To panic about my Christmas cake commitments?

(59 Posts)
Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 17:48:00

I'm supposed to be making Christmas cakes as a charity fundraiser and it's just occurred to me that, as I have to make them well in advance, if I don't sell any as many as I would like then I'm going to have spent a fortune on ingredients/boards/boxes and have nothing to show for it. The ingredients are really expensive, and I'm not sure if the mark up will be that great. (my estimates as to what people will pay vary wildly)

Will someone tell me that it will all be alright and people will pay a kings ransom for a fruit cake.

LeonieDeSainteVire Fri 13-Sep-13 18:53:56

Just a suggestion but why not make some nut free? No marzipan or nuts in the mix. My DD is nut allergic and Christmas can be very nut heavy. I make my own mincemeat (I use Delia's and leave out the almonds, so easy) and Christmas cakes but the cakes are a faff and I would love to buy them but they always have marzipan at the least. I use fondant rather than royal icing as I'm not sure if the royal would work without marzipan.

Also, to cut costs, when making small ones, just ice the tops and put a ribbon around the sides. It's better anyway as otherwise the cake to icing ratio is too high.

Choos123 Fri 13-Sep-13 18:54:13

I really love Christmas cake but im too lazy to make it, and i would happily eat it all year round smile Can you get a teenager to pit you up a quick website or advertise on boards? Make the cakes, then start your marketing, I would pay more for a charity homemade one than one from m and s.

marzipanned Fri 13-Sep-13 18:57:09

I think your prices are really low, charge at least £1 for your mini ones! I'd snap up a few as I LOVE Christmas cake and would happily eat it all year round if I could be bothered to make it. Luckily for the past few years I've made fruit cake wedding cakes for people and have got my fix smile

Mincemeat is very easy to make and is a fab suggestion.

Rowlers Fri 13-Sep-13 19:08:41

I think mini chritmas cake bars would be good. Don't M+S do a teeny one in a box? Always seems too small to me. I make my own big cake but would be happy to pay a couple of quid for small one person taster cake.

mrspremise Fri 13-Sep-13 19:16:03

sugarhut HOW do you spend £50 on a fruit cake you make yourself?! shock

Almostfifty Fri 13-Sep-13 19:16:43

At our PTA Christmas Fair, a few of us make Christmas Cakes for the cake stall. We make different size ones, put white icing on, then one lady pretties them up for sale.

They always sell out. Make sure they're priced well and you'll have an empty table.

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 19:20:22

Thats the costs, not the prices. I don't know what the prices are yet! Some of the online prices are crazy (£60 for 7 inch shock )so it's hard to get a good idea of what a normal person would pay until they are in the supermarkets etc. I've never bought a cake before blush I would pay a bit more for a cake made by a person that one from a supermarket but other people won't. Of course, they don't have to if I can find enough people to pay a little over grin

I've got loads of tins already at work, some had a previous life, some are very posh. I've got one of those ones that make really mini sandwich cakes, about an inch diameter but it's a pita and throws up packaging dilemmas.

I've never bought or eaten mincemeat, it's totally off my radar.

I'm suspecting that the mark up on tiny ones will be higher so maybe I should concentrate on that

I love mumsnet

Bingdweller Fri 13-Sep-13 19:20:31

Cake bars with holly icing decoration would look great. I can recommend the Lidl cherry brandy for alcohol - saves making a stock syrup and it tastes lovely!

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 19:21:32

I think I might do a totally baldy one, marketed to marzipan haters and anyone who wants to decorate themselves.

whattodoo Fri 13-Sep-13 19:21:57

A friend buys a square Christmas cake from the supermarket, cuts it in 4 the puts it on some plain white card with cellophane and ribbon. People queue to buy them for a fiver.

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 19:22:34

Cherry brandy sounds good. I like ameretto but was going to use brandy as 'traditional'

Costco do a lovely cake decorated with glazed nuts and cherries, DH and I always get one of those at the start of December, another in the middle and then one for Christmas

They make a wonderful centre for our Christmas table and always go down well with friends when we have drinks at Christmas.

marzipanned Fri 13-Sep-13 19:39:56

Oh, sorry!! I should've read your post more carefully. I think you're right that you can mark up the smaller ones more. I'd happily pay at least (given it's for charity)

Wee loaves - £2
8" - £10
6" - £8
4" - £5

mrspremise I easily spend that much each year, the answer is Pedro Ximenez sherry! That would be for two cakes though.

mrspaddy Fri 13-Sep-13 19:42:05

What about boiled fruit cake op

greenfolder Fri 13-Sep-13 19:48:21

Gingerbread bollocks-great idea-people would buy them for secret santa x

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 19:51:57

mrspaddy Like Nigellas? Or is it something different

magicstar1 Fri 13-Sep-13 20:47:04

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magicstar1 Fri 13-Sep-13 20:48:54

I sold cakes last Christmas and you won't believe what sold best....chocolate biscuit cakes! I made them in a bowl, and poured white chocolate over the top with a bit of holly, so they looked like Christmas puddings. Great seller!

I hate marzipan so I make my version of stollen without it. It's fabulous (if I do say so myself) but it shows that it can stand up on its own without the marzipan.

Hope that helps.

PurplePidjin Fri 13-Sep-13 20:59:58

Make Christmas Cupcakes - fruit cake in the base, then cut out circles of marzipan and fondant icing with a cookie cutter. Sell for £1-2 each, bet you get 12 from the equivalent of an 8" cake plus far less expensive marzipan.

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 21:37:48

[[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alan-Silverwood-pieceRound-Multi-Mini/dp/B000IAZOPI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379104555&sr=8-1&keywords=mini+cake+tin I can make tiny ones in this but I don't know how to package nicely and cheaply

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 21:38:08

oops!

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 21:38:28
Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 21:43:59

I need lovely little boxes like the ones on here with 6 little cakes in. They look very considered.

www.simplydeliciouscakes.co.uk/occasions/christmas-cake/

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 21:45:43

They charge £42 for an undecorated 8 inch round cake...

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