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Kimberly_Star
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2008 01:24:13 PM »

Wow I love your cakes they remind me of the cakes my mom and I do.  We too want to start one and were working on it but we feel we don't know what to price them and that we really don't have the schooling for it. Anyways wow I just love your cakes I would love to see more.

Thanks for the kind words.  Don't be intimidated by the idea of starting your own business, but do look into the legalities of it.  I am lucky that Ohio allows home based baking businesses.  You should contact your department of agriculture and the health department to find out what the laws are in your area.  As for pricing, call bakeries in the area and ask them what they charge.  DO NOT CALL WAL MART/KROGER/COSTCO, whatever, they are not doing the same type of service you're doing.  They get their cakes in bulk, frozen and use a big bucket of hydrogonated oil filled icing to make their cakes.  Charge for custom made cakes made with fresh ingredients and for your time.  Don't forget your time!  And as for formal training or schooling, I am completely self taught, just learned from the internet and lots of practice.  If your cakes are attractive and tasty and people like how they look, they will buy them.  But please charge what you're worth, the market is saturated with people who price too low and that's why some people say "$3 for a serving of cake?!?!"  Well, hate to tell you, but you can't go to a restaurant and eat cake for $3 a serving in my area, you get what you pay for!

Here!  Here!  Before my grandmother offered to make my wedding cake, we priced a custom design at $5.50 to $10 a serving.  Definitely would have been worth it, but my grandmother's free cake was JUST as beautiful.

Your cakes are awesome!  Would love to make a similar turtle for my friend - very ambitious for me, though.
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epic1313
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2008 02:43:49 PM »

Those look amazing. That turtle is adorable.
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2008 10:00:54 PM »

Nice job! You're self-taught?! Wow.  Shocked
Is the board for the turtle one covered in fondant? And are the feet and head made of solid chocolate? it's really adorable.
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2008 11:39:19 PM »

Beautiful cakes.  Your anniversary cake is stunning.  I can't wait to see more of your cakes if this is an indication of what you can do.  Wow!!!
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2008 03:33:57 AM »

OMG I ADORE the first cake!!! very beautiful and classy  Cool
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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2008 03:35:14 AM »

holy frijole. that turtle one is delectable.
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« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2008 08:56:25 AM »

Nice job! You're self-taught?! Wow.  Shocked
Is the board for the turtle one covered in fondant? And are the feet and head made of solid chocolate? it's really adorable.

Thank you! The board is actually covered with scrapbook paper ant sealed with contact paper.  The head and legs are chocolate modelling clay, really fun to work with!
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2008 08:16:23 AM »

would you mind sharing how you made the chocolate modelling clay? I've used a few different recipes and never been able to get anything that worked just how I wanted it to, or how it claimed it should work even. Your cakes are absolutely beautiful, I'm sure that the recipients were absolutely thrilled!
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clrowi
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2008 10:41:25 PM »

Those are stinkingly fantastic!!
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sweet_apple_pie
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2008 07:52:29 PM »

here in NYC, you're lucky to get a handmade/ fresh made cookie or a cupcake under $3.

your cakes are gorgeous! i wish you all the best in your success
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