I've only made 4 'real cakes' so far; 2 for family and 2 for friends. Some of my friends are now inquiring if I would make them cakes for (insert special occasion here). I don't plan on charging a lot, they are my friends after all and I'm not a professional, but these cakes cost me quite a bit and take a ton of time. I need to charge something! I'm not trying to undercut the local baker, but I have fallen in love with cake art and I would be thrilled to create these for my friends and family!
I have absolutely no basis for comparison and couldn't say if a local baker would charge $10 or $1000. I just wish I had a vague idea of what others would charge for these cakes. I realize they are far from perfect, and I am just a newbie, but any input would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm sorry the pictures are terrible!
1) My little girl's 2nd birthday Pond Cake is the second cake I've ever made.
The pond cake is chocolate bottom and yellow top. BC crumb coat and MM Fondant. Airbrushed. I hand sculpted a bunch of ladybugs, turtle, frog etc. Everything on this cake is edible except for the wire holding up the dragonfly.
2) The Beach/Town/Fitness cake is my second. It represents the town we live in - the ocean, water tower and the island people walk around. My friend Alyssa atop is a personal trainer. The beach cake has an 8" devils food cake filled with raspberry filling and white chocolate shavings. Crumb coated with BC, covered in MM fondant and painted waves in BC. The top tier I think must be 4"... It's golden butter filled with lemon, bc crumb and MM fondant covered.
3) The last for another friend's birthday. Pisces sculpted cake. My forth cake and first sculpted cake.
I don't know how much these fish feed. They were baked in a 12x18 pan. Cut into 4 shapes and stacked them 2 high, then carved. The heads measure about 4 inches high at the peak. They are BC filled, crumb coated and covered in MM. Airbrushed, gold spray painted. The flowers and dorsal fins are gumpaste. The rest fondant.