This is the first cake I have ever decorated and it was for a wedding. I didn't charge anything as it was for a friend and I wasn't sure how it would turn out. Just wondering what you as cake decorators would charge and wondering if I should continue decorating as a career. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated whether positive or negative. Thanks
If this is your first cake I would say you have a lot of potential. What did you use as supports?
you did very well for a first cake you are kind of annoying jkjkjkjk i'm just glad that cameras hadn't been invented when i did my first cake -- i mean seriously you have a very very nice cake for numero uno --but it's a hard business-- i'd recommend it as a sweet hobby--keep wowing your friends and family--you can always make cakes anytime you want--
Thanks! I used 5 3/4" dowels on each tier.
i should say yes clearly you have the potential to have a cake business--
running a business in any field is another career all on it's own is what i meant in my first post
so if you want to have fun--keep going as you are
but yes your work is very very good for a first cake ;)
Nice job! How long did it take you?
Best thing to do if you are considering a cake decorating career is to read this forum regularly! There are all kinds of ways to have a cake business, many of us do it on the side through word-of-mouth only.
About 20 hours including the baking. I did a lot of research tho. Thank goodness for Cake Central! I got a lot of tips and tricks that were very useful. I didn't make any of the flowers. I bought them but I have been practicing fondant flowers and buttercream flowers. Didn't have the confidence to make my own.
Great cake for your first, well done. Most of us start by doing what you have done, practice on family and friends, there is a lot to learn and your family is a lot more forgiving than a paying customer.
I'm jealous. My first decorated cake that didn't use either a spatula or frosting in a spray can was a Wilton character pan decorated entirely with a star tip and I didn't realize I forgot a line until it was too late!
Looks great! I would have never attempted that as a first cake!
This should definitely give you the confidence to continue. You did a great job! Like many have said, it's a tough business. There are a lot of hours involved. If you're going to legally pursue this as a business find out what you need to do to become licensed. Find resources that will help you with pricing and what to charge. I promise you want to start off charging correctly because charging low for cakes and realizing you need to charge more will be a big shock to your customers. Don't underestimate your time. This is a topic that many starting out don't take into account. It took you 20 hours to finish this cake, how much would you charge an hour? Plus your ingredients, materials, etc.
I didn't mean to write so much. :) Keep doing what you're doing to learn. Friends and family are the best people to practice with.