What Would You Charge?

Business By CakeInfatuation Updated 23 May 2008 , 5:07pm by SweetConfectionsChef

CakeInfatuation Posted 20 May 2008 , 6:49pm
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I got an e-mail from a woman today that wants me to do a Transformer's cake for her son's Birthday. This is the FIRST time someone has contacted me to do a cake (for money) that I'm actually available. I've had to turn down two opportunities already. icon_sad.gif

She wants a cake to feed 60. Wants it to be butter cream. And the theme is Transformers.

I thought a FBCT would be the best way to go for this. Now... having all that in mind, what would you charge?

Is $1.50/slice reasonable or is that too inexpensive or what?

Thanks,
Stacey

14 replies
JoAnnB Posted 20 May 2008 , 7:17pm
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It is not legal to reproduce and sell licensed characters.

sari66 Posted 20 May 2008 , 9:58pm
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You cannot sell licensed cakes to the public, I wouldnt do it for anything.

Cyndi1207 Posted 20 May 2008 , 10:09pm
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If you choose to sell the cake anyway icon_smile.gif I wouldn't do it for less than $2 a serving. HTH

Cyndi

CakeInfatuation Posted 20 May 2008 , 10:15pm
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I didn't know that. With all the cakes I've seen on this site that people have done (to fill orders), I assumed it was okay. How are all these people getting away with it?

KHalstead Posted 20 May 2008 , 10:24pm
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most of the licensed character cakes are for family and are NOT paid orders......at least that's the case with mine....I don't sell licensed character images EVER!! other people DO get away with it...but I wouldn't chance it personally. I always tell people..nope....I've done a "mermaid" cake that I airbrushed the mermaid and they wanted Arielle but they had to settle for a generic mermaid with blonde hair cuz I wasn't doin it!!!

Scox Posted 21 May 2008 , 1:00pm
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How does someone get permission to make a cake out of licensed characters?

lilyanddayne Posted 21 May 2008 , 1:15pm
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They sell character pans for you to use, not look at!
Unless you think this person is the character pan or picture police, I would do it!

foxymomma521 Posted 21 May 2008 , 1:27pm
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Originally Posted by lilyanddayne

They sell character pans for you to use, not look at!
Unless you think this person is the character pan or picture police, I would do it!



The character pans state "for home use only". I've read of CCr's getting letters from Disney threatening legal action if they don't stop selling cakes with their images. So don't think it can't happen icon_wink.gif

foxymomma521 Posted 21 May 2008 , 1:30pm
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Originally Posted by Scox

How does someone get permission to make a cake out of licensed characters?



You have purchase the right to do it, and it's BIG bucks!

andromedaslove Posted 22 May 2008 , 3:02pm
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Although you can't legally make a "transformer" cake, can't you make a cake that matches the themeing and then have a transformer topper of some kind? Like a transformer toy on top? Am I wrong in thinking that is acceptable.

gottabakenow Posted 22 May 2008 , 3:35pm
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Originally Posted by andromedaslove

Although you can't legally make a "transformer" cake, can't you make a cake that matches the themeing and then have a transformer topper of some kind? Like a transformer toy on top? Am I wrong in thinking that is acceptable.




yes, you're right. I'm not sure if you can supply the topper yourself though, that would be considered selling it too I would think.

andromedaslove Posted 22 May 2008 , 4:26pm
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Originally Posted by cakedecoratingsmything



yes, you're right. I'm not sure if you can supply the topper yourself though, that would be considered selling it too I would think.




You know what I believe you're right. That would only make sense.

Maybe you could talk to the Mom about supplying the topper and you could do an awesome cake the fit the theme?!

Dana

CakeInfatuation Posted 23 May 2008 , 4:08pm
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Thanks guys. Smart idea. icon_biggrin.gif

SweetConfectionsChef Posted 23 May 2008 , 5:07pm
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Originally Posted by cakedecoratingsmything

Quote:
Originally Posted by andromedaslove

Although you can't legally make a "transformer" cake, can't you make a cake that matches the themeing and then have a transformer topper of some kind? Like a transformer toy on top? Am I wrong in thinking that is acceptable.



yes, you're right. I'm not sure if you can supply the topper yourself though, that would be considered selling it too I would think.




You can definately supply the plastic topper, you just can't make the image yourself. Once the you buy the licensed character you've paid the royalities to use it.

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