Friday, September 16, 2011
This was my first "for sale" cake that I've made - if you don't count the store selling my cakes in the bakery. It was soooo heavy, two 1/4 sheets of yellow cake (a box mix which I doctored by adding pudding, extra oil, and beating the room-temperature eggs like I do with homemade cake), fresh-cut strawberries in the middle, covered with chocolate frosting. Then I melted white chocolate to make the wrestling mat, used pretzel rods for the posts and Twizzler pull and peels for the ropes. I used icing as the turnbuckles to hold the ropes on.
One tough part was figuring out how much to charge. This ended up being a $30 cake - mainly because the person I was doing it for doesn't have a whole lot of money anyway. After buying the supplies and then spending hours making it, turns out I only paid myself a little over a dollar an hour. I think if I did it again, I would charge more, but it's not really about making money (yet). For now I'm still trying to create a portfolio of cakes and hone my skills so eventually I can turn it into a small side business. I hope to intern at a bakery at some point so I can really learn some skills from the pros. For now I will enjoy dabbling, playing, watching youtube, and learning through error. It might not be perfect, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out :)