I had a potential client come in with her daughter for a Quince cake quote on Saturday with no appointment. The girl shows me a picture of a 4 tiered cake, slightly topsy turvy with the bottom tier looking as if a big slice had already been taken out and tons of handmade gumpaste candy and lollipops the top 2 tiers were sculpted to look like a popcorn bucket and a bowl, again all with tons of hand made candy spilling out and all over the cake. Bare minimum this cake was at least $1500 with all the fondant and gumpaste details (my price for this cake would be much higher). So I ask the 2 most important questions:
1. How many guests are we wanting to feed? Answer: 250-300,
2. What is your budget? $300 .
I then again asked "...and you want this exact cake?" Yes.
It was all I could do to not laugh in their faces. But I was good, and started to educate them on the reality of it all. I told them that even if I did a very basic buttercream cake and they purchased separately actual candy for me to decorate the cake with, that the least expensive I could do was $2.25 a serving which was still way over their budget. (and that was me being generous because they still wanted the 3d look of the bottom tier and the top 2 tiers carved to look the same as in the photo, with the slight topsy turvy build.)
I did a taste sampling for them anyway, and encouraged them to shop around to see if they could get that cake for their budget, but if they wanted that exact cake from me my price was $9.75 per serving.
I doubt they will book with me.
This does happen to me all the time in this area. And I had a similar experience that I posted about a year or two ago. It just seems now that the cake shows are so popular that it has become an epidemic!