe.  Was the cake firm or moist?   This has happened to me too.  Definitely refrigerate, if possible… I had a tall cake so during the baking process I emptied my fridge for the cake…my groceries went to my mom's fridge.  It's not easy….
Not sure about what to put as the design on the side, but that is adorable!  I love it!  A monogram sounds nice.
Italianbaker-  I am going into sales for a  meeting-procurement company.  It's business-to-business, I will be streamlining the hotel room rental process for corporations, companies and organizations of all sizes.   Took me awhile (and some connecting to people) to find the right company to work for doing a job I knew I would be successful at, but I found it!  The job I had previous to having my daughter was amazing, so I needed a company that could replicate the scenario....
I got married at an awesome, schmantzy hotel but I did not use their baker, and they had one.  The cakes looked and tasted blahhhh, and to boot, were a bit more pricey than the cake I ordered to have delivered.   Maybe if they object you can ask to consult with a bride or two (or more), get the bride to speak on your behalf, and then you will have even more of a reference point.   It takes persistence, you might not get an agreement off the bat, it might take you another...
Just make sure the executive chef and the CEO are the decision makers in the process. The CEO often signs off on things that others have decided upon as a good idea  The CEO is the final stamp but sometimes depends upon other sources for how the decision is made.   So make sure you spend your time efficiently and find out who will make this decision for the hotels.  That's the person you want to reach!  Could very well be the chef and the CEO, I don't know who you are...
Since this is a friend, there is no harm in charging for ingredients…although technically this is illegal unless you have a licensed kitchen.  If a I were to purchase or sell that cake with a friend, my ingredients would be about $35.00.  I wouldn't charge for my time because I would consider it educational time.  Learning is an investment.   Keep practicing and read this forum regularly, you will learn so much!  Don't feel badly or get discouraged when people tell you...
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