I have an inquiry about a wedding cake. They asked if I serve and since I had not thought about it I told her I would let her know. Does anyone do this and do you charge? Thanks!
i would say you should definately charge if you do so. Your time is money!
I've only done it for family wedding cakes... but yes... definately charge for your time!
If you don't do it & she has her caterer do it, they'll be sure to charge her. So if you decide to do it, you should to! I've never, personally, known of any cake decorators that slice & serve their cakes...it generally is something the caterers do, around here, at least. But there is a separate charge for it. I would charge an hourly rate for my time, if I were you, and then if you have to supply the plates, cutlery, etc. you need to charge for that too...unless the bride wants to supply those things herself or her caterer supplies them. Hope this helps...
I don't know of a baker or decorator that slices and serves. Generally the bride arranges this with friends and family or pays the caterer to do it. If you do decide to do it, definately charge extra for it. I would even call some caterers to find out what they charge to do it and base my fee from there.
I have read that you should offer it as a service at a recommended fee of $25 per hour. Make sure the hours that you are to be there are indicated in writing so there is no question of how much you are to be paid in advance.
It is difficult to cut a wedding cake properly. There is a special technique in order to get the number of slices the bride and groom ordered. That can become a big problem if someone cuts the slices too large. I give my brides a copy of the instructions on cutting a wedding cake just to make sure. I feel it covers my commitment. They are so overwhelmed it goes right over their heads but if they come back after the wedding claiming the cake was not the size they ordered you can always ask them if they used the cutting diagram you gave them as a guide.
I've only stayed to serve cake when I've made it for a friend. It can be a slightly nerve wracking process, just be warned.
This is a very good question. I'm asked all the time to cut and serve the cakes I made. These cakes are mostly for family but it would be good to know for future business. Where do you find a diagram to show how to cut/serve a wedding cake?
I would probably stay and serve for a very small fee, mainly because I'm nosey and love weddings and wouldn't mind it at all!
I was hired to cut a cake once, i didn't make the cake. I charged $10 a tier. I took my daughter along so she could cut the grooms cake at the same time. they supplied all the plates etc. We cut the cake, i boxed the top tier and when no one else was coming up to collect cake, i cut a few extra slices and plated them, then boxed the rest of the cake and cleaned up the area. they had the boxes from the decorator. We weren't there for much over an hour, and they said we could eat anything from the buffet we wanted, which we did not. they paid me $40. It was an easy job, apart from the line of people and kids wanting to take the chocolate dipped strawberries only.
Thanks Sweetbaker! Very helpful.
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