Did I Undercharge For This Cake?

Decorating By dee-lite Updated 17 Aug 2008 , 1:38am by TJCanadian

dee-lite Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:15pm
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My DH says I way undercharged for this cake .I quoted $75. It serves 24-30 ppl to give you a scale idea it is o a 3 1/2 board and took about 12 woman hours. Al BC and the lighthouse is styrofoam .Please tell me what you all would have charged.
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Jenn2179 Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:25pm
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I don't know exactly what I would have charged but way more than $75, they got a STEAL.

aligotmatt Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:26pm
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It's great! And I agree with your hubby, $75 is a steal!

jessc169 Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:28pm
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definitely worth way more than $75 . i do they same thing all the time, and then if i charge closer to what it's worth i feel worried that it's too much.

FromScratch Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:30pm
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I charge a minimum $245.00 for a carved cake like that ($7/serving and a min 35 servings). I only do them with fondant. What did you use for cake? Remember that you might carve some away, but you have to price to make up for that since you still had to bake the original amount of servings you baked. I'm willing to bet you have more than 30 servings there and you need to charge for teh number of servigns you MAKE.. not the number of servings they NEED. icon_smile.gif

3Sisters Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:37pm
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I also agree that you undercharged. I always worry about charging too much, but people tend to take advantage. Don't you think your time is worth more than $6.25 an hour (and that doesn't include the cost of your supplies)? By the way, GREAT job on your cake!

dee-lite Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:37pm
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The cake is all buttercream (the main house has a cherry filling between layers) and I did account for what I carved away to leave it 24 srevings ....

indydebi Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 12:49pm
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If you don't mind working for less than minimum wage, you priced it ok.

$75 for 12 hours. I'll be conservative and say the ingredients cost you $25. Oh, let's keep the math easy and say they cost you $27. $48 profit for 12 hours work = $4.00/hour.

You'd make more money working in the bakery at walmart.

superstar Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:20pm
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You charged way to little. I am sure they did the dance of joy at getting such a great cake for $75.00.

pinkbiz Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:25pm
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def more than $75... more than $100!!

terrig007 Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:28pm
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It's a great cake and I think you undercharged as well. I love the lighthouse with the little candle flicker in it. Too cute.

nickymom Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:35pm
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Cha girl!!! You way under charged... I don't sell cakes but I'd say that cake is way more than $75. I'd pay atleast $150

dee-lite Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:46pm
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Well, I delivered the cake and told the lady (who I do a lot of work for ) that sculpted cakes prices would be going waaayyy up t0 make it worth my time and she was not surprised at all and started inquiring about her next orders.So I guess that proves we should not be afraid to charge what we are truly worth!

raquel1 Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:48pm
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I'm with jkalman on this one! When it is a carved cake for me all per serving price kinda goes out the window, it just depends on the level of difficulty, and this one is a $200 - 250.00 one. That in MHOP would be a fair price. What is the cake representing?

indydebi Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:52pm
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Originally Posted by raquel1

I'm with jkalman on this one! When it is a carved cake for me all per serving price kinda goes out the window,




I've never done a carved cake, but I absolutely agree with this statement! Labor (read "Talent") is the big factor on these cakes. I'm in awe of those who can do these!

dee-lite Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 12:14am
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Originally Posted by raquel1

I'm with jkalman on this one! When it is a carved cake for me all per serving price kinda goes out the window, it just depends on the level of difficulty, and this one is a $200 - 250.00 one. That in MHOP would be a fair price. What is the cake representing?


The cake was for a birthday..There is a group of ladies who all celebrate their birthdays together and I have become the official cake maker.

TJCanadian Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 1:38am
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My husband does wood turnings and we've decided that he needs to price my cakes and I'll price his woodworking because we're much more objective about each other's work.

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