One of the guys my husband works with is getting married fairly soon, and he mentioned to his girlfriend that he knew of a chef (yeah, me, even if I'm at home with a kid right now) who might be able to do the wedding cake for a bit less than they'd otherwise pay. So I've just finished talking to this guy's fiancee.
She says they'll pay me any price I decide to set, but instead of a standard cake they want a croquembouche - one of these, a stack of choux balls filled with pastry cream or light custard - big enough to feed fifty or sixty people.
Knowing what I know about the flavours they like, I'm thinking bitter chocolate pastry, filled with amaretto (almond liqueur) custard and an orange glaze.
I can do it. It's been a while since I've done one - they're not really the sort of thing you slap together for the hell of it! - and patisserie is not my specialised area, but I know I can do it. The real issue here is that a sixty-person cone is quite possibly a six or seven hour job...
If I agree to take this on (nothing is agreed yet), am I mental?
What did you pay for your wedding cake? What would you consider a fair price/what would you be willing to pay for this? I'll convert it to British currency, just throw rates at me!