My name is Maddi, and I run a home-based custom cake decorating business (cupcakes & cookies too!)in Gananoque, but also service Kingston, ON, and Brockville, ON. I am a stay at home mom for my 2 wonderful little children (plus one on the way), and since baking has always been a passion of mine, CakesByMaddi is becoming a blooming business open for orders!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for orders and inquiries.
This was written by another cake decorator, and it really is very true. Especially when just starting out, there is so much cost behind equipment & tool purchase, while trying very hard to establish a client base (which does mean throwing deals here and there).
Here is the link to her site and original blog:
by Mother of Cakes
By the end of this post someone will
have just finished working 12 hours and 20 minutes working on a cake for
a birthday, baby shower or wedding. They will have skipped sleep,
missed a day with their family and spent a good penny on ingredients.
Pushing themselves as they juggle between sleep and sanity. All for a
free cake! Yes you heard it here. FREE CAKE!
How is this cake free you ask? I’m sure
you want to grab one of these for your next event. You too can have a
cake “as seen on tv” for free!
Let me explain something to you. When
cake artists are at work. They usually put in about 300% more work than
most people. Like many artists they are in this for the passion and
love. Like they say “love don’t pay the bills”.
Well the reality is, the bills have to
get paid. No matter how appealing a free cake sounds and you would love
to get a great deal. Its like stealing! Yes you are robbing someone, who
has worked incredibly hard to make you edible art that will adorn your
function. Feel guilty yet? If the answer is “NO” then my time is wasted
on you. I suggest you go to your local grocery store to get your next
dream cake. If you have little respect for the artists then this cake is
not for you.
So perhaps stealing is too strong a
word. But borrowing implies you’ll be giving it back. I’m not sure
rent-a-cake is going to catch on. Or whether anyone would want their
“borrowed” cake back after you’ve had a slice.
Wondering why I am against the free cake
idea. Well lets say many of us in the industry have been asked for
discounts that are often insulting and sometimes a little crazy. Its
understandable that we all have reasons to save money and love a good
deal. But this is not the place for a bargain. Cake decorators don’t
exactly make a lot on cakes. Well you have a few who do. But thats only
the ones you usually see on television with brands that represent them.
The majority are not on television and are equally talented. They do not
demand remarkable prices. Many undervalue the costs of their cakes. So
when someone requests a 3 tier cake with all the trimmings and sparkle
for under a $100. Well its just unfair.
So lets make a resolution starting this
year. Lets forget about the “free cakes” and start appreciating the
workmanship and time these artists invest in your cake.