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How long does it take YOU to make a cake?

post #1 of 11
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I read on another thread something that made me wonder what the average is for you all to make a cake? Let's say I have a three tier cake.

Day one I would bake all the cakes one night/day let them cool, wrap them and let them rest over night. I also make the icings/fillings.

Day two I will tort, fill and cover it with fondant. I may start decorating some.

Day three I will decorate the cake.

Day four I photograph it and that is usually the pick up day.

**I also will make bows and other things a week a head that need to dry.

So, just wondering, what is your process? Thanks!

** Also, this is just a question... not to be turned into a negative thread. If you can't answer nice please don't answer at all. I apologize but I keep reading threads that don't need such negative responses. Thank you.
post #2 of 11
I know I take too long!
I bake, cool, level and tort on day 1 then freeze.
On the day I need them I take it out of the freezer and let it come to room temp,
make fillings and decorate, until 2 am, since I can't start until the kids are in bed!
Any fondant accents or figures are made in advance, and can spend anything from 1 to 3 evenings on them of about 3 hours each. Not counting set up and clear up.
I only do this as a hobby so all my stuff gets put away, and takes ages to set up. It's hard to say what I spend in total, but probably 10hrs depending on the size!
I know if I make a business out of this in the future I have to get quicker, but then I guess if it's a business I'd have things to hand a bit more.
I'm making a dusty crop hopper out of rkt and fondant and it's taking bloody ages because of the wings and propeller..... For my sons 4th birthday... Anything for our little angels huh?!
post #3 of 11

It takes me 3 days!  I bake and freeze on one day (takes 1 hour), make decorations on one day (usually takes several hours…) and then will frost on day 3 (takes about 90 minutes).  I don't sell a ton of cakes so I don't move as quickly as someone who is a professional baker and makes several cakes each day. 

Sometimes my kitchen is in a state of disaster for a week because I don't clean up very quickly either…:grin:

post #4 of 11

it's decorating the cake that takes me too long, i think :sad: maybe because i am a perfectionist, which can be both a gift and a curse! also, I have a full time job, a two year old and am 8 months pregnant.. soooo....that doesn't help! :roll: hehehehe 

post #5 of 11
It's hard to say, if I'm doing the cake as a favor then I try to spend as little time as possible, if it's a cake for my portfolio then I'll try to spend longer. I have done cakes that had intricate icing details that were time intensive, and others that simply needed a few fondant cut outs to be applied. No cake is the same.
post #6 of 11

hours and hours and hours!

I also only do this very part time and work full time and have two kids.  I am also a crazy perfectionist so I can redo the same darn thing 20 times until I love it.


Generally, I have grand plans to bake and make icing one night, make decorations another night, and fill, cover another night.  But usually it ends up that I bake one night and if I am lucky make the icing.  Then it's make decorations, fill, cover, and decorate all in one night which ends up taking ALL NIGHT!  And my kitchen/table looks like a war zone during all this.

post #7 of 11
Well for a long time it took me half as long longer than I thought it would take me!! I'm getting quicker though the fewer mistakes I make and have to fix icon_smile.gif

For three relatively plain tiers I would probably take about 4 evenings over the period of a week weather and mistakes permitting!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! Seems like we are all on the same page pretty much...give or take a few details. I have read some bakers can spit one out in two days! My average is three to four days not counting a day for all the things that need made ahead of time. I also read where wedding cakes should take five days. I have an at home businesse and average a cake or cupcakes every week (one order ..two if one is a cake and one is cupcakes) I mask have a four year old who need attention so I feel I am slow go at times. If I charged by the hour it would be $2.00) an hour LOL!!!
post #9 of 11

yup I'm three to four days working only after my full time job...exhausting!

post #10 of 11

I bake two days ahead and decorate the day before.

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
I would love to see a picture of it when you are done! icon_smile.gif
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