Did I Undercharge???

Business By afisher26 Updated 23 Sep 2008 , 3:17pm by littlecake

afisher26 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 7:59pm
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I made this cake a couple of weeks ago and charged $80. Do you think that I should have charged more? I do this as a hobby, and am not an official business (I know it is illegal in my state to bake from home).

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ccr03 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:00pm
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Can you give some details? Size/dimensions?

ccr03 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:01pm
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Can you give some details? Size/dimensions?

Audraj Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:06pm
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Since you did not attach a picture or provide any details of the cake, it would be impossible to say.

afisher26 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:07pm
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Originally Posted by ccr03

Can you give some details? Size/dimensions?





http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?
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For some reason I can't post the picture, but here is the link.
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susanscakecreations Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:07pm
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Could we see a picture of the cake?

susanscakecreations Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:10pm
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Are the figures fondant, gumpaste or plastic? And what size is the cake?

juleskaye518 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:11pm
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$80 sounds fair to me.

summernoelle Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:13pm
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No, I'd say $80 was about right...

afisher26 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:19pm
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Originally Posted by smartin40

Are the figures fondant, gumpaste or plastic? And what size is the cake?




The figures are out of plasic. The cake is 11x14.

afisher26 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:48pm
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Originally Posted by smartin40

Are the figures fondant, gumpaste or plastic? And what size is the cake?




The figures are out of plasic. The cake is 11x14.

drowsyrn Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 12:44am
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About right. Maybe a tad high. Did the customer like it? If so, you charged just right! icon_smile.gif

FromScratch Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 12:47am
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The figures are plastic, but Rocket isn't right? So you have a single layer so you have 35 servings (2x2 pieces) plus an extra charge for your model of Rocket.. is it cake or cereal treats or just fondant?

You did a great job on the cake.. I think your price was a little low. If you tell me how you made Rocket that will help me figure out how low.. icon_wink.gif.

afisher26 Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 1:40am
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Originally Posted by jkalman

The figures are plastic, but Rocket isn't right? So you have a single layer so you have 35 servings (2x2 pieces) plus an extra charge for your model of Rocket.. is it cake or cereal treats or just fondant?

You did a great job on the cake.. I think your price was a little low. If you tell me how you made Rocket that will help me figure out how low.. icon_wink.gif.




The rocket is made out of cake. I used an 8" round cake pan (3in. high) and half of the sports ball pan by wilton. Then just carved it in shape and covered in fondant. The engines are also cake covered in fondant.

cylstrial Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 2:00am
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The rocket is made out of cake. I used an 8" round cake pan (3in. high) and half of the sports ball pan by wilton. Then just carved it in shape and covered in fondant. The engines are also cake covered in fondant.[/quote]

I love your cake! I think it's adorable! Unfortunately, I can't really help with the pricing because I'm just practicing cakes and making them for family and friends right now.

But I was wondering, how you made the engines that are also covered in fondant. Like what did you bake the engine (cake) in? Or did you just carve it?

Thanks!! Happy baking and cake decorating!

afisher26 Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 2:08am
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I love your cake! I think it's adorable! Unfortunately, I can't really help with the pricing because I'm just practicing cakes and making them for family and friends right now.

But I was wondering, how you made the engines that are also covered in fondant. Like what did you bake the engine (cake) in? Or did you just carve it?

Thanks!! Happy baking and cake decorating![/quote]


I baked the engines in a coffee cup. That worked out really good.

cylstrial Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 2:28am
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Sorry, that post was supposed to have the quote around it. I don't know why it didn't work...cause I hit the button. But anyway..

cylstrial Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 12:15pm
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Thanks Afisher! I never would have guessed a coffee cup! That's awesome...thanks again!!

FromScratch Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 12:15pm
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Well if Rocket is made of cake then you definitely undercharged. Rocket would serve 10.. your cake will serve 30.. For the carved part I would have charged almost as much as your whole cake. icon_wink.gif But if you charge at least $4/serving for the carved part and $2.50/serv for the non-carved part you'd be in a better place for pricing. Doing that you should have charged $115.00. icon_smile.gif

If people balk at those prices.. they can go to walmart. What I tell people when they give me the bug eyes about pricing is "If you want a cake at rock bottom prices then I am not the baker for you." and I am okay with that. I am not Wal*Mart nor do I want to be. icon_biggrin.gif

littlecake Posted 23 Sep 2008 , 3:17pm
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yeah that's low for that rocket.....it sure is cute though!

you did a great job!

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