I have a customer that wants a carved fleur de lis cake for his wifes B'day. If I make it out of a 1/4 sheet how much should I charge? I've never done a carved cake for a customer before. Here's a link to a photo of the design http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/Fleur-de-lis-outline.svg/347px-Fleur-de-lis-outline.svg.png&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Fleur-de-lis-outline.svg&h=373&w=347&sz=15&tbnid=-iZ5z0tqadIJ::&tbnh=122&tbnw=113&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfleur%2Bde%2Blis&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=2&ct=image&cd=1
Can't help on pricing, but it does look like it would be a major pain to ice, and make it look nice.
from what I found a quarter sheet serves 20 to 24 so start with that, then figure out how much of the cake you carved away, half or a quarter, then charge for the remaining servings based on a per serving price.
example: started with 24 serv, carved away 50% of cake, left with 12 servings, @ $6.00 a serv. (which is what I would charge) is $72.00
it's a custom carved cake so you should charge more than your normal price.
i know this price seems high but you have to consider that you are carving away a bunch of cake that you still had to bake even though the end result is smaller
It might be a more efficient use of the cake to not carve it in one piece. what I mean is cut a template for each "petal" and then work it like a puzzle to minimize wasted cake.