New to cake decorating!
Posted: 22 June 2009 04:06 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I have always made cakes for my children’s birthdays through the years… You know the wilton pans and the star tips… I tried a few free hand designs in the past and they turned out ok for a novice.  But this past six months or so I decided to try my hand at decorating with fondant.  I have made a few cakes I will post pictures to get some feed back.  But my question is I have had a few people inquire about me making cakes for them up until now it has been for family and friends… I have no CLUE in how to even guess as how to charge someone for a cake can someone help me out and tell me where to get started maybe tall me what you think I should charge for the ones I have made… I really enjoy doing this and would someday like to do this as a home based business or at least a part time home based business… any feedback or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated…  It is just so hard for me to charge someone I know for something I have made… I know they would have to pay for it somewhere else… But they are professionals… so I feel uncomfortable charging for my cakes…
Thanks for your input and have a great day!
G. Howard

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Posted: 22 June 2009 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thank you for your kind words… and welcome.  I do enjoy making cakes and doing my best to decorate them….

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Posted: 23 June 2009 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thank you Bill,  It is something I will just have to get use to… My husband always tells me I short change myself when it comes to what I think my creations are worth.  But If I am ever going to try to make a go of starting even a part time business I will have to get over feeling guilty about charging for my time.  Thank you again for your kind words and for taking the time to give me advice every word is taken to heart. 

Thank you again
Gayle H.

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Posted: 23 June 2009 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thats a good Idea about the list.  It is reallt hard for me to give a price to someone I know because I feel like they expect me to charge them less…. Not that they say anything like that…. It is all me feeling guilty I have to get over that… The people in the bakeries don’t feel bad about charging so I guess I shouldn’t either…  It will come with time…. I am actually making my first cake this weekend that I am charging for…. I think I under charged for the detail but I will get the hang of it here… I think I am going to go check out some bakeries in the area ans see what they charge for cakes…. That will make me feel better… I haven’t paid for a cake i years so I really have no clue as to what they charge these days…. Thank you for your advice I will check out your posts as well.  Take care! 

Gayle

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Posted: 24 June 2009 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thank you Patricia and Rozanne…. your cakes are beautiful as well…. I just have to get the confidence in my abilities built up… and you have all helped with that a great deal.  Seeing wht you do and then hearing you think my cakes are good makes me feel really great!  So thanks again and God Bless! 

Gayle

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