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post #16 of 19
I'm sorry, I meant Silverwood mini cake pans, not Squire.
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Originally Posted by LeslieBruckman View Post

They are having their tasting in two weeks (which I charge for) and would like a mock up to go with it to see the detail work. They are wanting 275 three inch, petit four mini cakes done up like Tiffany boxes. So, technically, it won't be much to do because it will be small. But, I feel like my fondant work is good enough for them to see that I can pull it off. :/

To clarify they are real people and not scamming.

I've just never had anyone request a mock up before. This is, however gearing up to be a really large order with a huge price tag. I'm truly excited for it and don't want to risk loosing it. I also don't want it to be set up for them to walk all over me, either.

You charge by the hour for whatever time it takes to make one minicake, starting with the time it takes you to cut a block of styrofoam for the dummy.  

 

This will be useful as you will see whether you want this kind of fussy order.  

 

But the customer MUST pay for your time even if they choose to take the final order somewhere else.

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post

I highly recommend making them a mockup in this instance. Then you will know how long it takes and hopefully get an idea of what to charge and NOT get pressured into lowering your price. If you are indeed making mini cakes and not petit fours. I also highly recommend that you order a few mini cake pans for the job as well (google Silverwood mini cake pans) instead of cutting squares from larger cakes. Exposed crumb is not fun to work with, but individual cakes with their crusts intact are.

Just throwing this out there again...just b-cuz.

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post #19 of 19
I agree with AZcouture. IF you get the order, invest in the Silverwood pan.

But I wouldn't buy one just for the mock up...too pricey!

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