I am curious to find out how others handle a situation where someone requests a cake to be replicated from a picture that you clearly know is beyond your skill level. I am not referring to the etiquette that comes with putting your own twist on another's design in order to make it your own. I mean if you know that even if you change colors etc that your skill level will just not enable you to deliver a cake up to the standards of what the person is looking for in the picture they give you.
Do you decline completely? Tell them your skills arent there?
My situation is that I am fairly new to cake decorating (less than 25 cakes that I have done for family and friends). On my personal facebook page I have posted pictures of cakes I have done and have gotten great reviews (from friends and family of course, lol). My cousin posted a cake i did for her daughter on pinterest and it got almost 500 repins in less than 24 hours and while I thought that was so cool, I am extremely critical of my work and am never satisfied with my cakes. I know that I have a lot to learn and practice so I think being hyper-critical vs overconfident at this point can only help me. I would never want to present someone with a cake that looks like a super crappy version of what they had in mind. While do I think that for only having done the small number of cakes that I've done that i really have a knack for it I know that some of the seemingly simple yet hardest things are what I really need to work on (super crisp corners, perfect fondant work, piping, etc).
So with that said, I agreed to make a cake for an engagemnt party for friends of my husband. They have seen my work and know (or at least i thought they knew) my skill level, however when sending me pics of cakes they want for the party they are from world renowned cake artists. Cakes that probably seem simple to someone who might not make cakes but are quite difficult to achieve the high quality look. Those simply decorate yet perfectly executed cakes. Even though i'd be doing the cake as a favor and to get more practice i do not feel that my skills are up to that level. Can anyone help me with how I can go about saying this?