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post #91 of 19406
Oh yes! I remember that post. Glad I was able to help you! icon_smile.gif

I think working and making cakes at home is good as well, when youthink about it. Because, when you work, you can sell your cakes to your work colleagues and from them to their friends!

I'm hoping to attend few Wedding Fayres end of this year. But they are quit expencive.

Have you heard about BSG forum? Its a UK cake forum. You can get loads of help and ideas from there too! Here is the link,

http://bsguk.org/forum/index.php

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post #92 of 19406
Oh yes! I remember that post. Glad I was able to help you! icon_smile.gif

I think working and making cakes at home is good as well, when youthink about it. Because, when you work, you can sell your cakes to your work colleagues and from them to their friends!

I'm hoping to attend few Wedding Fayres end of this year. But they are quit expencive.

Have you heard about BSG forum? Its a UK cake forum. You can get loads of help and ideas from there too! Here is the link,

http://bsguk.org/forum/index.php

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post #93 of 19406
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Hey ladies,

Sorry for my lack of reply, work has been crazy!

Wow, I didn't think the thread would take off so well icon_smile.gif I'm so glad there is such a great bunch of Uk bakers here.

Just Darling - sorry to hear about those horrid people who cancelled the party. Just so rude.

The picture of the cakes I posted with the swirl were my first attempt at using a tip for the buttercream so to get so many lovely comments has definitely boosted my confidence!! Thanks ladies icon_smile.gif

I haven't baked for ages but need to make some more cupcakes to post to my mums hubby and also some for my nieces 1st Bday. I need to remember how I made those swirls now!

The more time I spend on here listening to all you lucky ladies who bake for a living, it makes me wish I had my own cupcake business! Ohhhh one day...

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post #94 of 19406
oo bashini I didn't know about that forum, iv'e just signed up to register now thanks for that. I love it here at CC as well though all the hints & tips everyone gives, and the galleries are AMAZING and I get some right ideas from them, I just find it a little frustraiting when I cant find the UK substitutes for what the Americans use for some of the stuff lol.

I have posted it on our "for sale" site at work that I offer cakes, no takers yet, plus I work with about 100 men in my section (im in IT...BORING!) and they probably "leave all that kind of stuff to their wives" lol

I advertise on Facebook lol, once I week or so I update my status offering cakes, ive had 3 orders that way (1 done the one I charged £15 for an 2 to do in May & June) and had 3 enquiries but when I got back to them with a price (I said £20 to all 3 of them for 9" square decorated and 1 figure) none of them got back to me but i'm not doing it for any less, I think £20 is fair really.

hailinguk...I dont think you need to practice your swirls, there were perfect, the cakes looked soooo yummy. What tip did you use?

oh and Justdarling, I agree, shuold of charged them the full amount, £20 was a great deal as it is, unappreciative buggers!!
post #95 of 19406
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Originally Posted by olsjhs

oo bashini I didn't know about that forum, iv'e just signed up to register now thanks for that. I love it here at CC as well though all the hints & tips everyone gives, and the galleries are AMAZING and I get some right ideas from them, I just find it a little frustraiting when I cant find the UK substitutes for what the Americans use for some of the stuff lol.

I have posted it on our "for sale" site at work that I offer cakes, no takers yet, plus I work with about 100 men in my section (im in IT...BORING!) and they probably "leave all that kind of stuff to their wives" lol

I advertise on Facebook lol, once I week or so I update my status offering cakes, ive had 3 orders that way (1 done the one I charged £15 for an 2 to do in May & June) and had 3 enquiries but when I got back to them with a price (I said £20 to all 3 of them for 9" square decorated and 1 figure) none of them got back to me but i'm not doing it for any less, I think £20 is fair really.

hailinguk...I dont think you need to practice your swirls, there were perfect, the cakes looked soooo yummy. What tip did you use?

oh and Justdarling, I agree, shuold of charged them the full amount, £20 was a great deal as it is, unappreciative buggers!!



