Help With Pricing 3-D Cake

Decorating By 2winboyz Updated 23 Oct 2007 , 12:02am by 2winboyz

2winboyz Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 6:18pm
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I made this wine bottle cake for my mum-n-law over the weekend as a gift. I am making a price list so I know what to charge in the future but have no idea on how to price this 3-D cake. How do you go about pricing 3-D cakes in general? Thank you!
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tiptop57 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 6:46pm
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What size is this cake?

2winboyz Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 7:01pm
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The crate is 3 5x11 stacked cakes.

tiptop57 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 7:30pm
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I'm thinking there is around 33 (1.5" - 2" inch)servings at $4.50 a serving for around $148.50. That is without the bottle. I would charge another $18.00 or so for the bottle. Appx. $166.50.

cakequeen50 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 8:11pm
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I price mine a bit differently. I don't price the crate at a sculpted price because in this case, there is not that much to it. I start with your basic 1/2 sheet cake price, add a percentage to it for the fondant covering it. then definitely go for the bucks on the bottle and the "straw". I would figure $100 on those. That is where the work is, not in the crate
So really coming out to almost the same amount as quoted by tiptop.
The crate is basically a single layer 1/2 sheet cake cut in 3, you are not carving it and there are no details.
My 1/2 sheet basic design cake is $45, add 1/3 more for fondant (33%) which equals $60, then the $100 for all the detail, carving, fondant, straw. on top.

MacsMom Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 8:49pm
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Ooooo.... Keep those answers coming!

I need help pricing my cakes, too, as I have been way undercharging. I wanted to charge $4 per slice, but some cakes are much more time consuming than others, and some are much more challenging to construct.

Here's another question: How do you go about asking for deposits? A check in the mail?

cakequeen50 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 8:57pm
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I do "check in the mail", I also have every cake that is over $100, paid a week in advance (time for their check to clear or time to go to THEIR bank).

2winboyz Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 12:03am
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Thanks for the help. It's interesting to see how everyone prices their cakes. I am new to this and a hard time justifying the cost even though I know how much goes into making them. I think a lot of people underestimate the labor involved. Thanks again!

2winboyz Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 12:09am
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Thanks for the help. It's interesting to see how everyone prices their cakes. I am new to this and a hard time justifying the cost even though I know how much goes into making them. I think a lot of people underestimate the labor involved. Thanks again!

2winboyz Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 12:02am
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Thanks for the help. It's interesting to see how everyone prices their cakes. I am new to this and a hard time justifying the cost even though I know how much goes into making them. I think a lot of people underestimate the labor involved. Thanks again!

2winboyz Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 12:10am
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Thanks for the help. It's interesting to see how everyone prices their cakes. I am new to this and a hard time justifying the cost even though I know how much goes into making them. I think a lot of people underestimate the labor involved. Thanks again!

2winboyz Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 12:02am
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Thanks for the help. It's interesting to see how everyone prices their cakes. I am new to this and a hard time justifying the cost even though I know how much goes into making them. I think a lot of people underestimate the labor involved. Thanks again!

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