Hi everyone, I have been on CC alot lately, but not posted much here. Usually I am on here for a quick peak because it never fails that my 5 month old wakes up as soon as I pull up the website.
This weekend I did a large wedding cake and grooms cake. This is the first one (sold cakes) since my 5 month old was born. That being said I am considering setting a maximum number of servings that I can do. I am a home baker and work full-time. Doing this large of a cake took me a whole week of evenings to do - bake and freeze, make icings, wrap boards, fondant work, etc.
My question is does anyone else out there limit the size cake they do or the type cake they do? I don't want to say I'm not doing cakes at all, I need to get my "cake fix" every now and then.
I have to limit the amount, but not size...if its a huge order, I just make sure I don't accept too many other orders that same week.
When I got licensed, I did end up buying an extra freezer though, and two "cake refrigerators" and that helps alot as far as storing several cakes away from kids and safely until pickup.
No, I don't limit the servings, just the number of orders in a week. I have some health issues, and I'm quite anemic right now, so I don't have the energy to get things done quickly. I really just plan and work ahead, and get little bits done at a time, which sounds like the baby's schedule right now!
Like -make up my boards, make or buy flowers for the cake, get BC made, shop on Monday at the latest, etc. That puts my mind at ease and then I just have to do the last minute fresh stuff.
When I worked at a small bakery, I liked their schedule, and I'm trying to do the same. They would shop Mon, plan and make gp items and a huge batch of frosting on Tues, bake everything on Wed, torte, fill, crumb coat, and final bc coat Thurs, decorate Friday, customer pickup or wedding on Saturday. I never felt pressure there, but then, I wasn't my own boss either!
My cut off depends on the catering schedule I've got. But since I started my cake decorating during the 70's-80's and "grew up" with the big, tall, monster cakes that towered over receptions, I LUV big cakes!!! My dream cake would be a cake that serves 1000 .... not because of the money, but because I want to make a cake that big!!!
I wish I would limit myself. I had 10 this weekend. Quite a busy few days. I also cater and that is starting to take most of my time. The way I look at it is, I might as well do them while they are coming in, cause they might not come in next week. I went from one cake order on Monday all the way to 10 by the end of the week.
WOW! I can't do that many cakes in a week....I don't know how you do it!
I don't do wedding cakes. I'm a SAHM and am not able to transport the cake and my daughter around. So I limit my cakes to special occasions maybe three tiers but pick ups only. I also only do 1-2 cakes per week.
Thanks for the replys. From the first class I took, I was hooked on cake and haven't turned down the chance to do a single cake in the past year and a half. I think I am going to definately limit orders to one per week. Also I think that I am not going to do any wedding cakes for a while. I love weddings and hate to think that my rushing through a cake causes a bride to not be completely happy on her big day. (but bring on the birthday, anniversary and "just because" cakes.)
I really appreciate the advice.
I have a 100 person minimum servings on wedding cakes.