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post #601 of 681

AZ -I see now what your talking about thanks for the visual. I was still lost till the picture. Lol. I've not done that yet.

 

Jan- thanks for the compliment yes the shells are all handmade. I was quoting with a mold. Then realized the molds that are near me were ugly..lol..So I ended

up just making them myself. I only had a week or I would have ordered molds. However as stressful as it was it built up some confidence in me. I think I still would get

a mold. Especially if I did a wedding cake they have better molds on ebay. It would just be faster.

 

Mgarcia- Seriously Thank you. I will be buying it as soon as hubby gets paid. Awesomeness.

post #602 of 681

Smitty, I make all my own molds also. I just haven't found a sand dollar and I think that is what impressed me so much. I kick myself now, after so very many years, for all those I've collected and lost while collecting on the beach. I used to bring all kinds of sea critters home until my mother would throw them out when the stench would get so bad.

 

Jan

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post #603 of 681

Jan what do you make your molds out of? I would have made my own but shells were like $6 a bag icon_eek.gif

Plus my mold making material is high dollar.
 

post #604 of 681

I started out with Make a Mold which used to be promoted on CC. It is good but so pricey. So I switched to Amazing Mold Putty which I get at Michaels when I have a coupon. I've been very happy with it and  I find almost everything I see becomes a mold in my mind! Leaves, flowers, brooches, interesting bark, you name it.I have a lot of shells but lack a sand dollar. Even the starfish I have have become molds. I'm always wanting to make sea-themed cakes, but my next project when I finish my current one, is to make a dummy using the crewel embroidery technique. I've done a lot of actual crewel work and have patterns I want to try.

 

Jan

 

I've even heard of some making molds out of gum paste, but I've never tried it.

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post #605 of 681

Jan- I have the Make the Mold kind. I thought the Amazing Mold Putty wasn't food safe maybe I'm totally wrong. Also can this be used with isomalt or only fondant? I'm so wanting a cheaper silicone.

jamie

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Jamie---I just ran and got a copy of the package insert for Amazing Mold Putty. Quote: "If intended use of the mold is for a FOOD application, (candy, chocolate, ice, gelatin, cookies, or any other food product), DO NOT USE use the mold for pouring any other material into it other than food. Allocate the mold for food only intem to eliminate contamination from amy other materials. The mold must be washed thoroughly using ample amounts of soap and water before using for food applications." The caps are as in the paragraph I quoted. 

 

I've used them for fondant and gumpaste, candy clay and chocolate. It doesn't say isomalt, as such, but does reference candy, (in addition to chocolate), so you take your choice. I would assume it could handle hot isomalt as maybe melted sugar in hard candies? I've made isomalt jewels but used already purchased molds for those.

I've really gone gung-ho with it and have several boxes on hand. Unlike Make A Mold, there is no expiration date--at least not on the box. Some I've used is over a year old.

 

Have fun, now that you find a cheaper alternative you're likely to go nuts as I have!

 

Jan

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post #607 of 681
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Originally Posted by smittyditty View Post

Jan- I have the Make the Mold kind. I thought the Amazing Mold Putty wasn't food safe maybe I'm totally wrong. Also can this be used with isomalt or only fondant? I'm so wanting a cheaper silicone.

jamie

Can take temps up to 395 degrees F.

post #608 of 681

Sweet!!!!
 

post #609 of 681


I made this using the Wilton Doll kit pan, then added another 2in sponge round and sculpted to continue the dress length.The mom provided the doll.
I charged $35 I think... But the sweet lady I made it for always pays me more than I charge icon_smile.gif
I lived in Richardson, TX at the time, north of Dallas.
post #610 of 681

I used to live over there. Funny...I'm not sure price because I would need to know servings. It seems to me not high enough though.

First car cake I've made. Learned a LOT! need cake that isn't so soft for starters. I used gelatin for the windshield with toothpicks. Modeling chocolate over oreos for the wheels. Toothpicks for the grill because I didn't have an extracting tool. Thanks for looking.

I was wondering price on this car cake. It was for my father and my first one. So ignore the crappy fondant. I had the house set at 76 WHAT WAS I THINKING???

Anyhow it was a 4x6 piece of cake. Thinking around the $200 range am I close?

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I was wondering price on this car cake. It was for my father and my first one. So ignore the crappy fondant. I had the house set at 76 WHAT WAS I THINKING???
Anyhow it was a 4x6 piece of cake. Thinking around the $200 range am I close?

That looks very detailed, we would probably charge closer to the $300-400 range.
post #612 of 681

Thanks Jason. Since you are very eloquent with words, how do you explain the cost of such a cake for a customer vs the serving cost?
 

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Thanks Jason. Since you are very eloquent with words, how do you explain the cost of such a cake for a customer vs the serving cost?

For sculpted cakes I don't quote by the serving at all, I just present a price for the design they want that's based on an estimate of X hours of sculpting work. If this breaks their budget, I present alternative designs (e.g. a 2D cake with a FBCT picture of the car) that would require less labor.

Depending on your sculpting skill there would be a minimum size for a cake like this, if it gets too small it may no longer be feasible. Adding additional servings probably wouldn't impact the price too much either.
post #614 of 681

This is a cake I made for an 18th, I only charged $60, just out of curiosity what would use charge. if you don't mind.
it was a vanilla cake covered in fondant and the pacman itself was made of cake and covered in fondant
post #615 of 681

Yes I know you don't charge by servings that's my question. When the customer goes back to the pricing guide of servings how do you explain? I need your verbage...lol If they need a certain number of servings do you guarantee that? I think I remember seeing on cake boss that he doesn't guarantee servings on these kinds of cakes just a ball park. Could be wrong though.

Thanks Jason.
 

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