What Would You Price These 2 Cakes At! Need Help!

Decorating By IloveEmmaCakes Updated 26 Oct 2008 , 12:19am by tcakes65

IloveEmmaCakes Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 2:48am
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Ok, So i have a couple of questions on what I should price these cakes at. They're going to be birthday cakes and the client hasn't decided which cake her wants for her daughter's 15th bday party yet.. She likes both of them.
Whichever cake she picks has to feed 300 people. icon_eek.gif

Please give me your ideas on the price for 300 ppl for EACH cake!
Thanks in advice for your help! icon_biggrin.gif

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IloveEmmaCakes Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 2:50am
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sari66 Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 10:23pm
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I can only see one of the pics so i'm pricing this one only I charge 4.00 per slice so that would give ya 1200 as it's a pretty simple design.
Try posting the second photo if you can

superstar Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:28am
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I am with sari66, $1200.00 & I can only see the one picture.

IloveEmmaCakes Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:32am
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Thanks for the replies.. I have to make that cake for April of '09..

I've never had to make roses before.. Does anybody know what those roses are made from? And are there instructions on here to show how to make them?

TexasSugar Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:56am
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Those look like Fondant Ribbon Roses. There are some posts from the past that give how to's.

kakeladi Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 2:21am
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Yep, definately fondant ribbon roses. You have pleanty of time to practiceicon_smile.gif

Tandoori Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 2:39pm
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Is that the second cake you were trying to post?
I left it as a link, since the picture is too big.

I'll definitely go with the 1200 for the first one. Since the 2nd one is even easier I'll go with 3$ a piece- 900.

leah_s Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 2:48pm
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For me Fondant is $3.50 per serving, + $40 for a topper +$20 for equipment + $50 or so for delivery. So $1160, either one.

MacsMom Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 3:06pm
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They would each be $4 per serving in my case, too. $1200.

trishalynn0708 Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 3:07pm
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My jaw just dropped! Do people actually pay over 1,000 dollars for a cake? REALLY? WOW!

Tandoori Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 4:27pm
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Originally Posted by trishalynn0708

My jaw just dropped! Do people actually pay over 1,000 dollars for a cake? REALLY? WOW!

When they order cakes for 300 people, obviously they pay the price icon_smile.gif

itsmylife Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 4:42pm
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trishalynn0708 -

Of course! Depending on where you live, how big the cake is, and all the details (flavors, fillings, designwork, construction, etc), delivery & setup.... $1000+ is really not that out of the ordinary.

Duff & Collette Peters have $1000 minimums now - regardless of size.

Don't forget too... it's not just the cost of ingredients and supplies - the decorators time needs to be paid for too.


MacsMom Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 4:51pm
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...and GAS to deliver! A 30 minute drive is a $20 tank of gas round trip.

cakemommy Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 3:42pm
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I can't view the second pic. I'd love to see it. This first cake is quite lovely but who in the world has 300 people to a birthday party/celebration let alone, KNOWS 300 people!!! icon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gif

Make sure you post a picture of the finale!!!!


Magnum Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 3:54pm
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Originally Posted by trishalynn0708

My jaw just dropped! Do people actually pay over 1,000 dollars for a cake? REALLY? WOW!

I was watching a bakery show and they went to a Mich Turner show room, the voice over said 'her cakes range from a few hundred £££ all the way up to £10,000!!!!!

chutzpah Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 4:08pm
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300 people when your kid turns 15?

Sheesh.... that's not a party, it's a gift grab. They should be ashamed.

tdybear1978 Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:13pm
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is it maybe because it is a quince? is that why the big party at 15?

chutzpah Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:20pm
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okay.... maybe it's a quince. I didn't think of that.

cakemommy Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:25pm
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I thought of that as well but 300 ppl! I'm just amazed that someone knows that many people. Probably lots of friends, friends of friends, family, co-workers of family.

It's going to be a beautiful celebration and quite a wonderful occasion to make a cake!! I can't wait to see it.


GI Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:32pm
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This town is high in hispanic population and their Quince parties for 15y/olds will be 400+ people. Bigger than a wedding. They really get decked out, the girls wear big poofy dresses & tiaras, ice sculptures, live music, food, non-alcoholic beverages. Its very pomp and circumstance. The men get all decked out in tuxedos.

Very nice to attend, I might add. I had the opportunity to be invited to one. It was spectacular affair. And the Cake? WOW! icon_eek.gif It was ginormous! icon_biggrin.gif

iramirez94 Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:32pm
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Quinceañera celebrations are a very big deal in the hispanic communities. It is like a practice run for the wedding., ha, ha.. Why do you think I am learning how to make cakes???

I have 4 year old twin girls and a 2 year old girl. icon_eek.gif Thats why!!! I figure that I will save a couple thousand $$$$$$$$$ .

BTW that cakes are gorgeous. Don´t forget to post pictures.

cakemommy Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:42pm
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I know but a little OT here but why is the 15th such a big deal? Then again, why is the 16th a big deal for others. I just would like to know more behind the tradition. Pardon my ignorance but I have always wanted to know!


iramirez94 Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 7:56pm
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Cakemommy, in simple terms it is a right of passage celebration. It's big deal because then the girl is suppose to be "ready for more responsabilities" such as work, marriage etc.

A lot of money is spent on these celebrations. I am Mexican and we commonly have a religious celebration at a church followed by a reception. The birthday girl gets to buy a gorgeous dress and it is a tradition to have 14 couples in your quiniceañera party. I tell you it is like a practice run for you wedding!! icon_eek.gif $$$$$

Here is short explanation.

cakemommy Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 8:01pm
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WOW!!! I have goosebumps! How exciting for the "young lady"! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I have to run but I will read the link when I get back!!!


Rannadanna Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 11:54pm
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I'd probably charge $9-$9.50/ serving for either of them. Probably $9 for the first and $9.50 for the second (all those little fondant balls for the border). My base price is $8/ serving for fondant, though. So $2700 or $2850 total.

I had a client who spent over $600,000 for his kid's bar mitvah, so the cost of the cake really was a drop in the bucket. Who cares what the occasion is, how many they invite, what kind of celebration they plan, etc.? As long as they want what we do, appreciate the end product, and are happy to pay our prices, I'm glad to have the business!

tcakes65 Posted 26 Oct 2008 , 12:19am
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I've got a client that wants a cake to serve 200 people for her daughter's 1st birthday party!!! icon_eek.gif The MTV Sweet 16 series has definitely impacted the "keeping up with the Jones'" cliche. That aside, my price per serving is lower in accordance with a higher number of servings. Kind of the "buy in bulk" strategy. The lowest I would charge is $3/serving plus an additional charge for the fondant detail work on either design.

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