This is a cake I created for my granddaughter and would happily recreate it for anyone else who was willing to pay me it's worth. So let me ask you...what do YOU think it's worth is? The cake is made from a 9" and 7" round madeira (pound) cake, layered twice and filled with buttercream which was whipped into a frenzy with vanilla added to ensure the sweetest, creamiest texture. The sugarpaste covering is ready made colours from Renshaw simply because this saved me a small amount of time and I also love the range they have. So why not. The characters on the cake and the crown are made from Satin Ice Gumpaste. I used a circle cutter for the heads of Ben and Holly to get a grasp of the size and proportion I wanted. The rest of the characters I cut freehand and left all to dry for an hour or so before dusting the faces and limbs (TINY limbs!....very footery! Good old Scottish word right there) and painted the details using Sugarflair colour paste mixed with clear alcohol. I dusted and painted the clothing and added the little wand and crown, etc. The leaves were cut using a cutter that I have in among all the other cutters that I bought over the years and have no idea what their actual use or purpose is originally...but I simply search for a shape that will do the job and 'tweak' as I go along. So the grass was shortened, pinched, cut accordingly and painted over in parts to get the effect I wanted. All of these little details were added individually and stuck in place...taking hours....and hours...and lots of coffee! I used little blossom/daisy and star cutters for the little garden accents. The sign for Michaela's Little Kingdom (changed to personalise for the birthday girl) was cut hand free using a template I drew and I painted the letters onto it...no room for error. So....the cakes were baked the day before the cake was decorated. Colouring, preparing, filling, covering and decorating all took place from 8 am and the cake was complete by 10 pm at night.
When I get enquiries for childrens cakes, I'm usually met with "we just want a sponge" which immediately flags up that they don't expect to pay more than £40 to £60 for the cake. But if you come to me....or any other bespoke cake maker, it's not "just a cake" that you are going to walk away with. There is no other job out there that you would work for less than the minimum wage so please don't expect cake makers to do it just because you can't see the work involved in the process and the outcome. It's very frustrating, and soul destroying to say the least. I will happily recreate the above cake for anyone who asks...if your budget is £90+ for an adaptation of the above (same size cakes as mentioned) then I consider you get a bargain!
In the last couple of weeks I have taken enquiries for 3 different cakes and designs. Each one I gave a price for and one by one they came back with thanks but no thanks.
Quality and personal time comes at a price. I refuse to underestimate my standards just because you underestimate your budget for hand crafted goods.
So I ask again...what would you expect to pay for a cake like this?