Nearly all of our students and many of our fans and followers have asked the age old question "What should I charge for my cakes?".
At The Cake Makery, our advice is simple - first start with the basic cost for you to make a cake, this includes the ingredients for the cake, the sugar paste that you cover it and the buttercream that you fill it with.
In order to assist you with this, we have launched our first The Cake Makery App for iPhone, and iPad.
It contains a recipe for a standard celebration sponge cake that our head teacher Louise Wilson created over 20 years ago, and has used successfully thousands of times over the years. The recipe can be made as a plain sponge, or chocolate cake, both equally delicious and moist! It's also great for carving and stacking into tiered caked.
The recipe has been broken down so that you can choose the size of tin that you are baking for. Check the "Update Ingredient Prices" section and add in the latest prices for your ingredients, and it will automatically work out all the costs for the cake and the buttercream in all sizes from 6" - 13" round to 5" to 12" square.
What else have we included?
A handy ingredient conversion tool - if you are used to working in grams, we can help you convert from ounces to grams, or from grams to ounces with this handy little calculator.
Several How to Guides:
How to level a cake
We give not one, but two different ways to level your cakes, both methods are very simple, and work every time. This section also gives instructions on how to fill your cake and crumb coating ready for covering with sugar paste.
How to cover a cake
Detailed instruction on how to cover a cake, including tips on dealing with air bubbles, square cakes, icing the cake and the board together, and icing the board separately.
Working with sugarpaste
Do you get confused with all the different 'paste' terminology? From sugar paste to modelling paste, flower paste or is it gum paste? What are they all and which one should I use?
Using Tylo Powder
A handy guide giving tips on some of the ways you can use Tylo Powder - how to make your own glue, how to use it to make your own modelling paste, and give you tips on colouring your paste too.
This is the first version of our app, and we are giving this away completely free of charge. Future versions are being worked on and will include the ability to add your own ingredients and build your own recipes.