£20.00 is far too cheap for a 9 inch square decorated cake. I charge £65.00 for this size and I 'm certainly not the dearest in this area
post #96 of 19406
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£20.00 is far too cheap for a 9 inch square decorated cake. I charge £65.00 for this size and I 'm certainly not the dearest in this area



I know it;s really cheap and still people are not responding once they have the price as they think its to expensive, fools, probably think they may as well go spend £7 on a pre made on in asda, but they tast horrible IMO! I was only doing my first 10-15 so really cheap (nearly at cost) to get my word out then will charge somewhere inbetween pro bakers with shops and my total cost before profit I would imagine.

Ho Hum their loss of a delightfull cake!!!!
post #97 of 19406
My nine inch decorated cakes usually work out at between £50 and £70 depending on the decoration.
post #98 of 19406
I find wedding fairs a good way to get orders. I do roughly 1 every 2 months. I have 4 dummy cakes which I take as well as some photos of some of my other cakes. It does cost approximately £80-£100 per fair but I do offer a 10% discount to any bride who orders and pays their deposit on the day of the fair. I usually end up with a minimum of 4-6 orders for each fair and as my minimum price for a 3 tier cake is £300 It's usually a good investment
post #99 of 19406
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My nine inch decorated cakes usually work out at between £50 and £70 depending on the decoration.



Mine is the same. I get loads inquiries about cakes and they everything on it, but they don't want to pay for that!

olsjhs, is the Facebook adverts free? icon_wink.gif
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post #100 of 19406
That sounds like good advice Miss Baritone, thanks for sharing, I didn't think of offering discount when they book there and then but it makes sense.
post #101 of 19406
Just darling...thats good to know about the prices then so even if I were to charge £30 while im doing them to build up my portfolio its still a good price isnt it!

MissBaritone great tip about wedding fairs, the cost deffinatley seems worth it since you get all them orders, once ive had lots of practice and feel confident enough that i'm not going to ruin someones big day then I think I will try that one out!!

Bashini, I don't know if your registered on facebook or know anything about it, but the adverts on the right of the pages yes you pay for, I imagine a hefty fee but what I do was in my status update I put something like "Jennifer is offering cakes at excellent prices for all occassions for anyone that wants them, email me for more info and tell your friends" etc and ive got like 250 friends on there (all old school/college/collegues/friends of friends etc) so 250 people see that for free, in my eyes better than nothing ha. Oh and you can set up groups where you can post your info about yoru cakes/contact details etc add pictures then if anyone searches facebook for "cakes" they will be directed to all the groups with Cakes in the title, thats a long shot as I dont think all that many people use facebook as a search function but you never know, you may get one or 2 hits! For free it doesnt hurt does it!!!

Im really scared about making DS's birthday cake and cupcakes, I dont wanna mess it up for him or I will be sad icon_cry.gif Lots fo practice tomorrow I think!
post #102 of 19406
Oh and meant to ask you all, do you ever ask for the Bases/boxes etc back?? I don't know if thats the done thing or if you factor them in to your price and buy new every time.

I asked the girl I charged £15 for the cake for them back and she has given me some more as well she had from past cakes blass her. My local cake shop charged me about £2.40 for a board that was 14x18 inch but really thin so I think there expensive!

Like if you forked out for the SPS system you would deffo take that back wouldnt you.......
post #103 of 19406
Thanks olsjs for the info. I am a member of facebook. I will look into it.

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post #104 of 19406
thats OK bashini, here is an example of a cake group CLICK ME there really easy to set up, ill get round to it eventually....got to think of a name first lol
post #105 of 19406
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Originally Posted by olsjhs

Oh and meant to ask you all, do you ever ask for the Bases/boxes etc back?? I don't know if thats the done thing or if you factor them in to your price and buy new every time.

I asked the girl I charged £15 for the cake for them back and she has given me some more as well she had from past cakes blass her. My local cake shop charged me about £2.40 for a board that was 14x18 inch but really thin so I think there expensive!

Like if you forked out for the SPS system you would deffo take that back wouldnt you.......



I factor the cost of boards and boxes in. The only thing I ask to be returned is cake stands. I hire these from a local shop. they do take a deposit which I insist on the client paying. No return they don't get their deposit back
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