I can recommend this – either as is or as a starting point.
For my son, we make that and then buy a rice paper type topper (£8 IIRC) from ebay – he’s had Transformers ones and will probably be having an Angry Birds one this year. Hey presto, ‘special cake’ at not-silly cost.
I could probably email you a pic if you need to prove that it looks sufficiently ‘special’ 🙂Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
My Mrs has a small sideline in cake making, and £80 really isn’t that bad.
If you think about the cost of ingredients, and the persons time to make the cake, then it’s not a lot of money.
They’ll probably spend £30/35 on ingredients, and get a miserly £45 for about 5 or 6 hours work.
My Mrs has never made money doing it, so only does it for friends and family now.Posted 4 years agoddmonkeySubscriber
Mrs Ddmonkey makes special cakes for our boys, Thomas the Tank engine, number shaped race tracks, that kind of thing. I can confirm that the number of hours of effort that go into them if charged out at the minimum wage would easily exceed 50 quid of labour, before cost of ingredients, cooking etc.
Mind you, as long as you can make a sponge cake and cut it up into interesting shapes, stick it together with jam and then slap colourful icing over it half decently its mainly time-consuming rather than diffcult? I would fall at the first hurdle of course… 🙂Posted 4 years agorobdobMember
£80 is quite cheap for a decent single layer custom decorated cake. £40 on materials quite normal!
We have done wedding cakes for 3 people and we calculated they would have cost between £500-£800 each if they had to be paid for, we did them as a present to the couple.
A lot of the ones you buy over the counter are awful compared to a properly made one.
Your best bet is to find one at a supermarket. Should be able to find a Spidey one!Posted 4 years agosteviedSubscriber
One of the girls in the rounders team I ‘coach’ makes cakes for a living. She did this one for our little girl’s 1st birthday (Our little one is lovingly known as “little Moo” )
The main 8″ cake and cupcakes cost us about £40
£80 is probably about right for a custom cake.Posted 4 years ago
The Mrs has got it into her head that our soon to be 3 year old MUST have a special cake made for him. I believe she wants a Spiderman design but not one of the offerings by various supermarket chains. Eg; This has to taste nice and look even better.
Has anyone got any suggestions on who to use? Friends/releatives/companies?
I am Cannock based if that makes any difference and I believe the quote of £80 she had previous was outrageous.(Am I tight for thinkin that?)Posted 4 years ago
What you got was a bargain.
The Wife does cake making for friends and family. £30-£40 for ingredients for something single layer and basic. Minimum wage at 8-10 hours. £50-£65. You get what you pay for really, so £10-£12 an hour is not being extravagant. £80-£120 labour.Posted 4 years ago
I made a batman cake for my son’s third – the sugar paste icing was £22, the cake ingredients probably another £5, and although it was only the second cake I’d decorated, it still took several hours….
You can see why the pro’s charge what they do!
Looking forward to making next year’s one!
DrPPosted 4 years agorobdobMember
The first wedding cake we did took both of us about 2 weeks each full time when we calculated the hours it took. Even if halved that for a pro who could do it quicker it would still be £400+ in labour. Materials cost was £130. Someone baked the cakes for us (a cake professional) and the cost of the ingredients was £35!Posted 4 years agophil.wMember
Cake making is not cooking, its measuring, mixing and heating in set amounts for set times at set temperatures. If you follow the instructions precisely and use good quality ingredients there is not a lot of skill involved, more being organised really.
Cooking is just measuring, mixing and heating in set amounts for set times at set temperatures.
You’re right, it’s mostly about being organised and methodical. But also wrong, as it takes a lot of skill to be any good.Posted 4 years ago
8-10 hours to make a cake?
Now either I’m stupid or I am missing crucial parts of the process?
Measuring the ingredients and baking the cake are straightforward – though there are often ‘many cakes’ within a big cake (the batman one has 4 cakes in it). But the planning of the design, rolling the icing, cutting and laying the icing takes an age (well, for me it did).
as you can see from the pics – Blue sugar paste doesn’t behave as well as the others (and watching ‘ace of cakes’ on TV, they too confirmed that the blue paste is dryer than the others, so harder to work with!)
DrPPosted 4 years agojoemarshallMember
Also bear in mind that there is a trade-off between fancy looking cake and nice tasting cake – that blooming great thick roll on icing is pretty grim to actually eat. Most kids birthday cakes are horrible roll on icing, with a pretty bland sponge cake inside.
They look fun though. If you want something that tastes nice, I wouldn’t waste time smothering it in horrible icing or making it shaped like your favourite superhero.Posted 4 years agojamieaMember
Top tip- make a small funky looking cake for kids and tasty cupcakes for the adults!
I’d also advise against making 50 odd Danish pastries and croissants for a morning party. Half-past-bloody-four I was up on Saturday and only just got them done for 9:30 (tho’ I did go back to bed whilst they were rising)!
Cheers,Posted 4 years ago
Right choose either 3 egg for a reasonable cake or 4 egg for a big-ish one. 3 will prob cook better. Then double that number for the number of ounces of everything else:
6/8oz self raising flour
6/8oz butter/stork marge
Mix it all up
Put it in a cake tin whose sides and base have been rubbed with butter or grease.
Put in oven preheated to 180 or 160 for a fan oven
Leave 40 mins
Remove, cool. Absolutely piss easy, foolproof, and takes about 5 mins.
– You can check it’s done by sticking a knife in it and seeing if it comes out clean.
– Do not keep opening the oven door, this causes the cake to sink.
– you can mix in a blender, if mixing by hand it’s a little easier to mix fat and sugar first then eggs then flour.
– if using butter soften it up in the microwave first, doesn’t matter if it melts.
– if you want to be flash, divide the mixture between two shallower tins and make the top and bottom half separately for more even cooking and neater cakes. You do however need two shelves in your oven for this. And it might take less time to cook – not sure, I don’t usually do it :P)
For flavouring, you have several options:
2tbsp cocoa powder
4tbsp coconut (my fave)
juice of a lemon and fine gratings of the rind
a layer of jam in the middle
Icing is easy, usually inovles icing sugar and a tiny bit of water mixed into a paste, not too runny for the top. For the middle, slice in half and add jam, butter icing, cream, whatever you like. If making chocolate cake simply melt dairy milk on the top and in the middle. Coconut in butter icing is nice, both on top and in the middle.
If you want it to look like those shop bought birthday cakes, slice in half and add jam. Then slice the rounded top off to make it flat, get some icing from the shop, roll it out (or get it ready-rolled) and drape it over the top. Buy icing in tubes and write on it, or draw spiderman, or whatever.
For a laugh, buy coloured fondant icing and make little plasticine figures for the top.Posted 4 years ago
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