Hi. I am new to the forums, so I hope this is in the right place.
A friend of mine is getting married on the 11th. I have just recently started a small cake business doing birthday cakes and cupcakes and smaller things. So she decided to go with an actual bakery because I don't have too much experience in the wedding cake aspect of decorating. Well the bakery she has been working with for the past few months has not been returning her calls and has cancelled two meetings with her. Basically they are kicking her to the curb. And now it is 9 days until the wedding!
So, long story short, she has had to cancel with them and I am the only hope! I know I am capable of doing it with the right mind set and tools, but I am just real nervous and don't know where to start. I mean, it is someone's wedding! This has to be perfect.
This is what she wants. http://cdn.cakecentral.com/5/50/900x900px-LL-5089ed22_gallery7531961343082500.jpeg
I have a few questions. The answers or places to find the answers would be so appreciated!
1. What is the best way to stack the cakes? (I have done a 3 tier cake for a b-day and I used thin wooden dowels)
2. How do I get the buttercream that smooth? With it being ivory, it has to be perfect.
3. Should I transport all tiers separately?
4. Where can I buy that rhinestone ribbon for cheap? And also the monogram letter (a U)?
5. Where can I find a chart for the serving per tier? (4 tiers for 200 guests)
Anything else you can think of that may give me a helping hand would be so appreciated! I want this stress to be off her (and put onto me I guess. Haha.).
Also, she wants to pay me. The bakery was charging her 300 dollars for this cake, 4 tiers for 200 servings. Honestly, with having to find the ribbon and letter, it seems a little cheap. Can I do it for that much? Or should I charge her a little bit more? She is a friend, and is freaking out about the whole thing, so I don't want to charge her full price, but I am just not sure that it will cover all my expenses and time.
Thank you to everyone who reads this and can give me a little advice. You are officially a life saver! And who knows? Maybe this will start something for me and I will do a few more weddings. :)