I had a customer wanting a quote for a cake for her daughter in laws 40th birthday cake. The D-I-L (this abbreviation satisfies my need to be a bit agro about the said D-I-L) gave her a photo of the cake she wanted, I don't have it to show you but this is what she wanted. 3 tier mud, ganache, covered in fondant 10", 8", 6" for 40 people. Told the customer this was bigger than they needed and they would either have to pay for the extra slices or reduce the size of the cake. The customer was a lovely lady and very realistic and said she thought it was too big, but it was what she wanted.
Colour theme was red and black, the bottom tier was covered in black fondant, quilted with diamontes at each join. Middle tier was covered in red fondant with black fondant stripes. Top tier was black fondant rolled on an embossing mat to give a floral pattern, with one handmade giant gumpaste peony on the top, and I do mean giant it was very dramatic. The join between the bottom tier and the board was covered in white fondant balls. The joins between the second and third tiers were covered in small plunger cutter flowers.
Ok, got all that? I quoted $12.00 per slice, the customer said she would have to go back and see what DIL wanted to do. She rang me today to apologise for wasting my time but the DIL had found somebody on facebook to do it for - get ready for it - $140.00. Really people, really! I see this all the time, but this one was just ridiculous that works out to be $1.94 per slice. So whoever has this order have fun losing a bucket load of money, it also crossed my mind that if they don't know how to quote it would be interesting to see how the cake turned out, as this was definitely not a beginners cake.