What Would You Charge For This Cake?

Decorating By robin5568 Updated 10 Apr 2008 , 6:11am by joy5678

robin5568 Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 2:00pm
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I was asked by a co-worker to make a wedding cake similar to this one for her and I don't even have a guess as to what to charge. I don't want to charge like it's a business but not sure what will be fair and reasonable. I would appreciate some suggestions.

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kettlevalleygirl Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 2:11pm
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What size is it?? 6",8",and 10"??

keades Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 3:34pm
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I was charged like a business when I asked a friend to do my cake even when I tried to cut it down as much as possible by offering to buy the specialty cake pan and all the cake mixes. From this end I would suggested you think about what you want her to pay for. Do you just want her to cover the financial cost and have your gift to her be your time spent on the cake. Or do you want to be compensated for it all. You don't want to feel like you have been taken advantage of or like you are taking advantage of her. Also a lot of places charge by the serving, this is another way that you could figure up a price. Good luck and I hope all works out well! icon_smile.gif

robin5568 Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 4:04pm
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It is 6, 8, and 10" cakes, and she isn't a friend she is a co-worker, however she falls in the category of more then co-worker less then friend. LOL, surely there is such a catagory.

Auryn Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 4:13pm
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thats an aquaintance
I think you should charge her like a business

If she asked you to do it that means she recognizes your talent.
If she blanches at the price that means she was expecting to guilt you into doing it for free.

diane Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 4:26pm
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i would charge at least $250.00-$300.00. icon_lol.gif

SweetResults Posted 8 Apr 2008 , 6:01pm
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My price would be $4.00 per serving and adjust the sizes to how many servings she needs.

So if it is a 6, 10, 12 then I would charge $176.00, plus the cost of the roses - or she could provide those.

xstitcher Posted 9 Apr 2008 , 8:33am
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Maybe you could let her know what your rate is per serving and if you want offer her a discount because of your relationship. Or you could keep it strictly business.

In case you need it here's a link for # of servings:


Good Luck!


stellastarchild Posted 9 Apr 2008 , 11:49am
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Originally Posted by SweetResults

My price would be $4.00 per serving and adjust the sizes to how many servings she needs.

So if it is a 6, 10, 12 then I would charge $176.00, plus the cost of the roses - or she could provide those.

That would be my price too for a "simple" cake like this one, and if I really liked her I´d offer a small discount.

leily Posted 10 Apr 2008 , 1:38am
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I would be between $3.50 and $4 a serving depending on the filling for this cake.

I give 10% discount to friends/family when I want to give a discount. I also usually deliver for free depending on who it is -- that is quite a cost savings in it self.

mezzaluna Posted 10 Apr 2008 , 5:07am
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No discount, full price, 20% extra for RF.... $704

joy5678 Posted 10 Apr 2008 , 6:11am
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I have just recently gone back into cake decorating after a long time away from it. To get the word out, I'm giving an introductory price to first time customers (plus I get to practice & experiment on them). When they pick up their cake I have been sure to explain to them that the real price on their cake would have been $_____. I secure a price list to the cake box & let them know that its there when they are ready to order another cake. That takes me off the hook for the next one & since they see the prices they won't expect a "cheapie". I also have been telling them that if they want to order from a cheap place that its OK with me & my feelings won't be hurt. It seems to clear the air and make us both feel at ease with the whole situation. Does this sound OK to you gals? Any other suggestions? Thanks

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