Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A very sweet friend of ours gave us a glorious recommendation to his good friend. Unfortunately he didn't realize that we really only make wedding cakes. But still I just felt like I had to make this shoe box cake. We were given a picture to follow very closely. I wish I knew the original cake artist. If you do, please let me know so that I can credit her.
I know that prices can vary greatly by zip code and baker so I don't talk about it much. For this cake, I charged $250, which is my minimum order price. After I told him the price, the customer said he called the original cake artist and she wanted $850 for the cake and that a local bakery had quoted $150. He said the $850 lady was "crazy" for wanting that much. His words, not mine. Even later he told me that he didn't think the $150 baker would be able to replicate it with great detail. After looking at her previous work he didn't have confidence in her abilities. So the extra $100 I was charging was for an "insurance policy" that he would not be disappointed. As we all know, you get what you pay for!
I baked three layers of 9 x 13" and cut a couple of inches off to make it more shoe boxy. It was white/chocolate/white cake with raspberry buttercream. Yum! The whole cake was paneled with modeling chocolate.
The font with the signature was so small there was no way I could pipe it and I didn't want to mix mediums, so we wound up printing out an edible image to cover the entire side of the box. We did a lot of test swatches on paper to find a color that was an exact match to the box color. BUT! It darkened over night! So let that be a lesson to us all! Luckily, since I covered the entire side of the box with the image, you could hardly even tell!
Stop back in next week and I'm going to talk a little more about that sexy shoe and what went into the making of it!!