I went to ICES last week, and I learned a LOT. I took classes from master sugar artists (that's really a thing) and I got to meet some of my cake idols.
But I also learned some things that aren't as fun. At the shop owners' breakfast, there was an informational session about copyrights and cake decorating. Here's the skinny:
I will NOT put any copyrighted characters on cakes. (anymore)
Apparently, the people who own copyrights have taken a new tactic in catching cake decorators who put their images on a cake: They'll call a shop or home decorator, pretending to be a customer. They'll order a cake with a copyrighted character on it. Then, at pick-up, the decorator gets hit with a copyright infringement fine.
I'll give you fifty thousand reasons I don't want to pay that fine. Fifty. Thousand. Per cake.
Either I don't make copyrighted cakes, or I REALLY have to raise my prices.
In the before times, I would draw pictures on cakes in icing, no problem. It was a skill that I needed to learn, and I appreciated the chances to practice it. And anyway, the cakes I did like that were for family and friends, not for business.
However, now I'm a shop owner. I'm trying to do my business right, and I have much more to lose.
Thus, we are at something of an impasse. I'd lose my shop if I were charged with copyright infringement. I'm not willing to risk it. So, here are our options:
1. I can design and create a cake for you that is ______ character inspired. I can use colors, shapes, decorating techniques that coordinate with your decorations.
|Pooh colors, Pooh font, but not a Pooh to be seen...|
|Nope, no Snow White here...|
|An Elmo deco-pac|
|Edible images Doc McStuffins|
|Edible images Little Einsteins|
|Bubble Guppies custom topper from etsy|
|I can make a cake to match your invitations!|
|Princess cookies without the drama|
|Aargh, no lost boys required|
So really... this is a good thing! Think how our creativity will flourish!