To panic about my Christmas cake commitments?

(62 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.

Yeah, freezing them (undecorated) will be fine. My mum usually makes two at once and freezes one for next year, and you can never tell. Think she leaves out the alcohol though, and then defrosts it a month or so before Christmas and drowns it in sherry to revive it.

marzipanned Fri 13-Sep-13 22:14:01

Oh my, no way would I pay that much! Well, the estimated prices I gave you before were apparently way too low.

Good cheap idea for packing is to use clear plastic and a nice ribbon. Not sure what the technical name of the clear plastic I mean is, but hopefully you do know what I'm talking about...

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 22:28:31

Yes, I don't know what its called either. I think florists use it.

Taffeta Fri 13-Sep-13 22:54:11

Food grade cellophane

4forkssake Fri 13-Sep-13 23:32:10

What about something like this to make small cakes. They're from Lakeland (linking cos I've seen them in there) but you might find them cheaper elsewhere.

www.lakeland.co.uk/15781/12-Mini-Loaf-Moulds

Stravy Fri 13-Sep-13 23:46:04

I have those! Got them cheap on ebay

raisah Sat 14-Sep-13 04:01:46

I don't like fruit cake but would buy another type of cake. My friend bakes cakes & she did an amazing chocolate Grufallo one which was a hit. You could do a selection of cakes, traditional & none traditional Christmas cakes. Also, if you have 1 or 2 birthday cakes then people are more likely to buy those now than Xmas cake which is too far ahead iyswim.o

Have a small selection that people can buy from you on the day to see your range, take atleast a 10-20% deposit for the pre-orders. Also have a small catalogue of photos of your previous cakes & a pricelist with contact details that people can take away with them on the day.

aintnothinbutagstring Sat 14-Sep-13 04:13:48

I like Dundee style Xmas cakes, with the glazed nuts and sometimes glaced cherries/fruit on top, not too heavy and very pretty and festive to look at especially with a nice big tartan ribbon round. Quicker and easier than icing too. Can lace with a bit of Scottish whiskey.

LeonieDeSainteVire Sat 14-Sep-13 09:48:48

Lakeland sell christmas themed cellophane bags which are just the right size for one small round Christmas cake (make in a small sized baked bean tin or similar, much cheaper than buying the specific tins). Tie with pretty ribbon and add a tag.

A good idea is to print a label with full list of ingredients and stick it to the bottom then people know what they're buying.

FoolishFay Tue 09-Dec-14 16:37:50

Hi, hoping it's ok to resurrect this.

I've just made a 6" Delia classic Christmas cake which I'm going to decorate like this:

The plan is to sell / auction it at our first school Christmas fair.

Any idea on a guide price? It's a one off! I've bought a tin / cutters etc which I'll obviously use again. The cake board and box has cost £3.50 too! Suspect I'm not going to raise as much as I would like, give the love that's gone into it!

Waltonswatcher Tue 09-Dec-14 18:52:26

Auction it or raffle prize. That's your best way of maximising the funds. Good luck

Hatespiders Tue 09-Dec-14 18:56:30

I'm always making blooming cakes for our church sales. People don't generally want to pay more than £5 for any kind of cake. Suggest you make very small ones, not 8 inch. Perhaps 6 inch? They do indeed freeze well.

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