kel Posted 14 Sep 2007 , 8:56pm

Hello everyone,

I met with a lady last night who has asked me to do her parents 50th annv. cakes in November. I made a bridal shower cake for my cousin in August and I made the cake out of fondant. (I have never made a cake in fondant before.) It was fun and looked very pretty. This lady was at the bridal shower (distant relatives) and now has asked to make the annv. cakes in fondant also. They want 18 individual cakes in fondant 1 for each table. I did tell them that fondant is more expensive to do and they are aware of that. I am asking for help in pricing this out. They want 9' or 10' round single layer cakes. I didn't think the single layer would be bad cause I don't like my cakes to thin anyway. I always put more batter in the pan then normal anyway.

Do I charge by the slice and how many servings are in a single layer 9' and 10' cake?

Thanks for your help!
Kel

5 replies
Daisy1 Posted 14 Sep 2007 , 9:06pm

Definitely charge by the slice! This is a "repeat family" and you don't want to give them any ideas about you being a "discount" baker. I would use the Wilton cake serving chart and cut the serving size for the 4" high cake in half.

kel Posted 16 Sep 2007 , 1:43am

Thanks for your help!
Kel

leily Posted 16 Sep 2007 , 5:29am

Definitely charge by the slice. I use a 2"x2"x2" serving size for single layer cakes so...
9"=15 servings
10"=19 servings

For single layer fondant cake I charge $2/serving

Now for delivery will you have enough space to transport all of these or will you need to make multiple trips? a cake for each table takes up more room/more time/more supplies (a box for 15 cakes is more than a box for 1 or two larger cakes)

Also, have you told them that a cake for each table will probably cost more than a large cake? Lets say a table only seats 10 ppl (we will use easy round numbers for the math) and lets say they have 10 tables, that is 100 ppl. However they are ordering 10 cakes that serve 15 servings. That means there are an adiitional 5 servings in each cake per table, so take 5 servings x 10 tables and they are paying for an additional 50 servings, that is an additional $100.

This might not matter to them, but I prefer to stay away from them b/c they are so much work, but hey if they want to pay it, then I will do it.

cakenutz Posted 16 Sep 2007 , 6:02am

I've done individual cakes per table and priced per sliced plus extra time making 10 small takes longer than 1 large also I think that double layers are much prettier than single layers have you thought about maybe doing 8" doubles instead of single 9" ones?

kel Posted 17 Sep 2007 , 9:49pm

Thanks for all of your helpful replies. I will have to email her or contact her and let her know again how expensive this route will be. I did warn her before that the fondant was more expensive and they didn't seem to mind. I do think that they should go with the 8" instead of the 9 or 10. I think that will be way to much cake for them. Thanks again for all of your help!

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Kel

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