So I received a call from someone who needs a three tier cake for 125 people in 2 weeks. Her original baker friend fell through and she was charging $150. I have the date open and can accommodate the request
My base price per serving is $6 so I quoted her $750 for her sweet 16 cake. My minimum for any cake is $350. We've been going back and forth via email and a few things are obvious:
- she doesn't care about the quality of the cake
- she only wants it for pictures
- she wants me to come down to my minimum price of $350 and doesn't care if all she gets is a two tier cake that will serve ~50
I do cakes all the time for my minimum but this cake will clearly look too small and I feel that this reflects on me. It's possible I'm over thinking this, any thoughts on you've handled a similar situation? I'm inclined to say no to this order. She would wind up with a 10' and 6"two tier cake at that price point.
Thanks for any advice,
If there is a certain number of guests, and the type of cake required for that many guests is $750 (for all those servings), then you have to protect your reputation and your business by politely telling her to seek someone else to make her cake. Sometimes these things just don't work out, but you can't compromise the quality of your work for just one customer.
You can simply say that it won't be possible to accommodate her request, and suggest she try someone else.
Honestly; if it were me I would make her the smaller cake; just be sure to get everything in writing, signed and paid before you do anything for her.
I'd be inclined to say no as well. I'm getting the twitchy 'troublesome client vibe' just from what you've said.
I'm twitchy too. Would she accept a dummy cake? Are any servings of actual cake needed?
I had someone try to order a fondant cake from me for a "centerpiece" because he knew fondant didn't taste good. He'd order the "real" cake from a bakery. Sent him packin'.
My FIRST thought when reading the headline, is DUMMY CAKE! Why would she expect an edible cake if it is just for pics?????? Um, I think she's trying to get a way with something if she asks for a cake for photos but wants to eat it too, and pay next to nothing.....
That being said, even dummy cakes cost money and time to decorate.
I don't thing it's fishy......just a person who thinks cheap - doesn't have an inkling of what is involved in making such creations.
I probbly would do something for her at your minimum.