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post #121 of 23224
Woow i feel so left out on this thread,dont know how i missed it.I'm from Essex,I too have the problem of people wanting to pay asda prices for my hard work.I just always remind them that costco is still in business i.e nice large slab for £10 that taste like crap.
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post #122 of 23224
We need some sort of campaign to get people to understand that we charge fair prices for our cakes, and they cost so much because they are individually created works of art!!! We're not helped by articles in the press about £30 wedding cakes!!!

Solacakes, whereabouts in Essex are you?
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We need some sort of campaign to get people to understand that we charge fair prices for our cakes, and they cost so much because they are individually created works of art!!! We're not helped by articles in the press about £30 wedding cakes!!!

Solacakes, whereabouts in Essex are you?



Exactly,but with articles like that just ask them to go there,I'm in Basildon
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post #124 of 23224
Yep ... really hard to make people understand that bespoke cakes are not off the shelf rubbish. I use good quality ingredients including free range/organic eggs depending on what I get on the day of purchase. I've had someone send me pictures of 5 different wedding cakes to price and when I did I got no response back and the most expensive price I gave her was £450 for a very intricate design. Not even a response saying thank you for your time. I normally get ... we'll go for an M & S cake then. I'm like "sure have fun at your party!!!"
post #125 of 23224
Hi all, olsjhs, your cuppies and the Mickie Mouse cake is fantastic! thumbs_up.gif As I'm making cakes as a business, I include the prices of the boards and the boxes to the price. Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy them in bulk? YOu can buy them from ebay as well. There is a seller " Confectioner's Paradise", and his prices are quite reasonable.

Sabz, if you are good at drawing, draw a tiara for the size you want and go over it by using a claygun and modleing paste. Just a thought! icon_smile.gif

eilidh, I'm a member of the British Sugarcraft Giuld and its £22 for the whole year. But I haven't been to any of their meetings yet. You can be a member of the message board for free. I know loads of UK members here are members. icon_smile.gif


The Asda story is so ture! That happened to me once as well. A customer wanted a round cake with George from Pepper Pig on it. I thought I would do a buttercream transfer. So I quoted her £45. Few days later she called and said she saw one in Asda for £7! icon_eek.gif
When things like this happens I always think that its not my loss, its their loss! icon_smile.gif
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post #126 of 23224
Hi all i can't believe its taken us uk'ers so long to have our very own thread i am delighted and will be keeping an eye on this post.

no more google for me on the american ingredients and some great recipes to try

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post #127 of 23224
Bashni, you really should go to one of their meetings the one I went to was fab and I learnt loads! And such a bonus to see Debbie Brown working and ask questions etc for only £5!! Plus the home made cake at the one I went to was delicious!

The whole Asda cake thing I think is just different people, there is a type who like wow bespoke cakes and those that want a cheap party and that includes a tiny thin tasteless Asda cake! They really are none of our market as they will truely never see why a kids birthday cake should cost any more than £10-£15.
post #128 of 23224
You are absolutely right, eilidh. thumbs_up.gif

Sometimes I go to Alan Dunn's classes and those days they had it on monday evenings. I think they have changed the day to Saturday. Must find out about it! icon_smile.gif
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post #129 of 23224
olsjhs your Mickey cake is fantastic thumbs_up.gif As for colouring I colour all mine myself as pre-coloured doesn't always have the shade I need plus there's the extra cost thing & it's usually Regalice. Covapaste doesn't colour any easier than any other sugarpaste, I've found it depends on what you're colouring with. If you use liquid colours they tend not to give as deep a colour as paste colouring.

Does anyone know where you can get natural food colouring in paste form? I don't like using artificial colouring & would love to be able not to. I noticed the other day that Asda have started stocking natural food colouring but it's liquid. Has anyone tried it is it any good?

As for M&S cakes for weddings, as part of the college course I took, we 'disected' one & you'd be amazed by how little cake there is in them. There's about 2" of marzipan & sugarpaste, so you end up with a 1" deep fruit cake which looked 10" but ends up about 7" or 8". But it's like you say if that's all you've ever been used to then you think all cake is like that.

The BSG does have some great demonstrations with some great people. I'd love to go but they moved the one by me to an in the middle of nowhere hall & as I don't drive I can't go. My friend used to be an independant memeber (where you don't join a particular branch) & she used to get quite cheap insurance, for her cakes, but I don't know if they still do that.
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post #130 of 23224
I use to buy Regalice, but the paste is too soft for me now. So I buy Covapaste and I colour it myself. I use Sugarflairs paste colours, but don't know where you can buy natural food colouring.

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post #131 of 23224
Hello and wow what a great thread (can't believe i have only just spotted it) oh well better late than never.
I make my cakes as a hobby at the moment and just make them for family and friends. I charge them £20.00 to cover the cost of ingredients, although i have told them all that as my experience grows so will my prices. I am lucky really to have such good friends who think i sell my cakes too cheaply to them and they always give me a little bit extra. I would love to do this for a living once i have got about another good years experience under my belt. I think i will proberly need to move house aswell as already i can't move for cake decorating stuff, it is taking over my kitchen. Haha. Ah and i will also need to work on my confidence as i am always doubting myself and some days wondering if i am doing the right thing, then once the cake is finished and the stress has died down i start planning the next one lol.
I too am a Yorkshire lass and live near Dewsbury ( not far from Wakefield).
Once again brilliant thread.
post #132 of 23224
sasporella I know exactly what you mean about self-doubt, everytime I hand over a cake I feel sick to my stomach - lol

I looked at your pics and you have no reason to doubt yourself, your cakes are beautiful.
post #133 of 23224
newsums you have hit the nail on the head, that is exactly how i feel lol
I am glad i am not on my own feeling that way. Sometimes i wonder if i should charge at all and have to talk myself out of not charging. Usually though as i am sure you find aswell the people receiving the cake are very happy. It is as if they do not see the cake as we see it (if that makes sense) haha.
post #134 of 23224
When you posted earlier sasporella, I looked at your pics and was amazed..your creations are gorgeous and you definitely don't have any reason to have self-doubt. I, on the other hand, am no good and I still don't stop! icon_razz.gif
post #135 of 23224
I think we're all our own worse critics. I spot every little flaw on my cakes but I've never had a customer spot one of them yet.

I use Asda's own make (not smartprice) sugarpaste. It handles nicely, takes the colour well and is cheaper than most other sugarpaste. Avoid Tescos own make though. That tears really easily
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