What Would You Charge For This Cake?

Decorating By Galler Updated 1 Feb 2009 , 6:08pm by Rocketgirl899

Galler Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 6:51pm
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What would you charge for this cake? 268 wedding guests, five tiers, white fondant, monograms adorned the top and bottom tiers, along with pink cymbidium orchids (real flowers) and a dark brown ribbon-style border.

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kakeladi Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:21pm
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I'd say $1100.

chutzpah Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:24pm
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$2211, and they provide flowers

Galler Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:31pm
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Wow that is quite a price difference between you two...may I ask how you came to those prices? I just don't want to under price myself. icon_smile.gif

nicole379 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:48pm
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I'll play because I'm new and still trying to learn to price things.

According to wilton http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm I got that you could do a 5 tier square cake for 270 servings. This is using 2 inch 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 inch square pans.
At 270 servings times 5 dollars a serving (fondant) that is $1350. Then you'll need to factor in your charge for the ribbon and any delivery charges if there will be any. They will need to provide the flowers.

Or you could do a cake with square and round layers that feeds 232 servings using 2 inch 14, 10, and 6 inch round with 2 inch 12 and 8 inch square pans. That would be 232 servings times 5 dollars = $1160 plus ribbon and transportation. Again they will need to provide flowers.

And are you talking about a monogram written on the cake in icing or a jeweled monogram added to the cake? If it's jeweled you need to factor in that cost as well.

Also, since it's wedding does the top tier count or do you need to make 4 tiers feed the 268 guests?

diamondsonblackvelvet13 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:48pm
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Small rural community of less than 10,000- I'd charge $1038.

chutzpah Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:48pm
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Sure.... 268 x 6.87=1842 + 20% (RF) = 2211

mabryant0212 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 7:53pm
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Because of the area you live in I would charge $5.00 per serving=$1340 plus $500 for any extras... that should cover yu for supplies(if the flowers are more expencive in your area factor in that cost or have them order them with the bridal flowers... I live in the south and any higher than that you may lose the customer.

Galler Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 8:42pm
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Thanks for all the infomation!!

I am going to quote the following:

* Either 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 inch square or 16, 14, 12, 10, and 8 inch round
* Choice of one cake flavor and filling per layer covered in white fondant
* Monograms adorned the top and bottom tiers and a dark brown ribbon-style border
* Flower to be provided by florist
* 268 guests @$6.00 = $1608.00 (plus extra for delivery and cake setup - flowers)

Rocketgirl899 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 12:41am
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ur quote looks good icon_smile.gif

havingfun Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:31am
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WOW! I need to get in the business. I had no idea this is what a cake would sell for! Family and friends don't pay much. Good luck with your cake. Sounds lovely.

niccicola Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:51am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Galler

Thanks for all the infomation!!

I am going to quote the following:

* Either 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 inch square or 16, 14, 12, 10, and 8 inch round
* Choice of one cake flavor and filling per layer covered in white fondant
* Monograms adorned the top and bottom tiers and a dark brown ribbon-style border
* Flower to be provided by florist
* 268 guests @$6.00 = $1608.00 (plus extra for delivery and cake setup - flowers)




Based on this criteria, I would charge:

$5 per serving for 4" square tall tiers/270 servingss=$1350

$5 per serving for 4" round tall tiers/296 servings=$1480

Extra charges for delivery, monograms, and ribbon (unless it's fondant ribbon)

Florist provides flowers.

I think your price of $1608 is fine. However, I charge per servings they order cake for, not for how many guests they will have.

minicuppie Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 4:41pm
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Ditto on the per serving. That has become the standard for pricing. They also need to be shown the cake serving chart you use...no need for freakouts when Aunt Bee cuts huge chunks to be "generous" (typical southern ladies are always "generous"). LOL

kakeladi Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 5:29pm
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Then....factor in your charge for the ribbon and any delivery charges


I'm sorry I totally disagree. Ribbon, unless it is a very special one is not expensive. You are not making flowers; you are not spending hours & hours doing buttercream piping etc.
Delivery should be included. It is a service to insure the cake is delivered and set up properly. There is no choice about delivery. I do not let people pick up tiered wedding cakes period! If necessary, raise your price per serving to cover an average of miles you drive to deliver.
My original quote was based on $4 per serving.

Rocketgirl899 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 6:08pm
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included delivery! Huh! actaully the way you lay it out makes sense.

paybe "standard delivery" included.. and charge extra if its further than 15 miles away or whatever.

I might consider that... icon_biggrin.gif

as for the ribbon maybe 10 bux if fondant. We ALWAYS had the bride provide the ribbon (then didn't charge to appy it) that way it always matched and was exactly what they wanted.


Dang the more I know... the more I realize i don't know! I guess thats what going up means...

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