Originally Posted by QTCakes1
I figured as much, but I guess for me there is no way my base could cover gumpaste flowers period, unless maybe it's like a 3 roses, which I can just knock out. But if I have 3 peonies or, I don't know, hydrangeas, I have to charge extra even if it is 3 bunches of hydrangeas. Does that fall under nickel and diming to you guys? I definitely wouldn't up charge for things like fondant quilting or stripes, that just makes no sense. But what about individual gumpaste pieces?
Personally, I can knock gumpaste out pretty fast, so I don't bother charging for it unless there's a ton of it like you mentioned before. Sylvia Weinstock-style is going to be more. I have a cake today that I quoted for a cascade of gumpaste on three tiers and I didn't bother to add extra to it, that's not a big deal to me. If making them took me a long time I'd charge extra, but if all they want is roses and filler I can do that during one episode of the Young and the Restless and the Bold and Beautiful and be done with it. The pink cake that I did here did incur an extra charge for gumpaste, but you can see why. http://www.acaketoremember.com/images/tall_cake.jpg
I'd say if you know it's going to take you an unusually long time over the average for doing one cake then charge more.