When you buy a cake from the grocery store, it's not a work of art. It's a frozen piece of blank canvas that came from a factory and has butt-ercream piped on it which took 20 minutes at most.
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So now I bet you're thinking, "How can cake be art? There's molds and cutters for everything, right?"
Yes, there's lots of molds and cutters out there, but what if you want something like this? (Warning, the next image, while delicious, is kind of gruesome.)
|Via Sideserf Cake Studio|
Now, this cake is what we like to call a work of art. The detail is fantastic: the hair, the eyes, the skin, the blood. All of it is fantastic. In no way is this "just cake."
So how much can this possibly cost? Well, let's pretend that this isn't cake. Let's pretend that you're actually paying for two bust sculptures made out of cement, stone, or plaster. Keep in mind that these busts will look like you and your counterpart. Here's the price of one custom made bust:
Yeah, that's right. Over $5,000 for one bust, made out of stuff that is made to be sculpted with.
Cake, on the other hand, wasn't really made for sculpting. It falls apart if it's too dry. It won't hold it's shape if it's not dense enough, but make it too dense and it's inedible. Covering the sculpture to hide the fact that there is cake underneath is another job in itself. Sure, there's modeling chocolate and different tools to make it easier, but keep in mind that this stuff is perishable. If the cake artist doesn't keep everything fresh while simultaneously creating a masterpiece, then it's all for nothing. Cake artists have an incredible task, especially in today's art-heavy culture.
So no, it's not "just cake" when you want something of that magnitude. There are no molds or stencils when creating something truly unique. A cake artist will spend countless hours to create a masterpiece, so they deserve the appropriate compensation. Custom cake is not meant to be cheap. Correction: custom ARTWORK is not meant to be cheap.