I've never considered doing something like this. I'd have to make some decent changes to make this work. What benefits could I see from doing the show?
What if I loose? Do you guys think it would hurt my business?
Three bakeries meet with client and then they choose.
Personally I think the only way it could hurt your business is 2 ways.
1) If something they show on tv is poorly done (which I doubt)
2) That you have to put so much time into the show that your business would suffer
Cake Hunters! That show that gives people a completely unrealistic view of what it's like to buy a custom cake. However, for you to use as advertising it's a great opportunity. You get to really show off your skills without the ridiculous "You have 8 hours to build a 6 tier cake" stuff.
i think the exposure would be great any which way the results go -- please update as you can -- thanks -- hey go for it!
say everything goes wrong or something -- use that and say -- this is exactly how I will not do your cake -- idk it sounds like fun if you can handle the stress -- but I don't think I've ever seen that cake show
That is an exciting proposition. I've seen Cake Hunters and as expected for dramatic flair either the bride, groom or their parents are un-pleasable. And you should anticipate last minute changes of huge proportions that you cannot say no to! So practice your poker-face (not poke-them face - -save that for when you get home!!)
Best of luck!!
I'd turn that show down! Oh my God, they expect you to do the most unrealistic things for free and for drama. If you have the time to do it and you really want to, go ahead, but I don't need that kind of drama and having them gripe about whatever I made (and they will gripe, they're prompted to complain for the sake of the show.) I doubt that it would hurt your business unless you have to turn down paying business to do the show, but I've also never heard anyone who did one of those shows say that they really benefitted financially from it. It will give you some "bling" in your marketing but that doesn't always translate into more business.
Oh how I hate that show! I was able to watch 3 episodes before I couldn't take any more. After the first one, I didn't like it - but I thought that maybe the next ones wouldn't have the manufactured drama... but I was wrong.
The show creates completely unrealistic expectations:
1. Who books their wedding cake 1 week before the wedding?
2. Who gets a 2 tiered mock-up of their design included in the tasting?
3. What baker has no problem adding a "surprise" element a couple of hours before the event?
I realize it's just TV, but when it creates the illusion in customers' minds that last minute changes are acceptable and seemingly "normal" (because it happens in EVERY episode) I have a problem with that.
That being said - I've always wanted to be on TV, so I'd probably do it anyway. LOL!
brandisbaked -- you cracked me up-- hahahahaha
You've all been so much help! Brandisbaked you are right and I'm going out on a limb here. I've requested to move forward to the Skype interview. The bakery requirements were simple, but dallas is saturated with food network stars already so it's really a long shot no matter how good I am.
Cake guys were on Next top baker, and Brawen Weber had her own show. That two they will kill to have already.
I'll post what happens next. It's exciting no matter what and makes me consider where I want to be with my skills and my business.
I agree! This is why I don't bother watching that show anymore. It's hard enough to get clients to understand price-points as it is...
Ah yes, whenever the client calls for that stupid last minute change call the baker never says, "Okay, but that will be another $500."
In my opinion, you should absolutely participate as long as you don't lose money while doing the show. I am a member of the San Diego Cake Club and have the good fortune to be able to attend many events that have "Cake Stars". The world of cake decorating is actually a very small "pond" and the strong impression I have received over the past 6 years is that IF you've "been on TV", you can use that to promote your "fame" and teach. I've no idea if it would result in increased local bakery business, but it certainly could not hurt to have a sign on your website/window that says, "As seen on TV".
Many (most???) of the famous cake decorating people who are paid to teach in the USA and internationally are famous simply because of the participation in a TV show. Many (most???) of these teachers no longer have a bakery or sell cakes because they are able to make more money by teaching and selling associated products. As the years have gone by, the same few 'famous' people are teaching and no one new is able to break into the teaching field because it is so competitive. It is a rarity to see anyone new that I didn't see at the 2010 International Cake Exploration Societe (ICES).
Best wishes what ever you decide!
Apti, I hadn't thought about teaching yet but it is the ultimate Avenue in this industry.
I'm doing the interview on Monday. We will see...
best to you
and apti's right as usual
Filming the show was so much fun! I was nervous until they all got there. What an amazing experience! Like ziplining, you fear that it will be harsh, but once you glide it's just beautiful! The episode will air soon. Can't give specifics yet until it does. It's not scripted but the producer does help guide the story line as thats her job. She may help you rephrase if you are stumbling or aren't as articulate as needed. The intense deadlines are for show. I was given the event date after the interview. Months in advance.
Does this effect the industry? Sure. Let's not forget customers don't know how cake happens most odd the time. If they were ordering a 10k cake, you probably would give them an elite tasting like this.
The show aims to make bakers look good. No one is a looser and I like that. There are many bakers in the midrange who simply need a spotlight moment to push themselves.
Here are a couple of pics. Can't share real details yet. One is my interview on skype, the other is a pic of is on the monitor. So fun!
How exciting that you went for it!! Congratulations on taking the leap and enjoying yourself while leaping. Can't wait for you to tell us the time and date of your show.
Since my response above made in mid-2016, two more of my fellow San Diego Cake Club members have been on tv and won a Cake Wars episode, "Ninja Turtles". Of course, all the fellow Club members were super happy for them. They have been very careful not to reveal any things about participating that were contained in the non-disclosure contracts signed, but even so, the smiles on their faces let us know how much fun they had going on tv. It was SO fun to watch the show to see who won!
That sounds so exciting! Congrats on finished filming! Definitely let us know when it airs I will record it!
That is so awesome! Thank you for the update, I really enjoyed reading this thread!
Let us know when it airs, I'd love to see the episode!