Originally Posted by Sherri2012
I went with a friend today to a cake shop in my area to see what they offer. My friend's daughter is getting married in Jan. So, we went to meet with a decorator at one of the best shops in our area. I was surprised when the decorator told my friend they do not do fondant. It made me wonder why? Why would a very popular cake shop choose NOT to offer fondant? Anyone have thoughts on that?
Your location may be a reason for not offering fondant cakes which often command a much
higher price point. Your information says that you are in Wisconsin. Are you located in a large city? Or, are you located in a smaller, more rural area? I'm guessing there may be a reasonable population since you said there are multiple custom cake shops.
Your photos certainly show a wonderful skill level with fondant. However...how long do those detailed decorations take to "get just right"? If you are spending hours and hours on fondant figures, will a client in your area pay for that time? Will clients in your area pay an extra $1-$5 per serving for the time and ingredients needed for "TV" fondant cakes?
Here's a quote attributed to Ruth Rickey:
"When determining how far to take a design, think of the customer and ask yourself:
1. Will the customer notice?
2. If they notice, will they care?
3. If they care, will they pay?
Buttercream skills simply take practice. When you do something over and over and over and over, you WILL get it right. Skilled buttercream decorators can whip out a fabulous cake in 5 minutes.
Watch this awesome 4 minute video and you will see a man who thinks of PROFIT for this bakery. Watch him get these cakes decorated in record time.
My biggest cake project so far was 4 different cakes for a 100th birthday party, 14", 12", 10", 8" The cakes were a gift of love from me to the birthday lady. I didn't charge for anything.
I am able to buy fondant at wholesale prices, but even with the wholesale prices ($27 for 10 pounds of white FondX), it would have cost me $55 MORE to make these same cakes. That's MY COST! Additionally, it would have taken me about 3-4 hours longer to cover all 4 cakes.
I did buttercream.