I Hate To Ask A How Much ?, But I'm Stuck!

Business By jen1977 Updated 23 Aug 2008 , 12:54pm by jen1977

jen1977 Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 4:41pm
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I've been asked to make this cake http://www.flickr.com/photos/delicatesse_07/2702334876/ in buttercream instead of fondant, for 50 people. I charge $2.50 per serving buttercream, but I'm stuck on all the gumpaste/fondant work! I don't need the names on the sides, but I do need a hippo that looks like he's floating on his back, and a large fondant alligator around the base of the smaller cake. The base will look like water, so it'll have to be bigger than the bse of the smaller cake in hte pic. I'm stuck on how to price it! ANY help with this one i appreciated!

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jen1977 Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 8:24pm
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No one has any idea how to price this? These types of cakes are just hard to price because of all the figures and trees!.

jennifer7777 Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 8:31pm
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In addition to your standard cost for buttercream, I would charge a flat rate per figurine...so maybe $5 each, for the size that's in that pic. Any bigger, charge more.

FromScratch Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 8:33pm
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I would charge $20 per figure and $15.00 per tree and some extra for the smaller flowers and grass. I think what I would do is tack on a flat modeling charge.. $150-200 depending on the detail would do it. That's a lot of modeling and it takes time. I'd offer them 2 options.. one with toys and one with fondant critters. If they want custom made fondant figures and gumpaste trees they will have to pay for it.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 8:42pm
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I'd charge around $250.

jen1977 Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 9:34pm
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Thanks ladies! These prices are in hte same range that I was thinking, I just wanted some more opinions. She wants it all edible, so the toys are out. Thanks!

FromScratch Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 2:54am
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Just to clarify.. my $150-200 is for the fondant work alone.. icon_biggrin.gif

jen1977 Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 12:54pm
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Originally Posted by jkalman

Just to clarify.. my $150-200 is for the fondant work alone.. icon_biggrin.gif

Yeah, I knew that icon_smile.gif over and beyond what the cake itse'fctually costs. Thanks for your help. I was on hte right track wit hthe pricing!

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