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post #31 of 42
Two things here...one, I'm happy that this fills a void for the marketplace for those brides who want the ultra expensive looking cake without the price. As someone said, if the couple can't afford your prices to begin with then you are not losing a customer.

However...and I may well be in the minority here...except for display purposes, I am not a fan of "dummy" cakes or "dummy" tiers used in place of a real cake. I'm a fan of realism. In other words, if you have only 50 people then have a cake big enough to feed 50 people, not a 5 tier cake that only has two real tiers. If you can't afford anything but sheet cakes then skip the cutting of the cake, have your cake brought out as a dessert and feed eachother from your shared plate. My own opinion of course, but as a wedding coordinator I see high expectations and low budgets all the time and spend a good deal of my working time with a client trying to gently make her expectations meet her budget. You can't have a Ron Ben Israel cake on a total wedding budget of 5K....so your expectations should be tailored for the budget, not try to make the budget stretch for your expectations.

For those of you who have successfully made these rental cakes a hit I congratulate you! You fill a niche for people who need it and yet still inspire those who still want a real cake.

Cat
post #32 of 42
There is enough customers for everyone!

Dsilvest, your cakes are wonderful and I wish you best of luck! The idea is brilliant and fills the need of people who can't afford a real one!
I am really happy for you!

In my area people don't want to pay $100 for a 3 tiered cake(150 pc) with custom fondant designs, fancy fillings etc. For me it would be the best option to do something like this, because I have the talent, just the audience can't afford it. What should I do? Give up cakes? No way! So this is perfect for me, I am glad you've put it into practice and it works!
Hats off that you made lemonade from the lemons!
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by Tandoori

There is enough customers for everyone!

Dsilvest, your cakes are wonderful and I wish you best of luck! The idea is brilliant and fills the need of people who can't afford a real one!
I am really happy for you!

In my area people don't want to pay $100 for a 3 tiered cake(150 pc) with custom fondant designs, fancy fillings etc. For me it would be the best option to do something like this, because I have the talent, just the audience can't afford it. What should I do? Give up cakes? No way! So this is perfect for me, I am glad you've put it into practice and it works!
Hats off that you made lemonade from the lemons!



I agree - people who want a real cake will shop for the right bakery for their budget. They may start out with thinking that fancy cakes can be had at grocery store prices but they will soon face reality and have to adjust. Some may go for a smaller, more basic design or go another route all together. I had a very young couple who wanted to know if I would make their wedding cake -I told them that I couldn't because they needed to use a licensed kitchen to serve the public. I suggested the faux cake idea and showed them a small sample that I had. They liked my work but went with a cake made by a coworker for a good price. I don't know if the coworker was licensed or not. When a mutual friend showed me pictures of the cake, I can see why the bride was a bit disappointed. The cake was nicely done- it was neat and clean but the color was way off and the only thing that made it look like a wedding cake was the topper. I would say that the baker did her best to give them what they needed for 150 servings within their budget of $250. As the economy struggles - so will many consumers and there will be the need for more alternatives to keep some traditions. Trends determine what is "in" and "out". I, for one, would like to see beautiful cake designs both real and faux continue to grace wedding receptions for years to come. icon_biggrin.gif Just my two cents.
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post #34 of 42
I've had it! Sometimes I feel the need to let loose.

Indydebi, you have company in the old grouchy women club!

I wish I had this option when I got married in 1984. I only needed a 10" with the 6" put in the freezer for the first anniversary. But I wanted a 3 tier minimum and I paid dearly for it and not just monetarily.

There are plenty of brides out there, who want the 'CAKE' they dreamed of since they can remember. Now they find out they can't afford it. Then comes along someone who can give them the illusion and fulfill the childhood fantasy. Why not do it? Those brides definitely won't be buying anything from a custom baker anyways.

All the naysayers for this idea, well you have just given me boost to see if it will work. I happen to know there is a market out there, probably not in my immediate neighborhood. The neighboring metro markets are a different story.

Good news, I won't be breaking any laws, because it's an inedible product. Greater news, I can recommend friends that are legal, who might be losing business because brides want great tasting cake but can't afford the bling.

OK, I think my ranting is finally over.

Yes I know I need a chill pill.
MaryAnn, aka Gomo
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post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by HowCoolGomo1

I've had it! Sometimes I feel the need to let loose.

