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Old 07-19-2005, 10:46 AM   #1
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Talking I got a paid offer...

to make a cake for a bridal party. Can you believe it?!??! Some people saw the fondant cake I made about a month ago and liked it so much, they offered to pay for another cake. That makes me feel like quite the .

I declined to take $$, it's too much pressure, and I don't know if it would meet their expectations, so since it's a friend of the family, I just told them to go buy the ingredients. I bought a one of those zigzag pastry cutters that I will use to make little scallops in my fondant ribbon.

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Old 07-19-2005, 11:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations!

That's so nice! Well done, good job, you go, chef!
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:23 AM   #3
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Very cool!!
Be sure to post a photo !
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:27 AM   #4
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:54 AM   #5
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Wow thats awesome htc! You should be very proud. Be sure to show us the results ok.
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Old 07-19-2005, 01:06 PM   #6
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That's wonderful, htc--congratulations!
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Old 07-19-2005, 01:11 PM   #7
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What great experience - next you can charge over and above cost!!!
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Old 07-19-2005, 02:09 PM   #8
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htc that's great !
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Old 07-19-2005, 02:26 PM   #9
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Congratulations! That is awesome!!!

Also, ----> If you don't already have them, go on your computer and make some business cards. Since this is a non-paying cake, I'd ask if you could put your cards out on a pretty holder. Also, figure out how much you'd charge for another similar cake, as I'm sure at least one of the guests will ask.
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Old 07-19-2005, 02:57 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone! I'm really excited! I will definitely post pictures of the finished product.

I hesitate to charge for anything I bake because 1. I'm definitely not any sort of pastry chef and 2. I would have NO CLUE how much to charge. Should I just calculate how much my ingredients cost & tack on another couple bucks?? In the grocery business it's usually 25-35% profit, is that the same for cake baking? I also worry with the added stress of $$ it might take the enjoyment aspect of it away.

Is there anyone out there (not professionals) who has baked or cooked anything for profit, as a side gig?
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Old 07-19-2005, 03:54 PM   #11
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I did a few times - some it was contract but for a few "friends" I charged $10.00 an hour for my time. They come out pretty good considering I move fast!

You will grow weary doing things for nothing - that to me would take the fun out of it. But this is good experience - wedding cakes are a whole different category in profit margin I think - I'm guessing. And you don't have to be a pastry chef to earn money baking. Don't sell yourself short.
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Old 07-19-2005, 04:19 PM   #12
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I read somewhere once (here, maybe?) that you should take 25% of the cost of your supplies and your hourly rate to cover the costs of overhead and intangibles (wear and tear on supplies, electric, gas, water, etc). Since I do my baking on a small scale I don't charge myself much for my hourly rate. Only about $6-7/hr. The equation works out so that I'm making a small amount of money--and definitely covering my costs. Since we're not depending on this as a source of steady income I can live with that.
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:43 PM   #13
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hey, that's awesome, htc! you're baking skills must be pretty impressive!
i'm not sure what you're supposed to charge. i would charge, though. i think elf made a good point in saying not to sell yourself short. it's really nice of you to consider doing the cake for free, but i think you deserve pay for your hard work.
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Old 07-19-2005, 08:24 PM   #14
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that's great, htc! can't wait to see a photo of the finished product...
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:29 PM   #15
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htc,

how wonderful..I remember the picture you posted of your cake. It was so pretty..I'd have you do one for me without question..I'm with the others, charge for your lovely creations..
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:29 AM   #16
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Hey, here is a picture of the final product, not much different from my last cake using fondant, other than using the little pastry wheel cutter I picked up to make the little scalloped looking edge.

Here is a shot of the cake:


Here is my little creation made from the left over cake that I cut from the tops and extra frosting:


Here is my son's creation, made w/o any influence from me or help, I was busy with my cake. I'm pretty impressed, if I do say so myself, he did a good job and has a lot of detail on it. I especially like the fact that she has her tongue sticking out.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:05 AM   #17
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A Job Well Done, My Friend. Congrats and like Elf says It is alright to charge a little bit. I learned that on Working on Clocks, Computers and Jewelry. Anyway Nice Job !
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:28 AM   #18
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Congratualtions!
A friend of mine has a small business doing cakes for weddings etc i will ask her how much she charges although it will be in australian dollars.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:28 AM   #19
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What a beautiful cake! It looks like your son is ready to go into business too!

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Old 08-07-2005, 06:53 AM   #20
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Thanks for posting the pic! What a pretty cake!! Certainly charge for your work - I'd be happy to pay!
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