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post #16 of 158
$180 wouldn't have covered your cost of materials, I bet. You are NUTS to have done it so cheaply!!!!!!!!!!!! NICE, but nuts. icon_biggrin.gif
post #17 of 158
The largest cake I volunteered for was for 300 servings. It took months of planning for the design and structural support. I had to buy a freezer to hold all the cake and filling. The day before the event, I began the assembly (all decorations were done in the months ahead). A friend of mine came to help, thank goodness. There was no way I could have done it all by myself by the next day! It was covered in fondant...took four of us to move the rolled fondant onto the 18 X 24 in layer!I assembled the lower three tiers on a 3/4 in plywood base and it took 3 of us to move it to the van. The other decorated tiers were transported in boxes and assembled on site. It was truly an experience and lots of fun, and a little harrowing there at the end. I learned alot doing this cake. Once I broke the design down into managable pieces, it was not an overwhelming task. Just a bunch of cakes.
Go for the 1000 servings, gibson! Have space, alot of time, and additional help. But have fun doing it!
post #18 of 158
I use to do cakes for our banquet all the time when i work at the retail store bakey. We just got plywood and put paper over it and put a lot of sheet cakes together and just ice and decorated. At first I thought I coudn't do it but it was kind of easy considering I didn't have to bake the cakes or make the icing. ( all premade). I kinda of glad I did work there is had given me a lot of insight on a lot of things.
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post #19 of 158
Wow, that is ALOT of cake!! But I think you could do it!! But like others said...will take some planning and space (to store all that cake & icing)!! icon_smile.gif and be very nice to all your friends b/c you'll need some help!!


but if you think you can do it....go for it!! it is def. a cool opportunity...I'd have a hard time saying no. plus you got all us CC folks to help keep your sanity!! icon_lol.gif

as for the pricing.....um...good luck!! no... just kidding!! I'd call and ask what their budget is and then go from there.

when do they need this cake?? how much time you got to make this work??
post #20 of 158
OH WOW-DOUBLE WOW

I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT--


GO FOR IT

ALSO A THOUGHT...

AFTER U CALL AROUND TO HELP WITH PRICING

HOW MANY 'CAKES' WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE THE SIZE U NEED?
HOW MUCH DO U/WOULD U CHARGE FOR THESE?
ADD IN (ALOT) FOR TIME FOR PLANNING, EXTRA MATERIALS, ETC...&
THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM YOU WOULD CHARGE
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post #22 of 158
I say go for it.......I think setting a bunch of cakes together side by side has got to be way easier than if they wanted a five foot TALL tiered cake!!!! Sounds like great fun!!! Just make sure you plan well......I would ask them what they paid last year for the cakes and tell him you'll see if you can give him a comparable price......because what if they're willing to pay 500 dollars!!!!/????? Don't wanna short change yourself!! Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.....ask friends and neighbors to borrow their freezers LOL or get a deep freeze (only if you plan on using it again of course)......make buckets and buckets of BC that's shelf stable a week in advance or so........write everything out.....and play it over in your head then you'll be sure to have it be as low stress as possible!! Anything that can be done in advance should be. good luck.....I hope you do it...I would LOVE to see a cake that huge!!!
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post #23 of 158
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That's a lot of cake!!!! What an amazing opportunity for you! Pricing on this project is very tough. You don't want to put in the highest bid and lose out on the opportunity, but you can't underprice yourself when this will require so much.

I'm sorry I'm not much help. I just want to offer my support. You are not crazy to take this on (well, maybe a little, but aren't we all? icon_lol.gif ) If you want it, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!! Keep us posted.
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post #24 of 158
That sounds like a fantastic opportunity for the potential to get a LOT of business!! I wouldn't be able to say no if I were you! Like others have said just plan well, find the space to store it all & have lots of people willing to lend a hand!!

As for pricing I agree that you should ask them their budget but already have the materials/ingredients costed out so you know if their price range is anywhere near your ballpark. If it were me I would do it as long as it covered my costs & a BIT more but remember that normally you can't buy that kind of advertising!!!

Wish I was near you to help out!
Good luck & definately take lots of pics along the way so we can see the project from start to finish please!
post #25 of 158
How awesome! I would love to do something like this!

Basically, you are talking about 5 half-sheet cakes placed side-by-side, right? Would you also do the ten satellite cakes? Personally, I would price it by combining what you would normally charge per half-sheet times five, plus whatever you would charge for the smaller cakes (at least I would think they would be smaller...). When pricing, remember that you might make a little more, because you will be using a bit less icing ingredients when doing the large cake than you would icing five individual cakes.

Although nearly one thousand people may show up, I don't think you need to worry about serving that many...sounds like such an event would have plenty of other foods available. Good luck! I hope such an opportunity comes my way some day - like when I have a larger kitchen!

Tina
post #26 of 158
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone for all of the great support.....now what do you all think about flying up to Canada to help a girl out? LOL!!
I'm still undecided, I guess I'm thinking this could make or break me! and I don't want to be broken before I've really started!!!
Then on the other hand what an opportunity!! Will I get this opportunity again? Who could say they made a 5'x2' cake!(besides a few of you!) and I have to say WOW to those who have done them already!
I think I'll be able to do it especially with the members from CC helping me along the way!! I have so many questions!!
I think I'll sleep on it.......I'll keep you all posted!!
Thanks again!
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post #27 of 158
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Okay for anyone that is still interested, I called the gentlemen who is taking care of ordering the cake and asked him what his budget was.....are you all sitting down?

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post #28 of 158
to feed 1000 people, he must have been joking! I don't know the cost of ingredients, but I can't imagine that covering that at all. What about the work?
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post #29 of 158
Honestly, 300 dollars for 1000 people. THAT is insane. That is 30 cents per serving. You would be paying him to let you make the cake! I know it would be good publicity for you but you need to decide if it would be worth it for you. We will be here to help you as much as we can if you decide to do it and I wish you all the good fortune in the world. Keep us posted.
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post #30 of 158
See if he is willing to furnish the ingredients....
Mix it, Bake it, Decorate it, Eat it!!!
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