I've been inundated with requests to share how I made this cake so I'm posting it here. This is how I did it - it may not be the best way or the only way but it should provide a starting point for all of you who love this cake and want to make it.
There are 5 photos of different views of this cake on this site in my photos to help you visualise how it goes together.
I actually used a ceramic mixing bowl which is shaped very much like
the Wilton wonder mold pan for the body. I also made a 6in round cake
and a bar cake. I cut the round in half and placed the flat edges
together keeping the rounded top edges facing out to form the head. I
stuck them together with butter cream and shaped the front to make the
nose. I did have to bulk out the cheeks with some fondant to get just
the right shape - I used chocolate fondant and I suppose you could use
modeling chocolate too. I used the bar cake to make the feet and to add
an extra bit of height to the body. I was left with about 1/4 of that
cake. I placed 2 dowels into the body one at the front and one at the
back to hold the head on. I also put the fondant on the head before I
attached it to the body hiding all the creases underneath in the join.
I hope this is helpful. Good Luck!
That's a difficult question but this is what I have done - I've researched cake makers in my area and I'm aware of what their charges are, I have an idea of what my customers will pay (ask friends and family to be frank), I believe I offer a high quality product and a very good service to my customers and I have worked out exactly what materials and ingredients cost and I'm getting better at estimating how much I need. I put all that info together and decide on a price. As far as time and effort go I've decided because each cake is so different and each has its own challenges that time for me doesn't come into it.
Tamara Mugerauer said:
how do you decide what to charge for something like this?