She knew I hadn't made any wedding cakes before and I told her that I would do my best. I should have known she just asked me because she was trying to be cheap and was expecting me to give her a really cheap cake because I am not a professional. Well I researched and found that $2 a slice was not unreasonable so that is what I told her. I had to drive an hour to get to the town and set up so I charged her $325.
She wanted it alternating square and round, and at first just wanted three tiers because it would be less money but then her mother said to get the cake she wanted and she would pay the for the extra tier. So to do that I had to enlarge the pan sizes so it looked right, so she was getting way more cake than she needed and I didn't charge her extra for that.
My husband helped me cut all the dowel rods for the tiers, and even put a few extra in the bottom to make sure it wouldn't fall over. I left feeling very relieved it was over and said I would never make a wedding cake again because it was to stressful.
A week later I am looking at her myspace page and there it says basically "my wedding was just perfect except for my cake falling over" What? I almost was in tears when I read this and didn't know what to do, and half mad that she tells everyone in myspace world before telling me about it. I talked to my friend and she said it was just the bottom tier that kind of collapsed on itself and the top three tiers were fine. I am guessing I put too many dowel rods in and the cake was too moist and it split causing the cake to kinda mush down. My friend said that it was fixed my the time they walked in and they still had the three tiers to cut which would have been enough I think, even though it was just the back side of the cake and I am sure some of that bottom portion could have been just fine to serve.
Since I am not a professional and this was a friends sister I didn't think to write up anything for them to sign saying once I leave the place I am not responsible for anything that happens to the cake. However, I am thinking it was my fault. The bride finally calls and I apologize a lot, and say I will make another cake and/or birthday cakes for free. I didn't mention a refund of any sort because I really wasn't making all that much in the first place seeing I had to buy a lot of the pans. She agreed, but has brought it up many times with my friend so I know she is not happy. I didn't want my first wedding cake experience to be a disaster but unfortunately it was.
Sorry this is so long, I just needed to tell let it out and see what others thought if I should have given her some of her money back.