Indydebi, you have company in the old grouchy women club!

I wish I had this option when I got married in 1984. I only needed a 10" with the 6" put in the freezer for the first anniversary. But I wanted a 3 tier minimum and I paid dearly for it and not just monetarily.

There are plenty of brides out there, who want the 'CAKE' they dreamed of since they can remember. Now they find out they can't afford it. Then comes along someone who can give them the illusion and fulfill the childhood fantasy. Why not do it? Those brides definitely won't be buying anything from a custom baker anyways.

All the naysayers for this idea, well you have just given me boost to see if it will work. I happen to know there is a market out there, probably not in my immediate neighborhood. The neighboring metro markets are a different story.

Good news, I won't be breaking any laws, because it's an inedible product. Greater news, I can recommend friends that are legal, who might be losing business because brides want great tasting cake but can't afford the bling.

OK, I think my ranting is finally over.

Yes I know I need a chill pill.



You dont need a chill pill. This is everything that needed to be said.
People on this website think they are right about everything and get pissed when anyone doesnt agree with them. Maybe they are also afraid of competition. Who knows. All I know is that dummy cakes are a good alternative and there is definatly a market for them.
post #36 of 42
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Originally Posted by HowCoolGomo1

I've had it! Sometimes I feel the need to let loose.




thumbs_up.gif Lay it on me! LOL. Sorry ladies, I didn't mean to come on so strong. But this really worries me because I know brides around here WILL go for this option and I WILL be out of business if this trend takes over. Just plain and simple. I talked to my fiance who is actively involved with my business (helps out after he gets done with his day job, poor guy) and he said "Wow, sounds like a great idea. We should try it!" icon_cry.gif But I want to make REAL cake. (she says in a whiny voice).
And, by the way, if I didn't mention it before, the cakes that I saw on the website that I mentioned in my original post and also desilvest's cakes are gorgeous!
post #37 of 42

I just heard about this for the first time this past weekend.  It sounds interesting but I need to reaerch it a little more I guess.  I love the decorating jut not so much the time consuming part of baking, etc...

post #38 of 42

Did anybody watch Shark Tank last Friday?  The folks with the cake compartment cake were on.  Can't remember the numbers but in I think 7 years, they hadn't made much money at all.  Don't know if it's that people don't like the concept or if they don't have good business sense.  Sharks didn't like the idea and didn't really like them.  I guess if it fills a need, more power to you. 

 

But to me, almost as much time, expense and effort goes into a fake cake as it does for a real cake.  Is it really profitable?  How long before you see a return on your investment?  What's the life expectancy of each cake?  Since tastes are so varied, how large of an inventory would you need?  How do guests react if they find out they've been duped? 

post #39 of 42

I got married 20 years ago, my mom made my cake.  I wouldn't have wanted a fake cake.  But times are changing.  Things we considered important in the past don't seem to be as important to young folks.  For instance, I can't imagine not having my wedding photo album, even if I just about never pull it out.  But nowadays, it's not important to folks getting married, they prefer having all their photographs on a cd.  Go figure!

post #40 of 42

I saw it on Shark Tank and I liked the shark who said "for my wedding, I don't want my "something borrowed" to be my cake! I want REAL CAKE

post #41 of 42

I think it's a cool idea and I might consider doing it someday!

 

It reminds me of cubic zirconia.  I cannot even believe how real a CZ looks …no one except a gemologist with a magnifier can tell!  

I absolutely LOVE diamonds :king: so I own quite a few cubic zirconia items…LOL  :-D  I can't afford real diamonds but I really love them and want to wear them so "it's faux I go". 

 

same for fur…the fake stuff looks real.

post #42 of 42
Hmm, at first I was laughing when I saw the title of the post. But actually I think it's not a bad idea. And for a bride who can't afford a real cake of that size/ design it's a great alternative! I also think that you don't have to offer one OR the other, why not letting the bride choose? If you charge for work and material as usual, you still make a business and like someone stated before you even have less stress...
Personally, I would never want to have a piece of styrofoam on my wedding I'm pretending to cut...and look back at the pictures years later still knowing I was pretending to cut styrofoam. Gosh, just the thought of it makes me giggle. Cake, buffet and flowers were the most important things for me and I can still taste the cake and smell the flowers of my wedding day and it was worth every cent I paid for!
But preference are different...
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