Serving Chart.....

Decorating By turtlemom_9500 Updated 22 Sep 2008 , 11:01pm by indydebi

turtlemom_9500 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:39pm
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Could someone please tell me how many ppl a 6",8",10",12"....etc... will serve???

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bashini Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:42pm
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turtlemom_9500 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 8:58pm
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Thank you... but the chart poses another question?? How much do you charge if it says for 14-16 ppl?? If you do $2 a serving? Do you charge for the 16?

turtlemom_9500 Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 9:07pm
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and just out of curiosity.... If you have to shape the cake, do you charge for the cake you have to cut off?

MacsMom Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 9:19pm
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If someone wants a cake for 14, then I charge for 14 people. If someone wants a cake for 16, then I charge for 16 people. It may seem unfair if the cake if the same size, but since I almost always make tiered cakes and carved cakes, it's just the best way I've found to charge for them.

Rather than charging for the cake that gets carved off, I charge extra for carved cakes to make up for that fact.

My prices are $4 to $5 per serving, "depending on the complexity of the design."

indydebi Posted 22 Sep 2008 , 11:01pm
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Here is the wilton serving chart, which is what I go by:

here is how to cut a cake to achieve those servings:

You charge for the number of servings the cake is designed to serve ... they are welcome to cut a 35-serving cake into 10 servings, but they are paying for the 35 servings. If you allow the customer to dictate how many servings they plan to serve from it and base the pricing on that, then the customer is setting the price instead of you.

Technically, yes, you charge for the cake you carve away (it's called 'scrap factor' and it's a legitimate business expense) but you do that by charging appropriately for the extra time and talent it takes to do a carved cake, as MacsMom suggested.

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