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post #76 of 252
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF View Post

K8, you bring up an excellent point - the time I allocate in my schedule to do anything is padded for more then I think it will take.  Experience has taught me that when working with employees, answering phones, dealing with outside kitchen staff, answering emails etc, sometimes a simple task can take forever.  At any rate, my time tables are always padded with the goal of it taking less time to do.  If I only made an american buttercream, the cake was one flavor, I didn't bother with ganache, and I made "close enough" cosmos. I have no doubt it would go a lot faster.  

 

I would start the cosmos 3 weeks in advance.  I wouldn't be working on them 8 hours a day for 3 weeks, sorry if you got that impression!    

 

I would totally give myself 2 hours to carve that double-barrel.  It's so high on the cake and such a focal point it would have to be perfect.  Taking it off is easy - putting it back on, not so much - and ganaching something like that could potentially take forever.  In fact of all the details that's the one I'd be the most shaky about based on my skillset.  I have no doubt others could bang that out faster.

 

K8, would would your time table be and what would you price it as?  Did you already post that and I missed it?

 

 

 

the two hours @ $25/hr that you are charging is not decorating time?

one baker's never ever do is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
one baker's never ever do is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
post #77 of 252

So, shame on me.

 

I did not follow the rules of WeddingbyColor.com.  I created an account under the false pretense of being a bride.  There was no option to join as a vendor.  I did come clean in the very beginning of the post.  Only fair.

 

"Ladies, please forgive me.  I am not a current bride.  I am a cake artist.  I felt compelled to come and comment on this photo to help end the perpetual misfortune that befalls so many brides.  It is just impossible to get THAT cake for $340.  

 
Currently, there is a discussion on a very popular cake decorating thread.  Many of us have  what the normal cost  of that cake would be in our area.  Currently, the average cost is $1485
 
Furthermore, I am disappointed in royallyyurs for not returning to share photos of how her $340 cake was delivered.  You can see photos of it at www  dot lasphotography01 dot com/p359134276.    Now THAT is a $340 cake.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #78 of 252
Hahahaha!!good for you! I was thinking about it, but am much too lazy! I was also wondering if anyone has contacted John and Jen yet?
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post #79 of 252

I have also submitted the story to CakeWrecks.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #80 of 252

K8, thank you for having an interest in dissecting my time table and pricing, however I'm not interested in having it critiqued and won't be answering any more questions about it.  I posted what I would charge and how long I would allocate - lets stick to the spirit of the thread.  I'm much more interested in seeing how much others would charge, including you, and how long you would take to make it.  Maybe by telling us your method and pricing I may learn how to manage myself, staff and bakery more efficiently, which I am always on the look out for!

post #81 of 252

OK ladies, I'm just sayin, it's one thing for us to discuss methods, pricing and whatnot over here, it's another thing to post on the bride's site like that.  Maybe she loved the cake, maybe she hated it, but it would be very easy for her to think we are also making fun of her, which is not cool.

 

I like these threads, but if we want to have freedom to post them we need to be sensitive to the fact that was a major part of someone's life and not directly make fun of them or their decisions like that.

post #82 of 252
I feel for the bride, it looks like she has good taste and planned a gorgeous wedding and reception. I, no way, think she was to blame, I do think she had a predatory bakery, looking to make a couple bucks and was used by her. When the baker said she could do it, she had no reason to doubt her, and being on a tight budget is no reason to be shameful. I was on a very tight budget for my wedding as well, if I wasn't a baker, I might have ended up with a simulate cake or worse. (A sheet cake!!)

While the bride was victimized, she was not a victim because she is smiling, happy and beautiful on her wedding day. Kudos to her for making the best of it.
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
post #83 of 252
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF View Post

OK ladies, I'm just sayin, it's one thing for us to discuss methods, pricing and whatnot over here, it's another thing to post on the bride's site like that.  Maybe she loved the cake, maybe she hated it, but it would be very easy for her to think we are also making fun of her, which is not cool.

 

I like these threads, but if we want to have freedom to post them we need to be sensitive to the fact that was a major part of someone's life and not directly make fun of them or their decisions like that.

 

Let's be clear.  It was not the bride's personal blog.  It is a website for brides.  Perhaps she did love it.  I would be awful surprised that someone loved their cake so much yet didn't post a photo of it, but it's possible.  I don't think there was anything about my post that made fun of her.  I do think people will think I am trying to educate them regarding expectations of price.

 

I was VERY careful not to mention the name of this site or any clues that would lead someone from there to here.  That would have been very not kewl.

 

I think anyone, who reviews my posts, will agree that I typically take great care to be very sensitive.  With my clients I am extremely sensitive to the fact that this is a very important part of their life.  That is also why I take great care to specify my limitations and not inflate my skills.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #84 of 252

OK I just wanted to put that out there in case anyone else got the idea to create an account and pile on as some tend to do from here.  Just trying to stay positive!  

post #85 of 252

While I feel for her (if in fact she was disappointed in her cake), I still hold firm that she is doing a huge disservice in misguiding the other members of that site.

 

They read her post & assume they too will be able to get that big beautiful cake for $340.  

 

Facts remain she either purposefully mislead all the readers, knowing she was getting a smaller cake, or she neglected to correct the misinformation.  Her happiness, quite frankly, is irrelevant.  

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #86 of 252

I read the brides posts on the wedding blog site. She seemed very excited about the baker doing her cake. Even mentioned she had done a cake for her future MIL, which she included a picture of. So she certainly couldn't have been surprised or disappointed.

I agree with those who wish the bride had followed up on her blog that her cake was not  a replica in design or size of the dream cake she posted.

post #87 of 252

I love this thread. That.is.all!

post #88 of 252
"Whittled to nothing", k8 you're nuts lol.
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post #89 of 252

Oh my lordie.....  AND they are smiling?????   wow - I will NEVER understand how price can be the ONLY factor in purchasing.... seriously how can THAT be value for money??
 

A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

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A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

www.facebook.com/applegum

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post #90 of 252

I am just stunned by the $340 cake...stunned.  My wedding cake was $250 and it looked so much better than that.  Of course, it was a nothing-fancy-tastes AWESOME cake.

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